We were watching something on TV last night about a marriage proposal and my wife says, "at least she got a ring," so I started wondering how many people had (or made) rather odd marriage proposals. Here's mine: I had a job to do one afternoon at the foot of the mountains nearest us, and my sweetie came along to help. We finished early and decided to have dinner at our favorite area restaurant before driving home. Sweetie and I had been living together for a couple years and she was starting to "hint" that she wanted to tie the knot, but I hadn't bought a ring yet. But as we sat on the deck watching the sun set behind the mountains and waiting for our food, I thought this would be the perfect place to pop the question, if only I had a ring. So I took the spoon from my silverware setting, and hiding it under the table cloth, I bent the handle into a circle small enough to just fit over my pinky finger. I got down on one knee, took her hand and asked her to marry me. When she said yes I slipped the spoon over her finger and told her I'd be happy to replace it with a diamond ring later if she preferred. (She did, and I did.) When she jokes about the "engagement spoon" I gave her, I have to point out that it took a lot of work to shape that spoon exactly right. It's not like I picked up a spoon from the table and said, "Hey, if I give you this stolen spoon will you marry me?" It took work and creativity. And in the end she got two rings -- one that she could eat soup with if necessary. I'm sure some of you have good stories to tell. Let's hear 'em.