This past weekend, a group of 350 bikers stopped traffic on a freeway in Los Angeles so one of the bikers could propose to his long-time girlfriend. Obviously this goes against all of our rules for marriage proposals (must not be public, must not be documented on the Internet, must not screw up the day of everyone around you, must included paper lanterns) but somehow the whole thing seems less annoying to me than, say, when groups of people get together and do a big song and dance at Disney World or wherever and the girl is like, “what’s going on?!” but really she knows exactly what’s going on, and then they upload it to YouTube immediately? I don’t know why! Probably because I live in New York and do not drive a car. I’m almost positive that if the story were that a bunch of bicyclists took up space on all the subway cars on the F in order for one of them to propose, holy shit, I would hate that so much. I know that isn’t a great example and it doesn’t match exactly, but whatever, relax. I don’t want to think about it anymore because I’m only making myself upset. In any case, I’m sure the fact that driving is not in my everyday routine helps at least somewhat. But I don’t know what else it is? Maybe because it’s actually kind of personal, since the girlfriend is a biker herself, and she requested to be proposed to in front of her biker community. Or maybe it’s because the guy told her family to wait on the overpass, because she also requested that her family be there. (Or maybe it’s because she basically orchestrated the whole damn proposal herself?) Or maybe it’s just because bikers are scary and I wish they would stop riding motorcycles because motorcycles are VERY dangerous. See what you think:

Congratulations, all of you! Love the pink smoke. I’m sure it didn’t alarm anyone driving on the other side and they all knew exactly what was going on and no one got scared and/or called the police. I’m sure no one was late for everything because you felt like your life was more important than theirs. I’m sure WAIT, MAYBE I DO HATE THIS ONE! (Via BoingBoing.)

Comments (21)
  1. This is clearly the work of the Sons of Matrimony.

  2. Is that Bradley Cooper proposing in front of a spin class? i can’t tell because of the elaborate costume sleeves.

  3. This is also an effective way to propose to the police that they write you a ticket and/or take you to jail.

  4. I just saw this on the internet and wanted to get it on Videogum as soon as possible for any monsters that still need an avatar. Bene-dopple Ganger-batch, everybody. Say hello and we’ll meet up in the Black Lodge.

  5. This is definitely the best marriage proposal ever because it gave everyone else a gift….a gift that people of Los Angeles LOVE to get…a chance to complain about traffic!!! Great job, everyone!

  6. I hate this as much as I hate the Disneyland mall proposal people, but for totally different road-rage filled reasons… and I don’t think I’ve ever taken the 710 in my life. Is that by Long Beach?

    Anyway, it reminds me of a funny thing that happened when I worked in the news. One sunny Saturday afternoon, A HOUSE GOT STUCK UNDER A BRIDGE ON THE 101. I had to break a a major traffic alert because it took up 2-3 lanes and was messing stuff up for almost 5-7 miles back within minutes of GETTING STUCK UNDER A BRIDGE. It was really weird and really hilarious and really really dangerous. Later, we did a time-lapse thing showing how the house got stuck, moved to the side, was given a for-sale sign by the next day, graffitied, stripped of copper wiring, stripped of windows and salvageable details, eventually dismantled on purpose and moved away. Lots of headline jokes about how a small one-bedroom with great highway access were made.

    Anyway, house stuck under a bridge = worth tying up traffic.
    Public proposal = fuck you people, seriously.


    • I mean can we all just agree that any action that assumes your life and time are more important than everyone else’s just makes you an asshole? See, e.g., cutting in line, Kickstarter, intentionally blocking traffic on a freeway at any time, but especially during the day.

      • Everyone assumes that their life and time is more important than everyone else’s, but we can at least demand that you have to acknowledge other human beings exist at all.

  8. I don’t know, the whole thing was ~3 minutes and then they dispersed, presumably leaving traffic to resume pretty quickly? It seems like it could’ve been a lot worse, and it does seem kinda sweet.

    I’m a big softy for marriage/proposals, so maybe my judgment is clouded.

  9. This just really pisses me off for safety reasons. These bikers are lucky that no semi from the back of the gaggle of bikers didn’t just barrel through the entire mess, pink smoke and all.

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