February 22, 2004
@ 09:08 PM

Yesterday my mom and I went on a train ride that is often billed as being a way for couples to spend a special occassion. The train was full of couples celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and other special occassions. Quite a number of couples were making out openly at the end of the train ride whose main features are a picturesque dinner on the train and a stop with a tour of a local winery.

One of the less romantic aspects of this train ride is that for the most part you have to share a table with another couple facing them. this means they get to overhear your conversation and interrupt yours. The couple we shared our table with were celebrating the guy's birthday and his girlfriend was treating him to a special day out that ended with the train ride. After we got back on the train from the winery tour the unexpected happened. They were engaged in conversation and he was comparing her favorably to ex-girlfriends, then all of a sudden he got down on one knee and pulled out a box with a ring in it. After a stunned silence she took it, said some words softly then said “I appreciate the sentiment but the timing is inappropriate” and handed it back. This was followed by her voicing her concerns about his ability to support them and him rattling of how much he made a month plus various bonuses, etc. I think it went downhill from there.

All through this I was staring out the window trying to make small talk with my mom but failing miserably. If and whenever I do end up proposing to someone I've definitely learned a thing or two about what not to do.


Monday, February 23, 2004 4:08:43 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Off topic - your RSS feed seems to be broken (http://feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.25hoursaday.com%2Fweblog%2FSyndicationService.asmx%2FGetRss).

intraVnews won't accept it either.
Monday, February 23, 2004 6:38:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
That is too funny!!! Sounds like the plot to a very funny comedy.
Monday, February 23, 2004 9:06:08 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Really awkward... I hate such moments
Monday, February 23, 2004 1:26:31 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Great story. I almost got rugburn from ROFL. What did your mom think of all that went on?
Monday, February 23, 2004 3:03:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
That's a great story Dare. I know the train, too. When I went on it a long time ago (if its the one I'm thinking of) with my ex-husband, we went with another couple. Solved the problems with the table.

I think public proposals are the tackiest things in the world.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 2:12:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Sounds a lot like my proposal to my wife. To this day I dont understand why she said YES.
Tuesday, February 24, 2004 6:01:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
My mom wasn't really paying attention. She was too busy being appalled by some of the drunken making out two tables across from us.

The problem with my feed pointed out by the validator is that there is Javascript in the HTML content of one of the entries. This doesn't violate any RSS spec and shouldn't choke an aggregator.
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