DrHGuy Note: Our impending tenth wedding anniversary on Aug 27, 2021 is an auspicious time to repost (with minor updates) this online letter from The Duchess aka Penny Showalter aka Love Of My Life which first appeared ten years ago at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.com.
Dear Heck Of A Guy Readers,
When Allan, soon after I met him, wooed me with selected passages from Chelsea Hotel #2 – a song I’d never heard before – I thought there might be something special going on.
When I found myself playing Diva #2 in his movie about how how to make a concoction called Chocolodka by combining cheap vodka and British candy bars in a dishwasher, I became convinced I had become involved in – well, let’s call it a unique relationship.
And when Allan convinced me that making the world aware of Do I Have To Dance All Night, a Leonard Cohen song never released on an album and one that Leonard, a singer-songwriter unknown to me before Allan and I met, last sang 30 years ago, was a moral imperative, well, I knew I had been irreversibly assimilated into a strange and fantastic new world.
None of that, however, prepared me for awakening a couple of days ago to find news of our wedding posted on the his Heck Of A Guy1 blog. (Ah, my wedding announcement sandwiched between Video Of Leonard Cohen’s Chelsea Hotel #1 and The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter on a web site that also featured walker-based gymnastics, my own interview with the owner-chef of Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, and the suspiciously titled Protection From My [my fiance’s] Marriage For A Small Fee – it’s every little girl’s dream come true.)
Even more impressive were all those wonderful comments that followed the DrHGuy & Duchess To Wed post.
I want to thank each of you for those comments. I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of well wishes and love from people that I am just meeting for the first time through Allan’s blog. I have read each of them several times, and they never fail to make me smile and feel cared for. I am looking forward to being at least a small part of your lives as I help with the blog. Our time together thus far has been an enlightening and joyful adventure that I expect to continue for many years to come. I am delighted that we can share some of that with each of you. Again, a very sincere thank you for all of you that have touched my heart with your comments.
And, of course, I want to thank Leonard Cohen, whose songs and poems were a special – and effective – part of our courtship and have become such an important part of the life we share.
aka The Duchess
PS Regardless of what Allan says, we did not choose our wedding date because “it falls between gigs for Leonard Cohen and his band,” thus making them available to play at our festivities.
PPS On the other hand, if Leonard is willing to give us a rate and to bunk in the spare room to save a few bucks…
Update: Leonard didn’t make it, but these flowers he sent did.
Credit Due Department: Images by Penny Noell Photography
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