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Wedding Smells

6:00 PM -- What is it about surviving a tragedy that propels young couples into marriage? Is it the trauma of it all? The descent into reckless despair? Do they think: "Hell, that hurricane didn't kill me. I swam above the flood waters. I guess I can survive anything."

Well, I won't argue that whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger. I've been married for seven years, by the way. So I'm stronger than many people.

But let's get to the news of the day, shall we, cupcake? Tonight there will be a double wedding here in c'wazy Fort Worth at the Northside Tri-Ethnic Community Center.

Donna Mathis and James Nelson Jr. are taking the plunge, so to speak, as are Annie Logwood and Leo Tate at 8 p.m.

The couples arrived in Fort Worth on September 2 after being transported by bus from the Superdome in New Orleans.

Logwood and Tate were high school sweethearts and have been together for 27 years, but never officially married. Fort Worth's publicity machine sent me a notice that actually contained the following sentence:

    After weathering the hurricane, the couple decided it was time.


Oh dear. My eyes are tearing up. Because that was damn wrong -- and funny.

Anyway, I'm told the cake, punch, bouquet, tuxedos, wedding dresses, and rings have all been donated to help these families begin their new lives together.

No word yet on any honeymoon plans. Not sure what the reception arrangements are, either, but I'll bring a tub o' tater salad just in case.

Finally, when you're done giggling about what a c'wazy place Fort Worth is, click here to see how you can help our fair city help its, uh, visitors from New Orleans.

— Phil Harvey, Tri-Ethnic Post-Travesty Matrimony Editor, Light Reading

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