I now pronounce you…

“Goin’ to the chapel
And we’re gonna get ma-a-arried
Goin’ to the chapel
And we’re gonna get ma-a-arried
Gee, I really love you
And we’re gonna get ma-a-arried
Goin’ to the chapel of love” – Chapel of love by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector

Record multimedia reporter Tara Cuslidge, left, and copy editor Christine Taylor wait for reporter Dan Thigpen to cut a cake in the Record’s newsroom in Stockton. The trio will all be celebrating weddings soon. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/8.8. ISO: 400)

Cake is the standard going-away gift for any newsroom employee who is leaving The Record. We all gather on the person’s last day, nice words are said, perhaps a small keepsake is given and then we all have cake. With the downturn in the economy and a general malaise in the newspaper industry, The Record, like most other papers, have left positions empty when someone leaves. Those remaining have to work a harder with fewer people to put our product out.

I was a bit uneasy when it was announced today that cake was going to be served in the newsroom and that we should all attend. My first thought was who was leaving and how were we going to do our jobs with even fewer people. But it turns out we were gathering for a happier reason. Three newsroom employees are to be wed soon.

Reporter Dan Thigpen is getting married to Kim Minugh, a reporter (for our distinguished competition in a county to the north). Tara Cuslidge, our multimedia reporter, is to be wed to her high school sweetheart Thomas Staiano, an electrical engineer. And finally copy editor Christine Taylor is marrying Paul Teldeschi, an life insurance company employee. Congratulations to all and to quote the 1982 film Diner: “Marriage is good.”

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