The Proposal: Gilbert Shares It All With You
He should have a reality TV show, that Gilbert Arenas. He could call it "That's So Gilbert," and the debut could be about the way he got engaged because -- well, it's just so Gilbert.
As we reported, the Wizards superstar promoted longtime girlfriend Laura Govan to fiancee last week. But he wouldn't dish about how it went down, apparently wanting to share the details on his own blog this week. It happened during a lavish surprise birthday party he threw for her Sept. 20 at their Great Falls home, but go read it for yourself. All the contradictory faces of the Arenas persona -- high roller, class clown, suburban homebody, oversharer -- are on mesmerizing display.
· How he knew she was The One: "I've done kicked her out of my house almost every weekend, yet she's still here and she still believes in me," he writes.
· His elaborate plot involved sending her to Miami (on the pretense that they were going to meet Barack Obama), then telling her he missed his flight to join her . . . because he couldn't bum a ride to the airport? (Laura, you know he's worth $111 million!) He lured her back with another fib.
· Party specifics: DJ, pool, gourmet chef, Moon Bounce, all her family, all his family, fellow Wizard Antawn Jamison, hipster-rapper Mos Def and his crew. "Of course, we had ice sculptures," he writes. Of course.
· He worried about how to propose, since "I've never, ever asked a girl out and I didn't want to change that." So he handed her a "Will you marry me?" note with instructions to read out loud. When she did, he started "screaming like the girl" -- as if she had proposed to him :"Of course I will!!!!! Oh my God, it's been six long years, what took you so long???!!!???"
· Then he faked her out with a series of Ring Pops (cherry, grape, watermelon) before their toddler son handed her the real ring.
· The next day, he threw a big nightclub party for the whole crew -- which he missed because he was on "babysitting duty back at the house." (Gil, you know you're worth $111 million!)
As for the wedding date -- here's where a TV show could cut to a one-on-one camera confessional. Arenas writes he's learned "the man law," that "you should prolong your engagement as long as you can . . . because of life in the bedroom disappearing once you get married."
When Greenies See Red: One Poison Dart of an E-Mail
Lobbyists! So savvy . . . and yet shocked to learn that their e-mails aren't private!
The latest e-bomb comes from Michael Eckhart, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy, to board member Linda Church Ciocci: