Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. - HAL 9000


 Engagement:


Yes, we're finally getting married! OK, ok, so it took me a little while (ahem, 5 years) to decide to pop the question. All I can say is good things come to those who wait.

I figured that since I took so long to do it, that actual proposal needed to be something special. So here's how I did it...

After much thought and deliberation (I think Jen waited at least until dinner), we decided on May 15th, 2004 for the wedding date.


On February 1st, 2003, I surprised Jen with a trip to Epcot. Her parents went with us, as did my mom. Unfortunately, my dad couldn't make it, but he was on the phone with us all day! Several weeks earlier I had heard about the Epcot DiveQuest program. This tour allows you to do a 40 minute Scuba dive in the Living Seas exhibit. I had scheduled us for the 5:30 dive (they also offer a 4:30 dive). After telling our parents where to see us, we were off!

We met the DiveQuest crew and went back stage. They took us on a quick tour of the equipment that runs the exhibit and then it was time to brief us. Pretty simple really, have fun and don't touch the animals! First the divemaster would take us on a tour of the aquarium and point out some items of interest. Then we were free to explore on our own.


After suiting up, we jumped on in! The divemaster toured us around the aquarium, taking us through a few swim throughs, around their simulated wreck (a real cannon and cannonballs) and past the restaurant. We saw a large sea turtle that let us get right up next to it!

Seeing all the life in the aquarium was cool, but the most fun part about the dive was interacting with the people on the other side of the glass!


Finally, it was nearing the end of the dive and it was time for my last surprise. Underwater, in front of our family (and a large group of strangers!), I asked Jen to marry me. Happily, she said yes! We had a blast and will remember it forever! I've put together some underwater footage of the dive. It's rather large though (18 mb) so if you're on a dialup, you might not be able to view it. You can take a look here. If it doesn't play, make sure you have the most recent version of quicktime.

I want to thank Barry Olson, manager of the DiveQuest program, and his staff for making sure everything went smoothly.


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