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Hi everyone,


I joined this forum a while ago to browse through ideas and offer support, but now I've got a story of my own!


Oddly enough, John and I met at a bar. I had gone out with one of my friends, and introduced myself to John and several of his friends. Later that evening, he came over to talk to me and asked for my name again. Being the sassy thing that I am (and not being someone who would normally pick a guy up at a bar), I told him that my name was "Bob." Since it obviously isn't, I also told him that if my name were important to him, he would have remembered it the first time I told him.


I continued to frequent this particular bar on Tuesdays (Open Mic night) and ran into John every week. We began to talk over drinks, and then met up weekly. Eventually we would close the place down and sit outside and talk until I couldn't feel my feet anymore. After a couple months of getting to know one another and building a mutual interest, we began to spend a little time outside the bar. I invited him to my birthday party, he invited me over to his friend's house for a movie night and out to the "Big E" which is the New England Fair.


One Saturday, he and his friend invited me to meet them for a night out on the town. His friend ended up having to play Designated Driver for a group of heavily intoxicated girls, so I offered to drive John home. I drove in the general direction of where we both lived, but when he never gave me specific directions to his house, I took him to my apartment. I insisted that he watch the first Season of 24, as I knew he would like it as much as I do. When we didn't finish it that night, he came over the next night and put in the second season while I slept on the couch (this was the point I knew he was a keeper ;-)). He continued to come over night after night for 24 marathons, and eventually never left. We began to take vacations together (Dreams Tulum was our first). Six months later, we bought a house together. Almost 28 months after our initial meeting, we decided to take our first cruise together on the Crown Princess.


Our ship left Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday, November 9th. We met up with some friends from the Cruise Critic Boards, watched the ship leave, and toured around the boat. After sunset, John brought me up to one of the higher decks to look out at the ocean and star filled sky. Since the wind was going in full force and I was wearing a dress, I asked him to grab my butt to avoid showing too much to anyone who might pass by. He looked at me weirdly and told me no as he fumbled through his pocket and pulled out a beautiful ring. He then told me that if I would marry him it would make his life complete.


I, of course, agreed and now we are beginning to plan our destination wedding!

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