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TheWorstValentine’s Day

Congratulations to Valentine’s Day Gone Wrong Winner Chelsea Snuffer. Chelsea wins a prize pack from the Zachary Post. Here is Chelsea’s story... Last year for Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something extra special for my guy. I got creative with it and made up a scavenger hunt. I created riddles for every clue and left a balloon along with it, so he would know he was at the right place. I snuck over to his work and placed a balloon on his black Dodge Ram, along with his irst clue. Quickly, I hurried back over to his house to wait for his arrival. While giggling and stufing his room with pink and red balloons, I received a phone call from him. Anxiously I answered only to hear, “Do I really have to do this now... I have a meeting in thirty minutes!” My heart dropped, because I had no idea about the meeting scheduled early on in the day! He was frustrated, mainly because he had no idea what he should do. He didn’t dare upset me on

Valentine’s Day did he !?! Agitated, he decided he better go ahead and play along with me. No more than ive minutes passed before I received a second phone call from him. The poor thing was so confused, because a couple of the clues were put at the wrong destinations! Thanks to my own stupidity and being in a rush, I got the most important clues of order! That deinitely complicated things a bit. My valentine was left at a dead end and did not know where to go next. I almost cried I was so upset! My long and thought out plan had not gone the way it was supposed to.. Thoroughly annoyed, I told him just to come to his house. Of course, by then he knew that’s where I was. He opened the door to his room, and there I was... red-faced, holding a huge, hand made “Be My Valentine” sign. We were surrounded by balloons, and he couldn’t help but laugh. Even though my big plans fell through, we still had a memorable Valentine’s Day. This year we agreed... NO more scavenger hunts!!!


Zachary’s Best Love Story

Congratulations to Dwayne Chatelain for submitting Zachary’s Best Love Story. We received some great entries and two of our inalists were from the amorous teachers at Zachary High. Dwayne and his wife Aimee will receive a prize package from The Post for their entry. I had been dating Aimee for al- to the people around her that I most three years before deciding to looked really nervous. After the “take the plunge”. We met when presentation, I got a couple of my I was coaching at Central Catho- players to go into the stands and lic High School in Morgan City. bring Aimee out onto the loor. Of Aimee had made the decision to course, she was embarrassed by quit playing basketball at Nicholls the attention, but I gave her a dozState because of injuries, and ran en roses at the time, with the exinto a friend who mentioned that planation that the night before was our junior high girl’s team was our 3rd anniversary of our irst looking for a coach. She was hired date. That got a few some “awws” to coach the team, and our friend- from people in attendance, but Aiship took off from there. Within a mee was trying to hurry off of the few months, we began dating. court. I held her up and told the I always wanted to have the pro- crowd in attendance that in adposal captured on tape, just so the dition to the bouquet, I had one moment could be re-visited from more presentation to make. Since time to time. Nothing outrageous, Aimee and I had met through our just at a time when it was least ex- love of basketball, I felt it was pected, and where it wouldn’t be only itting that it would be here, awkward for cameras to be around on the basketball court, that I ask capturing the moment in its entire- her to marry me. ty. Around November of 2005, I She was shocked, but I believe decided that I would start looking that my players were even more for an engagement ring. shocked. One mom snapped a picOn the way back one night ture just as I took I opened the ring from a basketball road game, I box, which really captured everywas planning a small ceremony one’s surprise. After everything to recognize one of my players at settled down, people congratulated the time, MeMe Sims, for scor- the two of us, but then I had a game ing her 1,000th career point ear- to coach! Aimee was freaking out, lier in the season. All of a sud- and couldn’t believe I was going to den, it dawned on me – the Lee leave her right after the proposal, High game was on Friday, Janu- so I asked Coach Dedeaux from ary 6th, and it was our last non- Lee High if she would mind if Aidistrict home game of the sea- mee sat on the bench with me. She son. For Aimee and me, it was was excited for us as well, and was also just one day after the third gracious enough to let Aimee stay “anniversary” of our irst date. I on the bench during the game. We decided at that time that I would went on to win the game 67-54, by propose to Aimee in front of the the way. players and fans on center court I had three people videotapat the gym. I suggested that she ing the proposal, just to make sure get all dressed up and come to the that we wouldn’t miss it. To this game, and as soon as the game day, former students from ZHS was over, we would go out for a run into Aimee while shopping nice dinner. in town and tell Aimee that they Well, we had the ceremony remember her from the wedafter the JV contest, just ding proposal video. We prior to the varhave the proposal on sity game, and DVD and watch it I had never usually at least once stuttered and a year on that date. stammered so Thanks for letmuch on a miting me submit this crophone in story. Maybe I can my life. Aimee surprise Aimee one even commented more time!

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