August 11, 1999

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AUGUST 11, 1999

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F R O M T H E E D I T O R

This week is the second busiest week of the year for me. The week
before Valentine’s Day of course is the most hectic. National
Resurrect Romance Week has been featured on dozens of radio stations
around the country a number of newspapers did stories on my mission
to create a non-commercialized romance holiday.

On top of that, I switched mailing services so this list is being sent
through a different company. So notice that some of the addresses
have changed. I had a major problem with my old service. They lost
my mailing list and then replaced it with an older one. So I’m sorry
if you asked to be removed and you are back on.

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W E E K L Y C O N T E S T

Drew McLellan from West Des Moines, Iowa wins last week’s contest for
most creative birthday celebration. Thanks for all your entries on
creative birthday celebrations. I’ve got some great ideas I might try
out on Athena next week. I decided to make Drew’s story the Tip of
the Week since many of you are in long distance romances.

The theme for the contest this week is candles. What is the most
creative way you have used candles as part of your romantic life?

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T I P O F T H E W E E K

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
birthday.

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

birthday candles
birthday hat
birthday streamer
matches
birthday balloon w/ribbon string
and thumb tack
a deck of UN GAME cards (I mailed half to her and kept half)
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 — Stouffers 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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~~~  Who is Michael Webb?     ~~~

He is:
Athena’s loving husband
Father to Ashton and Ireland
Best-selling author
* The Romantic’s Guide: 100s of Creative Tips for a Lifetime of Love
* The Romantic’s Guide to Popping the Question
* 50 Secrets of Blissful Relationships
* 50 More Secrets of Blissful Relationships
* 300 Creative Dates
* 1000 Questions for Couples
* A Better Way to Date
* 500 Lovemaking Tips & Secrets
Founder, National Resurrect Romance Week (second full week in Aug)
Syndicated Columnist, “TheRomantic.com Column”
Romance/Relationship expert on over 500 TV/radio stations
Founder, TheRomantic.com
Founder, Love One Another Foundation

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