In June of 2008 Dennis asked me to go on a bike ride because I got a new bike — as friends, I assumed this was a casual summer day activity. Again, assuming this was a casual friendly (NON-DATE) activity — I didn’t shower because who showers before a bike ride? Anyway, we rode all around — ended up storming while we were lost in Brooklyn so we took cover under a bus shelter and afterwards hit up Trout (which I believe has since closed) to grab lunch (lobster rolls). That evening we were going our separate ways and he sucker-punch-kissed me on the Williamsburg Bridge. I jumped on my bike and rode away from him so fast my hat flew off. The next day I had an emergency brunch with my girlfriends to tell them “OH. MY. GAWD. DENNIS CROWLEY KISSED ME YESTERDAY! WHAT WAS HE THINKING?! EWW!!” Even with all of the ‘eww’ faces I tried to make, I think my friends knew at that point I was already his girl. That one bike ride lead to over 4 years of dating. I guess you can say he sucker punched his way into my heart.
Fast forward to the present —
While vacationing in Costa Rica, Dennis and I rented bikes and rode them all around town. Late night while riding our bikes on the beach in the middle of a pitch black night he grabbed my hand and asked me to marry him. I said yes! I’m so excited for the next chapter of our lives and looking forward to many years of happiness and even all of the sucker punches in between.
Four years ago, I totally tricked Chelsa into going on a date with me by asking her on a bike ride to see the waterfalls art project in NYC. We rode bikes all day from Manhattan thru Brooklyn and then, on the way home, when she thought she was getting the “goodbye hug” on the Williamsburg Bridge, I sucker-kissed her right in the face. She freaked out and rode her bike home as fast as she could.
And that’s how this all started… :)
(This photo has nothing to do with that story, but, whatever, I like it.)
I, for one, love that our relationship started on that note :)