PROPOSAL WINGMAN: DON’T DO THIS WHEN POPPING THE QUESTION. EVER.

Ahhhh summer. The time of year when the weather is finally cooperating, seasonal beers have reappeared (Brooklyn Summer Ale, anyone?) and people are busy getting hitched.

But first, they have to pop the question.

We’ve already gone over how daunting it can be for a woman to propose. And, there are no shortage of YouTube videos made by clever Romeos who’s romantic gestures have gone viral. Like movie trailer guy. Or over-the-top flash mob guy. And planning on hitting up a baseball or playoff game without those four little words gracing the JumboTron? Ha, fat chance.

But with so much at stake when you finally find the wingwoman of your dreams, you boys should remember to keep it simple – or at least drama free – when attempting to lock it down. Or else you could wind up like this latest guy, who’s just proven the point that any proposal that ends with needing to hire a metal detector service is a really, really bad idea.

The would-be groom in question, Dr. Steve Carr, thought it would be a charming idea to have his girlfriend accidentally stumble upon an engagement ring while playfully digging in the sand. So, he buried it at the beach.

And then forgot to mark it’s location.

The really scary thing about this story is that the dude is a brain surgeon. Like, an actual brain surgeon – I’m not kidding. (Insert way too easy punchline here). Also, they’re lucky that the ring was eventually found, since a dozen or so volunteers hadn’t even been able to unearth it on their own. The moral of the story?

Well for starters, don’t focus so hard on the “oh wow” factor, lest you end up with “oh shit” instead. Secondly, the woman in your life will probably be freaking out in greater measure than you will, so perfection isn’t necessary. Just choose some sincere words, tell her how much she means to you, and hope like hell that she says yes.ETIQUETTE WINGMAN

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