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Portland, Oregon April 13, 2012| Porque No.
This is who I want to spend national taco day with.
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The Simpsons: Season 3 Episode 12 "I Married Marge"
The moment I knew I would propose to her this image popped into my head
Liezl and I met because of our shared interest in comedy nerdery. I would have to incorporate the Simpsons into my plan. We both know what it is like to have Simpson Tapes, VHS. And to wear those tapes out.
I picked up a copy of Season 3 on DVD at the used record store. After reviewing the episode, 312 (my area code), I came up with more ideas that connected this trip to the show.
First up was to go Putt Putt. Homer worked at a miniature golf course when Marge and him were out of high school.
This was our Saturday adventure, I was planning to propose on Monday, our 2 year anniversary.
These references are not supposed to be in order and the end is a mash up (for the nerds).
No little Bart was made in the castle, we couldn’t go that exact, sorry.
"Yeah pose like that, why? No reason…"
"Yeah play that Simpsons game, why? no reason…"
We also managed to find Xtapolapocetl.
Monday we started off by getting coffee and a danish and going to the first Imax showing of the Dark Knight Rises. As we came out of the theater I turned on my camera phone and….
My lady was confused and always a good sport just laughed off what I had just done and didn’t question me further.
I had told her that I wanted us to get our picture taken at sunset at an overlook we had been to before. This is where I had planned to pop the question either while we were taking pictures or ala exactly like Homer and in the car.
It ended up being as dark as that picture above by the time we got to the overlook and we only had a short time to take photos. They came out great and we raced back to the car.
(Note: I am dressed like Homer)
As we get back to the parking lot we see a Park Cop giving us a ticket. I did not put the money in the box before we left to take pictures. I figured if I did the Park Cop would come out then and tell us to leave and I would be out $6. Instead I’m out $72. I couldn’t even get mad because I was trying to figure out what to do next.
We had dinner reservations we needed to get to and I figured we could park near the restaurant so I could propose in the car before we went in. I was not concerned with looking cheap and not wanting to spring for the valet this particular night and Liezl took the words out of my brain when she offered to look for close parking.
It wasn’t a scenic overlook but I didn’t care, the perfect view was right in front of me. I pretended to find this note card in her car and asked her to read it.
My love began to cry and I pulled out my ring box I had tucked in my sock since before we began taking pictures.
This was waiting inside…
I combined the actual proposal with when Marge finds Homer working at the Gulp N Blow because he has ran away to become a man. Marge has had her ring repossessed and doesn’t care Homer can’t afford one and any ole ring will do.
I popped the top on the box …
"What is that?"
"It’s an onion ring"
"Why are you giving me an onion ring?"
Fair question. But she answered mine of “Will you marry me?” with a
Of Course I will
Liezl then asked if she could eat and I said no that’s my job. I then proceeded to pop that sucker in my mouth and she said gross.
I then presented the real ring.
Vintage and art deco, things she had mentioned in the past I locked up in the ole memory bank.
Mr. Burns playing Ms. Pacman inspired this drawing to go along with a Pacman themed one I had done for her shortly after we started dating.
Always think @Arbys
This was to make me laugh
And the next day we got her ring sized to the perfect fit
I am the luckiest guy in the world to have met my soul mate. I love you pretty lady.
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I just want to watch Liezl check AST in person on my couch for the rest of my life….
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Love is a beautiful lady buying you delicious jerk chicken on a gorgeous afternoon at the beach.
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