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Trouble in Paradise
Would you get a load of this guy? Alaskan JR Gates flew his girlfriend, Rachel Phillips, from Juneau to a remote beach in his Cessna where chairs and an empty table awaited them. Why was it empty? Well, Gates hired scuba divers to emerge from the ocean with dry bags full of everything necessary for a romantic dinner, that’s why. Soon after, the divers disappeared back into the depths and the couple was left alone on the beach. Gates chose this moment to propose marriage.
"He says he proposed way out there so that if I said 'no' he would threaten to leave me there without a way home," Phillips (now Gates) says to a reporter.
She was joking, but what was JR really going to do if she declined? Who knows, but if Rachel had any doubts, the pressure would have been on. An elaborate location proposal can be almost as dangerous as the big no-no stadium proposal. The one plus side is that you don’t have 50,000 people waiting to see if you get rejected.
Whether you’ll be proposing during a safari on the Serengeti or on the top of the Eiffel tower, make sure you provide your girl with an easy exit, or at least bring extra cash in case you need your own hotel room. You might not think it’s romantic, but anything’s better than cornering her into a “yes.” [CBC News]