I had an agreement with my girlfriend that I was going to decide by the time I was to start basic training in the army. Well, the night before, a million and one things came up, so I couldn’t connect with her for an answer. There I was, then, in basic training, with a rather grim drill sergeant personally timing the 30 seconds on the phone I had to tell my parents that I arrived safely.
I called my girlfriend and just I was to ask her, she dropped the phone and had to shoo the dog away. All this ate into the time we had so I had to do about a 10 second, "Will you marry me? You have three seconds to answer." As the "Yes" came across the line, the drill sergeant hung up the phone. I had to wait two weeks to "confirm" what I had heard.