Wednesday, February 13, 2013

that time we made out on the news

Trevor was my very first boyfriend, so needless to say, I was quite excited to spend our first Valentine's Day together. I was still in college, and he had driven five hours to come see me. What he didn't know, however, was that I had entered us into a little radio competition.

I had heard about the contest on the radio, entered it on a whim, and literally screamed out loud when the DJ called me one morning on my way to class to tell me that we were chosen to compete. I mean, a radio contest. I thought people only participated in those things on 80's sitcoms. This was the most exciting thing to happen to a girl who entered every contest imaginable and had only won one--the prize of which was a membership to a gym at which I was already a member.

Trevor arrived that Friday afternoon and, as we were walking towards my apartment, I casually dropped it into the conversation.

"What kind of radio contest?" he asked, eyebrow raised.

"Um, it's's a kissing contest."

His eyes bugged out. "A what?"

"Yeah, it's a contest to see which couple can kiss the longest and whoever wins gets a diamond ring. Not that I am in any way suggesting I need a diamond ring right now." It's the principle of the thing, really. "You want to do it?"

And after the initial shock wore off, he wholeheartedly agreed. After all, we only got to see each other once a month, so it seemed like a pretty good way to spend the afternoon.

So we spent our Saturday in a jewelry store, surrounded by radio hosts and the local news crew, as we kissed. And kissed. And kissed. All while hearing our names announced over the radio show in between Phil Collins and Michael Jackson. Unfortunately the jewelry store was still open for business as all this was going on, so strangers were inches away from us, awkwardly trying to avoid eye contact. It was only then that I realized how absurd the whole thing was.

Two by two, couples were dropping out until it was us and one other couple. At the end of every hour we were given a ten minute break, and during our last break we learned that the other couple had just gotten engaged.

And we kind of felt like slime because we secretly thought the ring was ugly and had made plans to pawn the sucker. So we took ourselves out of the competition and we came out the runners-up.

Although, if you think about it, there really were no losers that day.

We kissed for six hours. And were on the local news and radio, which I didn't think much of until I was sitting in class the next Monday. Some girl called out across the classroom, "Heather, I was listening to the radio the other day and, well...were you in a kissing contest?"

So that, friends, made my twenty-one years of waiting for a boyfriend on Valentine's Day totally worth it. I promise that I am not a, how you say, hootchie-mama. Nor do I promote making out in public. Unless, of course, there's a diamond ring involved. 

Word on the street is that there is a news clip of said event floating around the Internet. As if I haven't located it at least five times and watched it with popcorn. But I didn't want anyone to lose their lunch. You're welcome, and happy Valentine's Day.


  1. Oh my goodness...six hours!
    That is impressive!
    What a great way to spend Valentine's Day though. :)

  2. Ahhhh haaa this is so great.
    I love that your husband was also your first boyfriend!

  3. Ahhhh! I love it! My hubby was my first boyfriend too, but our first kiss was on our wedding day... at the altar.

    You're story is SO much more fun. Do your youth group girls know this story? ;)

  4. Hahaha aww this is such a cute story!! Six hours is pretty darn impressive, ha! :)

  5. wow six hours! my lips would've hurt! haha. such a cute story to remember that first Vday together!!

  6. haha so cute!!! You've got to post the clip now that you've said it. You can't leave us all hanging :D heehee

    xoxo Kerrin

  7. Wow!! 6 hours!! haha! What a memorable way to spend your Valentines day!! :) PS This photo is so adorable!!

  8. this is the best. i cannot believe that you did this and I am pretty impresses at you kissing stamina!

  9. Loved this story! Seriously, you're an amazing storyteller and that sounds like a story that will be told for years to come! And I agree with everyone else, I love that your husband was your first boyfriend--I hope that's the case for me someday! :)

  10. woo hoo six hours! We don't even have cool radio contests like that here

  11. This totally deserves to be an essay in a book. I love this. Sometimes, you just gotta do something totally for the fun of it. I cannot imagine kissing someone for six straight hours haha.

  12. Okay that's the best story ever! I love it. What a fabulous Valentine's Day memory! And it was so sweet of you guys to bow out for the other couple.


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