Two years ago, while searching for jobs on Gumtree, I spotted quite possibly the best (and strangest) advert I’ve ever come across.

Being that I’m wasn’t a bald man (I’m still not, so I don’t know why I phrased it like that), I laughed it off, resigning myself to the fact that this was one mystery I probably wasn’t going to solve.

Except I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Why the oddly specific number of bald men? Actually, scrap the number – why was this person trying to round up bald men, full stop?! And not just any bald men, but fully bald ones?!!

Eventually, after many WhatsApp conversations with friends, I concluded that this must be for some sort of student film.

Phew. What a relief. And so, I went on with my life.

We all know that’s not what happened though, don’t we?

Unable to stop the niggling itch of curiosity, I did what any person would do:

I set up a new email account and replied to the ad

That’s right. I catfished a man who was actively seeking bald men for unknown purposes.

Naturally, I told him that I, a proud bald man, would love to take part in his project, and perhaps he could tell me a bit more about what it involved?

It wasn’t long until I got a response. Excitedly I opened the email, eager to find out what this strange project was all about.

And it turns out, it was actually something pretty wonderful

But rather than carrying on telling the story now, I’m going to share the blog post I wrote when this all happened two years ago. Names and a couple of details have been changed as I never got final approval to share the story, but it’s so cool that I’m going to take a chance. If the people involved are actually somehow reading this, I’d love to hear from you!

The adventure continues…

Used cars.  Furniture.  Clothes.  These are just a few of the things you might search for on Gumtree.

I myself was browsing the job listings when I stumbled upon something that caught my attention.

The advert on Gumtree

The advert posted by Scott, a multimedia designer from Bournemouth.

Needless to say I was more than intrigued.

I sent a screenshot to my friends who were all as amused and baffled as I was.  We speculated that it might be for a student film or some sort of game.  I was too curious to let it go though, so I did what anyone would do and emailed Scott, pretending to be a bald man.  OK, so probably not what most people would do, and definitely one of the weirder things I’ve done recently, but something told me there was an interesting story behind all this and I was determined to find out what it was.

Emails were exchanged back and forth and I found out the basic gist of what the bald men were needed for.  They were to stand in various locations and hand clues out to someone.  To whom, I didn’t know.  Why?  No idea.  Clues to what?  Couldn’t tell you.  What was this all for?!

I still had so many questions!

After further digging all was finally explained, and guys, I just wasn’t prepared for how bloody lovely it would be.

It turned out Scott was enlisting the help of bald men for… a MARRIAGE PROPOSAL!  I won’t lie, I definitely did not see that coming.

Scott and his partner Kate are big fans of the J.J. Abrams show Fringe and the plan was to have the bald men dress as Observers (a character from the show) and hand Kate clues as part of a treasure hunt.

Fringe GIF

The hunt was designed to take Kate to key places in the couple’s relationship – where they first met, their first date, first home etc.- and end up at their house, where Scott would be waiting on one knee in a gift wrapped box.   I mean, seriously.

Happy tears

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge soppy romantic.  I love nothing more than a good proposal story and I’ve secretly dreamed of being a proposal planner for years.  And the fact that it was a sci-fi themed treasure hunt making it both incredibly sweet and incredibly geeky…I just couldn’t believe how amazing and TOTALLY UP MY STREET this was!

I was so overwhelmed by how fate (and masquerading as a bald man, probably best not to forget that!) had led me to this lovely man who was planning something amazing for the woman he loved, that I knew I had to get involved.  Now unfortunately there was a rather large and obvious hurdle here, being that I’m not a bald man.  Oh, and the fact that I’d essentially been catfishing this poor guy, probably in one of the most bizarre ways possible.

It was time to come clean.

I apologised for wasting his time and explained that I was simply intrigued and wanted to find out more.  I told him that I was touched by his story and would love to still be involved.  Unfortunately I would be unable to help on the bald man front, but perhaps I could come along on the day to document the whole thing for my blog and buy them both a celebratory drink afterwards.  I didn’t have high hopes being that I could see how, objectively speaking, one might think I was a bit of a weirdo.

But somehow he was undeterred by my less than normal first impression and happily agreed that I could come along and write a post about them.  Now to cut a long story short, unfortunately his original proposal plans fell through as he was unable to find enough volunteers.  By this point I was too invested to give up on their story though, so I found out what he ended up doing instead.  And guess what?  It’s still pretty damn romantic.  Seriously people, y’all need to find yourself a Scott.  #BoyfriendGoals.

Scott proposed to Kate on their four year anniversary.  He printed out 16 photos of key moments in their relationship and laid them in a trail from the front door, up the stairs and towards a table with Kate’s favourite flowers on (four sunflowers, one for every year they’d been together).   Each photo had a sentence on the back that helped to tell a story, except for the final photo which simply said ‘turn around,’ where Scott was already waiting on one knee.

Kate said yes, of course, because, come on, how could she not?! Also, this would be a pretty terrible blog post if she hadn’t!

The happy couple hope to get married exactly a year from the day they got engaged.  They are both big fans of sci-fi and action and hope to incorporate their love of Fringe into their wedding by having Observers dotted around throughout the day.

EDIT: This was their plan at the time of writing (two years ago). I hope they ended up having the wedding they dreamed of, in all its geeky, sci-fi glory.

Scott and Kate – thank you both so much for sharing your story with me (sort of). It brought me so much joy.

Oh, and I think I really need to watch Fringe