Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
By Smokey Briggs
with a plan
"More men want a say in wedding planning," the headline read.
I did a double-take, read the headline again, and then began to read
the accompanying article. I was sure that some tired kid at the copy desk
had either goofed or pulled a fast one for a little humor.
It never occurred to me that the headline's proclamation might be true.
According to the Wall Street Journal, it is true. The more I read, the
more I wanted to cry.
Not for me. I am married and She-who-must-be-obeyed had a very intent
look in her eye as we recited that "until death do us part" thing. I am
hitched for life no matter when mine ends.
But I felt for the poor schleps that were reportedly falling into this
My first thought was, "yuck." The example groom-to-be was miffed that
the wedding planners gravitated to the bride and left him out, so he designed
the program on rice paper and tied some fluffy twine around them and did
a whole lot of other things that called his masculinity into question.
Really, I went back and re-read the first part just to make sure the
bride was not named Steve.
She was not, but they did live in New York so I had to check.
Supposedly modern males "have wedding dreams too" and really want a more
active part in planning the big day.
Well, I'll buy the "dreams" part. Who amongst us has not had the wedding
dream - the one where you wake up in a cold sweat but then grab a beer and
celebrate when you realize that you are in your own twin bed with unwashed
sheets with the miniature beer fridge beside it.
Or the other wedding dream - the one where (fill in the blank with your
favorite Hollywood starlot) is waiting for you at the end of the isle, dressed
in a wedding gown designed by Frederick's of Hollywood, standing in the
back of a monster truck which happens to be laden with a year's supply of
your favorite malt beverage, while the best man carefully wipes down the
pair of presentation grade Colt pistols your bride-to-be demanded you exchange
instead of rings.
Yeah, I have had the wedding dream.
The article did mention one facet of the modern man-inclusive wedding
that has some merit at first glance.
Today it is okay for the groom to "register" just like the bride.
That would have sounded like a good idea before I was married.
Now, I know better.
I have one thing to say: Fools!
Nice try, but foolish. Yeah, you might get a new Makita cordless drill
out of the deal but that nifty drill will cost you more than a fling with
a cocktail waitress over the course of your marriage.
It will never be forgotten and she will be eternally miffed.
And, what if you get more junk than she does? What if you get the complete
set of Snap-On tools and the engine stand you registered for and all she
gets is a toaster and some other girl stuff for the kitchen?
Dead man walking - that is what you will be. There will be no escape.
No way to earn forgiveness. You will have overshadowed her on her day.
Weddings are not about you boys. You are window dressing about two notches
lower on the list than the flavor of the cake and the color of the flowers.
Keep a low profile, do not get so drunk you slur your vows, and shut
And, just for the record - being really interested in planning your wedding
really does bring your masculinity into question.
It is just wrong.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed at:
Nuclear waste could be a good
thing for Pecos/West Texas
Nuclear waste may be an issue for West Texas again in the near future.
The Texas house passed HB1567 recently and the Senate is debating a similar
bill - both bills would allow the Texas Department of Health to issue a
license to a private company to administer a low-level nuclear waste site.
It appears that Andrews County is a likely spot for the facility if the
bills pass and a license is issued.
There will be the usual knee-jerk reaction from some on both sides -
both proponents and environmentalists - no matter what town or county is
Hopefully local and regional leadership will not be part of either group
and will take a hard look at both the potential risks and the potential
Last go-round with the issue in this area the real problem with the proposed
site appeared to be the record of the company planning to build the site
and not the issue of a nuclear dump itself.
The risks cannot be minimized and any company gaining such a permit should
have a good record.
Presented with such a company looking for a place to build, West Texas
in general and Pecos specifically would do well to take an honest look at
the possibility and avoid any "no-nukes" knee-jerk reaction.
Storage of low-level nuclear waste is not the equivalent of testing nuclear
bombs. It can be done safely and it has to be done somewhere.
Rather than spending our energy simply fighting anything nuclear we would
be better off using that energy to bring a nuclear storage facility to the
area and making sure that the facility is safe.
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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