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salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 10:34 PM

WHAT'S YOUR VALENTINE STORY?

Here we are in February already and I love to hear love stories in the month of love. (I know - that's enough love for tonight!)

So, how did you and your mate or special friend meet? Or was there a special proposal of marriage? Were you married while parachuting from a plane?? Or did something funny happen at your wedding? Or maybe it was a special Valentine's Day event or gift?

Wish I had something romantic to share,but I don't. My boyfriend and I were driving around one evening with my girlfriend and her guy and he proposed to her. My boyfriend turned to me and said, "so, when are we going to get married?" End of story.

I'm looking forward to hearing some great stories.





osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 10:43 PM


I took my 15-year-old to meet some friends at the movies on Friday. I'm a little under the weather, and have been running a bit of fever for the last couple of days. Although I agreed to take her, I told Lily that she had to have a ride home, as I was going to bed.

Imagine my surprise when upon arriving at the theatre, the adorable Nick (who has a huge crush on my daughter, although they're officially just friends) presented me with a giant bag full of Twix, M&Ms and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. He said that he hoped it made me feel better. What a great little guy!

To top that off, on Saturday morning he texted Lily to look outside of our front door. There was a big red package filled with a giant Toblerone bar, teddy bear and assorted other Valentines goodies. Evidently, he had gotten his sister to drive him over to drop it off. Well, Lily was thrilled!

That poor young man has spent a small fortune courting my daughter with sweets. Right now, Lily still says they're just friends, but he has a big thumbs up from me so far. Time will tell...

Oh, to be young again!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 10:55 PM

Ahhhhh, that's sweet!

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5486)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 12:56 AM

My husband and I met at Wal Mart...how's that for romantic? LOL...In the parking lot no less! He proposed to me at June Jam in Fort Payne Alabama....June 9th, 2000...
The most romantic thing he ever did tho was during our first Christmas...He got up before dawn, baked cookies, had all the lights off and had lit candles all over the house and had the tree turned on...There was even Elvis playing on the stereo...We danced, ate cookies, and opened our gifts to each other...We were living in Texas at the time.
Then about sunrise we cuddled in the floor by the Christmas tree and you can let your imagination take over from here guys...He even took me to Graceland on our honeymoon...Now after almost 19 years of marriage and two kids it's "Honey, can you find my socks?"....LOL
Vickie

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 4:08 AM

My Best Friend is my Best Valentine story and it all started here at Sploofus, so many of you already know it…

After a year on Sploofus I had many friends…they are all wonderful (share major time with several and been in some of their homes all over the country, still trying to get to Australia)…and was having fun in word rounds. Oogie started making me laugh and I tried to get some correspondence going with him, but he didn't seem interested. About a year later, the Philadelphia Sploofus convention was planned, May 4, 2007. Ready to have a blast, turned out Oogie decided to go too. Hmmm, great! Knew I’d have a blast with Smoke, Jeannarie, Ken, Chick, Eeesus, MB…etc (there were many there…over 20). Oogie will be fun…he’s such a joker. Then I met him in person.

I will just say everyone that was there will roll their eyes and groan…I’ve heard it all. I can’t change this story…too many witnesses. Basically Oogie and I were inseparable from the first minute we met (lol, literally…Chick caught us kissing on the street the next day, described in her own special way as a…well, ask her…and Justin caught us kissing on the back stairway of the restaurant while dinner was still in process, told us “lovebirds” to break it up). I have never been so swept off my feet and at home at the same time.

We are kindred spirits…we see the same shade of red, we are cut from the same cloth, and yet, have much to teach each other with our different backgrounds and talents, and we are both thirsty to learn.

It will be two years this May our friendship started…We live 1347 miles apart. I’ve been to Georgia, he’s been to New Mexico. We have enriched each others’ lives.

One of my favorite Kahil Gibran quotes:

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

There are “spaces in our togetherness” so that the “winds of heaven dance between” us.
I love my darlin Oogie…


Tresayre
Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 6:37 AM

I met my husband when we took a T bar together when I was skiing in Austria. He is South African and I'm Australian. We will have been married for 29 years on February 28th.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:39 AM

This is what I was hoping would happen. Such wonderful love stories. I know there have to be more out there

I hadn't heard your story, Sun, so I'm glad you shared it. How romantic! I've heard of long-distance relationships, but isn't that carrying it a little far??

My son and his wife met on the Internet. You're hearing more and more stories of couples who meet via the Internet and have wonderful relationships.





pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 3:31 PM

I had "met" a lovely man, in a trivia chat room. We talked daily for nearly a year -- the week before Valentines day, he showed up at my door -- since he was from Dallas it was quite a surprise - he took a chance figuring I would welcome him with open arms or call the police.
I will never forget -- I heard cats meowing in the background -- he was calling me from his cell -- turned out the cats I heard where MY cats...
It was all very romantic!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 3:37 PM

Had to reread your post Penn. At first skim, thought the man had called you from his (prison) cell. Oh congrats to your Steelers btw!

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 4:33 PM

Thank you! Big parade planned for tomorrow -- last time there were 250,000 people, its all very exciting here -- and I should have said cell PHONE, sorry!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 6:43 PM

Pennwoman, you're going to leave it at that- "it was very romantic"?

Is he still in your life? What did you do, call in to work and say you were sick?

More details, please. (No, I don't want the play-by-play report)

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 8:45 PM

GREAT stories!

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 9:05 PM

I like the jail cell idea better.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 9:08 PM

yah I gotta admit...it says you talked for a year, and then he called you from his cell. Too funny.

No but seriously folks, a guy who shows up on your doorstep is great romantic stuff.

But like Howard Co...uh oh how do you spell that? Cosell? He used to talk about the "rest...of the story."
Let's hear it.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:03 PM

Geesus Sun...if that's what you call kissing....holy bejesus I almost called the police, there were tonsils being stolen.

My favorite Valentine's day story is when Vic picked up his underwear without being asked. Melts my heart every time I think of it.

HRH...Me.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:04 PM

It was Paul Harvey, not Howard Cosell, who was the "rest of the story" guy.

But anyway ...

I was attending a pizza party in a restaurant with maybe a dozen people, several of whom I hadn't previously met, two of whom were women who took an interest in me, which is two more that night than the average for any given year up to that point. Anyway, one was fast with the talons, scooped me up, and became bored or something a year later, leaving the second one to gradually move in. Our first night out together was 19 years ago this month, and we went to Union Station for drinks, dinner and a movie, not necessarily in that order. Ok, the first stop was definitely drinks, with each of us having a couple of those high-powered frozen Fat Tuesday concoctions. We got slices of pizza for dinner, and my companion proceeded to spill soda all over me. The movie was "Nuns on the Run", and we're still not sure if the movie was hilarious, or the liquor would have had us laughing at a funeral. No matter, JJ and I are still together living happily ever after after that rocky beginning.

winddancer41
Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:10 PM

Met my husband on a blind date in 1957 was a sophmore in high school, we were married in 1961 and are now working on our 48th year of marriage and we still having killed each other and boy since he has retired has that been hard. LOL charlotte

winddancer41
Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:12 PM

meant to say haven't killed each other. charlotte

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:40 PM

Right, Paul Harvey! No wonder I couldn't spell it, thanks.

MORE great stories. Wonderful

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 4:03 AM

And then on March 19, 2006, I met Odile – just a Sunday afternoon hour’s intro over a citron pressé and a glass of rosé. A good but unassuming dinner was decided for Wednesday. I insist upon quiet encounters at first because I always seek a relationship that includes excellent conversation. I couldn’t tell you anything we talked about, but in the middle of the meal Odile said, “I feel very lucky tonight.” She didn’t mean what that means in the USA, but we were each enjoying each other’s company.

The simple dinner at the restaurant she selected was lovely and the conversation included excellent give-and-take. I drove to her apartment, planted a sweet little kiss on her lips and parted via the labyrinth of tiny alleys of her central Perpignan quartier. Five minutes later – BOOM!!!! That’s a fabulous lady - the one you’ve been seeking for 16 years. I announced to my hiking companions the next day that I had met my soul mate. Indeed I had.




However, in November of the same year she departed in a huff, having misunderstood a couple of matters, but for the first time in five years I was not alone at Christmas, nor for the annual midnight trek to the magical port of Collioure for 15 minutes of intense fireworks to ring in yet another 12 months of good fortune.

Odile returned with vigor and took over half of my modest house. I wish I could explain why this marvelous relationship works, but no matter how often I try, I can’t. Agnostic American with scientific approach meets very devout, spiritual French Catholic. Chalk it up to chemistry + good upbringing (she was raised in a chateau) + class + desire to do the right thing, I suppose. It works, and when she leaves for a few days to babysit for her grandkids, I realize how deep the attraction is.

Oh, after 13 months I did finally discover something we share in common – a tendency toward absent-mindedness.

I brought Odile to the USA in July of 2007. My coast to coast family greeted her warmly (and quietly advised me to hang on to this lady). I did.


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:24 AM

Very nice Coll !

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 6:39 AM

Thank you, Sandy.

Never settle for 2nd best.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:25 AM

I knew you would have a great story, Andy!

The rest of my story is sad - the first 2 years where great -- but then visits became monthly and then longer in between. I wont bore you with the ugly details, the start was very romantic, thats what I remember!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:31 AM

Martina, you're still young! (and you know football )

Put away the hurt and start anew.

Make no small plans to find the one. There are books at the library that will help you to craft a good strategy.

No guts, no glory.


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:31 AM

That's what happens when you hook up with a jailbird

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:39 AM

Perfect time to "do something" to Sandy!

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 8:46 AM

Chicks dig me (year round)!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 9:01 AM

Sorry your story didn't have a happy ending, Martina, but it sure had a sweet beginning.

Liked your story, Andy. Now that is a true love story.

Charlotte, find hubby some volunteer work to do so you can keep your sanity! Seriously, I hope the two of you enjoy traveling or doing something you've put off for years.

When I was getting ready to quit my job, a wise old editor told me to not put off quitting too long. He said you always think you'll have time for all of these projects you want to do and then you find out there isn't as much time as you thought and your health starts to fail. So I took his advice and quit.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 9:30 AM

I don't have a big love story but an amusing Valentine's anecdote...

There is a restaurant near my house that is quite charming, not a chain, and has changed hands several time in the past 20 years.

For some reason it seems to be THE Valentine's spot, no matter if is a Mexican Food restaurant, serving American Southern cuisine or (currently) upscale Italian.

I have been taken there maybe 8 times over the past 20 years, by at least four different boyfriends, and as 4 different restaurants! I never told any of these guys that that was where I wanted to go...it was just their idea of a romantic dinner spot! I never told any of the guys that I had been to that same spot with another man on another Valentine's Day, but it secretly cracks me up to think about it.

One year, when the restaurant was between owners, we couldn't go there and it was very disappointing.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 9:47 AM

Our 6th grade teacher had the usual Valentines exchange where we chose our faves and put a card in the box for them. When they were handed out my buddy Bob and I were the only ones that didn't get any. We were such nice guys too. I guess this bothered me more than I thought because I still remember it.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 9:56 AM

Don, late in life I finally learned that girls don't especially like nice guys.

They prefer bad boys.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 9:59 AM

I learned that,,,,eventually.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 10:22 AM

Well, girls, is that right?

seniorrita
Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 12:35 PM

Oh I remember when VALENTINE's day was a BLAST! There were comic valentines and you could have so much fun sending them to that appropriate son of a gun, or anonymously to the local dudes. My brother received one addressed to "a hog for attention" while he was in high school and to this day (50 years later) we still talk about that card annually and he really is a HOG for ATTENTION!

In about 1980 or so I worked with a big bunch of macho doctors in Long Beach. One particularly obnoxious one thought he was God's greatest gift to women. Another one had secret rendezvous encounters with a fellow employee. There were others who were suspect for . . .oh, you dont want to know.

I bought a handful of beautiful Valentines and sent them anonymously to each of these machomen. I used green inked felt pens. The buzz at the coffeepot was "Who on the night shift of RNs was sending those wonderful Valentines?"

Of course I kept my mouth shut. I was NOT a nurse. It was ME. I didnt even know nurses used green ink on the PM shift!

I continued that fun for as long as we worked together. . sending anonymous greetings of love to those same dudes every February. I was happily married and totally unavailable. My hubby was in on my act and loved it.

Years later, after I retired, I confessed to the Chief of Staff that it had been me who sent those love notes for years. He was totally dumbfounded. I never revealed my fun to the others. I've lost track of all of them and the C O S has passed on....

I still enjoy the fun of Valentine's day and frequently mail an unsuspecting male friend an anonymous greeting of love. The current generation seems frightened to play tricks and have fun.

Thank God I can still have fun with Valentine's day and thanks for reminding me that it's time to figure out who the unsuspecting males in my life will receive greetings this year!

Try it!

the SeniorRita

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 1:37 PM

Oh my goodness, I can just imagine the buzz that would cause in the workplace. But I don't think I could keep a straight face that long; I'd end up laughing.

What a great joke, though.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 4:25 PM

Felix said "Chicks dig me (year round)!" Yes, Felix, but you keep climbing out of your hole - Bad Felix!

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Tue, 3rd Feb '09 5:11 PM

Ouch!

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 12:57 AM

The time an officer brought roses into my office, set them down and walked away saying, "Don't let that go to your head,"
probably doesn't qualify.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 1:02 AM

Rolling across Switzerland in the train then, while he read to me from Charles Dickens.

godwit
Godwit  (Level: 78.7 - Posts: 435)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 1:10 AM

Also a day I was deathly sick. He stopped by on his lunch hour, with chicken soup. Rubbed my back, drove over to pick up my prescriptions, sat and told some story about work that was only a blur, but the sound of his voice was so comforting. I think I fell asleep. Can't say many men think to do things like that. I was touched then, and still am.

Great topic to think about. Those moments can pass and you forget to remember and cherish them.

oogie54
Oogie54  (Level: 201.2 - Posts: 1120)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 1:26 AM

Sun captured our story perfectly. I'll never forget the first time I heard her voice on my voice-mail while Smoke and I were "touring" Philadelphia and I had missed the call. I saved the message and listened to it often in the months that followed. Though we are separated by miles she is always with me

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.1 - Posts: 1683)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 5:51 AM

Such a lovely sweet thing to say. Lucky Sun, lucky you.

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 6:23 AM

My husband and I started dating in high school. We both worked in the local supermarket. He went to the public high school, I went to the catholic high school. We dated for awhile, college came along, we grew apart. Many years later, (8) I ran into him again in the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. I had just gotten out of a terrible relationship and had no taste for dating at all. My husband, Bob, decided it was fate and campaigned to win me over. It was the summer of '76 and he showed up every I was, annoyed the hell out of me, until I made him leave, then he would send flowers in apology. Long story short, by the time October rolled around, I realized he was for real and not going away. I stopped viewing him as someone who mooned over me and that he had qualities that were lasting. My eyes were finally opened. We were married on February 4, 1978, today is our 31st anniversary. He's is the hero of my life and without qualification the best thing that ever happened to me. I thank God he knew what he was doing when he didn't give up on me so many years ago!!!

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 6:36 AM

Heartiest Congratulations!

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 6:44 AM

Thanks!

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 10:48 AM

Oh, Maureen, that is THE sweetest story. Happy anniversary!! I know that even if you do nothing special, the day will still be special to the two of you.

Excuse me, I need to get a tissue. I have something in my eye.


pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 2478)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 12:41 PM

What a wonderful story! Happy Anniversary!

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Wed, 4th Feb '09 8:38 PM

Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences - very nice. I had the privilege of meeting Danny (Oogie) and Consuelo (Luvnmexsun) late last year and they are a joy to watch - so sweet together, holding hands and crazy in love like teens. I enjoyed hearing more about their great love affair! I wish everyone on the island a wonderful Valentine's Day!

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Sat, 14th Feb '09 10:10 PM

Wondered if there were any new ones out there?


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