Fresh out from a wedding in Jamaica where two fantastic people were married, the sun was shining, and some more lessons learned…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought being the best man or a groomsman is the ultimate validation that you’re a valued person in someone else’s life. You are considered trustworthy and responsible, and recognized for those efforts.
I’ve attended a few weddings now as a guest, and by my count, my chances of ever serving in the wedding party are dwindling. But having been to a few weddings and seeing other groomsman in play, all that trustworthiness and responsibility really just translates to running around with tasks in hand rather than enjoying events or lounging around the beach. Perhaps grooms recognize that true VIPs shouldn’t do anything, so they are always doing me a favor. This thought has occurred to me while I was lounging around the beach, high, sunfucked, and drunk on salty ocean water (ie, that was wishful thinking).
I’ve concluded that I should be more concerned about the number of weddings I’ll ultimately attend because short of being a tier 1 guest as part of the wedding party, I should aim to just be included as a guest period. If not someone’s “best” friend, then at least someone’s friend.
Moving on to other things Jamaica, weed is indeed illegal there. Most locals also believe the Chinese, despite being only 10% of the people, run the country. Mobay is short for Montego Bay, which seems to fit in with the local dialect called Patois or Jamaican Creole, which is a mix of creole and broken English. The crickets there (of the gryllus assimili species) chirp in a funny way. If you can imagine a car alarm feeling lazy and unmotivated, it sounds a little bit like that.
And lastly, always have your main event outfit with you on your carry on because when they lose your luggage, you won’t be wearing jeans and a flannel shirt to a wedding. Then again, there’s always the hotel gift shop where they’ll sort you out with the likes of $50 swim trunks, $30 sunscreen, and $10 tampons.
As they say in Jamaica, no problems, mon.