.... The Messy Mind of J'rod: May 2007
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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Finally Time To Relax

Finally, a little time to breathe!
The last few weeks have been hectic, considering I moved into my new apartment (and dealt with all the junk that comes with that, like calling everyone about my new address), getting EXTREMELY sick, and recovering just in time for my brother’s wedding.

I had caught a virus the Monday before the wedding; the doc said it was likely a virus, rather than the suspected cold or strep throat. I had the shakes, cold spells, hot flashes, sweats, aches, fever, hallucinations, hunger, nausea, sensitivity to light, a really sore throat, phlegm, blood in my hork (eeewwww!!), and a pimple next to my nose. Luckily everything was cleared up for last Saturday… the big day for my brother.

And how was the wedding? It went quite well, actually. I mean, there were some pitfalls we nearly didn’t dodge, and a few things went wrong (like Daniel being called “David” twice by the minister at the alter). But everyone knows there is no such thing as a perfect day. Besides, the weather was good, the bride was beautiful, and the food was great. What else does one need?
I’m just glad I didn’t screw up on my speech. I was nervous, and it didn’t help that my voice had not recovered entirely from my virus. I was afraid it would crack or something. It seems that people want me to put up my speech, so I’ll post it at the end of this blog for everyone to read.

Now that everything has finished, maybe I’ll pick up the writing again. I’m almost finished the segment out of seven or so parts. It’s coming along now.


Before I begin I’d like to thank Daniel for asking me to be his best man, it is an incredible honour. I would also like to thank Christina for allowing Daniel to ask me.

Thank you,
For those of you who don't know me I'm Daniel’s older brother, and I’d appreciate it if you called me by my full name, which is . . . 'Jared, can I buy you a drink'. Feel free to come up and talk to me later on. I'll be around the bar area.

I’m a little nervous. I’ve never actually had to make a wedding speech before. Thankfully, I was given a few pointers and the first thing I found out was that the speech should be no longer than the time it takes for the groom to make love.
(Look at watch)
So since I’m a bit overdue I should probably wrap things up.

In all honesty, being the best man is a hard task to perform. A lot is required of me. For instance:
I have to make sure the groom makes it to the service on time, and looking as sober as possible.
I have to be sure there is nothing between his teeth… or was it his ears? Either way I think we’re good.
But the greatest task a best man performs is embarrassing the groom during his speech. Actually (laugh), Daniel said that if I skipped this part he would let me be the best man at his next wedding, so…
(fingers crossed)

When I first found out that Daniel was engaged to Christina, my heart skipped a beat. I remember the exact moment, and could recall exactly what I was thinking.
You see, when we were growing up I was always the first to face the experiences life had to offer.
I was the first to have a bar mitzvah,
I was the first to kiss a girl,
I was the first to make it into high school,
I was the first to move out of the house.
In a way, I always felt that I was supposed to be the example… the model that he was told to emulate.
But when I found out that he was going to be MARRIED, I was incredibly happy for him. Because now I know that my little brother has grown up, and that he is the example that I should emulate.

Christina… I regret that I have not spent enough time with the two of you to be able to be able to come up some great stories to share, so instead I will take the time to tell everyone all the joys I’ve seen in Daniel since you came into his life.

I remember talking to him on the phone just after he returned from Florida. He couldn’t wait to tell me he met someone there, and that she made him very happy. He wanted me to meet you almost right away.
Every time he mentioned you from that day forth, it was as though he already had a permanent place for you in his heart. Even early in the relationship he spoke about you like he knew that one day you would become his bride.
I remember sitting down with him after the two of you were engaged. I asked him, “are you sure this is what you want? Are you sure she’s right for you?”
And he looked at me with the straightest face I’ve ever seen on him, and said, “she makes me so happy. I’m so lucky to have found her.”
And from then on I knew from the look in his eyes that he had followed his heart.

And here we all are. Today we celebrate the union of two families through the untouchable love that Christina and Daniel share. So before I go I would like to impart a few words of advice.

Daniel: If there is one thing you must not forget to do, it is to set the ground rules, and establish who is boss in the relationship. Then do everything Christina says.
And Christina: I have two pieces of advice for you. If Daniel ever says anything that can be interpreted in two ways, and one of them makes you sad or angry, he meant the other one.
And the last thing is… this is important… whenever possible, please say what you have to say during commercials.

With that being said, I would like to invite you all to raise your glasses to the new Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro. May you enjoy the fruits of a bountiful and long life together, and may god bless everything that you do

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

First Night.

This is my first official night in the Manning apartment. I've moved everything in, and am sleeping here tonight. The move went relatively well; thanks again for your help Noah, Dina, Byron, Kevin, and Dad. Unfortunately I somehow lost the curtain rods, so anyone looking in can see me dancing to the Aqua album in my underwear... shyeah right!
Although I'm further away from so many of my old friends, I've found I'm much closer to others. Hopefully the location won't deter me from seeing the North York / Scarborough crew. I'm going to try my best to stay in touch. I even went to a bonefire party tonight to meet up with the old roomies, and some other ex-Jack employees. T'was a good night.
So like... I went to a Pleasantville Public School reunion that we put together on Facebook (hehe), and it was like, totally awesome. I got to see people I haven't seen in 15 years! Funny how everyone looks the same with a few wrinckles added to them. I'm always interested on how people turned out. We always thought this one guy was going to be a professional baseball player, but he's doing the lawyer thing instead.
Alrighty, now that everything is almost in its place here, I've gotta focus on my brother's wedding next week. I have the speech prepared, but I need to practice it a little more diligently. Plus I must not forget to register a gift. I wanna give them something completely useless, just for the fun of it. "Here Daniel, I got you stickers for your bathtub so you don't slip in there! Isn't that exciting?"