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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Practical Joking 101 - Wedding Love

Weddings are a great place for showing off your practical joking skills.  In fact, Gary used to keep a package of black, plastic ants in his suit jacket for placing a few on the Cake table when no one was looking at nearly every wedding.  That was "fun", but when our daughters' babysitter, Diana got married, back in the 80's, this called for something bigger.  Diana, was more than a babysitter.  She and her fiance Rich were our friends.  The wedding was beautiful.  Everything was perfect.


During the reception, Gary disappeared for a while then rejoined the party.  The time came to send the couple off on their honeymoon.  Goodbyes, kisses, and waves complete, the best man started the engine of the borrowed car, and ...



I think Gary even surprised himself at the amount of orange smoke which billowed from the engine area when the car was started.  (The Army surplus store had been one of Gary's favorite "toy stores".  The smoke signaling flare had followed him home one day.)  It was amazing how fast the Bride and Groom were able to jump out of the car, and the guests stood around for some time trying to assign blame.  I seem to remember one of the groomsmen, Diana's brother-in-law, getting tagged for it at the time.

Anyway, if you ever had a Gary Price practical joke played on you, it likely caused you no small inconvenience, but it's because he loved you, as he loves this dear couple who, unbelievably, are dear friends to this day.

Diana, Rich and Gary in 2010


8 comments:

  1. Out of the ordinary memories are far more to be remembered because someone has stepped out of the box to make it.

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    1. So true! Gary gave me plenty of those!

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  2. I have heard this story, but had never seen the photo. A job well done, Gary! What was Diana's reaction, I wonder!?

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  3. I don't know, there was too much smoke in the way to see her! Or maybe it's because I was trying to blend in with the crowd, or hide behind the punch bowl or something. I think some time passed before anyone knew it was Gary. All I know is they still love us, so she have been very forgiving.

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    1. Linda - curtand@juno.comApril 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      I remember this "incident" but never saw this picture.

      It seems as if Rich and Diana could leave quick enough after this :-).

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    2. "couldn't" leave quick enough

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  4. Wonderful memory. Can Gary talk about it now? My husband can recall long-term memories and I am hopeful his grandchildren can videotape some of his stories.

    Hugs and prayers,
    Carol

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    1. No Carol, Gary rarely speaks...When I had the photos out to do the post, I showed the smokey one to him. He stared at it a long time, with no expression. I talk to him as if he understands. The only thing he said so far today, was "I would!" when I held out a homemade cookie and asked if he would like one. I had to smile, because I guess I'm not asking the right things! One of the reason I'm doing the blog posts about Gary is so that our grandchildren will know him better. Of course I love remembering too.

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