Going To The Chapel

by: Chris Bowers

Tue Jul 14, 2009 at 18:00

As you read this, Natasha and I are on a train somewhere in Upstate New York, probably near Albany. We are on our way to Syracuse, where we are getting married on Saturday the 18th!

If you feel so inclined, we are registered at Amazon.

The day after the ceremony, we are taking a train down to New York City, where we will spend the next ten days. It is a much needed honeymoon, as neither of us have had a vacation in years. Since Open Left launched two years ago, I have blogged, on average, just over six days a week (although Paul has been a lifesaver on the weekends).

Personally, I could not be happier. It is always hard to find someone to spend your life with, but to find someone as wonderful, smart, beautiful, fun and compatible as her when we were both already in our mid-30s and even though we both live such strange lives--well, I can't imagine anything luckier ever happening to me.

While we are away, we are leaving the main weekday writing on Open Left in the capable hands of Ian Welsh, formerly of FDL, and Dave Johnson of Seeing the Forest. While I do not expect, and have not asked, them to write about the same topics or in the same style that Natasha and I use, as writers who I have admired for a long time, I think that you will really like them. Please make sure to check them out.

[Natasha here: I did warn him of all the possible downsides, too. He was not dissuaded. Which is wonderful, because Chris is the best thing in my life. I keep asking him if something good like this is really going to be allowed to happen, knock on wood, and he just says that it really, really is. So that's all right, then.]

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Going To The Chapel | 48 comments
Hey, conrgats (4.00 / 3)
And great choice, Ian Welsh.  

Congrats Chris and Natasha. (4.00 / 3)
Hope you have many years of happiness together.

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Very, very cool (4.00 / 4)
Congratulations and have fun on your honeymoon.

And try to enjoy the wedding as much as you can as well.  I realized half way through my own that the wedding is more really for others -- parents, family, friends -- then it is for the couple itself.  They are putting their formal stamp of approval on what already exists.  Just don't get me started on that strawberry, chocolate fountain dip we got from the caterer that was all gone by the time we finished with pictures....

Congratulations! (4.00 / 2)
Dear Chris and Natasha,

I am simply OVERJOYED for you! Am heading over to your registry at Amazon.com to see what I can add to your nest.

It is terrific that you have found each other!

I must confess that I was getting a bit worried about Chris spending so much time on Open Left.

Now that you have each other, I trust I will not have to worry about BOTH OF YOU spending too much time on Open Left!

I wish you glorious happiness in the years to come.

Warm regards,


congratulations to you both! (4.00 / 3)
hope the honeymoon is relaxing -- you both certainly more than deserve it.  

Congrats! (4.00 / 3)
and best wishes for many many years together.  What a joy that you've found each other and can work, live and play together -- especially when the work is something critcally important like OpenLeft and building progressive infrastructure.

Enjoy the wedding and the honeymoon.  You both deserve it.  

Congrats! (4.00 / 3)
Very cool. My husband & I met in our mid-30s, and I felt like the luckiest person alive.  Our four year anniversary is in August....and I still am amazed at my luck, the feeling never goes away.  In fact, everything just gets better.  It's pretty kick-ass - Enjoy!  

Congratulations! (4.00 / 3)
May you have a long and happy life together.

Montani semper liberi

Enjoy the day (4.00 / 1)
and all those that follow.  

Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

Wonderful! So happy for you! (0.00 / 0)
you two look great together!

Not Ideas About The Thing, But The Thing Itself -- Wallace Stevens

Congratulations (4.00 / 2)
My wife and I didn't find each other until we were in our 40s. A long search makes the treasure that much more enjoyable. Have a good honeymoon!

Yay! (4.00 / 1)
that's all right, then.

Mazel tov! (4.00 / 2)
May you both enjoy many years of happiness together.  

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Congratulations! (4.00 / 1)

Best wishes to both of you. Enjoy the time off -- you've MORE than earned it! OpenLeft will be in good hands.  

"We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

God bless and god speed kids (0.00 / 0)
What a happy picture, obviously a prelude to a happy life!

Wait! Wait! (4.00 / 3)
Aren't you supposed to get married in NYC and honeymoon upstate?  Niagra Falls and all that?

I'm soooo confused, I almost forgot to say


"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

just like in Superman II! (4.00 / 3)
no, wait...

mazel tov! wow, do you two look happy! that is so cool. enjoy your time off, and the City in the summer! whoo hoo...i can see serious honeymoon related activity programs there for you all.

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it's all fine and dandy for you (4.00 / 12)
I'm here struggling to make my hetero marriage survive under the strain of sharing rights with gays.

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lol (4.00 / 1)


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

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All the best congratulations. (4.00 / 3)
This does feel like family getting married for so many of us. Well it does for me. Thanks for sharing your happiness with us, you look wonderful together.


Good work, a hearty appetite, deep laughter and fine friends to you both.


The government has a defect: it's potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect: they're pure tyrannies. -Chomsky

Congratulations Indeed (4.00 / 1)
I thought I detected a note of infatuation in some of your references to Natasha...so of course, why not make it official...

Natasha let you put a Playstation 3 on your registry??? (4.00 / 4)
You are a lucky man!!! ;-)

May your joys be as bright as the morning,
your years of happiness
as numerous as the stars in the heavens,
and your troubles but shadows
that fade in the sunlight of love.
-- An Old English Blessing

Congratulations to you both!

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Yeah Natasha (4.00 / 1)
Remember the PS3 is for both of you.  Let Chris play it sometime.

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Congratulations (4.00 / 1)
Great stuff.

And honeymoon in NYC - great place to spend some leisure time.

I recommend seeing the 39 Steps on Broadway. It's a lot of fun.

Karl in Drexel Hill, PA

Congratulations!!!! (4.00 / 2)
Have a great week, I know you'll have a great life bc you're both such wonderful people!!

:-) (4.00 / 3)
A cyberspace hug to the 30+ year old kids who have shared their  happiness with us.

Peace and Love, always,

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Congratulations! (0.00 / 0)
wishes for a happy, long and healthy marriage!

Congrats to Natasha & Chris!! ... (0.00 / 0)
enjoy your honeymoon!

Congratulations (4.00 / 2)
to both of you!

looking forward to reading your writing (4.00 / 1)
here while they're gone!

Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

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Way to go Bowers!! (0.00 / 0)
I'm so happy for you and Natasha.

Right now, I'm raising my glass of Sam Adams (Made in the U.S.A.) to you both. Cheers to you two enjoying a long, happy life together!!

Congrats (0.00 / 0)
That is really beautiful and inspiring.  Really wonderful.  Many blessings to both you.  Enjoy!!

Congratulations (0.00 / 0)
Hi Chris & Natasha,
I just logged on and saw this beautiful picture of you both and this wonderful announcement.  It couldn't happen to a nicer couple.  Have a wonderful wedding, a blissful honeymoon and may God bless you both.  2009 is turning into a fabulous year!  Open Left is so lucky to have you both.  Come back refreshed and renwened.

We send you our joy!
Ava Turner

You look fabulous! (0.00 / 0)
And Chris looks pretty good too....)


Congratulations! (4.00 / 1)
I see you favor the red KitchenAid stuff -- as do we!   Great minds and all..

Wow! (4.00 / 2)
It is wonderful ... to hear good news.  
I just want to say Congratulations.  
You deserve every happiness -- you have done so much for us for the past few years.
Thank you for all your hard work, and for sharing your
often brilliant insights with us and with the world.
The world is a better place because of it.

Morning Yes (0.00 / 0)
This is definitely not a weekend for a Morning No.  Good luck and God bless.  Continue on your path, we have been enjoying it.

I couldn't be happier for you two (0.00 / 0)
Wishing you lives full of happiness together.

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Congratulations!! (0.00 / 0)
That's fantastic news!  And here's to a long and happy life together.

Congrats! (0.00 / 0)
Have a great time guys!

Congrats you two! (0.00 / 0)
Best wishes, and enjoy your well-deserved honeymoon :)

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So. Damn. Cool. (0.00 / 0)
Congratulations Chris and Natasha! Best wishes for your future life together.

If teaching is so easy, then by all means get your degree, pass your certification test(s), get your license, and see if you can last longer than the five years in the classroom 50% of those who enter the profession never make it to.

congrats (0.00 / 0)
Have wonderful honeymoon. Enjoy the time off.

congratulations! (0.00 / 0)
happy for you!  

Congratulations (0.00 / 0)
and hope you have a super wonderful honeymoon !

Congratulations and many good years to you both (0.00 / 0)
As honeymoons go, ten days in NYC is not the worst, either.

"If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other people, then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding..."
Zora Neale Hurston

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