Thursday, February 28, 2019

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller's wedding

I'm not a Marilyn fanatic, but I was intrigued to learn that the house where she wed Arthur Miller is for sale, so out of curiosity I did some research. Here's the scoop:

The house is at 122 East Ridge Road in Waccabuc, NY, ninety minutes north of NYC.

This is what it looks like now:

In 1956 it was the weekend home of Arthur Miller's literary agent, Kay Brown. It was a modest, single-story structure:

Here is the original house superimposed over the current house:

A four-minute civil ceremony took place a few days earlier, in White Plains, with no photographers present. The wedding that took place here was a Jewish ceremony presided over by a rabbi and attended by about 25 guests.

Based on archival photos and videos, it appears that the ceremony was held in what is now the dining room, which was then the main room of the house:

Here's the same room with Marilyn and Arthur superimposed:

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the couple and guests walked out the back door to a patio, where a reception was held:

Here's a video and some photos of the reception:

At some later point a second story was added and the rear patio area was enclosed. This is what the rear of the house looks like now:

Here is the old house superimposed over the new:

And here is the approximate location of the wedding cake:

In short, the reception took place in what is now an enclosed living room:

Who says history isn't fun?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Spring cleaning...and new puppy

So we chose the same weekend to get a new bed, give our old bed to Ethan, clean out Sam and Ethan's bedroom to make room for it, and--oh, yeah, get a new puppy.

Bailey gets some extra attention...

...and a new rug.

Does Jo remember Nintendo? Of course!

First bath...

We got the place generally cleaned up, and we're now spending 24 hours a day finding tiny piles of poop and puddles of pee around the apartment and following them to a tiny dog's butt.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

Since it's been a good four months since our wedding, we decided it was a good time to renew our vows with a few hundred close friends in Times Square on Valentine's Day.

Our fellow vow renewers:

The view from the bleachers:

It was just going to be for fun, but when the officiant asked us to look each other in the eye and repeat our vows to each other...well, there's nothing more sobering than looking someone in the eye and vowing to love them forever.

Even with plastic light-up rings.

Love is precious. We are here. We are alive. We are blessed. Don't worry, baby, everything will turn out alright.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sam's birthday

Jo convinced me the night before that I should drive up to Trinity to see Sam on his birthday. I called him, and he had a 1-hour break between classes, so I told him I'd take him to lunch.

Naturally, there was a snowstorm.

My next child will be born in summer. But no complaints.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Book reading in Hoboken

Little City Books is one of my favorite bookstores. It's the kind of place where you walk inside on a cold day and your glasses fog up a little bit.

We had a dozen toddlers for story time, followed by lunch at Johnny Rocket's. Nice Sunday.