Saturday, May 3, 2008

Who Says Romance Is Dead?

Here in Utah, it's not enough for one boy to go up to one girl and ask "Do you want to go to the dance with me?" That's preposterous! The girl would (and should) laugh in your face -- how dare you gain enough courage to walk right up to them and ask them a straight question that they can immediately accept or reject!!! What you're SUPPOSED to do is come up with a creative way to let them know that you want to go with them to the dance -- preferably involving balloons, a haiku written on a giant boulder and a live chicken.

Well, apparently Utahns aren't the only weirdos out there. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, a group of lacrosse students got into legal trouble for the way they were asking. That's right, people, the bar has been raised.

Kristoff Wennersten, the asker, says that his prom proposal "had to be one-of-a-kind if it would have any chance of being accepted." I guess that the poor kid didn't have much confidence that the girl he wanted to ask, Carolyn Campbell, would say yes. So he had to go all out -- literally.

Wennersten says he had a "spur of the moment" idea and it involved 13 of his fellow lacrosse teammates. Originally, his friends suggested a sign, but Wennersten, being the innovative romantic he is, "pushed for a grander plan."

Finally, the asking took place during a Huron junior varsity soccer match on Thursday night. Little did Carolyn know what was in store. As she was watching the game the players displayed the question, "Will You Go To The Prom With Me? Yes or No?" on their. . .uh. . . posteriors while mooning Huron senior Carolyn Campbell at a game. Wow. Be still my heart. That's just like something out of a Romantic Comedy! Move over, Patrick Dempsey!

Now, don't ask me the logistics of it all. I didn't do enough research to find out exactly who had what written on what, but I do know that, in order to answer, Carolyn had to pat the. . .uh. . .appropriate word depending on if she was going to say "Yes" or "No."

Now, many of you ladies out there may not have cared for this kind of chivalry, but Carolyn was flattered. She described the asking as "cute" and wasn't upset by it at all. She saw the true creative genius of Kristoff.

School officials must have missed the point completely. They took this grand romantic gesture as offensive and suspended the 13 players (it's an unlucky number - that's why they got in trouble!) for an undetermined amount of games and they all have to complete 20 hours of community service. The administration, the haters of obvious true love, also suspended the boys from school.

Nevermind the fact that there were probably parents and children in the crowd, Carolyn was the only girl in the room as far as Kristoff was concerned. When questioned about his actions, he simply replied, "I enjoyed every bit of it."

And then I bet he mooned the reporter, just to show how much he appreciated telling his side of the story.

1 comment:

jo said...

having been involved with this crazy Utah "asking out" scheme, one of which included half a cabbage (my friend used the other half) to say "Cabbage we go to the dance?" I have to say this Kristoff has outdone himself.