C-Nova’s 122™ is a collection of highly creative things you can do to impress a woman you are dating. The 122 honors the 122 women Giacomo Casanova mentions having slept with in his book “Story of My Life.”
This week, #99: Carve Your Initials
Sometimes romantic gestures go so far into the realm of cliché that they circle back around again to an acceptable level. Sending flowers is one such cliché. So is carving your initials in a tree.
If you don’t understand the romantic appeal of carving you and your gal’s initials into a tree you should probably skip it because obviously you’ve never used a knife for anything but dinner and you’re probably going to hurt yourself there Daniel Boone.
Prep: There are two ways to go about carving your current beloved’s name into a tree. One is classic, the other is Al Gore-approved.
#1) Find a tree that is along a path that she (or you together) travels regularly. Now simply carve your first initial and then either a “heart” or a “plus” sign and then her first initial. Ta da. Done. There’s really no need to do both initials.
Tip: Do this late at night when you’re least likely to get yelled at by some party-pooper community board asshole.
#2) If you want to display your amour in wood, yet you (or your amour-ed) tend toward the Green Party, we suggest getting a hold of a raw piece of log to carve the initials in and then present it to her as a gift. The easiest way to get a log is to ask a Christmas tree seller for one of the stump pieces that are cut off to level the tree. This pine is soft and easy to carve. At other times of year getting a log slice in NY can prove difficult; the fireplace cord wood at the bodegas will not work.
Tip: Do not use a Dura-Log.
Tip: Get a very sharp jackknife. Do not try to use a kitchen knife.
Prep Time: 1 Hour
Level of difficulty (1-10): 3
Cost: Free (unless you somehow order a log, in which case we have no idea as it’s proven extremely difficult to find such a service.)
While impressive, we recommend you stick with the wood.