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      Some other ceremonies I performed… I’ve married first cousins (legal in CA), several couples that were getting married because one was dying, two 14 year olds with their parents scowling behind them (legal with judge’s permission), a 23 year old bride covered in piercings and a 90 year old groom in a wheelchair (honestly, really fun couple who seemed happy), a bride who did NOT call her brother even after I told her that he had been in the office a few hours before looking for her to beg her not to get married (or at least not marry that guy), it’s San Diego so plenty of sailors marrying “dancers” they just met, and I had a bride in a full wedding dress with large bridal party who showed up in a limo just turn around, get in the elevator and bail without a word.

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      Another story as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner: most ceremonies are quick and casual, but sometimes couples go all out. This couple had a full white wedding dress, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen in tuxedos, the whole nine yards. As I was writing the license I noticed that the bride’s ID didn’t match the name on the application. Last name was the same, but first name was different. I talked to the couple to investigate the discrepancy and eventually figured out what was going on. She was the bride’s sister. The bride had tragically passed away weeks before the wedding and the groom thought he couple still marry her by proxy with her sister as a stand in. It was horrible explaining to him that he had missed his chance to ever be her husband.

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      I used to work as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner for the county. I wrote marriage licenses and (if the couple wanted) performed a civil ceremony. I had this older couple, probably in their late 60s. They looked like the type that had retired, bought an RV, and planned to spend the rest of their lives in shorts and Hawaiian shirts. They had one witness with them. I think she was his adult daughter. Everyone was happy and smiles as I started the ceremony. As they faced each other the bride was fiddling with the buttons on the front of his shirt. Her fiddling got more intense until she was holding a fistful of his shirt like she thought he would blow away. She started getting really upset and I had to stop the ceremony while he took her aside to calm her down. I had no idea what was going on. They got it together and we were able to finish the ceremony. After they walked outside the daughter came back. She told me that they had been together for over 20 years. They had finally decided to get married because he had just been diagnosed with cancer and probably had 3 months left. I’ve performed hundreds of ceremonies, and it’s been 15 years since that one, but I still get teary when I think about the way she held onto his shirt.

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      Our Fake History. This is not a stuffy, boring, monotone history podcast. It focuses on stories that straddle the line between history and myth, then tries to sort out which part is which.  Did the Aztecs really think the Spanish were gods? Was there really a Labyrinth? What was really the deal with Joan of Arc? We’re ninjas for real?  It’s educational, informative, and thought provoking, but always fun due to a host who truly ENJOYS history.

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      I was laying on my back while eating a lollipop. I bit into and immediately felt a shard go the wrong way and up onto my sinuses. I tried for days to blow it out, cough it up, but nothing worked. I finally got sick of the annoying tickle and went to the doctor. He didn’t believe me and tested me for strep. A few days later the nurse called to say my test was negative, but they never followed up about the lollipop. Maybe it’s still there.

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      The case was a woman suing her HOA because their security guard had stalked her and even let himself into her home. During jury selection the defense lawyer asked us how we would feel about the case if we were told that the security guard had a conviction for rape prior to being hired. Of course we all gave our shocked and disgusted faces. In response, the lawyer said, “ok, ok, but what if I told you it was only spousal rape?” As if we’d all sigh with relief since he only raped his wife. Same jury summons: Federal court and we all gathered in a massive waiting area with a giant movie screen showing the Betty Broderick Story. I live in San Diego. The husband she killed was a lawyer who worked in the building. Awkward.

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