The proposal story

I have had to tell this story a million times in the past week so I thought I would share it here as well.

I know that she didn’t want some big over the top event (so I stopped pursuing the Orlando Magic game big screen idea) and preferred something smaller and around family. So I decided that I was ready just after a great Christmas with both of our families and was going to pull the trigger just after midnight while we celebrated new years eve at her families house. It is a great date to propose since it was 1/1/11 which had significance to me for obvious reasons. I had already had the talk with her father and gotten his blessings and he was the only one that knew that I was going to pop the question that night. I get along great with her family and I knew that her mother would be as excited as she would be. Unfortunately, as the night drug on, her and her mother both fell asleep on the couches. Her father was cool and kept trying to keep them awake, but we were fighting a losing battle so I told him that I would figure something else out and we started driving home.

If you know me, you know that I always have a backup plan. šŸ˜‰

It was about 11:30 or so while we were driving home and one of my other ideas popped into mind so I decided to go with that plan. I drove very slowly, and kept her thinking that we were going home. I took a different route that took us by our church and when we got near it I just suggested that we stop by for a little bit since we were in the area. She thought it was sort of strange since the church was most certainly closed, but she knows that I can be weird like that sometimes and went with it. Unfortunately, even though I drove slowly to try to get the timing right, we still got there about 5 minutes until 12 and I wanted to do it right after midnight, so I had to stall. I decided to drive around the church (it is a big church) and just pretend like I was looking at the other building and areas just because “I have never looked around here before”. I stalled until about 1 minute before midnight and then pulled the car around to the front of the church and parked. I figured that would work out perfectly that right when got in front of the church (which was closed) I could do my thing. That’s when the next hurdle appeared…the security guard.

So here we are, at almost midnight, driving around a closed church, parking, and getting out and walking up to the front doors so of COURSE a security guard would find that suspicious and drive up! Being the social engineer that I am, i scrambled towards him quickly to intercept him still trying not to ruin my surprise as much as possible. I have this ring in my pocket, but the girlfriend right behind me, and I had to get past this security guard without giving away my secret. I just told him that we were had been out of town for the holidays and hadn’t gone to church and were only staying for a minute (all true). He thought it strange but said “Ok, I guess”.

Now it got tough. I should also mention that this church, and this bench, is where we first met and had our very first date which is why it was my original plan anyway. I only had a few seconds left before midnight and I had my whole speech in mind and was trying to start but she said that it was cold outside and she kept grabbing me telling me to keep her warm. I pushed her away and told her to wait a minute, but she kept wrapping herself in my arms for warmth until finally i grabbed her by the shoulders and said “I’m trying to tell you something.”. I told her that I brought her here because it was where we had our first date and where it all started and that I loved her very much and that as the new year started, I didn’t want to spend another year without her in my life. I got down on one knee, looked into her teared up eyes and asked her to marry me. Right at that exact moment not only did we have the figurative fireworks going off between us, but we literally had fireworks going off in the air because it was new years eve.

Oh yeah…she said “Yes!”

Sometime you just know when things are right. When the fireworks went off, and I slid that ring on her finger, my whole world felt right for the first time in my whole life.

1/1/11 – A great day for the Dawg

So yesterday was a pretty cool day for geeks worldwide since it was January 1, 2011 which is almost a perfect default date. 1/1/11 (1111) is pretty interesting in and of itself. It only happens once in a millennium (at least in this format) so being the geek that I am, I had to seize the day and make a big change in my life. A little while ago, I made a post about how I have never proposed to anyone before (despite what one delusional person thinks). Well, that is no longer the case. Yesterday, on 1/1/2011 right after midnight, I proposed to my girlfriend.

She said yes!

She doesn’t really get the significance of the date so much, but she knows that it is important to me and is happy that I am happy (having someone care whether or not I am happy is a foreign concept to me). She also agreed to try to have the wedding on the ULTIMATE default day which will be this November 11. That right, we are going to get married on 11/11/2011 unless something stops us (Veterans day might close some offices down).

I did not plan for this to work out this way, but it seems fitting that I get married on 11/11/11. Not only does it have the hacker significance, but truthfully it is pretty HUGE when you think of the scope of that possible date. We are in the middle of a sequence of dates (starting in 2001) where we can have these dates lineup up once per year. For example, we had 01/01/01 in 2001 and then 02/02/02 in 2002 and so on. Next year will be the last year of this cycle at 12/12/12. But this year is the magical one for hackers and for me personally. It will not happen again for an entire millennium on 11/11/3011. Yes, you can argue that it sort of happens on 11/11/2111 (or any 100 year cycle from there) but that is an odd number of “1”s and just isn’t the same. Besides, I will be long dead by then. This perfect alignment of dates has only happen 2 times in all of history. 11/11/0011 was the true default date and then again on 11/11/1011. There was also a magical 11/11/1111 which will never happen again as well.

Sometimes things just happen the way that they are supposed to. This is the kind of story that not many people can claim and hopefully a great story for our children (no, not yet). Call it fate, call it faith, call it luck. I don’t care what it is, but it feels right and I am as happy as I have ever been in my life. I love my fiancee (it will be tough to get used to that word) very much and I am glad I waited for her to appear in my life.

Happy new year everyone! I hope yours goes as well as mine!

Oh yeah and every…and I mean EVERYTHING…including my wedding day…is always on default!

Phreak Phactor begins!

Starting this weekend, the worlds phirst hacking/phreaking reality radio show begins! It is a LIVE show appearing EXCLUSIVELY on DDP HackRadio and YOU can easily participate.

This will be an enormously phun project that anyone can get involved in. It was another “phirst of its kind” project that required some interest setup and coding on our part. Nottheory did a phantastic job in coding up the interface and the connections between servers. Click below for more information.

We have set up a system that allows multiple users to call in to the BellsMind PBX and participate in the show. The show itself is really not a formal show like many of the others that we have done in the past. This is a freestyle show that is really just a conference call that is streamed live over the internet. That is what makes it a “reality” show. We have no idea who is going to be doing what.

Ideally, we would like to think that it will be a lot of phun phone calls and maybe some light-hearted jokes and phone system “exploration”. We would also love to see people take it upon themselves to bring actual topics of discussion phor everyone, but that may be a little too organized phor this type of show.

The reality aspect of the show will be interesting to observe as well. While we hope and encourage people to enjoy the show, and while we will be liberal with the content, we also realize that some people will just be the complete jerks that they are and try to ruin it phor everyone. There will be people who try to TONE out the line and others who will spout abusive and offensive language. While we will allow an almost unlimited amount of phreedom, if someone does cross the line to the point where they endanger themselves or others, or commit act of an illegal nature, we do have an administrative system written to address these issues and kick people phrom the conference if they become a problem.

We are also in the process of implementing some other phun pheatures such as the ability to vote off other callers like the television reality shows (a la Survivor, the apprentice, etc…). These changes, when implemented, along with phull instructions (including the call-in number) can be phound at PhreakPhactor.net and all changes/announcements will be posted there phirst!!