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Some art:
http://wink.nixone.com/
Flash-based website, I believe.


Some funny:
http://weeklyradioaddress.com/WRA20070616.htm
Note: it will auto-play when it loads. It's a pretty small MP3.
This week's address is really funny. :)


The Washington Post recently asked people if they'd rather have a $30,000 wedding or $30,000 to start your life. Which would you choose?
$30,000 wedding
$30,000 to start life

Why?
Article link.

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justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: June 18th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read the article. I thought part of the reason wedding costs escalated so much is because the bride isn't the one paying. Guess I was wrong.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised at the number. $30k is a ton of money. That's a down payment on a decent house in most of the states still. Or sitting in any number of places it's free money.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: June 18th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
30,000 to start a life.
My last.ffirst/only wedding including honeymoon and two wedding dresses had a grand total of $5,000...
I would prefere to have the start up money and after six months of marriage have a bit of money put aside for a great party in the lawn of the new place...you know?

I know weddings are expensive, but for some, they feel it is the most special day of their life. For me, I can't say I agree. I don't say that out of bitterness, but out of the true fact that starting out a marriage in debt for that day, starts out the couple with the number one reason divorces happen. MONEY problems or disagreements.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you a whole ton. Fox and I are planning that, if/when we get married we'll do it without going into debt. It seems like starting a new life together in massive debt is dumb. Especially for a single event. Especially, especially, if yuo can have just as good a party far, far cheaper.

I'm just surprised that most people went for the wedding. Even using that 30k to pay off student loans is a huge boon to the couple, or use it to buy a house.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: June 18th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
actually it doesn't surprise me that so many went for the $30K.
See if that father offered wedding AND no help for the first five years of their marriage, OR th e30K I bet the girl might have thought differently. but if you have that kind of money, and you are offering, the kid knows, in essence, take the wedding of diva proportions, and when things get tough, ask dad for more help.

I would have to say, I am disappointed in parents that go into debt for a wedding. They teach their kids an even worse lesson!

Entitlement is a scary spooky thing.
tandu From: tandu Date: June 18th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Already have a life. Don't need a wedding.

How about 30K for a ride on the space shuttle? That's something I could REALLY use.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um... sure... o_O 30k may not be enough for a spaceship ride.
tandu From: tandu Date: June 18th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll just strap a lawn chair to the outside. That should work, right?

:-)
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
In my world, yes that's enough. But only if you have a refreshing beverage too. And flip-flops. And a Hawaiian shirt.
quincidence From: quincidence Date: June 18th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't forget the sunscreen, and yeah.. I think you should be fine.
blackdreams From: blackdreams Date: June 18th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
$30,000 to start life. Because it's much more logical and necssicary. Blowing $30,000 on a wedding sounds retarded to me.
That amount of money to start life....well do you mean starting your own life, or like having a baby?

Now I'm not sure I know what it meant. :(
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is, essentially, do you want free money or a lavish party? The use of said money is up to you.
blackdreams From: blackdreams Date: June 18th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
AH, yes, then to start life. SO much more can be done with the money that way.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's how I see it. Not many other people agree, it seems.
blackdreams From: blackdreams Date: June 18th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is weird to me.
smed From: smed Date: June 18th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Start a life, hands down.
Weddings are expensive only if you let them be. We did ours for about $5,000 withouth the honeymoon. We could have easily done it for less. And that was not a small wedding.

The industry is ridiculous.
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. You're wedding was pretty nice, actually. One of the nicer I've been too. I'm not sure where all that extra money would go. Lobster, I guess?
smed From: smed Date: June 18th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You got it. Or a fancier dress. Or more decorations. Or a fancier cake. Or bigger. Or amaretto with raspberry filling. Or cheesecake.
Mmm... cake.
Or having everyone served. Or a more expensive photographer.

It's amazing all the things you can do. I think we did just fine though :)
tokudama From: tokudama Date: June 18th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
To start a life, because I'm not getting married :P
abmann From: abmann Date: June 18th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. You only get a dollar. And maybe a Coke.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: June 18th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't read the article, but I don't need to read it to know that.

Someone paid to have a wedding done in this museum. Can you guess the cost estimate? $500,000.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: June 18th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
$30,000 to start my life! (although I like to think of it as started and well under way, actually)
I could be really obnoxious and say that the reason is because traditionally the parents of the bride pay for the wedding and while my folks don't have $30,000 to spend, I'm sure it will be lovely. ;-P But that misses the point utterly; the reason is that a) I'm a practical person and I have grad school loans to pay off, b) I want to live in a tree house, c) I want to go to Europe, d) I want to take enough classes to become fluent in American Sign Language, e) I want to become fluent in Japanese and go to Japan to study the Cha Do for a full year, f) I want to have a secure retirement fund, g) I want a hybrid car, h) I would love to offer pro-bono counseling services at a non-profit agency, i) someday I'd like to repay my parents for their financial support during college, j) and I'd like to get married.
The point being, getting married is but one of many fine goals, one which will be made special not so much by the material trappings as the quality of love between myself and my chosen partner. In other words, a good wedding does not require fundage (although is might help)--many of my other dreams do.
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