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I've a boss for life...

December 7, 2003

The Ruler_of_spike and I have been together for nearly 5 years (it will be, at end of January 2004) and we've been cohabiting for over 2.5. It has been an incredibly difficult for both of us, both in terms of professional as well as personal/family matters... and we're still together, helping, supporting and loving each other. We've been talking about kidsí names longer than I care to remember!

(You must be asking: "Where are you going with this??")

Now that things have settled down a little, I've come to conclusion that I can't live without her! So I asked her to be my boss for the rest of our lives... And she agreed!!

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December 8, 2003

Thank you all for your well wishes!!

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December 8, 2003

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How did you ask her?
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We were just getting ready for the dinner that I cooked (I usually cook a chili on Saturday night) and I was complaining that I couldn't find the book I was reading and I just 'happen' to have found it under the sofa - which conveniently kneeing on the floor... I asked if she'd like to boss me around for the rest of our lives, and she said yes...

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December 8, 2003

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now, post a picture of the rock
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Hehe... We actually haven't gotten the ring yet... After months of research and sounding her out, I have originally looked at half a dozen designs... Now, the selection process is narrowed down to just two designs of the ring and two possible cut of the diamond.

The final product will look something like the above ring... but the diamond will be different. It will either be a round or oval rock with a brilliant cut. We are going over to the designer on Thursday evening to do a number of things: 1) measure the size of her ring finger, 2) let her pick from the two remaining designs, 3) let her pick a shape of the diamond.

Apparently, it is now the Christmas rush, so we'd probably start the process now and ended up picking up the ring in mid- to late January...

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December 8, 2003

Thanks! That's the least I could do... She means so much to me.

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December 8, 2003

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see, now this is exactly what I'm talking about! Rings or rigs...

btw, just out of curiousity, does she read these forums?
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Rings or rigs... That's actually very appropriate question. To be completely honest, I feel kinda guilty that all my rigs together would still worth (not to be confused with cost) more than the ring and stone... Of course, this is, to date, the most important single investment I've ever made. And happily so!

On a different note, on the whole - no, the Ruler_of_spike doesn't read these forum pages... However, she does occasionally see a thread or two when she checks on me ( ) or call me for dinner or something...

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December 8, 2003

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Wa-hey! Congrats! - you've had a stressful last few months, but it sounds like you're finishing on a high note.

Of course, if you slip the ring designer a back-hander to replace the diamond with a cubic zirconium, you could save enough for another SETI-crunching-Xeon for yourself.
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Thanks...

Just in case you guys are curious, the lady in question worths her weight in diamonds, never mind a small fraction of it! And, fear not, as I've said in my reply to stanmanfoo's thread, my rigs still worth more than the stone and ring. (Obviously, it may not be the case 6 months down the line. )

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December 8, 2003

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Ah but again, how many WUs does a diamond output?
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Hehe... Not sure output, but she certainly worth more than I or my rigs will ever do.

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December 9, 2003

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hey, stop messing with the poor fellow.

I know I would go for a nice ring with diamonds and whatever she wants on it and not think twice about how many rigs I can buy instead.
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Thanks for that, dude. That's my thinking entirely.

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December 9, 2003

Well, lucky that I don't really look at it as 'biting the dust'... As our fearless leader, Jim_, would say that he's the lucky one, I feel that I'm in a very similar situation... I have to be lucky to have spent over 2.5 years living with someone, with all my bad habits, geek hobbies, being unemployed, etc and she's still with me! I'm lucky!

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December 10, 2003

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...and Spike, if I ever make this kind of annoucement on the forums, feel free to hound me all you want, I'll probably be too happy to care anyways right?
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Hehe... You've gotten that one right! The past couple of weeks have been the first time in many months I feel totally at ease - with my personal being, my personal life and those around me and with my work. While I was a little nervous during the short period between making up my mind regarding my own commitment to the Ruler_of_spike and actually asking her, all in all, I'm about as content with things about and around me as I've been for years.

One thing about our relationship is that no matter how bad things appears to be at the present, we never stop looking forward to the future and the possibilities it may bring. The Ruler_of_spike is particular good at doing that. And between us, there's an energy to drive things forward. We're very different in personality and interests, but we share many things that even more fundamental, like attitude, values and outlook. It is an additional reassurance I feel now that we're committing ourselves to each other.

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December 24, 2003

Man, the past 24 hours has been a heck of a day!! (All times GMT)

3:30am: I got up... just!
4:15am: Scheduled to be picked up by a cab to go to the train station where one of the 'airport expresses' will take me to London Stansted Airport (a completely obscure airport, but the other two are better known: Heathrow and Gatwick...) The cab didn't arrive until 4:25am, but we still managed to get to the train station in good time.
5:00am: Got on the Stansted Express... I think that was the 2nd train of the day for them.
6:00am: Got to the airport, checked in (after a long wait). then I immediately lined up for pre-flight security (another long wait). I managed to pick up a sandwich and some water to the boarding gate.
7:30am: By then we've completed boarding and the plane door closed. The flight was due to take off at 7:30, but we weren't going anywhere...
8:15am: After sitting the tarmac for 45min (the length of the flight), we were given the go-ahead to taxi.
10:00am (CET; Central European Time, GMT + 1hr): Arrived at Brussels-Charleroi Airport, Belgium. The airport is nowhere near Brussels and Charleroi is around 60km from Brussels.
11:15am (CET): Arrived at Brussels Zuid train station... Picked up the train north to Antwerp - the world largest diamond market.
12:45pm (CET): Met with my first contact (a Belgian jeweler)... He showed me a bunch of stones. They're all very nice, but not quite what I'm looking for. I left him with details of what I'm looking for after a very good chat with him.
2:15pm (CET): Met with my 2nd contact (a diamond exchange broker). I've already indicated the rock that I wanted to look at - price, weight, quality and shape of the rock was exactly what I was looking for!! We chatted for a while and I handed over a pile of cash... (Like the majority of 'commodity' markets, the diamond market is a US$ market. To buy directly off the exchange, even when dealing with most of the jewelers, US$ is the currency to talk in... which also means that I traveled with a multiple of thousands of dollar with me!! I was sweating bullets!!)
4:15pm (CET): Back on the train to return to Brussels from Antwerp.
5:35pm (CET): The coach left Brussels Zuid for Cherleroi Airport.
6:30pm (CET): Arrived at Cherleroi. My flight was scheduled at 8:05pm (CET), but there was no information of the flight on the boards. I checked in and was informed that the flight has been delayed. Between the hours of arrival at Cherleroi and my return to it, there has been a snow storm (not a blizzard, but a bit of snow), the airport has pretty much been closed... All the flights in and out of the airport were delayed. A flight from London Stansted that was due at 1pm CET didn't arrive at Cherleroi until 6pm!! Picked up something that looked like a portion of a pizza and some spring water...
8:15pm (CET): Still no information regarding my flight. An earlier flight that was bound for London Stansted was lit and it was scheduled to depart at 10:30pm (CET)!!
9:30pm (CET): My flight was lit!!! It was due to be board at 11:15pm (CET)... Yeah, right!
11:00pm (CET): There were over 300 people in a boarding area built for 100!! It was hot, sweaty and with a bunch of screaming overheated/hyperventilated babies/kids... The flight in front of mine has landed and people were disembarking. My flight was still in the air (literally!)
11:30pm (CET): My plane was sitting by the gate and we were about to board!
12:20am (CET): Finally given permission to taxi and take off...
12:10am (GMT): Touched down on UK soil again... 4 hours late!
12:45am: On board of the return leg on the Stansted Express.
1:00am: Outside the train station in London, looking for cab...
2:00am: Found a cab after 10min and finally got home 20 hours after I left!
3:00am: After showing the Ruler_of_spike the rock, getting changed and a bit to eat, I hit the sack 23.5 hours after I got up...

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December 24, 2003

Thanks, guys! Yeah, it was a heck of a day and a heck of a trip!!

I've use my rather crappy digitcam to try and take a close-up shot of the stone, but it just won't focus properly (click on pic for the larger image)...

For those who know about these things (and anyone who's bought or is planning to buy a piece of diamond jewelry for his love one should) - the stone has the following characteristics: 1.46ct, G color, VVS1 clarity, very good cut, excellent symmetry. It has been certified by the Antwerp Diamond High Council...

In case you wonder how much I paid for this, I've picked a few UK and US online diamond sales site for reference picking the nearest they've on offer to I've managed to pick up ... Needless to say, I paid less than those quoted prices!

This is DiamondHunt.co.uk. Prices are in GBP and the current exchange rate is GBP=US$1.75!!! This place is a complete rip off!!!

This next place is Diamonds.com, which is quite a popular site. The prices are a lot more reasonable, but they don't have any stones in the right quality.

Finally, Original-Diamonds.co.uk is a very reasonable site based in the UK and gives you US$ prices. It allows to me pick nearly identical diamond to what I wanted...

Again, don't forget, I didn't pay anywhere close to these exuberant prices... Hence it was well worth the trip and the time spent traveling.

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December 25, 2003

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1. Does the Ruler_of_Spike like Milkshakes, and
2, Does the Ruler_of_Spike consider Milkshakes, deserts or beverages?
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Hehe... Catching us out isn't that easy... It's actually quite easy - she doesn't do milkshakes... and she has no opinion on it. I don't really do milkshakes either. We have yogurts on a daily basis though.

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February 14, 2004

Well, after over a month of going to and from the jeweler, I finally picked up the Ruler_of_spike's engagement ring!! I picked it up this morning and presented it to her - on St. Valentine's Day!!

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February 16, 2004

Thanks folks for all your kind regards and comments!

Calum:

I don't know about a 'minor geological phenomenon' (thanks ), but it sure worth my 23hr round-trip over to Antwerp... While we spent a great deal of time 'ouuing' and 'ahhing' at the stone before it went to the jeweler, we could not believe how well it turned out.

Alicia:

Thanks for the comments... I'm not sure about a live-feed on the wedding, but I'd probably post some pics, post-event... I'll try and get some views on the milkshake question after the 'in-laws' leave us alone (they're in town at the moment)...

i_wolf:

'Many Happy Returns'... Eh, no offense, but no thanks, seriously!

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February 16, 2004

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Are the dates set yet for the wedding?
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Eh... I've been told that it's going to be around end-of-August / beginning-of-September time... I guess I'll be told as the time gets nearer.

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February 16, 2004

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I've heard plain, smooth, gold bands are in now days for guys.
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Hmmm... I think we're thinking along the lines of plain platinum bands. A nice thick, chunky one for me... I've a 10mm-wide, 2mm-thick sterling silver band on the right hand equivalent of the ring finger now, and I'm thinking of something similar for the wedding band.

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February 16, 2004

In the end, it was well worth the trip... Just looking at the end result, I'd gladly do it all over again!


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