I Got the Best Deal
Yesterday, my wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. It turns out that there is no traditional gift for year 28, so we decided to gift ourselves an untraditional cross-country extravaganza - more on this in the next few weeks.
On our anniversary, I like to share how we met because back in the day (aka before the internet), we met in a non-traditional way...a personal ad.
I know, I know. It's a normal way to meet today, but our ad is so retro - it was printed on paper, y'all.
In June of '92, I took a chance and placed an ad in The Washington City Paper, and we had our first date over enchiladas on Bastille Day. And the rest, as they say, has been one beautiful ripple.
In the past, when I've shared our ad, I get many requests to explain its lingo. So, here we go...
SWM/SWF Single White Male/Female
HFS: It was a D.C. radio station much like First Wave or Alt-Nation on Sirius
At this point, I will share that our daughters are 21 and 24, which makes this even crazier for me. We were so young.
Not afraid of expressing her opinions on today's events: This was the hook because every good ad needs a hook.
Into having lots-o-fun with greater possibilities: Well, this is just lame. I have no idea why I decided to put this into the ad.
Here's what blows my mind. This little ad was tucked away in the back pages of a free weekly newspaper and passed over by countless readers. It ran for two weeks, and she answered it on the last day. At best, it was a needle in a haystack ripple and it hasn't stopped rippling.
Don't ya just love small ripples?
Here's the thing, you never know where tiny ripples will take you. Yes, some will fade away, but one of them may take you on a life-changing journey, but you'll never know until you take a chance and create that first ripple.