A couple with local ties have a love story that starts out well but has the “wurst” ending. Mountain View residents Mark Bubert and Michele Ramos, both members of the Germania Club that draws Bay Area lovers of all things Deutsch, started their bridal plans with German theatricals and now continue married life at ... well, Marlene Cowan has the story:
“Dinner for One” is a short play traditionally aired on TV for Germans each New Year’s Eve. San Jose Germania Club members Mark Bubert and Michele Ramos were invited to entertain the club with this skit last August.
Ramos played Ms. Sophia, the forgetful octogenarian, and Bubert dressed as her devoted butler. Ms. Sophia seems unaware that her four friends have passed away, so her butler toasts and plays the role of each absent guest, gradually becoming hilariously drunk until Ms. Sophia decides that she’s sleepy and toddles off to bed, the party over.
For their rendition, the encore was the best part of the skit. Amid final applause, Bubert dropped down on one knee in front of 80 Germania Club members and popped the question to his totally surprised girlfriend. She said “yes” – but this was not the final surprise.
This month, the pair invited parents and 30 unsuspecting friends to their “engagement dinner party” on April Fool’s Day. Ramos arrived fashionably late, and as she entered, Bubert announced that the engagement party would actually be their wedding ceremony. His mother appeared to be in shock, while his father, as always, seemed cheerfully happy. Only five people – including the pastor but not the parents – had known the plan.
Their announcement cards read, “Happy April Fool’s – gotcha!” and shared their plan to live happily ever after “til death do us party.”
Happily ever after, for them, includes exploring the mountains and beach in their VW bus and – closer to home – fun with Sasha, their bullmastiff. Often called “a butcher’s dog” in Germany, Sasha’s breed earned its name from the amount of meat required for a mastiff’s diet.
That isn’t a problem for the newlyweds – Ramos works part time at the same market as Bubert. He is, as you may have guessed by now, the son of Dittmer Bubert and the head butcher making authentic German wurst, or sausage, at Dittmer’s Gourmet Meats & Wurst-Haus in Los Altos.
For the new couple, wurst is certainly best.