Question popped

Yes, it finally happened. Last Saturday at noon, I asked for DG’s hand in marriage. Her response: “Okay–but just this once.”

We were camping in Greenfield, NH, in what will now become famous in JFCC-DG lore as “Campsite 149” (though I have little doubt I will someday misremember it as “Campsite 49,” owing to Pynchon’s 49th lot). I had planned to propose during a hike, but when it became clear that no force on this earth could get DG to go on said hike, I quickly and brilliantly devised a plan to just ask while we were alone at our campsite. It wasn’t quite as elaborate as I’d imagined I’d propose someday, but it was certainly memorable. Despite some reservations about being proposed to while not having showered in over twenty-four hours, DG accepted my proposal.

Before you ask, no, there’s no date set–best guess is “late summer ’08,” but nothing’s certain until she finishes her doctorate.

It’s interesting, being engaged. Technically nothing’s different, except my girlfriend now has a tiny, expensive piece of jewelry (which she admires and fiddles with obsessively). Yet something has definitely changed. I feel more adult, which is significant when your main hobby is collecting action figures.

In any event, all is well and we’re very happy. The photo below is from the following day, after we’d had a chance to clean up (including a shower) and head down to my parents’ house.

Karen and me, post-engagement

  1. Big Guy left a comment on August 7, 2007 at 8:39 am

    There is nothing wrong with collecting action figures!

  2. John left a comment on August 7, 2007 at 9:42 am


  3. My little cousin is so grown up!!! (I say as I look up to him from my 5′ 10″ stoop)

    Congratulations to both JFCC and DG… that is fantastic news.

    I echo your comments on that peculiar feeling that shades each day, post-popping of the question. Nothing has changed yet somehow it feels like your whole life took another seismic leap forward. So when are you going to give us some grandchildren?

    Don’t knock yourself on the action figures. Here I sit, a 35-year old dude with a wife of seven years, two children (4 and 2), two dogs, a professional role in the financial services tech industry and a mortgage announcing its ever-presence… and most nights I sit around fiddling with my Wii as I await Master Chief’s blessed return.

    Blessed are those who find a way to hold onto some part of their childhood. I think it makes us more complete people. If we’ve gotta’ work, then we damn well better be able to play.

    Congratulations again!!!

  4. I agree that there’s nothing wrong with collecting action figures if that’s your thing, but you may want to stop playing with them in your parking lot now! Whatever will happen if you and DG have children and they find them?!

    I like DG’s answer. Now that is memorable! Congrats to both of you!

  5. Jess left a comment on August 10, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    CONGRATS! So Happy for the both of you… 🙂

  6. Woo hoo! Congratulations to the both of you.

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