Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I "relish" the thought of going to the dance with you

I was watching this and it brought back some memories about creative date ask-outs in high school. I'm surprised I haven't thought more about the strange practice of elaborate set-ups staged for the purpose of asking someone to a dance. I have a pretty vivid memory for stuff that happened a long time ago, but creative dating somehow fell right off my Flashback Friday radar.

No more! Here are creative dance ask-outs that I participated in. I went to six high school dances in all and frankly, I am shocked I can't remember all the ways in which the asking/answering happened (see vivid memory, above).

"In case you were 'wondering,'...yes, I'll go to the dance with you." This was printed on a roll of paper concealed inside a loaf of Wonder Bread (the center of each piece of bread had been cut out with a cookie cutter), and then left on the boy's doorstep.

The box of Alpha-Bits. See, the way it works is, you take out a Y, E, and S (or N and O, I guess), color them with dark permanent marker, and then put them back in the box. Then you give the box of cereal to the person who asked you to the dance and they have to figure it out.

Sticky stars. I snuck into the boy's room while he was at school and spelled out MORP? in sticky colored stars on his ceiling. When he answered, he spelled it out on my ceiling in glow-in-the-dark stars. No star-related puns were employed, as far as I can remember.

The series of coordinated fake-outs. This is my favorite one. One day during math class my junior year, just before prom (I think), something like four different guys came in over the space of an hour and asked me with feigned sincerity to go with them to the dance. I think most of them were even named Chris, which was a nice touch. They each had flowers and everything. The first guy to ask was so unexpected that I suspected right away that it was a setup for someone else asking me...and I was right. Good thing I didn't say yes to the decoy! Instead, I had to be embarrassed and say no to each one until the guy who was actually asking me came in and asked me in front of everyone.

I wish I could remember the rest! As ridiculous as it seems now, it was usually a fun tradition to take part in. I don't even think it was a distinctly Mormon practice - I seem to remember lots of people participating in it.

Sometimes the creative asking bordered on the destructive/annoying, though. I recall legends of bedrooms filled to the ceiling with crumpled newspaper that had to be unwrapped or balloons that had to be popped to find the answer. Or the bathtub filled with pee and a note that said, "Ur-ine-vited to the dance with me!" OK, maybe my friend Julee and I made that one up...

What creative ask-out practices did you participate in?

12 comments:

Jen said...

I had no idea this practice even existed until I went to BYU....I really didn't know what to think of it...

I anticipated most of the cultural shifts I experienced when I moved to Provo...but not this one. It was so far out of left field!

(That said, I sure enjoyed it once it happened, admittedly.)

Kathy Haynie said...

MORP?

Lisa Lou said...
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Lisa Lou said...

"Prom" backwards - girls ask boys. (at least that what it was for me...)

Katie said...

My junior-year boyfriend asked me by stealing a huge "whopper" banner from Burger King and putting it on our front lawn with a note that said something like, "It would be a whopper of a time if you'd go to the dance with me." Well, about 1/2 hour after I saw his note, he showed up at the door, saying that he had been turned into the cops and was required to return the sign and write a formal apology letter to Burger King. He was even fingerprinted and the story made it into the paper that weekend!

Kristi said...

Steven asked me to prom by making a pathway of giant paper hearts from my front door to the side of my house where he had spelled out in huge letters "PROM?!". I ended up transferring the sign to my bedroom wall where it stayed until about a month ago when my mom moved.

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Ariana said...

No creativity here...but then again, I only ever went to 1 dance in high school and it was because a guy friend felt bad that nobody had asked me (to prom). And that was a casual "well hey, do you want to go? conversation in a car. Then in college, I asked a guy to a girls' choice dance, and he accepted, then an hour before the dance called to say he was "sick" and couldn't go. Only to be seen later that evening on a date with another girl. It's a miracle I ever got married because BOYS ARE DUMB.

Myrna said...

Andrew asked Nancy to homecoming by putting a toilet (clean, unused) on our front step, filled with almond joys, and then something like "I would be bowled over with joy if you came to homecoming with me." Nancy answered on a roll of toilet paper, with a poem that used a lot of potty puns.

My son David bought a hot-wheel boat, and then tied a helium balloon to it with a note that said "It would really float my boat if you came to Sweethearts with me." He put it in her AP Biology drawer in the classroom. When she opened the drawer, up floated the balloon and the boat.

Nancy said...

Actually, it was used...but his mother made him scrub it. The one at our wedding, though, that was new/unused. :)

Julee said...
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Julee said...

YESSSSSSS! I made your blog! Bucket list. Check!

Julee said...

But, I can't take credit. I think that was one idea Jase always wanted to use but never did. I thought it was creative!

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