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Super Mario Proposal

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RW’s girlfriend, April, is a massive Mario fan. When he was ready to pop the question, he knew just what to do. RW turned his entire living room into a replication of Super Mario World and invited April over. He got down on one knee (after making sure it wasn’t supposed to be two of them!) and told his lady love that she needed to jump and bop the box with her head, much like Mario did during the game. As she did, a ring box fell from above and into our hero’s hands.

With the game theme playing in the background, he asked her to marry him. April was overwhelmed, especially when she found her family and friends hanging out on the other side of the room. She couldn’t believe that he went to so much trouble just to propose to her. April shouldn’t have been so shocked, though… men have been trying to outdo each other in the proposal department for years!

Guys have been known to propose in very public locations. The funny thing is, I’m starting to understand that many women would actually prefer we guys not do this. As I did some research for this article, I came across several stories of women who wish that their betrothed had kept things more simple and private.

Apparently, women want this experience to be quiet and understated… it’s about the emotions behind the question, guys. They don’t want – or need – something outlandish or flashy in order to agree to be your wife. Go figure, eh? We spend all this time, money and energy trying to come up with what we feel will be the best proposal ever! only to learn later that she wishes we’d have asked her over a quiet dinner at home.

Recently, there was a show on television starring Howie Mandel. The “plot” centered around a proposal in New York City and involved a mob of strangers to help – over a thousand of them. While it was a spectacle – and kind of cool to watch come together – it was just entirely too much.

So how do we strike the perfect balance? I think that it honestly depends on your woman. If she’s the flashy public-spectacle kind of gal, then by all means – try to find something original and amazing to do. But if she’s more into the actual relationship and the feelings you share, I’m pretty sure she’d rather have something much more intimate. Know your lady and what it is she wants, likes and prefers.

At the end of the day, proposals such as the Super Mario one are cool. What’s important, though, is knowing that you are going to spend the rest of your life with the most amazing woman in the world.

Microsoft Helps GOP Reach Out to Americans

America deserves a Congress that respects the priorities of the people it serves. Sadly, they folks in Washington haven’t been listening to us all that much. America Speaking Out is your new opportunity to be heard. The hope is that this will bring about change in the way Congress works by having the citizens propose ideas for a new policy agenda. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, a Republican or have no party affiliation at all. This site was create in the hopes that it will foster better communication between the U.S. government and the people of our country.

The GOP teamed up with Microsoft to develop the site. It will allow people to log on anytime they choose. There, you’ll be able to talk, blog or tweet about the issues that matter most to you, and let the Republicans know what the biggest priorities should be. California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy gave CNN an exclusive sneak peek at the site. “This is a new townhall mechanism — never used before. To me it’s revolutionary, because it allows the individual to have greater control and say. For too long, people think nobody in Washington listens to them. This starts listening across the country and lets them provide the idea, but also debate the idea,” McCarthy said.

You can log on to the site and create a profile to participate, choosing any name you would like to use (it doesn’t have to be your real name). You will have to confirm your zip code and email address. There will also be filters in place to block out offensive language and hate speech. Beyond that, you can be as anonymous as you like while interacting with the service.

The site is organized by different subjects. If you choose to click on “Fiscal accountability,” you will see headings under there for several more branches, including “waste,” “tax reform,” “budget process,” and “long term debt.” Other broad topics found on America Speaking Out covers everything from national security to the prosperity of Americans.

Within each section, users can submit a policy proposal, respond to the ideas others have submitted or debate specific proposals. Next to each topic, users can click on a Facebook or Twitter icon to take the discussion with them to their favorite social network. Also next to every idea posted, users can vote and idea up or down, much like the “like” feature found on Facebook. Sort proposals to read through by how popular they are to find out what other Americans are passionate about.

While this website may not change the world, I do feel it is a giant step in the right direction. What are your thoughts? Will you participate in the discussions?