Friday, September 13, 2013

Rush Limo

In what sounds a little like a subplot in a movie starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, a young couple got married last week in front of the famous lighthouse in Havre de Grave.

Havre de Grace, MD, is a city in northeastern Maryland where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, if you stand along the wooden walkway near the town docks, they say you can hear the bay saying "Nice to meet you!" to the river.

The lighthouse in town is near the point where a pitched battle of the War of 1812 took place in 1813.  The fight seems to have been over whether they should still call it the War of 1812 on May 3, 1813, which is when Lt O'Neill of the American Navy manned a cannon against Admiral Cockburn of the British Navy to settle the matter.  It's a popular place, the lighthouse, and so it made a great setting for last Saturday's wedding of Chris and Taylor Karabaich from Westminster.

The nuptials took place, and then the photographer went to work, and everyone had their picture taken, and then everyone piled into cars to be taken to the gala reception at La Banque de Fleuve, around the corner on St. John Street.

Everyone was at the banquet hall and no one noticed that two people were missing as they nibbled on port wine cheese on crackers and other hors d'oeuvres.  The limo driver, whose name may or may not have been Homer J. Simpson, took the bridal party to the hall and was supposed to return to the lighthouse to pick up the newly-minted Mr and Mrs.

"Was supposed to" are the three saddest words in the English language, just ahead of "Bill O'Reilly says."

photo from HdG PATCH
The limo driver went off to do whatever he had to do besides doing his job,
and Mr and Mr Karabaich were left waiting at the lighthouse.  Fortunately, members of the Susquehanna Hose Company, the volunteer fire company in town, were having a crab feast right in the lighthouse park.  True to their nature, they got the bride and groom up in the cab of Engine 535 and delivered them, with lights flashing and siren wailing, to the reception.

I wish them happiness and health forever.  How many married couples get a story like this to tell about their wedding day?  So cool!

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