Married at 9:09 on 9/9/09

A friend of ours got married this morning at 9:09. He and his new bride were far from alone, though some were waiting till 9:09 p.m. The Las Vegas wedding chapels started slow with 9 couples booked for the morning rotation and would be hopping with 99 in the evening. The cost? $99 of course.

Aside from the symbolism, the grooms said they’d never forget their wedding day.

They could have saved $98.01 if they’d gone to Hollywood where the 99 Cents Store was offering a few weddings for … 99 cents.

China bested the US in the number of nuptials category. Some thought it was because the word “nine” in Chinese is a homophone for the word “forever.” And one couple who registered on 9/9 will have their ceremony and banquet next month, on 10/10.

I won’t get into the numerology debate, but here’s a link to what some folks think is the meaning of the number nine.

Some articles mentioned “dressing to the nines” as a way to celebrate the day. Even though I intended to spend my time in warmups and flip-flops, I had to find out where the expression came from. The Phrase Finder dissects various theories and concludes that the expression relates to “the Nine Worthies,” people who had a significant on western civilization (read: dead white men). They were Hector, Alexander, Julius Caesar, Joshua, David, Judas Maccabaeus, King Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey de Bouillon, one of the leaders of the first crusade. I can see a whole lot of people objecting to ol’ Godfrey and some serious argument about a couple of those other guys. Was Hector real? Ditto King Arthur? All in all, they’re a pretty influential crew.

Another 9/09/09 anomaly: The usual run of “end of the world” predictions. For the Brits, it’s exceptionally angst-producing since their version of 911 is 999. Yipe! But for end of the world accuracy, I’m putting my money on the Mayan calendar, which says the world will begin a new cycle in 2012, specifically on 12/21/12. Some folks have taken that to mean the end of the world is coming. It may be the end as we know it, which might not be such a bad thing.

There’s a new movie called “9” opening today, though the preview looks like the movie has ripped off pieces of every action flick from “Blade Runner” to the Harry Potter series.

Probably the best event of the day is the release of the Beatles stuff. The Beatles Rock Band has received excellent reviews from Ringo and Paul – and from Yoko and George’s widow, Olivia Harrison. It may be the first time they’ve all agreed on something.

“Revolution 9” has been renamed “Revolution 9/9/09” The new remastered complete works will add depth to the group’s amazing creativity.

Weird note of the day: I was reading a history of San Francisco in preparation for my trip and came across the following in a timeline: “1850 – September 9: California is admitted to the Union.”

I tried to file this entry at 9:09 p.m. EDT, which would be 1:09 a.m. 9/10 GMT in WordPress time. But it turned out to be later because I wanted to hear what Mr. Obama had to say about health care and to count the applause pauses – I counted 23 standing o’s and 15 applause-only interruptions. More on that tomorrow.

Then just as I was ready to file, the site decided it wanted to make my entry rag-right and move the cursor left when I wanted it to go right. Here it is, finally.


One Response to “Married at 9:09 on 9/9/09”

  1. Betsy Says:

    I posted a blog at 8:05 am on weds re the Obama education speech debacle…prior to that I had 330 hits on my blog. I came home tonight and had 11,896 hits on the blog! And had more than doubled the number of inbound links! Good grief!

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