I’ve been calling myself “geographically confused” for the last month or so. It really fits, given my travels around the country in the last month, not to mention my upcoming wedding. I have finally landed back at what passes for home nowadays.
Often in my travels, curious bystanders would innocently ask about my wedding, and inevitably the question of location would arise. Here is my side of a typical conversation. Feel free to fill in your part however you see fit.
Yes, Mike and I are getting married in San Diego.
What? No, we’re not from California, we’re from Washington.
Well, Mike’s from Seattle, but I’m from a small town in eastern Washington. So together we claim the whole state.
We met in college in California, yes.
Oh, funny you should mention that, I did indeed move to New Mexico last year.
To start an astronomy PhD program.
What’s that? No, Mike is still in San Diego, but he’s hoping to move out here soon.
Yes, New Mexico.
No, not Albuquerque.
Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces. About an hour from El Paso, Texas, which is the closest airport.
Well, it’s very dry, and rural, and doesn’t have any ethnic food or culture to speak of, but it’s beautiful and I like living there.
No, I’m not just saying that – I really DO like it.
Well, if you were coming to my wedding, would you rather fly to eastern WA, southern NM, or San Diego?
There you go.
Plus there is a freaking awesome Episcopal cathedral in San Diego, and most of our guests will have to fly in from somewhere no matter where we get married. In fact, members of our wedding party reside in Illinois, Arizona, Minnesota, California, and New York.
No, see, we actually spent Christmas in Kansas City this year.
Normally we’d go to Washington, but my dad decided to spend Christmas in Mexico, and it worked out nicely to visit my aunt.
Yes, it will be fantastic to have everybody briefly in one place for our wedding.
Here now is a preview of our engagement photos, which were taken at Torrey Pines State Reserve (north of San Diego) on December 23, 2010. Our talented photographer is Nick Abadilla and we can’t wait to see the rest!