Q. What should we wear?
A. No shirt, no shoes, no service!
Q. No, really, I'd like more guidance about sartorial matters.
A. We're not going to stand firm on the shoes thing. It will be November, though, so shoes are probably a good idea. Wear whatever you'd like. We find that island attire is always festive.
Q. What is a monadnock? Is it true that Sugarloaf Mountain is one?
A. Monadnock is the geological term for a small mountain which rises abruptly from a gently sloping or virtually level surrounding plain, typically formed by the erosion of the surrounding lands. Yes!
A. On Friday evening, November 5th, we invite you all to join us at College Park Lanes for an evening of bowling and socializing, eating and drinking, merriment and mirth, and other word pairs that sound good together. Try your hand at duckpin bowling, a regional specialty, or stick with bowling bowling. The party will get underway around 6 pm. We have no idea when it will end. Let us know if you're thinking of coming so we know how many lanes to reserve.
Q. Is Barack Obama coming to your wedding?
Q. Could you tell me more about Sunday's hop-on, hop-off bus tour?
A. Yes! On Sunday, November 7th, we're going to dress up in our wedding finery and take one of those hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tours of the city. The entire circuit takes about 2 1/2 hours, but we'll be taking our sweet time about it, getting off wherever we please, exploring our city, taking pictures, eating, etc. The buses come by about every half hour at each stop. We plan to get underway from the stop at Union Station at 10 am (see question re: DST below). We may go to any and all of the following places: US Capitol, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Chinatown, Spy Museum, Ford's Theatre (where we'll stop to have lunch at the Lincoln Waffle Shop), White House, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington Harbour, Georgetown, Embassy Row, Washington National Cathedral, National Zoo, National Aquarium, DC Visitor's Center, Washington Monument, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, World War II Memorial, FDR Memorial, Mall Area, National Air and Space Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. We'll be tweeting throughout the day (daveandshani on twitter) to let you know where we are. You can also reach us by cell phone to check on our progress. We encourage you all to join us, whether on the bus tour itself or just by meeting up with us once we wend our way near you. If you'd like to come on the bus tour, let us know and we can get discounted tickets for you ($20 for an adult, $5 for kids age 4-15). You can travel with us or set out on your own at any point to explore the city. Come along for a couple of hours if you have an afternoon flight! Stay with us all day and enjoy some quality Dave and Shani time! Let us know if you'd like a ticket for the bus tour, if you'd like to join us for lunch, or if you're thinking of meeting up with us at one of the stops.
Q. Did you know that Daylight Savings Time falls over your wedding weekend?
A. Yes. Daylight Saving (no "s") Time (yeah, it sounds a little odd to us too without the "s") ends at 2 am the morning after our wedding (Sunday, November 7th). This means that our 10 am meet-up at Union Station for the bus tour will feel like it's 11 am, so that's a good thing. This time change could cause some confusion on Sunday, but, fortunately, you're all reading this and we trust you will remember this fact.
Q. What is an inselberg?
A. A monadnock.
Q. Do I really have to send in the RSVP card? What is this, the nineteenth century? Wouldn't it be better for the environment if I just emailed you my information?
A. A simple email to the Keeper of the Lists (Shani) would be a great way to reply. Let her know who's coming and who will be joining in on the other weekend activity fun. As an added incentive, if you email you'll have a brand new 44 cent stamp to use for any purpose whatsoever.
Q. Am I allowed to bring my precious little angel to your wedding? The invitation didn't make that clear.
A. We're sorry, but as much as we know you love your pets, we'd prefer you leave your furbabies at home for the occasion. Human children, on the other hand, are welcome to join us! We encourage them to dress up as pirates, princesses, princess pirates or however else they'd like. If the grown-ups want to dress that way too, that's fine with us. Still, we maintain that island attire is a good look for just about everybody.
Q. An "awesome brunch"? My, aren't we informal?
A. Yes, most definitely. Did we mention there will be a steel drum band (we might not have been joking about island attire)? And yes.
Q. Are either of you changing your names?
A. As you might have guessed, the bride will be keeping her name, the groom will be keeping his.
Q. Is there a source of good produce convenient to the ceremony?
A. Yes, indeed.
Q. What is a kopje?
A. An inselberg.
Q. Where are you registered?
Q. But how can we give you gifts?
A. While we are touched by your generosity, your presence at our wedding is gift enough.
Q. For real?
A. Honest! We own a home! It's filled with stuff!
Q. That is totally unacceptable, if not outrageous.
A. OK, OK, take us out to dinner sometime.
Q. But we live in Nome. And not the part that's near the airport.
A. Very well... here are charities that we like: