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On Bended Knee

On Bended Knee

Date: Nov 02 2005


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Proposing to someone you love can be very stressful. First, you have to make sure that she (or he) wants to marry you. Then you have to come up with a way to propose that is unique, creative and romantic. You have to find the right style of engagement ring. And then you actually have to do: get down on one knee, show the ring and ask the big question: “Will you marry me?”
Listen to John and I talk about popping the big question.


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Dave:  John, you going to tie the knot soon?

John:  Ah, I don’t think anytime soon. I’m not too anxious about getting hitched. How about you?

Dave:  Yeah, I’m kind of running away from that as quickly as I can. But, you know, you gotta think: when it comes time, how are you going to propose to a girl?

John:  I don’t know. You know, people do it in a lot of different ways. I was just at a football game last weekend, and, ah, you know, they put the camera on them and they, and they did it in front of a hundred thousand fans.

Dave:  Oh yeah?

John:  Um, but, I don’t know. I don’t think I’ll make a public display out of it. How about you?

Dave:  Yeah. Well, you know, I wonder about that because it seems the trend is, proposals are becoming such a spectacle. You always have to do something so gimmicky that the romance of it is kind of gone.

John:  But a lot of times it can be more romantic to just to be you and your fiancee.

Dave:  Yeah, yeah. I think it can be if you work it right. Lance Armstrong proposed to Sheryl Crow, you know, in the middle of a lake, in a little row boat. It’s kind of the quaint, intimate image that you’d expect a proposal to be.

John:  Didn’t Tom Cruise propose to Katie Holmes at the base of the Eiffel Tower or in the Eiffel Tower or something like that?

Dave:  Did he? If you do it, Paris the place to do it.

John:  Yeah, for sure.



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One of my friends and his girlfriend were having a picnic in a park one sunny afternoon. It was a clear, beautiful day. When my friend told his girlfriend to look up, she saw the following words written in smoke in the sky: “Marry me, Carol?” The words were written inside a big, smoky heart. He pulled a ring from his pocket and asked her to marry him. She cried and said yes.
Do you think this was a good way to propose? How would you propose to someone? What are some creative proposals you’ve heard about?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes really.whats the matter? i want my fiance to love me and hug me but i dont want it for all the time.i want a love with lots of fun together.this is the way that some one can makes me in love.a proposal has to be romantic (also if you love him it would be ok in any situations:D)

09:02 AM May 28 2013 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i would prefer a proposal in sea or river:D but not tooo romantic…i  want my fiance to have good sense of humor and makes me laugh:D

06:32 AM May 27 2013 |




I am an ordinary woman one , who is want to get propose from someone who is my love.
Imagine follow up me… In the evening  at beatiful beach . Just someone hold my hands and sit beside me look to sunset together. Tell me from real heart ” I love you so much, please marry me we will going on the long road together” No ring because I have sky, sea , sand and sun to be evidence

10:51 AM May 21 2013 |



this was the best way to propose a girl.

if i got a chance i will take her on the moon then i wiill ask her.


05:22 AM Nov 20 2007 |

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