Congratulations

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First and foremost, the heartiest possible congratulations to our goddaughter and her fiance on their Valentine’s Day engagement! (I just learned something in checking the spelling of the word finace! With one “e” at the end, it’s the male in the engagement, with two e’s at the end, it’s the female. Who knew? Not me!)

We couldn’t be happier for both of them, each of them is lucky (and perceptive and smart!) to have found the other!

Even happier (for us, on a selfish level) is the fact that they are both moving to NYC this summer (right after their wedding) and they will be living in the same building that we’re in. We promise not to intrude too much, but we’re really looking forward to having them in our lives whenever they don’t mind the company. πŸ˜‰

Let me finish up with a small world, six degrees kind of story. If you’re a regular reader, then you know that we just saw Keith Urban at MSG the day before Valentine’s Day. I wrote about that concert here.

Over the years, we have gotten very friendly with quite a number of our godchildren’s friends, and have hosted them in NYC many times. One of those couples visited us this past December, and our goddaughter came up for that weekend as well (I blogged about that weekend three times, including a photo of all of us, here, here and here). We (but Lois in particular) communicate frequently with this couple. We had a few back-and-forths over the past few days with them, including communicating about our new Keith Urban fan status.

The couple is on a road trip this weekend, and in the car, they were listening to Keith’s latest (non-greatest-hits) CD (Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing, released in November 2006). When they heard the first song on the album, Once In a Lifetime Love, they immediately thought of our goddaughter and her engagement news, and wanted her to listen to that song, now!

They wrote to Lois, and explained that they were in the car, and couldn’t easily send the song along, and could we figure out a way to get her the song. We don’t have that CD (yet), so we couldn’t send it along directly either. Even if we did, we don’t share copies of our music, we just buy another copy and give it as a gift.

So, the obvious choice was to tell our goddaughter to purchase the song on iTunes and we’d pay for it. But, that didn’t feel fun or fresh. So, instead, following the advice I laid out in this post, more specifically, something mentioned in the comments to that post, I sent them all an email with the following instructions.

I told her to create a free account on imeem. Then, I sent her this link to the song that her friends wanted to share with her. It worked out perfectly, and our goddaughter confirmed that she got to listen to the song. Of course, now she’s free to buy it, or we can gift it to her, etc., but the instant connection/gratification of all of us collaborating to share the spirit of that song with the newly engaged couple, was fun and satisfying.

Here is a video of Keith talking about that song, and playing a bit of it, linked directly on the home page of his site.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS! πŸ™‚