I fear that Mrs. Geek and I are an annoyingly cute couple at times. Surely you know the kind I am talking about. Not the kind that wear matching sweaters. Rather the kind who have pet names for each other, hold hands in public often, are unafraid of public displays of affection, and sometimes employ the most saccharine sorts baby talk to communicate. You know, the kind who drive both single people and longer-term couples nuts.
Mrs. Geek and I often try to keep this sort of behavior under wraps. Being single ourselves for most of our twenties, we know how disgusting overly cute couples can be. We want to be responsible members of society and therefore practice baby talk and other child-like behaviors behind closed doors.
We do occasionally get caught, however. One such occasion happened this past Monday. Mrs. Geek got me two separate gifts. The first she was able to give me on Sunday night when I gave my gift to her (it was a sterling silver-plated yoyo with my name engraved on it... it's a long story.) The second, I discovered on Monday afternoon, was a box of chocolate-dipped Chinese fortune cookies from fortunecookiedepot.com. It is those fortune cookies that got me caught.
You see, Mrs. Geek had them sent to me at Company O. She'd been hinting that she was doing this for a week or two before Valentine's Day. So, when a box suddenly appeared in my cubicle after meeting with a colleague, all I could think was "oooh... PRESENTS!!!!". That was all fine and good. Inside the non-descript cardboard box used for shipping was plain white box with a large red bow. This was also just fine. In fact, it was almost picture perfect. Upon opening this inner box, I found 50-100 individually wrapped chocolate-dipped fortune cookies. After trying one, I found that they were delicious and had customized fortunes in them. The fortunes said things like "Happy Valentines Day 2005"... or so I thought.
I got into trouble when I offered some of these cookies to some of my co-workers of Asian extraction... who just happened to be gabbing the next cublicle. I hand out around two of the cookies... the first one has a relatively non-descript fortune. The second guy gets to his fortune, looks up and says "Hey... what does this mean?"
Oops. Busted. The fortune said "I wubba you" which is how Mrs. Geek and I sometimes say "I love you" to each other.
Needless to say, I didn't share any more cookies with co-workers. None of the I've seen so far (I'm told that there are six different ones) are in any way tasteless... but many of them are very cute. Too cute for a couple who wants to be responsible members of society to share with everyone.
on 2005-02-18 at 2:41 p.m.
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