Taken from Tera's
//First, here's a little 'back story'
on how Dan and I met...
Back in early 2004 I joined the Southern
Tier Young Professionals, aka 'STYP'. Which
meant I filled out their membership form
online and paid the membership fee via
paypal without having so much as met another
'young professional'. It would be another
5 months before I got around to going to
a 'STYP Event'.
At the end of June, my daughters had left
for Saugerties to spend the summer with
my parents and I had some free time to
myself. A perfect opportunity to finally
see what 'STYP' was all about. So I signed
up (online, again - see a pattern?)for
their mini golf tournament. I missed the
first one, but the second one was at the
mini golf course just a few miles from
On the night of the tournament, I went
directly to Skate Estate (skating, mini
golf AND waterslide!) from work and was
a bit too early because I stood there for
about 20 minutes before anyone else showed
The next person to show up was dressed
in hawaiian shorts, a pilsbury doughboy
tshirt, and had REALLY curly hair. (Call
Weird Al! Someone stole his hair!) . Once
other people started to arrive, and I correctly
guessed they were the people from STYP,
I found out the 'curly haired' guy's name
Though he didn't talk to me before, or
during the golf game (I wound up in the
group AHEAD of Dan's), we wound up sitting
near each other at Friendly's afterward
and talked for the rest of the night.
To make a long story even longer, we started
dating a month later and have been together
ever since. (There's another interesting
story about that month in between when
we met and when we started dating involving
volleyball, an airshow and some drunken
rugby players - but that's another story)
//Ok, enough backstory for now.
Once the school year started, I really
didn't have time to go to any more STYP
events. But when STYP planned for the dinner
club to be at the Thai restaurant 4 blocks
from my house on the day after my birthday,
Dan and I decided to get a babysitter and
make an evening of it.
The babysitter, Dan's friend Jessie, was
suppose to arrive an hour early because
Dan wanted to run some errands before dinner
at 7. Unfortunately, there had been a massive
accident on the highway that forced all
the eastbound traffic on to the local roads,
and resulted in Jessie arriving at 6:30.
Dan INSISTED that we still had time to
run errands over in Vestal before dinner.
But with traffic still tied up from the
accident, I didn't want us to be late for
dinner, and Dan grudgingly agreed to go
directly to the restaurant.
I was enjoying dinner, though it was a
bit on the slow side, and Dan seemed really
anxious to get going. I asked him what
he needed to do over in Vestal.
Dan : I need to go to Target
Me : For what?
Dan : Toothpaste. *pause* And a toothbrush
Me : ??? There's an Eckerd drugstore between my house
and the restaurant, you can stop there.
Dan : They don't have the kind I like.
Now I'm thinking, "....of all things
to be difficult about, he picks TOOTHPASTE.
Fine, I guess we're going to Target...."
We leave the restaurant at 9 PM and I
again suggested to Dan that he drop me
off at home so Jessie didn't have to wait
for both us to get back from Vestal. Dan
insisted it wasn't a problem and pulled
out of the parking lot going AWAY from
"Ok...", I thought, "I
can at least get some storage containers
from Target if he absolutely insists on
About a quarter of a mile from the store,
Dan turns off the parkway on to a side
road. When I question him about it, he
said he forgot he had something else to
do while we were in Vestal. As we were
driving by Skate Estate, I said "Look
honey! Mini-Golf!", at which point
Dan pulls into the parking lot and up to
the gate in front of the mini-golf course.
There on the gate, was a sign which read
'I *heart* Tera'. It had been 30 weeks
since our first date. :) (Dan had put the
sign up before coming over to pick me up
to go to dinner.) I asked Dan if I could
take the sign home with us and got out
of the car. Mind you, it's the end of February,
there's a foot of snow on the ground and
the windchill is -20. I planned on making
short work of removing the sign from the
gate and getting back in the car!
Dan hopped out of the car at the same
time I did, but went around the back of
the car. By the time I had the sign off
the gate and turned around, Dan was down
on one knee (in the snow!) and proposed
on the very spot where we first met. Obviously,
I said yes. :)
We got back in the car and started back
towards the restaurant (we didn't go to
Target after all) Dan called his parents
to give them the news. Dan had us on speakerphone,
so I could hear his mother when she asked
if I had said yes. Dan's response... "Well,
she got back in the car..."