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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Defining America, Part I: The Wonder Bride

This is my first installment from a new series titled, Defining America.

From The Associated Press, via CNN: "A man who auctioned off a slice of toast carved with his drawing of the runaway bride feels burned because the winning bidder has refused to pay for the item."

Here's the skinny -- A New Jersey bloke carves the "likeness" of Jennifer Wilbanks, the now infamous runaway bride, on a slice of Wonder Bread, bids it for sale on e-Bay and gets a winning $15,400 bid. He goes on national TV to exchange the slice for the dough, and the buyer renegs.

You can guess what will happen next, but I'll let CNN fill in the blank: "The purchaser reneged on the sale," (bread artist Perry) Lonzello told The Star-Ledger of Newark, adding that the man was no longer returning his calls. "He said he was goofing around. I think some legal action will be coming out of this."

Runaway bride = media circus = cheap white bread portrait = high-tech contract for purchase = lawsuit. Now, if only Congress will step in to complain about the activist judge who presides over the case, the event will serve as a socio-political snapshot of America as it stands, as long as it remains standing I suppose.

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