I just returned from a weekend in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, at the wedding of my dear friends Doug and Leora. Doug I have known for about a decade at this point, and it was several years ago while training for our second AIDS Ride that we both had the pleasure of meeting Leora. It has always been clear that they were a good fit for each other, particularly when he brought her to OJ for the first time to meet our group of college friends. We're a little hard to bust into from the outside, and I've always known that the right guy for me will be one who would fit in at OJ, our annual fall getaway weekend -- if he didn't like the weekend, or my friends, or if my friends didn't like him, he would be out. I know Doug felt the same way, so when Leora blended in seamlessly, it was like a seal of approval. Training for another ride the following year, I got to know Leora even better as we chatted away the miles (she and I ride about the same pace; Doug's somewhat faster), and to develop a friendship with her beyond just as "Doug's girlfriend."
Joining them to celebrate their wedding was a reaffirmation of my initial impressions of their relationship -- they fit perfectly together, and it was such a treat to take part in a wedding that truly celebrated this fit, filled with love, laughter, joy, friends, family and tears. Congratulations to both of you -- enjoy the next leg of the ride.