Tuesday, June 20, 2017

And Then We Got Engaged

Post Updated 6/23/17: Added engagement ring photos below!

Steph and I celebrated our 4-year anniversary earlier this month. My gift to her was an amethyst engagement ring with accent diamonds, and the box it came in (you'll see what I mean). Unfortunately the ring was just a smidge too small, so we took it in to get the size corrected and should have it back in just a few days. I'll update this post with a better photo of it then.

Here's how it went down:

We've been celebrating our anniversary on June 11th (although that may change next year). But some things came up during the week before our anniversary, so we had to push our celebration to the week after – which, unbeknownst to pretty much everyone, led to a frantic last-minute re-arranging of plans on my part. So the Friday after our anniversary, we went to Stillwater to celebrate with a bunch of our friends, as if it were just a normal night out.

What Steph (and almost everyone else) didn't know was that I took that Friday off of work, so that I could drive to Stillwater in the morning and explain the entire plan to our friends Michelle and Ryan, who had agreed to help me pull the whole thing off. I gave them all of the materials we needed for the engagement surprise, and headed back to OKC so that I would be home before Steph suspected anything. When Steph got off work on Friday, we drove to Stillwater (together this time), and ate with some of Steph's friends at CafĂ© 88 (still my favorite Asian restaurant!). After that, I sent the 'go' signal to Michelle and Ryan, and we drove to meet them at Zannotti's Wine Bar – M&R had set everything up beforehand, so that Steph would walk into the back room of the wine bar and see the big black-and-purple banner asking her to marry me, a table full of roses, and a chest in the middle of the table.

The chest that had her ring in it was one I had customized myself. I bought it as a plain, raw-wood chest from Hobby Lobby; then I stained it, finished it, and installed red felt, a stand for the ring, a motion-activated light, and a light-activated sound effect that played the classic "treasure chest" music from all of the Legend of Zelda games.

And part of the plan was to catch all of this on video. There's not much sound, but listen closely at the 1:07 mark:

Here's a couple photos of the table:

And here's a better video of the chest itself (after we had already taken the ring in to get resized):

Not too shabby a proposal, if I do say so myself.

I actually had several back-up plans, as well, in case Zannotti's was packed or whatnot. Originally I had pictured doing it on the steps of Morrill Hall, the building on OSU's campus where Steph and I first met; instead I went with Zannotti's because it was a more controlled environment and the opportunity for surprise was better (and at least it was still in the city where we met). That was Plan A. There was also Plan B (sacrifice some of the surprise and try to do it inside Morrill), Plan C (sacrifice almost all of the surprise and do it outside Morrill), and Plan D (in the OSU library, because it's scenic and I needed a worst-case-scenario plan).

Luckily, Plan A went off without a hitch (thanks largely to the flawless implementation by Michelle and Ryan). And we spent the rest of the night drinking and partying with our friends.


We finally got the resized ring back, so we were able to take some good photos of it:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Here's what happened with Comey's testimony yesterday:

(For those keeping score, the kid basically tried to pull the law school equivalent of this):

For a more thorough explanation of what Comey said in his testimony and the potential legal ramifications for Trump, check out EVERY SINGLE LEGITIMATE NEWS MEDIA OUTLET EVER.

Or, as Trevor Noah and The Daily Show put it:

Saturday, June 3, 2017


I never got around to writing about this story because so much else has been happening, both politically and personally. From CNN's recap of the story:
After nine hours of deliberations, a jury acquitted Tulsa police Officer Betty Shelby in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.

The killing in September was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Shelby, who is white, said she fired out of fear when she killed Crutcher, who had his hands above his head.
Let's not bullshit this: it's not like you have to actually be black in order to feel outraged and disturbed by the impunity with which police officers are murdering black men in America, and the frequency with which they are let off scot-free by the court system.

You just have to have a goddamn soul.

(Which rules out most conservatives.)