I think I have decided on my Valentine's Day benchmark.
I have to be more romantic than those involved in this date:
...a Florida judge ruled on Tuesday that a man involved in a scuffle with his wife treat her to an evening at a local bowling alley and a romantic meal at Red Lobster. Judge John Hurley ordered that Joseph Bray, 47 and his wife Sonja, 39, also visit a marriage counselor.
Hurley handed down this ruling instead of setting bond or slapping Bray with a prison sentence after he deemed domestic violence charges leveled by Bray's wife to be "very, very minor."
According to Bray's arrest affidavit, Bray and his wife got embroiled in a spat after he failed to wish her a happy birthday. Bray's wife claims that her husband shoved her against a sofa and grabbed her neck.
The judge, citing Bray's otherwise clean record and the incident's apparent lack of serious violence, did not consider Bray's behavior a major offense. However, Bray must follow the stipulations of Hurley's ruling very closely if he wants to avoid potential jail time.
"He's going to stop by somewhere and he's going to get some flowers," Hurley said at a hearing, according to Florida newspaper Sun Sentinel. "And then he's going to go home, pick up his wife, get dressed, take her to Red Lobster. And then after they have Red Lobster, they're going to go bowling..."
A Court mandated date that includes flowers, a Red Lobster dinner, and bowling, eh?
Let's hope I can do better than that.
When their date is completed, does the judge issue a signed certificate that is suitable for framing?
If so, I may have set my romance bar too high.
Let me rethink this.
I am kidding, really....
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Note: When this story of the deal became public, there were quite a few folks who criticized it. If I was a prosecutor or judge, I would not want my name attached to it, but for this "date" to happen, the judge, prosecutor, victim, and defense had to have agreed to it. I am sure these folks are hoping that no additional news is good news.