OPINION: If the question was popped, give me a call

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

I’m down on my knees, begging and pleading for your answer, dear reader.
As you may know, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, and I rashly volunteered to write something for the Mighty Daily Journal.
But what?
My first idea was rejected as being too vague: “Something about love, maybe?”
My second idea seemed too complicated: “Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day both fall on Feb. 14. How about some kind of Chinesey-Valentiney thing?”
Finally, we hit upon an idea that will work, if you’re willing to help.
I’m looking for couples to share stories about their proposals.
Did he hide the engagement ring in an angel food cake?
Did he get help from a stadium scoreboard?
Did she walk into the room and dazzle him so that he dropped straight to his knees and proposed on the spur of the moment?
If you feel like recounting your tale, give me a call or send an e-mail. The contact information is listed at the bottom of this column. Include a little bit about the event and where it occurred. We’re hoping to take some couples to the original locations for photographs.
You have to admit that’s a pretty romantic idea I came up with for Feb. 14.
And it’s far better than the “Chinesey-Valentiney thing.”

In other news
I’ve been annoying the family in the most delightful ways since I got my new harmonica.
It was a birthday present from Jay Bell, my good friend from “Bradenton-Fun-in-the-Sun-Baby-Florida.”
“Yeah, I was very excited when I found it,” Bell said. “I’ve had it for about four months.”
A couple of things attracted him to the harmonica:
– According to a sticker on the bottom, it cost only $4.99.
– The box features an artist’s rendering of a steamboat on a river and the words “Mississippi Harmonica Co.” In addition, the harmonica has “Mississippi” etched on the top and bottom.
“That’s just right for you,” he explained.
But there was one disappointment.
A further inspection revealed that the Mississippi harmonica from the Mississippi Harmonica Co. was, in fact, made in China.
“Are they allowed to do that?” Jay Bell said. “Florida oranges come from Florida. I assumed Mississippi harmonicas came from Mississippi.”
The box included directions about how to hold the instrument and the proper blowing and drawing techniques. It also has sheet music for “Alouette,” “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
I’ve ignored all that. Instead, I’ve entertained the family with dozens of spontaneous blues, rock and New Age numbers. Good stuff.
“I can’t tell you how lucky I am to live in Florida right now,” Bell said.
“What’s your point?” I said.

M. Scott Morris is a Daily Journal entertainment writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.