We love getting to know our community better. What you like, what you dislike, who you are. We've learned from talking to you there's a lot to enjoy by meeting everyone!
Today we're talking to Andrew and Megan, a happy new couple. Why are we talking to them, you might ask? Well, we think we can sum it up with one simple photo.
Credit for that evocative image goes to photographer Amy Washburn and it's a perfect representation of why this post is here today. We've got ten questions with Andrew and Megan about their screaming monkey proposal, right after the jump. See you inside.
1) Who are you? What makes you so special?
We're Andrew and Megan. We live in Jackson, TN and just got engaged in November via screaming monkey. Andrew works for the government and Megan is a high school English teacher.
Andrew: As a huge fan of the Woot monkey, I contacted the manufacturer and asked if they could make a special monkey for me. The fine folks at buysuperflymonkey.com not only gave me a customized monkey, but they waived the minimum order AND expedited shipping! (Take that SmartPost!)
I decided to make it more interesting by putting it into a Woot box that previously held monkeys. As a frequent Wooter, it really wasn't that much of a surprise I would have a Woot box somewhere in the house.
2) Well, that is cool, then. Megan, did he launch the ring at you or was it more a more traditional proposal?
Megan: The monkey was in a Woot box, so I was expecting it to be something he ordered from Woot. I took the monkey out, read his cape (which said “Marry me?”), noticed the ring on the monkey’s paw, and saw him get down on one knee.
Andrew: I wanted to launch the monkey but thought perhaps the ring would throw off it's aerodynamics. So I went as traditional as you can when you have a screaming monkey holding an engagement ring.
3) Megan, were you expecting it? Was it a total shock?
Megan: It took me a minute to piece everything that was happening together: Woot box, flying monkey, ring, boyfriend on one knee.
Andrew: I had the monkey and the ring for a few months ahead of time, hidden in my desk at work. The other monkeys on my desk were wondering why one of their cousins was being locked up at night. The thing that kind of scared me for a minute was that Megan kept on mentioning that we should have Woot monkeys at the reception and as favors. I thought she knew what was going on, but I guess she just really knows what I like!
4) Did you consider wearing a hooded cape and screaming your vows? Or did you go with something more traditional?
Megan: We went the more traditional route of suit and wedding dress. We got married in a super small ceremony in June. Although, flying monkeys did show up as wedding favors for our guests.
Andrew: Screaming the vows would have happened if we had managed to get Ben the Over-Literal Dermestid Beetle to officiate the ceremony. Had it been a much larger ceremony, we were going to be giving out Bags of Crap as party favors with a monkey to denote where you should sit. Now, I need to figure out what to do with 200 tote bags that have flowers on them, 375 kush balls, and 3,000 2009 Fact or Crap calendars.
5)We're big softies here. Tell us the story of how you guys met.
Megan: We met on eHarmony. I saw his picture with a giant Homer Simpson birthday cake, and he saw my picture with my then-pink colored hair. It was an oddball love at first sight sort of thing. I came down to visit him and he took me on the tour de Tennessee. I moved down in July from West Virginia to be with him in Tennessee.
6) Clearly Andrew's already a fan, but were you, Megan? And if not, are you now?
Megan: I honestly didn’t know about Woot before we started dating, but I am a devotee now. I have many Woot T-shirts, and tolerate the middle of the night wake ups for Bags of Crap. He MUST always get his Bags of Crap.
7)Have you guys incorporated other Woot motifs into your relationship? How did you discover our site?
Megan: I discovered the site through Andrew, but…
Andrew: I discovered the site sometime in October 2006. I honestly don't remember how I found Woot but it was a site I was checking from time to time and then I really started buying starting in early 2010. First it was a Bag of Crap, then a monkey, then Bacon Salt, and T Shirts. I now own probably 20 or so shirts.
8) Megan, how many Woot monkeys does your fiancee own?
Megan: 13 unique monkeys with about three of each. 35-40 total with their homes ranging from our apartment to his desk at work. There are many, many monkeys on his desk.
9) Did you get to keep the monkey and the ring, or just the ring?
Megan: Both! Plus, there was a backup monkey involved, so I scored two flying monkeys, a ring, and a fiancée from the deal.
Andrew: Well - she scored ONE monkey. The backup monkey is hidden away in an undisclosed location.
10) And finally, how was the honeymoon?
Andrew: It was awesome. I mean how could it not be? A week on the beach? No worrying about work. Finally catching up on my reading (3 or 4 books) and just relaxing. The toughest choices of the day were what Woot shirt to wear on the beach and whether to get the omelette with the jalapeno peppers or not.
Megan: And we found our monkeys' cousins hanging out - with dreads! Had to make sure they got their green cards to come to the US after the vacation. One of sitting on my desk now hanging out with my Woot monkey collection.
Andrew: And we even got to go snorkeling, which was an interesting experience - especially when you bring one of those disposable underwater cameras and think you are taking such a great shot, only to realize that every picture pretty much looks the same. Either I am a horrible photographer (which granted, is quite possible) or the photo people just printed out 27 copies of the same picture as a practical joke.
Megan: If anything, the honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort spoiled us. Waking up one morning and looking out to see the ocean was wonderful. The next morning waking up to see a parking lot - not so much.
Andrew: With everything included, there was not much need for the wallet, which was kind of awkward when the people at Subway did not like it when I tried to walk out of the store without paying for my sandwich.
Megan: Oh, and did I mention that liking Bob Marley would be helpful? Otherwise, you will be quite surprised when you hear "One Love" over and over again. Instrumental, acoustic, gangster rap versions...
Congrats to Megan and Andrew. They're starting off their new life correctly and we're thrilled to be somewhat connected. And hey, keep in mind we still want to learn more about you. Done something great? Something ridiculous? Something Woot-related? Let us know! Maybe next time, you'll be the one answering the next ten questions!