Greetings,

“…and if you don’t stop and look around you might miss it.”

– Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This is a purely personal blog entry, so if you’re looking for technical info (especially on eBay’s latest breakage), that’ll have to wait until my next entry.

However, I want to thank all my JBidwatcher users who emailed me to congratulate me on my wedding. I’m so amazingly glad to have produced and supported something such that people wish me well in the other areas of my life. The well-wishes were overwhelming, and made me incredibly grateful for the folks who use JBidwatcher. I am a lucky man, in so many different ways. Thank you.

I’m married now, as of January 28th, 2006. The wedding itself was excellent. We should be getting the official pictures soon, but the day had started out (like many days this January in Seattle) pouring rain. Around noon that day, though, the skies started to clear up. By the time our ceremony rolled around (sunset), the skies were dramatic, gorgeous, and we had a perfect view of them over the water from our ceremony site. The reception was excellent, delicious food, and having my friends there with me kept the stress level just low enough that I could really relax and enjoy the night. For our honeymoon, we went to DisneyWorld (stayed at the Wilderness Lodge) for 5 days, then on the Disney Cruise for 6 days. We were incredibly happy with our decision to put our honeymoon in the hands of Disney, the whole experience was magical, and made it incredibly easy for both of us to focus on each other, and relax from the stress of setting up a wedding entirely ourselves.

On return, I’ve had to re-focus on work a lot, as taking a bit more than 3 weeks off to get married and have a good honeymoon ended up putting my projects in a little bit of danger. However, recently we’ve started seriously looking for a house, and cleaning up our credit in preparation for taking out a mortgage. What with everything that’s been going on, and the everyday things I have to do, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit back, take stock, and think about where I’ve been. It’s been an incredible ride, but you have to pause to fix the moments in your memory, or they drift away with the morning fog, and that would be a terrible loss.

I have some pictures I took on our honeymoon, and I’ll put those up eventually, but they are scenes, flashes, images, not the whole, the experience. They are best used to trigger memories, not as memories themselves. They are, in fact, mostly meaningless without context. A reflection of my photography skill, perhaps, but me being part of those memories, I can’t imagine how I would be both outside, looking in, and also have actually enjoyed those moments at the same time.
I’ll be writing more about my technical projects (reflected in the blog), and JBidwatcher as I get time, as those are things I want to focus on for the immediate future.

The mortgage and house-buying process may get some coverage also, as it’s one of the most complex things I’ve had to do in a long time, and uncomfortable for someone used to purely living within their means up until now.

I’ve forgotten how nice it is to try to focus my thoughts, to put together a blog entry. I’m not a prolific blogger like Scoble, or any of the poli-blogs, so I find my writing tries (emphasis on the ‘tries’) to convey more, to make up for the lack of regular updating.

In any case, I am now happily, ecstatically, wonderfully married. That’s enough for now.
Everything else will come in time.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!


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