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.