Scot: THE PERSON
Who am I? What a wonderful question! I can probably best sum myself up by saying I like to build things and solve puzzles. Although I'm a full-time wedding officiant now, my previous lives were as a project manager, systems engineer and programmer. And I've had the pleasure of working on everything from flight simulators and inventory control systems to medical infusion pumps and navigation systems. So what does all of that have to do with being a wedding officiant? Well, it mostly shows that I work well with others, and that I'm creative, detailed oriented and organized. And I'm so good at it, people paid me to do it! But I'm semi-retired now and I feel like I graduated from the engineering life into something more fulfilling and frankly more more fun: wedding officiating.
IN MY FREE TIME
Okay sure. That's all good, you say. But what do you do in your free time? Frankly, I still tinker a bit with a 3D printer and my woodshop. And if I need it, I dust off some programming skills to solve a problem that probably didn't need solving. My wife and I like to travel and go scuba diving. She likes to dive to go see the amazing variety of sea life, the rich colors, and blah, blah, whatever. But what does she know? Diving equipment is amazing! Breathing underwater is unbelievable! Bouyancy control devices, regulators, sensors, nitrogen tables, hydrodynamics & gas mixtures! So many intricate things working in harmony to produce a result that is more than the sum of it's parts. And do you know what else is just like that? Wait for it.... Okay, you guessed it: a wedding ceremony. Sure it can be just a sequence of walking, hand holding and kissing. But why let it be that when it can be a powerful statement that builds from moment to moment that convinces both you and your guests that the two of you are completely, inseparably and undeniably in love.
That's all fine, but that's not the whole story, is it? Well, no it isn't. And that's because there is one thing that I put above everything else. The thing that I wake up to do each day and strive the most for, is to be a good husband. It's the one role that dominates each and every moment. I love my wife and I try to show her that everyday. Yeah, it sounds sappy, but what good is living without someone to share life with? Funnily enough I have a tendency to call her 'my love' or 'my wife', but sometimes I start saying 'love' and midway through mix it up with 'wife' and it comes out 'my life'. And I guess she's that too.