FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 25, 2008)
"Vacation turns to engagement for Halifax blogger"
HALIFAX, NS -- BigAssSuperstar.com wishes to congratulate founder and editor Scott Simpson on his engagement to long-time girlfriend Amanda on 08-20-2008 in New York City.
Mr. Simpson crafted an intricate plot to propose to Amanda in front of the scrolling marquee outside Hershey's Times Square. After feeding her extensive misinformation leading her to believe a proposal might be coming atop Manhattan's famous Empire State Building, Scott led her to 48th and Broadway with the promise of a genuine American chocolate bar.
After exiting the store with chocolate, Amanda was caught off guard when Scott began recording a "video postcard," then handed his camcorder off to an apparent stranger. He pulled out a Canadian flag identical to one the couple had been given by soldiers on Paris' Champs-Elysees on the 60th anniversary of D-Day during their landmark European vacation.
"This flag represents the trips we've taken around the world," said Simpson to a confused Amanda. "And I look forward to taking many more trips around the sun together."
Scott directed Amanda's attention to the pixelboard marquee at the Hershey's store, which showed modified lyrics from a Cub song called New York City, for which Simpson was shooting his own BigAssSuperstar video:
"The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see;
But the best thing about New York City is ... Marry me?"
Turning around in surprise, she found Mr. Simpson on bended knee with a solitaire engagement ring. She said yes.
The couple emerged from their reverie to discover a second man photographing the unfolding events with a digital SLR. It was then revealed that the photographer and videographer were not strangers. They had been contacted through craigslist for the purpose of capturing the proposal.
Big Ass Superstar extends thanks to NYC photographer Mike Dote and his father for their help in making this event possible, Graeme Ross at Fire Works Gallery for custom-crafting a beautiful ring, Dunhill Cafe & Catering for cooking a tasty and economical breakfast, and family and friends for keeping the scheme under wraps until the big reveal.
The couple has not set a date for the wedding, although considering that the proposal happened on 08-20-2008, Mr. Simpson suggests 09-20-2009 or 09-09-2009 would be easiest to remember.
BigAssSuperstar.com is a Halifax-based blog featuring writing by Scott Simpson on a variety of topics including personal finance, fitness, fatness, technology and miscellany. Mr. Simpson can be contacted through the e-mail link on the blog. Amanda is perpetually available on the social networking web site Facebook.com.
More video and photos will be available at a later date, pending repair of the BAS Stallion computer. Until then, enjoy a selection of Mike Dote's photos of the event.
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