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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Super Blogger Award - & a Secret :)



I got an award from Capt. Alex “Rush Rocks” Cavanaugh.

(Oops! I nearly wrote Limbaugh instead of Cavanaugh, which would have been funny – but only if you listen to talk radio :)

Alex got the inaugural Super Blogger Award from creator, Mark “call me Mel” Means, and the criteria is simple.

“Take the award for yourself, then pass it along to someone who inspires you or you just think is 'super' in one way or another. Tell us why you think that person is super and deserving. Now, all the recipient has to do is reveal a (as in one) small secret about themselves (super people always tend to have a secret or two, right?) and pass the reward on to someone they think is deserving.
Simple, right?”

I am supposed to share a secret.
Do I go funny or strange?
Serious or unbelievable (but true!)

Let’s go with cute… (At least I think it is :)

I knew I wanted to propose to my wife somewhere unique, and as this was 2003 pre-FB, Twitter, etc., my creativity had no choice but go work.
After securing a positive response from the possible in-laws-to-be, I contacted the place I wanted the deed to be done.

It took a while, but once their public relations department took pity on my charming Oirish accent – I was in like Flynn.

On the day in question, I made arrangements to relax and dine close to the action, but once lunch was over, we did have to boogie like it was 1974, ‘cos we had to be in specific seats at an exact time.

My future intended thought I was a mite strange that I wanted to sit in the sun – in the middle of the arena – when there were many shady spots, but I liked the view here, I told her, sweating worse than an old piece of cheese.

Considering we were in the oval-shaped arena, I don’t doubt my betrothed-to be (I hoped) wondered toward my sanity.

But then, at the prescribed time, the Jumbotron came on, and as usual, people waved as the camera went by.

My future squealed a little as she saw herself - at first - and then she was like, “whoa, dude it’s zooming in really close.”
So close that within thirty seconds, we filled the screen.

Which meant I had ninety seconds...

The scrolling sentence started to scroll… “G., Mark has something he would like to ask you…”

I got down on bended knee and then, oh my gosh... I struggled to get the ring box out of my jeans pocket... arrgggh... Please don’t let me drop the ring, Lord!
The box came free, and as I held the ring out to ask for her hand in marriage – the roar from the crowd was awesome…but she hadn't said yes - yet!

Time ticked.

The fickle camera would have to move soon…

“Sweethie, I said, “You don’t have to say yes, but you gotta say something – quick!”

Luckily for No. 1 through 3 Sons, her answer was yes, and we sat back to watch the rest of the Shamu show at SeaWorld, San Diego.

 I now pass the Super Blogger Award on to none other than Julie Luek.

Julie is a goddess of goodness and a true blogger friend.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that was a proposal! Good thing she said yes. Guess the sweaty cheese smell wasn't as bad as you imagined. Good thing Shamu didn't smell better.
Julie is an excellent choice.
And Rush rocks. (The Canadian one.)

M.J. Fifield said...

A great story. Not that I expected anything else from you. =)

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Awesome story!!! Was the long pause because she was shocked and overwhelmed? Or was she weighing her options? ;)

Melissa said...

Awwwww. That's just--awwwwwwwwww.

For that, you get permanent platinum status on your Man Card. It can never be revoked. :)

Anonymous said...

I clapped like a goof when you spelled out "Oirish" because that's exactly how I say it when I try to fake an Irish accent. lol

That's so sweet!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark .. I'm disappointed - I thought it was the supper blogger award ... ?!

Delighted your beloved G said 'YES' .. and all lived happily ever after ..

Definitely super bloggers x 3 .. couldn't agree more -

Cheers Hilary

Elizabeth Seckman said...

How sweet!!

And such a nice story to have your boys roll their eyes at when they're teens :)

S.P. Bowers said...

Love the story! And Julie is awesome.

Morgan said...


Soooooooo much.

Love the story and the pics!

LD Masterson said...

I'll bet all your single guy friends hated you for that one. How could they top it? Great proposal story.

Suzi said...

Ahhh, that's so sweet. What a lucky girl. :)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Enjoy your lives together you two! Congrats on the award Mark.

Bevimus said...

What a great story!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

And what a great person to pass the award on to- good choice!

Mark Means said...

Marvin, that is a truly awesome secret and congrats!

I always knew you were 'super'....that story just clinches it.....well done! :D

Unknown said...

First, LOVVVVVVVVE the story. As a typical romantic-lovin' woman, I'm completely saying "awwwwww" as I read. And after looking at your pictures, I am totally thinking you did well for yourself in choosing your lovely wife. Kudos for having good taste.

Now, I'm blown away you chose me-- thank you Mark. I'm completely touched. :)It's been a bit of a rough patch in life lately and this totally warmed my heart.

The Words Crafter said...

Congrats Julie and wow, what a sweet picture! Congratulations to you both, Mr & Mrs K :)

klahanie said...

Ah good and noble Sir Mazza,

Nothing worse that trying to get a ring box out of your jeans pocket. Of course, as you discovered, you get more than the "hand" in marriage. Actually, that bordered on some sort of innuendo. Behave yourself, Gary aka Charles Bronson.

Congratulates on getting such a worthy award. Oh yeah, Mark um Means well. Aha! And Mr. Cavanaugh, another one of my adoring fans, bestowed it upon your rather modest self. And the award. Nifty neato, dude.

And well done to Julie for receiving the super duper n'stuff type award from your rather modest self.

With that, whoa and aloha, man!

Gary :)

Unknown said...

You set the bar pretty high for your subsequent anniversary gifts. You'd probably need to serenade her on stage at the Super Bowl to beat that.

Very sweet!

Carrie-Anne said...

As a lifelong tomboy, I'm more into casual, matter-of-fact proposals, but yours is a really nice story. Certainly better than my ex giving me a ring I bought myself!

Melissa Sugar said...

Wonderful proposal story. I love hearing of fun and different ways that men propose. I have a question: Did she know it was coming, I mean had ya'll discussed getting engaged or was it out of left field. The reason I am asking is because I knew my husband was going to propose so regardless of how he did it, it would never have been a complete surprise. I didn't know if men did that, you know , ask a woman to marry them when they have no idea what her answer will be. I imagine it would be the most terrifying moment in a man's life.

Congratulations on a wonderful story, marriage and family. Fabulous award.

Shell Flower said...

Awww...that is really quite cute. Great story and a cool award. Congrats on both counts.

Slamdunk said...

Wow, what a great memory. Glad you did not drop the ring as that was what I was saying before the big question--except I would have dropped it onto a city street while riding in a horse and buggy. I don't think those city drivers would have liked me stopping traffic to get it either.

Congrats on your award.

The Armchair Squid said...

You're a brave man, sir! I'm glad for all of you that it worked out - and that she didn't kill you over the embarrassment (my wife might have).

I hope you'll consider joining my bloggers' book club. Here are the details: http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-cephalopod-coffeehouse-july-blog.html

Annalisa Crawford said...

Aw what a lovely story. My hubby likes to share how I ruined his proposal by asking for the wrong ice-cream!

Congratulations on the award, and Julie is very deserving of it too :-)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Your proposal sounds very romantic. Congratulations dude.

Kirsten said...

So Sweet!
Thanks for sharing your secret. :) The pictures are adorable too. You both look so happy!

Al Diaz said...

That's such a creative way to propose, I think. You made me laugh as I imagined you sweating like an old cheese. And Alex made me laugh again when he said it was good Shamu didn't smell any better, hahahaha.

That was a very nice secret to share, Mark! And a great choice. Julie is indeed marvelous. :D

Covnitkepr1 said...

I write a blog which I have entitled “Accordingtothebook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it. I’m your newest follower.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Awww ... you're such a romantic! Love the story.

Unknown said...

Sometimes real life is better than fiction; that was fabulous.

Rachna Chhabria said...
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Rachna Chhabria said...

What a great story Mark, didn't peg you as a romantic type ;)

Yolanda Renée said...

Oh dear, my hubby asked and I took 3 months to give him a yes, so glad he didn't do it in such a big way! :)

So sweet, and Julie so deserving - yeah I know I'm late, I'm always late!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Soo sweet!!! Love your love story!

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