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March 20th, 2006
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Negotiating Nuptials

Nearly a fortnight ago I posted a startling piece on how I unexpectedly found myself needing marriage proposal ideas. Before long I was getting follow-up inquiries and congratulations not only from across this country (and Canada is a big country) but from across other countries as well. Most people were very keen to see me get hooked up in an institutionalized way (that being the institution of marriage, though in the past two weeks many have suggested alternatives).

Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hitch.

First some background for the non-Magic among. Magic tournaments are broadly broken down into two types - Constructed Magic tournaments where you bring your own deck to play with; and Limited Magic tournaments where you open up fresh packs of random cards at the tournament and attempt to build a deck on the fly. Constructed Magic takes a lot of research and play-testing and can be very mind-numbing to prepare for if you're not among the 1-2% of the world who can make a difference on the format, but new and casual players love it. Limited Magic, on the other hand, is always different and exciting and is generally the preferred format for those of us who have been playing for a long time. I personally haven't played a constructed Magic tournament in about three years.

The Magic tournament in Athens is Constructed.

See, when I made the promise to marry the Armoire if they held a major Magic tournament in Greece, it was implied that it had to be a Limited tournament even if I didn't just come out and say it (no one wants to read out the fine print when making grandiose promises). The last time I flew to a Constructed Grand Prix it was a complete disaster and "complete disaster" and "wedding" aren't really things you want to risk mixing.

Which leaves me attempting to default on a promise by technicality, not the best premise for which to attempt to secure a long-term future. Needless to say, my female (and sensitive male) friends are not amused, though my Magic-playing friends at least understand where I'm coming from. I mean, no one likes plays Constructed!

But there's more...

October 15th of this year is not only just seven months away, making planning a marriage fairly tight, but it's also only two weeks after one of the Armoire's significant birthdays. As early as last month I had already begun panicking as to what to arrange in terms of celebrations, but had starting pondering surprise parties or a big trip. With the arrival of marriage and a honeymoon into the mix, suddenly a brilliant solution offered itself:

I can hold a surprise wedding on her birthday!

It mixes all the elements I'm looking for AND makes both events memorable for the Armoire (or distracts attention from the birthday if required). I mean, how hard can it be to throw together a wedding? And think how she'll appreciate me saving her all that stressful work with the wedding planners and family members and so on! And each year I can just get her one birthday/anniversary gift! I love a nice, tight, logical solution.

But I'm apparently the only one who thinks this way. It appears that women have a different approach when it comes to weddings. Not only do they enjoy the process of arranging them, they have often dreamed about and pondered every little detail for years. The women to whom I spoke threatened physical violence as they expressed how bad an idea this would be. My own mother looked aghast.

Okay, to be fair, I was pretty sure the surprise wedding thing wouldn't work, but I love the looks on people's faces when I suggest it.

So to clear things up, as of yet there has not been a formal wedding proposal process. My people are constantly negotiating terms with the Armoire and we're hoping for some sort of resolution in the next little while (though probably not before I move in to my new house - one major life change at a time please). I would like to state that, weird and incomprehensible as it may seem, had Athens been a Limited tournament I would have followed through with great amusement. But with the combination of Constructed event and proximity (both to the birthday and the current date), I'm going to wait for a better moment. Or more accurately, wait until they post the schedule for the calendar 2007 major Magic tournaments...

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Bee Gees - "Wedding Day"

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Date:March 20th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
you know waht goes well with a suprise wedding?


Jesus christ man, I can't even put into words what an idiotic idea this is. Women do NOT LIKE BEING SURPRISED THIS WAY.

Now . . . I don't know why, cause i'm not female. But I know it's bad, bad bad.
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Date:March 21st, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
Come to GP Madison.

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Date:March 21st, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)

I pondered it, but it suffers from the same flaw as my proposed wedding tournament - it's Constructed! Team Constructed no less, meaning I can't even bring friends because they're old and don't play constructed anymore.

And it's a 13-hour drive.

I've heard so much about Madison that I'd do it if it was easy, but having just spent a weekend travelling and playing Magic, and recovering poorly from illness as a result, I believe I will be at home resting this coming weekend. Though I'm tempted once again, if only for your no doubt excellent advice.

Hopefully you'll be able to make it up for GP Toronto?
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Date:March 21st, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)

Oh Matt. PLEASE don't EVER stop posting about the way you think?

*wipes tear away*
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Date:March 21st, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
hey man, just a thought - but why don't you disassociate your wedding entirely with MtG? I think that your wedding should be almost completely about her, somewhat less about you, and not at all about your gaming life. If you love her and want to be with her, you don't need the location of Magic tournaments (Limited or otherwise) to determine if, when and where you're going to tie the knot!

that being said, I do think it's a good idea to find an interesting and original way and location to propose to her... best of luck in that regard!
Date:March 21st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
good idea. it solves so many logistical problems.
Date:March 21st, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
I think you made a typo:

I can hold a surprise wedding on her birthday!

It mixes all the elements I'm looking for AND makes both events memorable for the Armoire NONE OF THE ELEMENTS SHE IS LOOKING FOR!
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Date:March 26th, 2006 01:10 am (UTC)
Perhaps one of the elements she likes best about me is my spontaneity and resistance to doing things the normal way? No one wants someone who is just like everyone else! :-)
Date:March 26th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
So planning a wedding based on MTG grand prix schedules that fit very specific parameters AND formats -- that's spontaneity? :)

Obviously she has a liking, or at least tolerance for, your weirdness resistance to doing things the normal way, or you'd have been dust by the curbside long ago -- that doesn't mean she wants a surprise wedding though man. :)
Date:March 21st, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
This is such a Matt way to think. I should be shocked and appalled, but I guess I'll just have to go for appalled since it's not that much of a shock. =)
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