Then one day I decided to grow up. I decided to make Mrs. Noisewater formally Mrs. Noisewater.
The ring was burning a hole in my pocket like Frodo walking through Middle Earth as we waded through the crowds in the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights. Turns out Europeans must love lights and captive animals. Sorry if you're European, but some of those folks can be a little pushy and shovey in a crowd. We were both getting aggravated, and anger is not a good emotion to go on when one pops the question.
Then as we walked towards North Pond (a great little gourmet restaurant in the middle of the park), I thought somewhere en route I could do the deed. Just as I was considering it, Mrs. pointed out that it was dark, swampy, and smelly. She was right. The Dagobah System* hardly has the right conditions for romance, so we forged ahead.
|Anyone smell bat guano?|
Essentially what I told her is that what I dig most about her is that she not only puts up with my weirdness, but she likes it. She enjoys my company and we're both laughing all the time. I then looked her in the eye, got one one knee, finally got that ring out of my pocket, and asked her if she was willing to spend the rest of her life with a nut like me. She cried, said yes, and we eventually made our way inside.
The meal was awesome just like it was when we went at the same time last year (the day after Christmas - our relatively new tradition). When we were getting ready to leave, Mrs. Noisewater pointed out that Pau Gasol (one of my favorite Chicago Bulls players) was sitting near the exit. I decided I had to say something to him but not bother him and mess up his evening that he was having with a lady of his own. I walked by, stopped by his table momentarily to say discreetly, "Hey Pau, keep it up. Go Bulls. Keep it up." He smiled, gave me a fist pump, and I headed out of there high on life. How could this day get any better?
|Pau was surprised to see me that night.|
I know I have slowed writing production down a lot lately, but don't worry, folks. I will NOT be that guy that finds love and then hangs up their blog. I have seen that too many times, and I refuse to be that guy. I want you all here with me when I move into another chapter of my life. Thanks, everyone for being with me over the last decade. It's been quite a ride.
*That was my second nerdy reference. Deal with it. I'm a grown-ass nerd now.