Posted by: wryman | March 7, 2008

Goin’ to the Garden

Ryan Waiting at Olbrich

Well, in the immortal words of the poet Mick Jagger, “You can’t always get what you want. . . ”

As it turns out, June 20, 2009 is one of four days that Olbrich Gardens is closed. The other three days are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Why does June 20 stand out? Well, Olbrich is an endowed institution, and that date is their annual big fund raiser. So, the planning comes to a toss between site and date.

Why Olbrich? Well, for those friends in Madison and family members who have visited with me know, it is a beautiful site. Two, it is a city facility, so it does not break the bank. Three, Jessika really likes it and it was the first logical place I thought of.

That date was more or less an idea. Jessika has stated her desire to have a June wedding. We thought June 20 would be good, so we planned on that day.

So, today was the day they began to take reservations for 2009. Finding out this past week that the Rhapsody in Bloom was on our day, we had to come up with a new game plan. The have a maximum of three ceremonies per day at the gardens; morning, afternoon, early evening. So, our plan was the three remaining Saturdays in the afternoon then in the evening, then Fridays or possibly late May.

I called the planning coordinator at the facility and she said that she takes care of people in person first, then phone calls and emails in order by time they were received. So, as you can see, it paid to be in person. I asked, are there typically people waiting. “Yeah, usually there are a few. It pays to get here a little early.”

Now, I’m no fool. I know how people are. But, we did mistakingly make plans to go to a concert last night, not realizing that this was the morning. But, on the way home, we drove by the gardens. Sure enough, there were the chairs. And, as we drove through the parking lot, there were all of the little heads of the campers peeking out of their cars.

Jessika made me leave the concert way earlier than I wanted to. But, she is at work right now, and she stated that she would suffer with less than four hours of sleep. So, I did the thing good fiances do when their woman states what she needs. I woke up at five and let her sleep in. I pulled on the long underwear and seven shirts, grabbed the lawn chair and big mug of caffeine and I went to wait for us. (Jessika did the wonderful thing that great fiances do for their wonderful men. She woke up a little earlier than normal and brought me breakfast. And, she stood in line so I could run off to the nearest gas station and pee. Which was a blessed relief.)

When I got there, there were about two couples more than there were at 12:30. We were eighth or so in line. Not bad. It seemed to go in a few shifts. There were the people that showed up last night. We were the last of the 4AM group. Then, more people started showing up at 6:45. That’s not too bad.

As we stood in line, I was sort of reminded of my brother’s experience as one of Duke’s Cameron Crazies. I’m not sure camping out for Duke Basketball tickets and wedding dates are quite the same. For one, we did not do it for a week. For two, it was dang cold. But, nonetheless, the level of commitment does appear to be similar.

To make a long story just a tad bit longer, we did end up with our fourth choice. Drum roll please, the wedding ceremony will take place 06/06/09 between 4-7 PM.

. . . “But if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”

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