Every time you log into Facebook, you see that someone else has gotten engaged. Then, the inevitable ring pictures and proposal stories follow. Don't let the all caps type and "I'm so happy" stories fool you. There are a TON of guys who totally fucking miss the mark when it comes to proposing, their fiances are just too nice to tell anyone about it.
The proposal on the Magic Teacup Ride at Disneyland. The proposal on the jumbotron at a Toronto Maple Leafs game. The proposal that seems to be a private, beautiful moment that's ruined seconds later by assorted relatives and distant friends jumping out from behind a boulder to celebrate with you. All terrible. All done way too often.
When you've decided to propose to the love of ya life, try to keep it low-key and classy. Toss out that cliche velvet ring box (check 15 times to make sure you have REMOVED THE RING before doing that, though) and upgrade to this Pixie Ring Box ($65, Oh Dier Living), which is available in an assortment of different colors. The way you propose is up to you (how about IN PRIVATE?).