A Proposal at 34,000 Feet

While most South By attendees came back from Austin with new ideas about online communities or Joe Clark, I returned with something quite different: a fiancee.

Once we hit cruising altitude on the first leg of our journey to Texas, I reached into one of my carry-ons, filled with geek paraphernalia (a tangle of power cords, their associated bricks, BlueTooth USB dongles, and the odd O’Reilly book) and slipped the tiny case containing the ring up my sleeve. I turned to The Girl, who despite sleeping through take-off I was convinced would catch me preparing for the act, and coyly told her that I had something up my sleeve.

After a playful back and forth (“Is it a granola bar? A tissue?”) I took to one knee in our spacious exit row (perfect for Plan B in case she said no—that wasn’t likely though since she picked out the ring), laid the obviously prepared line about “perpetual cruising altitude” on her and popped the question.

Because it was an early flight and we had the entire exit row to ourselves, there wasn’t too much commotion when she said yes. Actually the only people who noticed were the two gentlemen sitting across from us who fortunately were awake enough to ask the flight attendant to find out where we were at that moment.

The attendant returned with “120 miles south of Indianapolis” and an offer of two complimentary screwdrivers in place of the more traditional champaign. We passed on the early morning liquor and instead gave our attention to an impromptu disco-ball light show caused by the sun reflecting off the new ring onto the cabin wall.

When we landed we called both sets of parents before boarding our connecting flight to Austin. Unfortunately I ended up getting quite sick again coming back from SXSW and haven’t had a chance to do any sort of retrospective write-up on the whole week. Feeling better I’m greeted with mounds of work to catch-up on but this story really seemed like something that couldn’t wait any longer.

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Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
March 24th, 2005 at 6:22 pm
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049 Comments

001

Congratulations. That’s awesome. :)

Author
Tom
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 1:27 pm
002

Congrats! Can’t wait for the South By recollection write-up. ;)

Author
Jonathan Fenocchi
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 2:18 pm
003

Having had the pleasure of meeting both of you at SXSW, I just know how much of a blast you’re going to have together. “You make a great couple” sounds really trite these days, but you chaps really are made for each other. Congratulations!

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Jon Hicks
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 2:33 pm
004

Congratulations Shaun. Now, get healthy.

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Kevin Tamura
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 2:37 pm
005

Congratulations Shaun!!! Thats so f****ing awesome !!!!

Author
Denis
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 2:37 pm
006

congrats shaun! do you know about the three rings of marriage? the engagement ring, the wedding ring, and the suffering…

seriously though - i wish you guys the best.

Author
zac
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 2:50 pm
007

Congratulaios! That was a good plan, something to remember for years to come.

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Danny Cohen
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 2:54 pm
008

Hey, Congratulations!! ;-)

You two make a great couple.

Oh, wait… wouldn’t she have an excuse now?? “I was so high when I said yes”

Author
Manoloweb
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 3:18 pm
009

Dude, you should have totally asked me for some tips when we were in Austin. I proposed to my wife almost exactly the same way. :-)

Author
James Archer
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 3:26 pm
010

(Oh, and congratulations!)

Author
James Archer
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 3:27 pm
011

Fantastic news. Congratulations from an Austinite who unfortunately didn’t get a chance to introduce himself while you were in town.

Author
Rob L.
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 3:46 pm
012

What a romantic! Congratulations to you both

Author
Suzanne Inman
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 3:55 pm
013

Takes a lot of courage ;)

Hope i’ll do it someday.

Have a nice life with the girl you love. I don’t think there’s anything better to dream about, than falling in love with a girl and spending your life with her afterwards. One lucky man.

Author
Josue Salazar
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 4:20 pm
014

In sickness and in health… Indeed living up to the promises, eh? Congratulations Shaun, that sounds really romantic. Good idea hiding it in the bag-of-geekery, nobody would ever think to look there!

Author
Jakob Heuser
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 4:28 pm
015

Now the question is how techy to make the wedding. My fiancée and I have talked about having a wedding website and we registered on amazon, Tivo is on top of the list. Another friend of mine at The College of New Jersey is very excited about his future weddingblog, though I don’t think his girlfriend is as enthused.

Author
Stefan Hayden
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 4:35 pm
016

Now the question is how techy to make the wedding…

I think Shaun should pull a Kip Dynamite: “…But I STILL love technology….”

Author
James Archer
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 4:44 pm
017

Thanks everyone—from both of us. I think we might have to dognap “Durstan” (something else I missed out on by being sick) and his iSight-on-a-stick to live vlog the whole affair. ;)

Author
Shaun Inman
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 5:16 pm
018

Congratulations Shaun, that’s really lovely news - re the enagagement not the flu.

But here’s the thing: I managed to get the same flu and have been knocked for 6 (oops - just realised that needs translation from the Aussie: read as “under the weather”) since leaving Austin. My only consolation will a certain infamy in being “Patient 0” for the American Flu epidemic about to hit Sydney this impending Winter…

Hope you’re feeling a bit better than I am.

Author
Maxine
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 5:34 pm
019

ha ha… nice work! Congrats!

Author
David
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 5:54 pm
020

Congratulations Wolf. I suppose I need to stop leering at Leslie now?

Author
Mike D.
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 8:06 pm
021

Congrats! Enjoy the journey.

Author
Sean
Posted
Mar 24th, 2005 10:59 pm
022

Congrat! Hope your feeling better soon, & both looking forwards to a long & happy life together.

Author
Daveeee
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 12:10 am
023

That’s nuts, Shaun — congratulations! Somehow my earlier plan to be sure to congratulate you on your latest accolades seems less significant. At any rate, good on you for both. I’d say that’s a hell of a weekend.

Author
MT
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 12:31 am
024

Congrats (again)… I wish you nothing but the best for an exciting future together…

For what its worth, I’ve been sick for almost a week now too - though I don’t think it was from Austin. Something about spending all day at Seaworld in Orlando on Thursday in the rain then no sleep for the next few days as we drove home that did it, I think…

Author
Derek Featherstone
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 2:36 am
025

Mazel Tov! Great to know that there will be a Mrs. sIFR to keep you in check! Warmest Wishes to you both! Steve

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steve
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 3:27 am
026

Congratulations, of course, but I do have one question: did she say yes to Shaun Rockstar Inman or to Shaun Web Dev Inman? ;)

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Rob Mientjes
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 3:44 am
027

Congratulations Shaun ! well i toke that step 9 years ago, 9 years after here i’ am sitting in my chair writting with my 9 month baby in my arms - i’m a happy person. and i do believe that both of you will be like me. lol

Author
Vitor
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 3:46 am
028

Well I’ll add my congrats to your ever-piling list here, but congrats. My wife & I recently celebrated 7 months of marriage. Totally awesome. Totally exciting. Totally frustrating. All in the same moment. I love it.

Author
hynes
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 4:18 am
029

Thank you everyone!

Rockstar vs. Web Dev?… Good question… I love the Shaun Creative Inman. As long as he is being creative and doing what he loves, that works for me.

Author
The Girl
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 4:24 am
030

Congratulations Shaun and Leslie! I couldn’t be happier for the two of you. Have fun planning for the next stage of your lifes!

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Suzanna
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 5:02 am
031

Fantastic news! Congrats to both of you. May the preparations for the celebrations and ceremonies be pleasant and enjoyable for you both.

Author
Mike
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 8:35 am
032

Congrats!

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AkaXakA
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 11:04 am
033

Huzzah! Nicely done.

Author
Joe D'Andrea
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 2:16 pm
034

Congrats! Enjoy the ride :)

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GeoffC
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 10:43 pm
035

I still had to add my congrats to the list as well. Enjoy your life together!

ps, will there be an SIFR junior soon? :D

Author
Vincent Grouls
Posted
Mar 25th, 2005 11:33 pm
036

congratulations to both of you, the white knight is now the king! ;)

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Kevin Navia
Posted
Mar 26th, 2005 4:38 am
037

congrats guys, thats awesome, and done in only a way that shaun could pull off. man everyone around me is getting engaged.

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m@ edmunds
Posted
Mar 26th, 2005 6:54 am
038

That’s awesome, congratulations! Mega-produced proposals are overrated anyway. ;)

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Sean S
Posted
Mar 26th, 2005 10:36 am
039

Oh how lovely! So happy for you ;)

Amazing blog, website, and design I MUST say.

Goodluck with your soon to be wife!

Author
Lara
Posted
Mar 27th, 2005 6:56 pm
040

Congratulations Shaun, that’s amazing! Marriage is such an amazing adventure and such hard work all at the same time. Enjoy it!

Author
Rob Soule
Posted
Mar 28th, 2005 3:24 am
041

Congrats, Shaun. Very cool proposal idea, too. :)

Author
Jeff Croft
Posted
Mar 28th, 2005 5:18 am
042

Congratulations! I’m so happy to hear you are so fortunate! Best of luck and love!

Author
Michael
Posted
Mar 29th, 2005 5:03 am
043

How wonderful for you, and for us. We are looking forward so much to having Leslie as part of the family. What an exciting and romantic proposal - I am thrilled. Love….Gram

Author
Gram
Posted
Mar 29th, 2005 9:27 am
044

Shaun, having met the both of you, I can honestly say that I think you’re going to be incredibly happy. You and Leslie are amazing people, and the fact that you both love design so much will make for engaging conversation for years to come.

Congradulations!

Author
Sergio Villarreal
Posted
Mar 29th, 2005 12:26 pm
045

Congratulations on your engagement! Here’s to many happy years! =D

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Jeevan
Posted
Mar 29th, 2005 1:11 pm
046

Congratulations. Always is nice to hear of good things happening to good people.

Author
Raul Osorio
Posted
Mar 29th, 2005 9:05 pm
047

Dude, I had no idea. I figured you two had been engaged for years! You are indeed the Wolf. Heartiest congratulations all round, you splendid people (I mean that).

Watch out for the Feather though, he’s a sly one :-)

Author
Richard Rutter
Posted
Mar 30th, 2005 12:26 am
048

Congratulations! Let the (wedding) planning begin.

Having tied the knot two years ago, I can definately recommend it. Best of luck to you and The Girl!

Author
Calrion
Posted
Mar 30th, 2005 3:41 am
049

Congrats! Married life is great. I recently got married last summer, and I have to say that life is so much more stable now. No more wondering “Is she the one?” or having to say goodbye when you say goodnight.

By the way, congrats on best blog of the year. I didn’t think any of the other finalists even held a candle to your site. Sure, they may have had solid content and witty commentary, but their designs had nothing on your’s. Keep up the great work!

Author
Nathan Smith
Posted
Apr 1st, 2005 7:17 am