August 24, 2012
About a month ago I told John Ficarra, the editor of MAD, that Dennis & I were going to get married. John jumped out of his chair and said: “Can I be a witness?” I said I’d be thrilled if he were, but that at the City Hall Chapel, it’s “marriage by number”. That meant we could wait 10 minutes or maybe an hour or more. John didn’t care, he was in! Wow! We both hugged, and both got teary eyed. The original plan was that after the ceremony, we’d all go back to MAD (along with Lindi Dunn, our other witness). Dennis and I were going pick up some sweets and surprise the MAD staff by saying we were just married. But a few days before the ceremony, I decided it would be fun to let the folks at TWiT (This Week in Tech) and the TWiT chat room know about the wedding during the live Giz Wiz Show Leo Laporte and I do every Tuesday. (www.twit.tv/dgw1378) The wedding was announced on air via a secret letter to Leo authored by our dogs, Maggie and Fairway. (Letter below.) So after the wedding John treated us to a cab up to MAD. When we stopped I asked John what he considered the best place for me to buy some goodies. He said: “Don’t worry about it.” Hmmm…I guess they already brought some goodies. When Dennis, Lindi & I entered MAD everyone was waiting with champagne, and a TON of fancy cakes, chocolate covered fresh fruit, etc. Sam Viviano, MAD’s Art Director, even did an original poster of us. Whoa! I never expected such a great reception, such a sugar-fest! Of course as in any office, if you don’t think to take a picture of the food before the staff gets to it, you won’t get one. But here’s a look about 15 minutes into party. It was the PERFECT after-wedding reception.