Friday July 23rd, 2010

The exercise:

Four lines of prose about: the planner.

Our wedding planner, Kat's best friend, arrived today. She'll be staying with us from now until the wedding, helping to take care of all those little final details that we've totally forgotten about.

Back to the market tomorrow morning!


"Don't worry, I've got this all figured out."

Those were the magic words - whenever Ricky said them I knew we were in serious trouble. That is, if I hadn't already worked it out on my own; you know, like if we were in jail or hiding naked in a rose bush.

A guy couldn't ask for a better best friend.


Greg said...

Those are some powerful magic words -- and why does it not surprise me that Ricky's the kind of guy who ends up naked in rose bushes?

Isn't there a film about wedding planners? (Whistles innocently)

Well, with just a week to go, I think you'll appreciate having someone around who's just worrying about making the wedding work. And good luck with the market tomorrow!

The planner

"...and the clowns will be coming in through this door, carrying balloons animals and small children, at the same time as the fire-eater will be play-fighting with the sword-swallower."
I leaned over to my fiancée and whispered, "Are you sure this is the right wedding planner?"
She nodded, even as the wedding planner said, "Now, the kittens nailed to the flower arrangements..."

Zhongming said...

Marc - That's cool! That's a great friend to have! :)

"Don't worry, I've got this all figured out." - I like this line. That usually spells danger lying ahead. Next moment you know you are in deep shit. :p

The Planner:

Stop doing that math stuff anymore, Jeff’s looking frustrated! Feeling impatient as Jeff suddenly blurts out: It’s getting nowhere near the solution, why don’t you just give up? Damn math, says Jeff! They don’t even care about your work! Why don’t you just plan for our damn outing instead?

Marc said...

Greg - it's going to be great to just hand off the finishing touches and not worry about them. Hopefully we haven't left too much to the last minute for her to deal with :P

First you go overboard last week, now you only use three lines this week. I just don't know what to do with you! :P

Also: that is not my kind of wedding planner, I can say *that* with confidence :)

Zhongming - haha, glad you liked it.

And I can just feel the frustration in your piece, that was nicely done :)

Brunnhilde said...

Thought I'd show up today and see what you people are doing. It's scorching here in NYC and absolutely everything is radiating heat, the air thick with humidity. Reminds me of the old days in Houston.

Greg, you made me laugh out loud!

The Planner

He had no idea. He thought that these big parties at their house just spontaneously erupted with guests, with tables of food, with cases of iced beer and wine, with music and games. He didn’t realize that she spent hours putting these events together: trips to the store for supplies no one would remember to bring (like paper plates and plastic spoons, like charcoal and mosquito repellent), making sure the volleyball was pumped up and the net was repaired from the last time, making calls to organize the pot luck menu so they didn’t get 12 gallons of potato salad and nothing else. He thought it all “just happened.”

Marc said...

Ah, magical house parties that plan themselves. I could use a wedding like that... :P

I hope you're managing to survive the heat okay!