If you love her, you'll propose with both hands behind your back

Tom Jackson
Dec 22, 2013


I live in Ohio now, but I'm originally from Oklahoma. I noticed some news from my old state this week.

A fellow in Elk City (population about 11,000) was about to propose to his girlfriend when he was interrupted by a police officer who arrested him on a bad checks warrant and handcuffed him. Undaunted, Justin Harrel, 32, asked the officer for just a minute and carried through with his proposal. The policeman obligingly reached into Harrel's pocked to retrieve the engagement ring and hand it to Elaine Rios. 

She accepted, and as you can see from this news report, she's standing by her man. 

Via Duke University professor Michael Munger, who remarks on his blog, "How do we know for sure this is a true Okie girl?  She said...yes!  And, now, ladies, he's taken.  For about 3-5 years, at least."  

This seems like an unkind remark about my female friends back home. Judging from the offense reports I read on police beat, Sandusky ladies are not always particularly choosy, either. At least this guy is interested in marriage. 




"Harrel is wanted for obtaining cash and/or merchandise by bogus check."

@ Mr. Jackson:

How do we even know if the ring has actually been paid for?


I watched "Leaves of Grass" about one yr. ago.

I started reading the blogs and found that a lota people were complaining about the weird accents.

Being a Yankee, it was kinda hard for me to tell.

Erie County Resident

Anybody that accepts a proposal from another person obviously heading to jail must be a special kind of stupid.
That is some real bright future their planning out there isn't it.

Doesn't matter what state they are from.