Monday, August 26, 2013


This came in today from Joe Gibbons in Boston.
Hi Greg, now almost 13 years of rowing gondolas, and nearly a thousand marriage proposals, I finally got to witness every guy's worst nightmare.
She said no!! 
My heart went out to the guy. He even did it with a bottle message.  Years ago I was always cautioned to stay fairly close to your boarding dock for marriage proposals. Now I understand why. 
I was nearly a mile away when this happened.
Needless to say I was back at the dock in record time.
I had a good chuckle to myself when the girl being proposed to,
after saying no, had the nerve to ask to see the ring.  
If anything good came out of this: he refused to show the ring, 
and preserved what was left of his dignity.
For those wondering if I was tipped, yes  he dropped me $25,
but I thought to myself: 
"he got the biggest tip of the night,
he probably just saved himself from a life of misery with this gold digger".
Never a dull moment in the gondola business.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow - I guess you have seen it all, but how sad...I am glad, too, that the main preserved some sense of his dignity. My heart goes out to him.