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From Her Fridays: First Date

June 25, 2010

We met in Chicago almost six years ago. The recap on that story: We met as friends in Chi and he moved to Vegas. Both of us were kind of “Uh…” We weren’t dating or anything, think it was kind of a quiet thing. While he lived in Vegas, we talked on the phone each night for 6+ hours for four months.

We’ve told you that story. I should probably tell you, in full disclosure, that I really liked Isaiah. Probably before he liked me, he tends not to notice when girls are going gaga over him (probably a good thing, haha). Isaiah told me a few times that he saw me as a really close friend. (Not a good sign, I thought).

I have never taken a geography course, so when I asked him to meet me for lunch in Albuquerque, New Mexico for lunch, he died laughing. {It’s about an eight hour drive for each of us “halfway”). It became a running joke that we would meet there, take over the town with our rockstarness and leave Albuquerque with its pants around its ankles. (Wait, what?)

On the night we exchanged our “I like you, okay?’s” we started planning for Albuquerque for real. We planned for a week or so to meet in NM for our first date. Instead, Isaiah got a nice fat tax-return check that year and I am still a dependent, part-time working-student. He decided to lighten the burden and come to Texas and stay with me in Texas. I thought, what a risky move, what if I hate this guy!? I’m sure he thought the same.

The day before, we both spilled the embarrassing beans on shopping for new outfits and what we were going to wear. When I picked him up from the airport, he was too cool for school. It had been a year since I saw him last, I should mention, I was nervous. I covered my face for the whole drive home from the airport and told him not to look at me. Once we got home, we got all dressed up and headed to a really nice restaurant in downtown FW. We laughed for the whole dinner, butterflies filled me tummy when he held my hand and e’rything.

We went out to see Chuck & Larry afterward and spent the rest of the evening sitting outside, enjoying the stars and telling each other how ridiculously giddy we were. {I’m sure Isaiah didn’t use the word giddy}

This is us on our first date, the one that my best friend flew to Texas to take me on.


18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2010 3:59 pm

    What a cute love story and so sweet he came all the way to you for the first date! Our relationship started long distance too. And like you we would be on the phone for hours and our emails were like 3 pages long. Haha. His mom actually advised him that I was “GU” (geographically undesirable)! If it’s real love, nothing will stop you, not even distance.

  2. June 25, 2010 4:06 pm

    Wow Ann, thanks so much! Geographically Undesirable…haha…sad, but funny. My mom advised me against long-distance as well, but especially because we were friends while we lived in Chicago, it was really easy for me to be all: “PSSHA and no.”

    Thanks for sharing your story, glad to hear you stuck it out!

  3. June 25, 2010 4:17 pm

    cheekbones like woah, girl! hawt!

    love that your how we met story spans over what, like, four different states? (including NM, which never even happened.) seriously, i’m waiting for the film treatment, it’s just that good. it would knock all those bullshit rom com’s out of the water.

    …pants around its ankles…. hahahaha!

  4. June 25, 2010 4:21 pm

    HA. Angie. You make my day. Literally. Every interaction is like “HA! Angie.” You should just know that. Cheekbones?! Really!? Had no idea. Haha, yes, NM didn’t even see us take it down. We commanded it to bow. And it did. I think.

  5. June 25, 2010 4:22 pm

    SUCH a cute story!

  6. June 25, 2010 4:23 pm

    Haha thanks Nicole!

  7. June 25, 2010 4:34 pm

    What a delightfully cute story! And that reminds me, have you submitted your engagement/proposal story to The Knotty Bride? She’s collecting them! And you, being a great writer, should totally send her yours.

    • June 25, 2010 5:38 pm

      I am working on it kiddo! Trying to figure out how long it’s going to take us to get our engagement photos ready to go and then Alison will be getting a full-fledged e-mail from me for sure. Isn’t she great, btw? Have you submitted yours?

      • June 25, 2010 6:07 pm

        I did indeed! I had actually typed it up – in two parts – for a blog post awhile ago, and it was realllly long. I tried to trim it down a bit before I sent it to her, but if she does post it I imagine she might trim it some more.

        She’s totally great. Her blog is one of my favorites now.

  8. June 25, 2010 4:45 pm

    You realize your first date pictures look like you’ve been together for years and years, right?

    Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.

    • June 25, 2010 5:39 pm

      Sarah! You are so sweet! I didn’t realize, I guess….because we were so comfortable with one another for so long, it was a no-brainer that we would slip into that pretty quick, you know? It is weird though, when the last time you saw someone, you weren’t supposed to be holding their hand…that kind of thing..still sometimes makes me feel like “Whoa…I’m so forward!” when I grab his hand…haha.

  9. June 25, 2010 5:26 pm

    I LOVE reading early courtship stories, so thank you for sharing! You guys are super cute.

  10. June 25, 2010 6:13 pm

    @Bret: That is great! I’m sure you guys have a great proposal story and you are such a great writer!! She’ll have the hardest time denying it I’m sure.

  11. June 26, 2010 11:54 am

    super cute story! I love reading how people starting dating, it’s always interesting and usually pretty random!

  12. June 27, 2010 4:33 am

    Haha, tres mignon!

  13. June 27, 2010 5:53 pm

    @Jessie: Thanks! I know…everyone’s story is SO different, went to a wedding this weekend and heard 10+ different stories of how people got together and what not, it’s crazy!

  14. zegroom permalink
    June 29, 2010 9:32 am

    We actually meet at a dog fight, in the ghetto.

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