- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

G2 has exclusively learned that the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will be making a goodwill trip to Southwest Asia to meet and greet troops early next year.

This will be the first trip to a war zone since 2007 for the foxy ladies, known for keeping the fans in high spirits with their on-field routines - and swimsuit calendars!

Because of security concerns, details are scant, but we have been able to confirm that 11 of the rah-rah gals will be traveling in late January through early February.

“One of my most valued life experiences was the opportunity to visit over 23 military bases in Iraq during Thanksgiving 2007,” Tequia, one of the cheerleaders making the trip, told us via e-mail.

“Being able to witness the war zone and to personally thank our troops for their selflessness and courage was an honor that has more than changed my life!” she continued. “You can only guess that I was ecstatic to be afforded the opportunity to give thanks again in October 2008, when we visited U.S. military bases in Germany and other European countries. Now, once again, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel to Southwest Asia to entertain the troops in January 2010. I’m sure this trip will be as remarkable as the previous ones.”

While the Redskins cheerleaders get ready for their charitable trip, we hear Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan attended the 29th annual Kidney Ball this past weekend benefiting the National Kidney Foundation, where he presented a Nationals No. 1 jersey to singer Deborah Harry of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Blondie, the evening’s entertainment.

Hey, Debbie, “Call us” the next time you’re in town - we have a supercool G2 sweatshirt for you!

Oh Christmas tree!

Who will be rockin’ around the tree at the Obamas’ first National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony next week?

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation announced yesterday that pop star Jordin Sparks, the Irish folk music group Celtic Woman, Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau will perform at the annual holiday event along with Sheryl Crow, Common and Ray LaMontagne.

What? No Jonas Brothers?

The ceremony will be streamed live at www.the nationaltree.org Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. and broadcast nationwide on public television stations beginning Dec. 4.

Lost love lessons

They don’t call it “the most wonderful time of year” for nothing. The holidays are warm, familial and romantic, so it’s no wonder many lovesick dudes are moved to pop the question in late November and December.

But many of them, it seems, get a little carried away with “creative” proposals that go awry, many times resulting in lost bling. Our friends at myjewelrybox.com have suggested the following five places not to put the engagement ring during a proposal:

1. Inside a balloon - A pastor dropped the ring while wooing his girlfriend from up in the clouds. Fortunately, she said yes, and the ring eventually was found. But heed the lesson from this near tragic tale, gents, and avoid hot air at all costs.

2. In a cup - A poor New Jersey soul had to wade through 10 tons of garbage looking for something sparkly after he threw away a paper cup containing a ring. Only in Jersey.

3. On a boat deck or pier - “Crashing waves while proposing is romantic, but if you drop the ring into the water - a dive team search and rescue is not,” cautions myjewelrybox.com Chief Executive David Mamane.

4. On a bridge - A man was accosted on the Brooklyn Bridge by police under the impression he was a suicidal maniac about to jump. The real reason for his frantic face? He’d just dropped his girlfriend’s engagement ring.

5. Hidden in food - “It might be hard to stomach, but women have swallowed the ring their fiancee had hidden in champagne, dessert, and even a Wendy’s Frosty,” Mr. Mamane explains.

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