A few really crazy things happen to me this summer while providing service for weddings in and around the Milwaukee & Chicago areas. From crazy wedding mis-haps and drunken guests to late night traffic accidents and weather. I seem to have the pleasure and mis-pleasure of seeing it all. This busy season is what inspired me to start this weekly blog. It’s one of those situations that make you wish you had been keeping track all along!
Your wedding day can prove to be the happiest day of your life. (It was for me, and is for many) Obviously, you only get one shot at from a Bride & Grooms standpoint, a guests standpoint, and a vendors. So, when things go wrong, on occasion, it makes it interesting and most of the time…humorous.
I think the worst thing I saw this summer was a Harley guy pretty much bit the dust, literally right in front of me. I did not actually see him hit the ground, but I saw cars swerve and drove threw the dust cloud. He ended up face down on the right off-ramp and the bike sat on the left shoulder about 500 yards, or more with the tire still spinning. I’m glad I was not 2 seconds earlier. I tried to call 911, but my cell, as usual would not allow me to make an emergency call. Not sure why… I’m not sure if that guy made it. I still regret not going back to help.
A few weeks prior I saw a car in flames at the bottom of the hill by Miller Park. That individual had to be really intoxicated to make it through the steel guard rail on a straight part of the expressway. Firemen were already on the scene.
Sometime in early summer I saw someone getting CPR and chest compressions on the side of VanBuren in the city of Milwaukee. I don’t know what the hell happen there. Maybe a pedestrian? Who knows.
I guess I come rolling into town at that time of night on weekend evenings. 1am, 2am….bar time. It’s crazy out there! Although, on my way to an event this summer, a refrigerator fell off of a pick up about a 1/4 mile in front of me in the middle of the day. A van a few cars in front of me nearly hit it and swerved into the ditch. (It was kind of funny, in hindsight, to see a mini van bouncing around in the ditch.) The really funny part was there was a bunch of produce and jars that flew all over the highway. (It reminded me of a guy in college that used to sell food out of the back of his car. He flipped his conventable a few times one night and showed up to the ER full of lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, etc., but we won’t get into that…) So, it was pretty funny to see not only the food all over, but the dumbfounded look of the bozo that did not tie down something that could kill someone or a family on the road. Clown…
Oh, yeah, I was driving to a wedding down in Kenosha, WI and I saw what looked like a wallet on the side of the road. I pondered it for a second or two and decided to turn around and take a look. I jumped out of my car and ran toward the object. To my suprise, it was a wallet, and it had a couple hundred dollars in it! Also, on my way back to my car, I found a money clip with a couple hundred more! I chalked it up as a biker that lost his stuff and celebrated. By the time I arrived at my wedding, I decided to track the guy down… The wedding location had an internet connection, so with a little work, I was able to get the man’s number and track him down. He came to the reception and picked up the wallet and $$$$. He gave me $100.00 and was very thankful. It was one of the first times in my life I decided to do the right thing with found money. Felt good.
As for actual @ wedding stories this summer…hmmmmm. Tons of drunks, a lot of ridiculous speeches and dance moves, etc. I did a wedding ceremony in a forest area in Stevens Point, WI and brought a tic back to Milwaukee in my leg. The pamphlet at the ER said I had “been attacked by a tic”. I thought that was pretty funny. No lyme disease in this one…thank God. Booked weddings need their DJ…
As in the past, I met a lot of really nice people, a lot of really rude/cruel people, and a ton of women in big white dresses. Also, I heard the YMCA 300 more times.
I did do a wedding for a coach of the Chicago Bears. It was really cool meeting him and seeing the other coachs of the team. It is kind of funny to see them on TV and remember them gyrating to music and alcohol a few months prior. I also did a wedding that had an actor from the show Boy Meets World in the bridal party. Kind of a small world.
Also, I booked a wedding for a girl I lived next door to back in the mid 80’s. It seems weird to talk to someone for the first time in 20 something years! I’m 31 now…phew.
So, lets start the blog. I will add one every week with details on the weekends excitement. Thanks for taking the time to read this.