Chris's niece, Jordan, and her fiance, Darcy, live in New Zealand and will be married there on November 11, 2011. Jordan's mom, Connie, who lives in Metro Vancouver the same as us, thought it would be a good idea for anyone unable to fly to New Zealand for the wedding to send their wishes to the happy couple in a video. So Chris and I set out to make a video. And what a video.
First, I had no idea iMovie on my MacBook takes movies (don't ask). Second, we tried to make a serious video, filled with sentiments befitting the occasion, but the harder we tried, the worse it got. Between not knowing what the hell we were doing and me becoming as giddy and crazy, well, we created a video all right, but not the one we thought we would.
What I love about this is you see Chris and me exactly as we are, and how we interact together--infinitely better than any picture of us I've published on my blog. This was one of the best evenings we've ever spent together. I don't remember the last time I had this much fun or laughed so hard snot ran from my nose. Brace yourself.
(Afterward: Many years ago, the person that I am in this video would have disgusted me. I would have found nothing but fault with him. But, today, I embrace everything that he is. Today, I laugh with and not at him. That's my journey. That's progress.)
*Update: Connie, who's still in New Zealand at the time of this writing (Monday, November 14) sent the following email today regarding the reaction to Chris and my video at Jordan and Darcy's wedding reception: 'I was a bit worried about how the Kiwis would react to Chris and Rick's video clip. But they were the hit of the show. I kept hearing people behind us say, "WHO are those guys?" People were wondering if they're comedians."
No, no comedians. We're just a couple of fools who had no idea what the hell we were doing.
Thanks for the great feedback, Connie. Chris and I are glad the folks in New Zealand enjoyed our video.