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tell me a love story in a sandbox style

jelky, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:02 (thirteen years ago) link

you go first

spite n ease (harbl), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:06 (thirteen years ago) link

confounded emailed me and said since ilx is down there is this other place. i remember being #78 but don't know now how i figured that out. the rest from there is history baby!!

jergins, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:10 (thirteen years ago) link

that love story left a lot to be desired

spite n ease (harbl), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:14 (thirteen years ago) link

i had to go to the grocery store just now to get this:

guy in front of me in line-total dude, floral shirt and cutoff jeans and hiking boots, tan and tall-says "so i met with more possible renters today. came to the house, looked around. four babes." checker said "yeah, oh man, that's awesome for you"
then i bought my ice

jergins, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:52 (thirteen years ago) link

tru <3

jergins, Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:55 (thirteen years ago) link

te,he (tehresa), Tuesday, 21 July 2009 04:57 (thirteen years ago) link

could they be cuter

jergins, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 05:15 (thirteen years ago) link


lxy, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 05:19 (thirteen years ago) link

i think they could be. it's like no one even tries anymore.

te,he (tehresa), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 05:35 (thirteen years ago) link

she's cute i don't like the guy though

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 22 July 2009 11:27 (thirteen years ago) link

f. and our dog are asleep in the next room and through the wall i can hear harry having a dream, he has these dreams where he makes little strange frantic barking noises and all his feet run through the air. i wish i could see his dreams, we read a book that said dogs have blurry vision and their colour palette is quite different from ours so for example green looks purple to them, so i bet his dreams are sheer nonsense. end of <3 story.

estela, Thursday, 23 July 2009 12:22 (thirteen years ago) link

i love dog dreams. cat dreams too but not like a dog. she just twitches.

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:58 (thirteen years ago) link

i love the image of estela and harry cuddled up together on the couch reading the doggie dreams book, then discussing the relative merits of dog v. people dreams and doing color chart comparisons.

lxy, Thursday, 23 July 2009 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

while wearing matching afghans, no less

te,he (tehresa), Thursday, 23 July 2009 16:12 (thirteen years ago) link

if you drill a hole in a scull it will sink

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:02 (thirteen years ago) link

oops that post was meant for IRE

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:03 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...


nuhnuhnuh, Thursday, 1 December 2011 23:24 (eleven years ago) link

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww that's so nice!!, awesome invites included

i can't keep track but i hope - in the best possible way - that LJ is somewhere even nicer than the sandbox, & that it is going good

Never translate German (schlump), Thursday, 1 December 2011 23:32 (eleven years ago) link

Needs more sesquipedalia. (and congratulations, LJ)

Aimless, Friday, 2 December 2011 00:52 (eleven years ago) link

wow lj
also wow i have been spite n ease since '09

spite n ease (harbl), Friday, 2 December 2011 00:55 (eleven years ago) link


dayo, Friday, 2 December 2011 00:57 (eleven years ago) link

aw, congratulations lj and darling bride who has miraculously rendered him speechless.

estela, Friday, 2 December 2011 00:58 (eleven years ago) link

are you smoking a party-size bong with an oversized eagle? the future is confusing to me

sarahel, Friday, 2 December 2011 01:06 (eleven years ago) link

lj -my man

Sad Banter (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 2 December 2011 01:10 (eleven years ago) link

you're too late.

estela, Friday, 2 December 2011 01:12 (eleven years ago) link

ya that does give off a dustin hoffman-thru-glass vibe doesnt it

Sad Banter (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 2 December 2011 01:14 (eleven years ago) link

That is a really happy series of posts. Congratulations LJ!

remy bean in exile, Friday, 2 December 2011 01:16 (eleven years ago) link

v strange perspective on the middle photo up there. makes LJ look x2 size of wifey

blood (fart), Friday, 2 December 2011 01:16 (eleven years ago) link

That comic invite really is stellar. Best to both!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 December 2011 01:21 (eleven years ago) link

LJ! I was wondering when the wedding was going to be. Congratulations!

Christine 'Green Leafy Dragon' Indigo, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:01 (eleven years ago) link

wow, good for you lj

smoove operator, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:03 (eleven years ago) link

Aw, I heard about this through the grapvine. Was waiting for you to post to WDYLL. Congrats Louis.

~curious orange~, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:07 (eleven years ago) link

Wow you guys!
Also is that CHEESECAKE?

kinder, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:11 (eleven years ago) link

and why does the cheesecake require salt and pepper?

tehresa, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:12 (eleven years ago) link

can i have the best man's phone # pls why because he look interestng

bene_gesserit, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:16 (eleven years ago) link

FYI lj being married is fucking awesome! Enjoy!

PROVEN BY BOOZE SCIENCE, Friday, 2 December 2011 02:16 (eleven years ago) link

Only just saw this - congrats LJ! Amazing photos.

Illia Rump (emil.y), Friday, 2 December 2011 02:18 (eleven years ago) link

Congrats, LJ!

William (C), Friday, 2 December 2011 02:19 (eleven years ago) link

louis! you guys are too cute!

superb mario bothers (crüt) (step hen faps), Friday, 2 December 2011 03:25 (eleven years ago) link

lj! Well done, well done!

ljubljana, Friday, 2 December 2011 03:39 (eleven years ago) link

congrats, very happy for you

eboue I, Friday, 2 December 2011 03:49 (eleven years ago) link

is the vampire weekend guy LJ's brother?

sarahel, Friday, 2 December 2011 03:54 (eleven years ago) link

LJ that is fantastic and you are the best.

not uplifting (Abbott), Friday, 2 December 2011 04:25 (eleven years ago) link


not uplifting (Abbott), Friday, 2 December 2011 04:25 (eleven years ago) link

Well done, LJ!

dyao think i'm sexy (jaymc), Friday, 2 December 2011 04:32 (eleven years ago) link


congrats man!!

Z S, Friday, 2 December 2011 04:48 (eleven years ago) link

also awesome comic. :)

Z S, Friday, 2 December 2011 04:48 (eleven years ago) link

I was DEEPLY ANGRY at the ILXor who decided it was appropriate to post so many intensely personal LJ pics until I realized it was LJ. Then I was happy.

not uplifting (Abbott), Friday, 2 December 2011 04:50 (eleven years ago) link

mazel tov

є(٥_ ٥)э, Friday, 2 December 2011 04:51 (eleven years ago) link

which ilxors were in attendance

silent (fart), Friday, 2 December 2011 04:52 (eleven years ago) link


dealwithit.gif, Friday, 2 December 2011 05:20 (eleven years ago) link

damn, ol boy really got married huh?

congrats big homie

v-shasty, Friday, 2 December 2011 05:24 (eleven years ago) link

congrats! <3 <3 <3

c sharp major, Friday, 2 December 2011 10:42 (eleven years ago) link

lj congrats dude!!! <3 <3 <3

lebateauivre, Friday, 2 December 2011 11:10 (eleven years ago) link


congratulations to l & e

nakhchivan, Friday, 2 December 2011 11:30 (eleven years ago) link

i remember you mentioned the buddhist wedding idea but i presumed you would settle on something more conventional in the end (oh me of little faith)

nakhchivan, Friday, 2 December 2011 11:32 (eleven years ago) link

i'm all teary, in between returning incomplete assessments

Sad Banter (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 2 December 2011 11:32 (eleven years ago) link

i think you should evict a young polish family by way of commemorating this momentous event in the life of ilx

nakhchivan, Friday, 2 December 2011 11:35 (eleven years ago) link

today of all days, i will allow lj to post a simple thumb pointing up or down to decide their fate

Sad Banter (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 2 December 2011 11:37 (eleven years ago) link

All posting conceits are there to be flouted, and so it goes again. (Given that I hadn't posted in two weeks on the main board, this could be considered making up for lost time - or a piece of craven wish-fulfilment for the sesquipedalia-spotters among us)

Anyhow, you are all the sweetest and I thank you a thousand times over. Every <3 is requited, every encomium for the bride is blushingly forwarded. As you can imagine, it was the greatest of days - bookended by my stag night and our honeymoon flight (why waste time in between?) and featuring friendship at its most vivacious. Also featuring half the wedding party being led into the backwaters of industrial Chiswick, but if a groom can't muster a faulty inner GPS then frankly who can? So yes - polyphonic chanting was meditated upon, string was tied, rings were worn, delightful roast food and mulled wine were scoffed and quaffed alongside the Thames, and three days of Dublin were a fresh way to start married life.

Now for some end credits. The invite, which has turned a few glances, was the work of a man called Winston Rowntree, E's favourite webcomic artist. Once he'd agreed to her commission, she drew a very rough draft of what we wanted on Photoshop, sent it off, and let him do the rest. As you can see, his gifts are fairly extravagant. If there's any interest in his other work, it can be found at - where a litany of genuinely brilliant strips can be found, usually with an articulate social or philosophical point spun imaginatively into the seams. Another feather in Rowntree's cap is that he writes so well - so feelingly - from the female perspective that long-term fans E and I were absolutely convinced he was a woman until after we initiated communications!

Next up, To Arms Etc. - the band I persuaded to play our wedding. Short story: I found their leader on a member recruitment page and struck up a friendship centred around our mutually-compatible tastes. Then I listened to their music, which was predictably thrilling progressive-edged pop. Then they sent me their 2011 album, which was nothing short of stunning as I have previously attested. Throw in a couple of nitro'd-up live gigs (one of which I DJ'd at, fact fans) and it became a no-brainer to get these guys on board - and boy, they delivered. They even learnt one request from each half of the couple in the two weeks beforehand - E's being FNM's From Out Of Nothing, and mine being (predictably enough) Cardiacs' Flap Off You Beak, both of which they nailed flat.

It would be remiss of me to go this far without mentioning the pub itself - the Bell & Crown on the Chiswick/Kew border. Wonderful location, cosy atmosphere, amazing food, delightful and affectionate Irish landlady, and all this with a heaving regular clientele in the other half of the premises. Plus, they have a really, really lovely dog.

And lastly - if you find yourself in the Sheffield area, pop along to the Heavenly Cheesecake Company because my fucking god if you told me I could sort out the wedding cake - four tiers - for 80 quid, and receive the most astonishingly perfect cheesecake I've ever consumed in my life, I'd have probably asked repeatedly for the catch. (The catch, as it turned out, was that THCC don't deliver outside Sheffield, so I had to get my youngest brother, who is at university there, to visit the shop, pick up the cake-box, be graciously ferried to the station by the shop-owner and stupendous confectionery doyenne, and escort it to St Pancras, whereupon I had to carry the blessed thing all the way to Chiswick - a necessary sufferance, and one that reaped a suitably karmic reward)

Anyhow, that's enough blather from me for a lifetime of sandboxing. Thanks again folks; the response here has been really warm, and I return the feeling in full. Here's to an equally eventful and joyous 2012!

once a lifetime is ample, Saturday, 3 December 2011 12:37 (eleven years ago) link

Well done my man. I wish you both an endless torrent of sickening happiness :)

Julie Lagger, Saturday, 3 December 2011 12:43 (eleven years ago) link

you might want to learn the titles of Faith No More songs if you're gonna keep her sweet tho ;-)

Julie Lagger, Saturday, 3 December 2011 12:46 (eleven years ago) link

belated hearty congrats LJ, may Charlton vanquish all before them in 2012

pandemic, Saturday, 3 December 2011 14:28 (eleven years ago) link

that is a VMIC wedding for sure

also it will never not be lol and rather touching that one of ilx' most effusive posters announces life-changing events on innocuously titled old sandbox threads

nakhchivan, Saturday, 3 December 2011 14:55 (eleven years ago) link

speaking as a sandbox regular:

it is a great honor that the auspicious announcement was made here. many hearty congratulations to the lovely couple, and happiness to you always.

lxy, Saturday, 3 December 2011 16:31 (eleven years ago) link

i think that our congrats need to be as exuberantly verbose as we can manage given the recipient, and i regret my sincere yet brief message tbh

Sad Banter (p much resigned to deems), Saturday, 3 December 2011 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

i went to see a Cardiacs cover band to honor LJ's nuptials

sarahel, Saturday, 3 December 2011 19:17 (eleven years ago) link

Imo eat some cheesecake to honor them.

nickn, Sunday, 4 December 2011 07:34 (eleven years ago) link

ilx poster 'DJ Mencap' tips his hat to you LJ

I really want some of that cake

Extreme Lifestyle, Sunday, 4 December 2011 16:50 (eleven years ago) link


you might want to learn the titles of Faith No More songs if you're gonna keep her sweet tho ;-)

― Julie Lagger, Saturday, 3 December 2011 12:46 (Yesterday)


missed this, congrats!

sleeve sandbox, Sunday, 4 December 2011 17:44 (eleven years ago) link

congratulations, louis!!!

horseshoe, Sunday, 4 December 2011 20:09 (eleven years ago) link

nine years pass...

oh man

mookieproof, Friday, 12 February 2021 05:47 (one year ago) link

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