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4041  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In 3.5 hours I sign my life away on: December 23, 2005, 04:47:26 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
! ! ! C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !

I had to do the whole, "throw her off the trail" thing too.  Makes for some serious surprise/relief when the question and ring finally get popped.  Good stuff. biggrin

Quote from: "naednek"
All this planning is finally over,  late next year we will be married.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Spoken like someone who's never had to figure out their wedding ceremony/reception...  :twisted:


Heh, last night, at her parents house, I told her I'd see her next September (that's when we're getting married)  My duties are done biggrin
4042  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In 3.5 hours I sign my life away on: December 23, 2005, 08:42:25 AM
What an awesome night.

Before getting into details I should give you some background about Erin and I.

Erin and I have only been dating 6 months as of today.  I don't like bringing it up much since I tend to get raised eyebrows when I tell people I am proposing to her tonight.  However, these last 6 months have simply been the best 6 months in my life, and I truly love her, and know I want to spend the rest of my life with her.  

We kind of did things a bit backwards as far as things go.  We've been ring shopping in the last month just to give me an idea on things she likes.  At first I didn't like the idea, because I wanted everything to be a suprise when I propose to her.  But on the otherside, I know what she likes, and I  don't have to worry about if she likes it or not, or having to take it back.  We talked about marriage and we know we want to get married.

Erin has always wanted to get married in the Fall.  She wants to get married next fall (2006) I always had plan on waiting to propose till at least a year after dating.  Well, plans and ideas change, and as I said, I know she's the one for me, so fall of 2006 is ok with me.

Here's the part I know I'll get some flakk for....  Her parents had already put a down payment on the wedding ceremony and reception hall before I even proposed.  Since we both know I was going to marry her, we decided to put some money down to this hotel in Folsom CA, that way we get the place on the day we wanted.  Imagine the pressure I had to deal with that.  I kept thinking, what happens if we get into some horrible fight, and break up, her parents are going to be stuck with the bill.  On the other side, I know her parents accept me, and I know we are both committed to each other.  

So that made the whole getting the father's blessing and the proposal really easy.  I already knew the answer Tongue  It's now all a formality biggrin

So to sum up, she knows what kind of ring she is going to get, but hasn't really seen the final product, she knows we're going to get married, and I know that she will say yes, and that I have her parents blessing.  Can't get much easier than that biggrin

So, how do I propose to her and make it special?  read on...


We arrived at Carvers 10 mins early after driving through crappy weather (well crappy for Sacramento) and didn't have to wait since I made reservations.  I found out through my best friend's wife that Erin had some suspicion that I was going to propose to her tonight.  So I found a way to distract her.

Last October I went to Dallas TX for some training for work.  While there I bought her a heart shaped diamond necklace (nothing big, just something nice) December is now brutal on my budget, because her birthday is in Dec, we have Christmas, our 6 months anniversary was in December, and she was going to graduate this semester.  Lucky for me, graduation has been delayed till next semester.  I figured I'd buy her the necklace now (in October) that way I can spread this out a bit.  

So, tonight before heading out to Carvers, I gave her the necklace hoping this would make her think that this is all that she was getting, putting that whole marriage thing in the back of her head.  She really liked the necklace that I gave her, and we exchanged presents in the car.

(back at Carvers)Our table was right in front of the fireplace that I had set up earlier in the day.  We had a candle on the table, and everything was perfect.  Throughout the night, I noticed that she was oddly quiet.  I asked her if she was alright, and she said was tired and full from dinner.  I know her tired look, and this wasn't it.  She just seemed reserved.  Later I find out that she was disappointed because she thought I wasn't going to propose to her tonight (so my plan worked biggrin )

We talked for a while, and had the waiter take some pictures of us by the fireplace.  It was now for the desert.  Erin doesn't typically have desert, so I made sure that I ordered some, no matter how full I was.  I was a tad bit worried because I didn't like the idea of giving the ring 5 hours early to the manager.  I kept thinking of all the things that could go wrong.  I made sure to make eye contact with the waiter, to get the acknowledgement that the ring was on it's way.  With great relief, he did.

For some reason, I was calm, not one ounce of nervousness, which is totally out of character.  I was going crazy on our first date, and asking for her father's blessing.

Desert finally arrived.  The moment I've been waiting for.  He gives me my plate first, with the other plate held up high in his over hand so that Erin couldn't see it.  He actually had me worried, because I thought maybe that was a desert for someone else Tongue  He put the plate down in front of her, and she was totally suprised.  She practically gave up already about the idea of me proposing, and now I swept her off of her feet.  

I walked to her side, and got on my knees and asked her to marry me, and she said yes.

She said this was the most romantic thing anyone has done for her, and I really made her night.

This is something I will always remember.  All this planning is finally over,  late next year we will be married.
4043  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / In 3.5 hours I sign my life away on: December 22, 2005, 11:42:14 PM
Tonight, I'm taking my girlfriend out to dinner at Carver's Steakhouse and plan on proposing to her.  I already made arangements with the hostess at the resturaunt, and they have us sitting in a table right in front of the fireplace.  They are going to write in chocholate "will you marry me" on the desert dish, with the ring in the middle of the plate.  I'm not so nervous, at least not as nervous when I spoke to her father.
4044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The 360 Agony! on: December 16, 2005, 11:20:20 PM
Quote from: "msduncan"
My local best buy reports:

Opening at 8 am.

They will have around 20 units here in Savannah.  

Sounds like if I wanted one I might have to camp out in the freezing rain and die of a disease or something....


please do, I'm debating on merging all your threads to have one ultimate whine thread biggrin
4045  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Must have iPod gadgets on: December 09, 2005, 07:02:04 AM
the iskins and similar products don't do a good job protecting the ipod.  The one I linked is a hard case that gives you full protection of the screen and the shell of the ipod.  It also allows you to use the controls without having to take it out of the case like other hard cases.

Some iskins have a plastic shield that goes over the screen, but that doesn't protect it well, and it makes it harder to see the screen.

I highly recommend the showcase, it's simply the best out there.
4046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Must have iPod gadgets on: December 08, 2005, 11:57:12 PM
This case is a must have.  I don't have the sport, but the original

http://www.contourcase.com/

Go to products and look for Showcase Sport.  It also comes in black.

It's fairly expensive, but you should be able to find it cheaper at other online retailers

This is where I got mine.  The one shown is what I have.

http://www.thenerds.net/index.php?page=productpage&pn=SHCASE4G
4047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / *gasp* I'm thinking about a 360 over Call of Duty 2... on: December 04, 2005, 09:09:14 PM
the save game is all on checkpoints.  Luckily most checkpoints are close together and doesn't make it a big issue.  However, if your computer can handle it, get it on the PC.

1: FPS games are always better on the PC
2: It looks just as good as the xbox 360
3: Mods
4048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ebay the 360 or not? on: December 04, 2005, 04:00:38 AM
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Quote from: "philosophist_"
But after $25 for ebay and $25 for paypal,


You ain't lying.  I can't believe the percentages that each company takes.


the sad thing is, ebay owns paypal, so they are milking you twice.   Talk about a reach around
4049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06 Demo up on Xbox Marketplace on: December 03, 2005, 08:22:40 AM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Quote from: "Greggy_D"
Is there a way to delete the demos once you are finished with them?


Yup, sure is.


boy you're helpful Tongue
4050  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New trailer of Pixar's Cars on: November 28, 2005, 11:38:47 PM
Quote from: "Rob_Merritt"
Quote from: "naednek"
all i get is a white screen and audio


Guess you need to update your quick time or clone


seems to be working now.  Definetly not a problem on my end, looks like the site was having issues
4051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] NBA Live 06 vs NBA 2k6 on: November 28, 2005, 11:36:50 PM
I'm hoping I get this for Christmas, but it will be for the original xbox.  Which from what I hear, the xbox version is better than the xbox 360 in terms of gameplay
4052  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New trailer of Pixar's Cars on: November 28, 2005, 04:42:16 AM
all i get is a white screen and audio
4053  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Frustrating lockup problem on: November 25, 2005, 02:04:44 PM
moving to hardware forum
4054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Call of Duty 2 - Highly Frustrating! (spoilers) on: November 23, 2005, 08:50:59 PM
the save points are mostly nicely placed so don't let that turn you away.
4055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 23, 2005, 01:33:23 PM
Quote from: "Nth Power"


Man I just woke up!
4056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Lines Already Forming for XB360 on: November 23, 2005, 02:21:15 AM
don't know why you would order it from a camera shop anyways Tongue
4057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Xboxes stolen here in town on: November 23, 2005, 01:53:40 AM
wrong forum
4058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06.....EA is full of lying bastards. on: November 22, 2005, 05:48:04 AM
Quote from: "Hetz"
No kidding....my threads seem to be moved in about 10 seconds.....MODS!   :wink:


heh, sorry was getting my ass kicked in COD 2.
4059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 06.....EA is full of lying bastards. on: November 22, 2005, 05:46:23 AM
Quote from: "gellar"
I think we've covered this already.  Multiple times.

gellar


yep and we also covered many many many times, that GT HAS A SPORTS GAME FORUM biggrin  Sheesh
4060  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Official Nintendo WiFi Friends Code Thread on: November 19, 2005, 10:38:46 PM
moving to multiplayer forum
4061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Weekend Plans on: November 19, 2005, 08:46:10 PM
took my agility test for the probation officer position.  Aced that with flying colors.  

Washed my car.

Playing games till 5pm then have to babysit a friend's kid.
4062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 360 - My thoughts on: November 19, 2005, 08:45:03 PM
it's not a waste of time, however it's freaking annoying.  Yet you keep doing it.  We all know your position.  No matter how wrong it may be Tongue
4063  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Office Cleaners.... on: November 19, 2005, 04:06:21 PM
Where I work, we have to put pad locks on our fridge.  Now it's so annoying when you have to get something out of it.  And what's worse, we work for the CHP, of all places!
4064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Looks like I'm buying the Xbox360 Core System... on: November 19, 2005, 07:07:00 AM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
You should sue your arithmetic teacher, Ken. They done you wrong.


That's what happens when you read gamepro Tongue  I swear I've read in different magazines they said the premium version has over $270 in accessories.  

Anyways,  wasn't trying to rain on your parade.  I'm feeling the hype myself, but I don't have two things, the money, and a HDTV frown
4065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like I'm buying the Xbox360 Core System... on: November 18, 2005, 11:28:38 PM
Quote from: "rrmorton"
I thought I was hardcore but apparently I'm a soccer Mom.

I had the premium version preordered but Gamestop is telling me I won't get it on launch day and I might not get it until after Christmas. So for the last 24 hours I've been flirting with the idea of pulling an all-nighter in line at Circuit City. But I really really REALLY don't want to do that. I want to go to bed and sleep like a normal human being.

Today I asked the manager at my Gamestop if there was any way he could hook me up with a system on launch night. He said the best he could do was that he was getting 6 core systems and only 4 were reserved so I could have one of those.

So basically I had to decide how much money a good night's sleep was worth to me. In addition to the core system, I have to buy the hard drive for $100, a wireless controller for $50, and a headset for $20. That's about $70 over the $400 premium system I had already paid in full. And I can always use the corded controller with my PC or for two-player gaming so that part isn't too painful. I decided to go this route so now I can be up and running late Monday night.

I'm just glad I'll have a new Xbox 360 by the weekend of Dec 2-4. The wife and daughter are going out of town so it's a bachelor gamefest nacho junkfood weekend for me.

Right move? Retardo? You make the call.


I would have just waited.  You pretty much just threw away $250 in accessories just to have it on day 1
4066  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / SUPERMAN RETURNS TEASER TRAILER - HOLY CRAP!!! on: November 18, 2005, 06:43:45 AM
wished it didn't look so computer generated.  But man it's about time a real superhero is back on the big screens.
4067  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag List on: November 17, 2005, 06:55:26 AM
Going to move this to the Multiplayer forum since it's more about multiplayer than an actual console game.  I am also going to sticky it for you.
4068  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Its too damned quiet - this'll help...[NSFW] on: November 17, 2005, 12:09:52 AM
Quote from: "Zarkon"
What's our take on non-porn nudity?


taken from the COC

Nudity/Porn Pics and Links
Pictures and links to any porn or nudity will not be allowed on the forum. We want to keep the Console Gold Forum as work-friendly as possible for people that want to read and contribute to the forum. Repeated use of such pictures or links may be cause for suspension or banning of the user.
4069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I got an Xbox 360!!!! on: November 16, 2005, 01:10:16 PM
so you'll be playing arcade games all week, as you took the whole week off of work?

classic  Tongue

I'm envious of you though, wish I was as lucky as you are
4070  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Looking for NBA 2k6 Xbox on: November 16, 2005, 01:16:03 AM
Looking for NBA 2k6 by 2Ksports for the xbox.

Willing to trade Madden or Burnout 3 Revenge
4071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Xbox 360 Online Game Reviews starting at Midnight PST! on: November 16, 2005, 01:07:06 AM
Quote from: "Eco-Logic"
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
Why KAMEO? WHY!?!? I LOVED YOU! YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE!  YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO MAKE ME WANT TO BUY A 360 NOT TURN AWAY FROM IT!


Quick question, if you are a fan of football games, why would you be glad the only NFL game available got an 8?  Wouldnt you want it to improve to something you would want to play?  I guess the bitterness hasnt quite gone away.


You're correct in a way, however, that POS has been receiving high scores for the past decade.


maybe that should tell you something, and maybe that should finally make you shut up.  Man it's old, give it up.  Both games had their own strengths and weaknesses.
4072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Is Gamefly a good rental place on: November 15, 2005, 03:25:07 AM
i've been with a few different companies.  They have a  big selection, but like all of them, they are slow.
4073  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Its too damned quiet - this'll help...[NSFW] on: November 13, 2005, 04:42:39 PM
Quote from: "CrayolaSmoker"
Quote from: "Knightshade Dragon"
Hooking up my fellow vets since I forgot to wish them a good Vet's Day yesterday:

Oops.  I think my .50 cal just misfired.

Quote
Not so Goth that she shits bats or anything...

 :lol:


you only have a half inch?  ouch Tongue
4074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB360] NBA Live 06 vs NBA 2k6 on: November 13, 2005, 04:40:08 PM
moving to sports page.

You do this again hetz, i'm gonna lock all your oblivion threads biggrin
4075  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / T.O. on: November 06, 2005, 06:21:18 AM
Quote from: "GatorFavre"
How long until someone plays the race card on this?  It always happens.


Don't you mean, how long until TO pulls out the race card
4076  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / GT photoshop thread on: November 06, 2005, 06:20:34 AM
Quote from: "Dreamshadow"



I don't care what is done to my image...just leave my daughter out of any 'shops.


someone give him white teeth Tongue
4077  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / T.O. on: November 05, 2005, 07:49:37 PM
well, he's suspended indefintely.
4078  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / T.O. on: November 05, 2005, 07:43:43 AM
Once again, the 49ers thank you for taking him out of their hands biggrin
4079  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / [Help a Brother Out] Civ4 Fry's Sale! on: November 01, 2005, 11:46:59 PM
am I going to have to move this to EBG now Tongue
4080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / HL2 Lost Coast Level is out on: October 31, 2005, 05:55:23 AM
didn't really see much of a difference except for the over the top blinding lighting effects.  I knew it was supposed to be one level, but man what a dissappointment.  Can't complain, it's free though.
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