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Kathleen Fent Read This Story 2133

Kathleen, I wanted to do this in this most potentially embarassing way possible, and I figured doing it here and now, in front of a quarter of a million strangers was as good a way as any. I love you more then I can describe within the limits of this tiny little story. We've been together for many years now, and I've known for most of that time that I wanted to spend my life with you. Enough rambling. Will you marry me? Update 15 minutes 30 seconds later: Subj: "Yes", message body: "Dork. You made me cry. :)" Hazah! I'm getting married! :)
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  • by kasek ( 514492 ) <ckasek@gmail. c o m> on Thursday February 14, 2002 @10:36AM (#3006898)
    on a much smaller scale.... -17&res=l []
  • Re:Well Hell... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Schrodinger's Mouse ( 466881 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @10:38AM (#3006913)

    Keep us updated, please, Taco. And good luck!

    (Are you going to webcast the wedding?)
  • Re:Woohoo! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jmccay ( 70985 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @10:42AM (#3006960) Journal
    Why don't we make it a new topic. Geeky marriage proposal stories. Or we can even make it simpler call it Geek Love, or Geek in Heat.

    Best of luck Taco. Another single geek down.
  • Never would have... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Etriaph ( 16235 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @11:10AM (#3007299) Homepage
    ...taken you for a romantic Rob, but I tip my hat to you. Are you going to have a RealAudio stream of the wedding through /.? :)

  • Congrats, Taco (Score:2, Interesting)

    by TheHornedOne ( 50252 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @11:30AM (#3007483)

    Congratulations Rob and Kathleen. Been married for six years myself and we even have a shorty who's 10 months old. It's great, especially if you have managed to find a fellow geekette who understands the need to have computer parts lying around the house, a poster of HAL 9000 in the bedroom, etc.

    As for those criticising Taco's choice of proposal venue, it's his friggin' site, for crying out loud. If he wants to propose here, he damn well can. If you have a problem with it, you're probably bitter because you're D.I.H. on another Valentine's Day

  • grumble, grumble (Score:2, Interesting)

    by jeffiet ( 170005 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @11:38AM (#3007550) Homepage
    I just puked.

    I must be the most unromantic piece of shit I know. I just think this story is immature, or irresponsible, or something. And in a couple of different ways.

    One: If /. had been my brain child and I built it up to where it had the kind of traffic and following it has now, I would like to think at some point I would have realized it would belong more to the community that uses and supports it rather than my own personal playground.

    And Two: Don't get me too, wrong. I'm a happily married man of 6 years, with my second kid on the way. And I proposed on Valentines Day, too (on one knee, with just the two of us). It's just there are some ways in which the private and serious institution of marriage gets treated in such a public and hyped way these days that really burns me. Public spectacle proposals is one.

    Another one is the cake cutting thing. Please don't start a cake fight and jam cake into each others face. That's no way to start a marriage.
  • by Dynedain ( 141758 ) <> on Thursday February 14, 2002 @11:53AM (#3007681) Homepage

    Now the really tough question, does ThinkGeek do wedding registries?

  • Re:Are you serious? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by esobofh ( 138133 ) <<ten.sulet> <ta> <ghk>> on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:12PM (#3007857)
    I think it might be time to go back and awaken the old "who can send rob the coolest thing" tradition of what seems like so long ago - this time it's going to be wedding gifts!

    Congrats Rob and Kathleen!
  • by Rogerborg ( 306625 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:33PM (#3007978) Homepage

    Well, it was your first post. I always wondered what would finally provoke you into it. Now we know. ;-)

    To those wondering, user #570 is indeed Kathleen, according to a page at [] (that I admittedly can't find right now). It was along the lines of "I have never posted to slashdot, and I never intend to, so anyone claiming to be me is an imposter. If I ever do post, it will be as user #570"

    Incidentally, I once posted a suggestion in a story Slashdot's owners running out of money that they could always set up a sarcasta ho cam, linking to the "bountiful bosum" picture []. It was modded down savagely as Offtopic, by moderators who clearly had no idea what I was on about. Vindicated! Ah hahahahaha! Now we're all going to be panting after Cmdr Taco's squeeze. You lucky, lucky bastard. ;-)

  • by Alpha27 ( 211269 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:38PM (#3008019)
    I was expecting some typical geek/nerd related news. Congrats on the wedding.

    Now since you have stolen a news slot from my daily reading, I'm expecting to now see an update to this when the wedding happens, and a website with webcam so it can feel the /. effect.
  • by DaedalusLogic ( 449896 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @12:41PM (#3008028)
    Congratulations and best of luck!

    So when are you going to break it to the folks that you're inviting all the quarter million strangers you proposed in front of?

    In lieu of that you could do something else quite quite geeky and webcast it... ;-)
  • by tiltowait ( 306189 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @02:01PM (#3008539) Homepage Journal
    "...I think it takes more guts to propose in front of all the flamers..."

    I would hope that User #1 is pretty flame-proof by now. I doubt there's anything a troll could say to really get under his skin. The only possible flames could have come from you. Fortunately, I've yet to see an outlandish proposal (billboard displays, newspaper ads, etc.) fail, and this was no exception.

    And I wouldn't really call it guts. There's a certain personality type that will propose in public - or even in as massively public of a manner possible - and there's a certain type that will do it in a more intimate manner. It's more a question of style.

    I'm not criticizing it (but like I said, it's irrelevent if anyone but you would) - in this case, using a public forum that is a big part of your life to propose I found kinda cute - even if it is on Valentine's Day. :p

    And so have many others - this thread is up to over 1,000 posts, a good contender for the hall of fame [].
  • by SarekOfVulcan ( 133772 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @03:21PM (#3009106)
    OTOH I proposed to my wife on Valentine's Day as well. In my defense, however, I can offer the fact that I was such a clod that I didn't even notice the date until afterwards.

    I noticed -- in fact, I put an ad in the school paper. I was in RI, Donna was in ME. One of her friends walked up to her after class and said "Did you look at the paper today?" "No...." "Let me show you something."

  • Wedding Present (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Inazuma ( 22966 ) on Thursday February 14, 2002 @03:45PM (#3009255) Homepage
    Someone should set up some sort of micropayment system to get these two somethin nice for the wedding; like a car or whatever they feel like. Imagine, if 10,000 /.ers contribute a buck each, that's 10 grand. Or maybe we can be more modest, and only ask for a few cents, and get em...I dunno. But this should be done!
  • k5 calls this funny (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Khopesh ( 112447 ) on Friday February 15, 2002 @04:20AM (#3012641) Homepage Journal
    yes, as indicated by the bananna icon, [] catagorized this as in the topic of "Funny" (and MLP, Mindless Link Propogation).

    HERE's the article itself. []

    ...not as popular as it is here (only 63 comments so far), but then again don't most k5'ers have a grudge against /.?
  • Proposal story (Score:3, Interesting)

    by vrmlguy ( 120854 ) <> on Tuesday February 19, 2002 @11:21PM (#3036094) Homepage Journal
    (I decided to post this to help increase the comment count and get the story higher on the hof. This is a legit posting, however.)

    I proposed to my first wife at the premier of Star Trek: the Motion Picture []. A large group of my geeky friends got together and bought tickets, and my then girl-friend flew to St. Louis from Columbus, Ohio, to see the movie with me. The lights dimmed, and I reached into my pocket and handed her a box of Cracker Jacks []. She opened it, pulled out the prize, and it was a diamond ring.

    In retrospect, this wasn't the best way to propose, because she spent the entire movie staring at the ring, and we had to go see the movie again. But, she still has the collage she made from the box, the prize wrapper, the TWA boarding pass, and a picture of the two of us.

  • Times change (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kriegsman ( 55737 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2002 @09:27AM (#3037338) Homepage
    Way back in 1995 when we got married, we put up wedding pictures online [] and it was so rare and unusual that People Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine and NetGuide Magazine all ran printed-on-paper stories about it! Now there are zillions of great wedding web pages, and no one bats an eyelash.

    On the other hand, Rob's proposal is probably one of those "great Internet moments" that'll become part of the lore now.

    *raises a glass* Congratulations and have a great adventure together!


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