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Katka and I got Married

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The 12th of December was another steel gray sky but with sporadic snow that stuck here and there. Precipitation had thawed to the lightest of drizzles by the time we arrived at Novomestska radnice or New Town Hall (as its known despite its 14th century origins). I was reminded constantly that rain makes for a lucky wedding.

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So here are the trousers I made. They are very similar to the StageWorkers design except the stripe is thinner and the material is much lighter. I find this fabric excellent for more formal trousers. It is slightly shiny cotton with a little elastan for stretch. I have this fabric in black and blue and I can make something similar for you.

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Katka and I have not needed to be married to fully enjoy living together for the past six years. So in 2007, when a tourist visa no longer afforded an American an indefinite stay in Europe, I loathed the notion of using marriage for a residency application. I had no desire to surrender to norms and trappings of popular rituals I often despise.

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As time passed, friends like David pushed me to see that getting married to Katka was a very logical way to continue my life in Prague legally. A custom we tacked onto the marriage ceremony was a family meal. We communed for a supurb lunch at Stoleti where our parents made toasts thanks to Jana’s interpretation.

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A suggestion that we rent taxis for transport through the inclement weather was utter nonsense in my mind. I’m not alone in the opinion that Prague’s Public Transportation is the best in the world. Its cost, convenience and reliability are key to my livelihood. I couldn’t see why it would be any different on my wedding day.

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Until a month or so before the wedding I was still thinking we would do it all on the very down low--just a few friends and no relatives. Luckily my excellent friend Petr told me that if there was ever a wedding that disserved the full distinction of tradition, it was ours. After this change of heart, Katka’s enthusiasm helped pull me along.

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Duchess and the Kittens entertained us for the evening. We contacted them through friends of our favorite local theater group Krepsko. After securing their participation at the event, Katka and I decided to go all in for the wedding party. We (mostly she) frantically looked for a venue for the occasion with only a week to go.

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Luckily, Katkas mother is the director of a high school dorm. Later, I wondered how we entertained any thoughts of having our wedding party anywhere else. And the morning after we stumbled downstairs fully prepared for hours of cleaning only to find it magically restored to its previous condition thanks to the dorm employees.

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The ability to throw a wedding party with all your friends and relatives is by far the best reason to get married. I can honestly say I had way more fun throughout my entire wedding experience then I expected. I apologize to all unable to attend due to our delinquent announcement. Perhaps we will do it again someday in Syracuse.

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One forgets about the beauty that thrives before your eyes when you busily push past it every day. One might think this phenomenon takes exception to those who live in cities like Prague. However, we are caught off guard when exceptional events slow our perceptions and reconnect us to the human miscellany that tickles the senses.

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The fact that the one thing I once considered to be an escape of last resort has become an actualization of unmatched beauty and health, is a testament to the grace though which my life unfolds. I’ll never know if I deserve all the lovely things that come my way but please understand that I truly appreciate the ability to pursue such a life.

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