Something Blue

I was at a wedding over the weekend for some friends. During dinner, there was a trivia game and each table (ours was a table of five UPC folk) were able to submit their own questions for round :

  • After the 2012 earthquake in Haiti, what type of plane was JoEllen evacuated on?1
  • What is Chuck Noris’ first name?2

Round two was an entire section on wedding trivia — who knew weddings cost so much and people married so late in life. This one in particular stood out for the comment delivered with such comedic timing half a beat later:

“In the phrase ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,’ what does blue signify?” (half-beat) “Balls.”

The correct answer is actually purity, love, and fidelity3. I liked the first answer better — which also indicates that I’m apparently still 12 years old.


  1. DC-3)

  2. What is the tallest building in the US? ((Willis Tower 

  3. Carlos 

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something_old 

An Atkins Wedding!

During all my travels last year, I did get to do many fun things, such as attending the awesome wedding of Lance and Nicole! I’ve known Lance for several years and he’s one of the most interesting and funny guys I know. He’s also done some amazingly cool things like going on a mission trip to Africa for two months to help fly airplanes, start his own business making computer cases, and marrying Nicole. Nicole is really awesome too, and very sweet. And together, they through a pretty awesome party, as evidenced below:

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As always, there are more pictures over on Flickr: An Atkins Wedding!

Scenes from Colorado

I finally broke down and bought Lightroom 3. It’s awesome and definitely worth getting (even if you have LR2). Anyway, I was in Colorado this last weekend for my college roommates wedding. It was pretty epic. I got to see some great friends from my College Days™ — many of whom I haven’t seen in years1 — and meet some new people as well.

I think my favorite part was when Ben was reciting his vows to Kim, he did them in French. This was awesome because Kim was a French/Technical Writing major and Ben does not speak any French at all. I wasn’t part of the wedding party, but I was asked to take video of the event. So of course I brought my camera along too2:

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Ken Caryl, Colorado, United States


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Ken Caryl, Colorado, United States


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Update: Added a photo I forgot to upload. Also, per usual, you can see the rest of the wedding-related photos on Flickr: Sikora Wedding Awesome.


  1. Okay, maybe 15 months 

  2. with only my 50mm lens as an experiment in creative composition 

The Incubator

Just writing out what I know I need to accomplish in the next 15-45 days. I don’t think I’ve ever had this many projects go supernovae1 on me in such a short period of time.

  • Codename Shakespeare
  • Finish up and publish Rain :: Volume II
  • Finish School/Graduate
    • USOC Project
    • 3-ish short essays
    • 2-ish exams
    • 2-ish finals
    • 10-ish hw assignments
  • Graduation Party
    • Colorado
    • Seattle
  • Plan a two month trip to Europe
    • Visa
    • Lodging
    • Airplane tickets

Will update as needed.


  1. when a project goes supernova, it’s basically near completion, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. very near the deadline, the projects looks like it’s going to fail, but it ends up not. instead, the all the different parts of the project instanteously coalesce into a superdense point and spontaneously eject the completed project in all it’s glory, more or less 

Our Man McConnell

I’m not sure where to start with this story. It is one that has been in the making for at least the last ten years1, some might argue even the last twenty-three. I’ll skip the boy-meets-girl, boy-falls-in-love-with-girl part and go straight to the boy-gets-married-to-girl part.

Saturday night was the first time one of Us got married. To think that ten years ago, we were sitting around playing video games; and then to think that a decade later, we would be here: celebrating the union of two wonderful people and loss of our friend Kelly2.

Kelly’s marriage raises the bar for all of Us and is yet another reminder that I’m growing up. I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few days pondering.

But enough of my doom-and-gloom thoughts. Kelly and Kristin’s wedding really was spectacular. It took place in the wonderful backyard of Kristin’s parents’ house in New Castle. The weather was pretty much unbeatable.

At one point during the reception, I caught a glace of orange out of the corner of my eye. I turned my head to see what it was: the plastic-like tablecloth the cake was on had caught fire.

I jumped up out of my seat and ran over to put it out. I got a round of applause and everyone at my table was relieved to find out that I was solving problems and not causing chaos. Staples thinks I should have snapped on my latex gloves3.

Around 11:30pm, Kelly and Kristin finally departed in Kelly’s rebuilt baby blue ’65 Nova Wagon.

Photo: Copyright 2008 Jen Emert


  1. How long I’ve known Kelly/been in TheBS, more or less. 

  2. I kid. I kid. 

  3. This an another story that I should probably tell at some point. 

Best First Dance Ever

I went to quite a few weddings this past summer (some might even call the number absurd). However, none of the first dances were as awesome as this one. Sorry guys; I love you all, but this takes the cake (pun?). Better luck next time: