It's lunchtime, and I was just in the cafeteria getting my sandwich, and the conversation at several tables was centered on OJ . No one cares about the Las Vegas incident, it's just prompted "where were you" nostalgia, if that's the word, for the events of 12 years ago. I heard one person say that the low-speed chase took place the night before his wedding, and his fiancee was frantic that the conversation on her day (Bridezilla, we love you) would be dominated by all things OJ. It was. My very similar moment was a few days before the verdict. My friend and coworker (different job, different state, long time ago) was getting married on October 7, 1995; I was reading at her wedding. We were at work on the morning of the 3rd, and talking about the only thing we talked about that late summer and early fall...her wedding. We overheard a conversation between 2 people about the trial, and she said that she was clinging to the hope that the verdict would not be announced until the next week, because she didn't want her entire wedding day to be dominated by conversation about the verdict. On October 4, we were at work together, and her fiance called us...the verdict was about to be announced; did we want to hang on the phone with him and hear it? We did, and we were stunned....but we would have been stunned no matter which way the jury went; the thing had gone on for so long and was so fraught...with race, with sex, with celebrity gone horribly wrong, that it was a shock to have it all come to an end.
The wedding was beautiful, the reception was in a beachfront hotel (we lived in a seaside town), 10 stories up, with floor-to-ceiling windows through which you could see nothing but sea, sand, and sky...and the conversation was dominated almost entirely by discussion of the verdict.
If you're getting married this weekend, I hope that 1. your marriage will be happy and showered with blessings; 2. your hair and the weather will do what you want them to do; and 3. OJ will cop an un-newsworthy plea and go away by Saturday (it's really in his best interests to do that; after all, that will allow him to get back to his search for the true killers that much sooner...). And if you only get numbers 1 and 2, well that's not bad, right?