January 23, 2002

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January 23, 2002

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Athena’s whipping up some pina coladas.  So I’ll keep
my comments short.

Have an awesome week. — Michael

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I T ‘ S    T H E    L I T T L E    T H I N G S

Pretending you are having a blackout.  Light the fire
in the fireplace, get out the candles and …  gasp…  talk!

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There are no contests in January while I am out of the
country.  Be ready for some great ones in February.

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T I P  O F   T H E   W E E K

Long Distance Birthday Surprise
by Drew McLellan

For 18 months, my wife and I (while we were still dating, not married)
lived 2000 miles apart.  Which makes it very difficult to go on a date
together — much less a date to celebrate a special occasion, like a

About a week prior to my then girlfriend’s birthday, I began gathering

birthday candles
birthday hat
birthday streamer
balloon w/ribbon string (no helium, it might explode
mid shipment)
and thumb tack
a deck of UN GAME cards (I mailed half to her and kept
birthday gifts
wrapped Sleepless in Seattle VHS tape

On the day before her birthday, I also got:

one cupcake
one Tupperware container to keep cupcake intact and
from other items

I packaged all of these items up, and overnight shipped them to my
girlfriend, with strict instructions not to open the box until we were
on the phone together that night.

I then placed two calls.

I ordered dinner from her favorite restaurant, to be delivered at
exactly 6:30 pm, with a bottle of chilled champagne. I ordered a
bouquet of flowers to be delivered at exactly 6:15 pm.

We got on the phone together around 6 pm.  I asked her to open the box
and do the following:

Hang the birthday banner
use the thumbtack and put up the balloon
put on the hat (I did the same)
give the horn a blow (I did the same)
put the candle in the cupcake
lay out the presents

By then, the flowers had arrived.  Fifteen minutes later, her dinner
arrived.  My dinner (the exact same dish, although no doubt not as
well prepared — Stouffer’s don’t you know!) was just coming out of
the oven.

So, we shared dinner and a couple glasses of champagne together.
Then, we played the UN GAME (remember, we each had half the deck)
while dinner digested.  We opened her presents and then dimmed the
lights for the romantic Sleepless in Seattle, which we started at the
same time on our VCRs.

It didn’t make up for the fact that we were miles apart….but it did
make the distance feel a little shorter.  My wife still says it is the
most romantic thing any man has ever done for her. I’m still working
on ways to top it.

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