Sunday, August 08, 2010

Comparative Advantage Revisited

At 4pm on August 7th 2010 in Malibu, California I had the deep honor of officiating at the wedding of Prof. Mary Evans and Prof. J.R. DeShazo.

As you can see, it was a perfect day and the event was held at a wonderful private home with an ocean view. In the picture, you can see me in the middle looking like a secret service agent. The bride and groom are facing me. Note how tall J.R's brothers are, Michael Stoll can barely be seen next to the other groomsmen. Dora and I had a wonderful time. Our son is parked in Berkeley and it was just great.

Some of the guests know me quite well and they were surprised that I didn't crack any jokes. I must admit that I tried to be a sober adult and that is difficult for me. But, one's wedding day is a big big day and I didn't want to take any chances. I was married on May 29th 1998 and my grandfather married us. He was quite serious that day --- so perhaps I was trying to imitate his professionalism.

For future economists who are asked to perform a marriage; I offer you my 3 steps to success.

1. get a haircut and dry clean your clothes
2. practice your lines
3. arrive early

Unfortunately, my "magic powers" of marrying people have now faded and I'm merely a professor again. I have a large number of tasks I must complete in August and I will do so in Berkeley. Severin Borenstein has been kind enough to offer me an office at his UCEI and if you can help me get through my list of tasks --- I'll be happy to speak with you!