Well, it's official, I guess. My mid-life crises must have struck (I just turned 33, you know), because I signed up online to become an ordained minister. As always, I blame others for this strange predicament. =)
In fact, I blame AceoHearts most of all, because he's the one who suggested it to me. Somehow, he got it into his mind that I'm responsible for his current engagement with JBBK, and even went so far as to propose at a letterboxing event this last weekend. If there was to ever be a letterboxing wedding, this would be it!
And he e-mailed me this crazy idea that maybe I could preside over the ceremony. It's a crazy idea--the fool!--but it got me curious about the whole idea of what exactly is an "ordained minister." I suspect most of us have seen that episode of Friends when Joey becomes and ordained minister, but that's just TV, right? He was probably joking, anyhow.
But out of a morbid curiosity, I started doing some Googling about what exactly is an ordained minister and what does it take to become one?
The answers I found were shocking. Just click a few mouse buttons, type in your name and address, and presto, you too can become an ordained minister in mere seconds. No classes, no tests, absolutely free.
So why not? I filled out my name and address, clicked submit, and I am now an official ordained minister, and can legally perform marriages. Well, there might be some other hoops I have to jump through before I can do an actual wedding--crossing T's and dotting I's and such, but in theory, it seems that I really can legally perform weddings in most of the country.
After filling out my information and clicking the submit button, a window popped up with the "receipt of credentials"--mostly just proof that I submitted the form--and it says:
Reverend Ryan Carpenter
has been ordained this Monday the 14th of July 2008 11:15:22PM
and has all rights and privileges to perform all duties of the Ministry.
Now you're probably wondering if I actually plan to preside over any weddings.... I can only imagine that a fool would want me to preside over their wedding, but hey, I'll give it due consideration.
So what did you do for your birthday. =)
Back in April of 2001, I read a small blurb about letterboxing in Backpacker magazine. It was hardly a mention, with probably less than two inches of type. Little did I realize how that blurb would change my life. I met Amanda through letterboxing. I started Atlas Quest and somehow managed to scratch a living off of it. And now.... it's led me to this. Becoming an ordined minister.
Where will letterboxing lead me next.....?