and planning some more, I created the following brochure. Keep in mind that Deborah does not know the destination. She only knows that we will be flying about 2 hours.
This was the cover with a West Coast kind of romantic beach-front misdirection hint.
Page 1 with more misdirection, but introducing the theme--"Special, Surprising, and Even Stupendous."
Page 2 with more West Coast misdirection, but suggesting that "Where the water is warm would be Special."
Page 3 with different types of food and running into celebrities would also be "Surprising."
Page 4 starts making it "Stupendous" by suggesting a show with semi-nude dancers--NOW I got her attention.
Page 5 continues the misdirection and making it "Stupendous" by including a "Bachelorette" Phantom tease.
Page 6 continues the misdirection, but tells Deborah that we will be going out with "classy" types, so we needed new clothes to fit in.
Finally, Page 7 simply listed a general itinerary and suggested packing list.
From the brochure, Deborah was supposed to have an idea of our "Special, Surprising, and Even Stupendous," 1st Anniversary Celebration, but unless she could unravel the clues, she still wouldn't know where we were going.
Two days later, I decided it was unfair to not tell her our detailed plans, so I updated the brochure as follows.
This was the cover with a West Coast kind of romantic beach-front misdirection hint, but "Updated."
Page 1 was my one and only subtle reminder that, "we have to go now," during the entire trip.
Page 2 was to let Deborah know that we would not be getting a rental car. My Ferrari rental car blog post exaggerated the rental, but not everything else.
Page 3 was to let Deborah know that we would be staying in a suite at the Venetian. More importantly, she had a bedroom to herself with doors so that my obnoxious seismiscity-inducing snoring would not keep her awake.
Page 4 was to let Deborah know that the Phantom would be the "Phantom of the Opera" at the Venetian.
Page 5 informed Deborah that no 1st Anniversary Celebration would not be complete without some erotica...
so we would be attending Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity."
Page 6 let Deborah know that relaxation was designed into the Celebration with no go-go-go pressure.
Finally, all good things must end, so Page 7 contained our return reservations.
So that was the introduction I prepared for Deborah to our 1st Anniversary Celebration. Of course, it was still up to me to make all this stuff happen once the departure date approached, but I was reasonably certain that I had covered all the details.
In the next part, I'll begin describing some of the details. To Be Continued -- Part II: The Phantom Yo Eleven.