Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Labour of Love....

I've heard of guys showing off to impress a girl. I've also heard of guys going all out, renting the exotic cars, sometimes even horse & buggy, helicopter, hummers, etc. I've also heard of ways to scare a guy off....the girl's family does something to make him 'tick', or perhaps she is 2 hours late for a date, sometimes annoying cellphone calls. But this one is TOTALLY creative. Kudos to the girl's mom for thinking it up, to the guy for sticking with it and to the awesome story is makes for this blog :)

There are a lot of ways to show your girlfriend you love her. One New Zealander visiting his girlfriend in Edmonton this winter decided to do it by building a giant rainbow igloo.
Kiwi Daniel Gray and his Canadian girlfriend Kathleen Starrie came to Edmonton for the holidays to visit Starrie’s family for five weeks, a prospect that made Starrie’s mom a little nervous.
"I wanted to keep him occupied, not with my daughter necessarily. I wanted to keep him busy with something else," Starrie’s mom Brigid Burton tells Global News Edmonton. So she came up with a plan — Gray would build an igloo in the backyard.
Burton began freezing blocks of coloured ice in two litre milk containers months in advance. Once the couple arrived, the family set to work erecting the structure. It took five days to complete, with the temperature dipping as low as −25. Gray used what he calls “snowcrete” — a mixture of snow and water — to stick the blocks together.
Burton certainly came up with a Canadian project for her daughter's beau.
According to the CBC, it’s been decades since igloos were common in Inuit communities. These snow houses could apparently stay as warm as zero degrees when the outside temperature was as low as −40.
What started as a make work project has made headlines around the world. Images of the project have more than 10,000 views on Reddit, and the story has been covered by the U.K.’s Daily Mail and numerous publications in Gray’s native land.
Though Gray was initially contemplating sleeping in his creation, he says he’s changed his mind and doesn’t think that will be happening. What started as a bit of bizarre chore has now turned into a labour of love for the New Zealand engineer.
“I said, if you want my daughter’s hand, then you have to complete this, and he did it,” Burton tellsGlobal News of her reasons for pressuring the young man to erect the structure.
“That was the deal,” admits Gray.
He says he’s happy he was able to finish the ambitious project, but that they’re not in any hurry to get married at the moment.     

view video here: http://www.3news.co.nz/Kiwi-man-challenged-to-build-igloo/tabid/313/articleID/282388/Default.aspx

1 comment:

  1. Of course they're not in any rush to get married; the potential mother in law that keeps his "busy hands are happy hands" in ice for days on end is just plain ridiculous. Not to mention, the guy probably had to have a few fingers amputated due to frostbite.