Wednesday, July 8, 2009

When Jesse met Dana

Greetings happy people!!

I am in a relationship right now with a very fantastic lady. Her name is Dana and we have been dating for the past 14 months. She is a smart, beautiful, and such a joy to be around. I sometimes find it hard to believe that I can be this lucky meeting such a dynamite lady.
How did we meet? Well, let me take you back to February 2006.

One day I received a phone call from one of my good friends Kathy. She said that she was unable to do a spot for a radio show and wondered if I am interested in taking her place. With reluctance, I said that I would do it. She gave me the phone number to contact and I made the call to Gene, the person organizing the radio show. He told me to be at the radio station Friday at 4:30pm.

When I got to the radio station (located on Maryland Parkway & Desert Inn), I met Travis (the host of the radio talk show “Biz Lyon”) and I also met my fellow guest panelist Dana. When we first met, I can totally tell that something clicked between the both of us. During most of the talk show Dana and I would have a 7 minute radio spot talking about Toastmasters and how we got started in that organization. When we were finished, we talked a bit more and left the radio station. On the drive home I thought that she was pretty interesting.

Between that first encounter and the first date (which was May 2008), we had many run-ins via different Toastmaster functions. Yes, we would talk to each other more often and share a laugh or two, or TWENTY. During these conversations, we would grow closer to each other as if there was some type of energy chemistry thing working between us.

At an Area Contest in April 2008, I mustered up enough courage to step forward and did something I had not done in a while…..ask a woman out on a date. Inside me I had my own concerns, but realized that the worst possible thing she could do is say no. Fortunately, she DID say yes!! On May 10th of that same year, we went out on our first date. If memory served me correctly, I believe we went bowling, had Chinese food, watched “Iron Man,” and spent some time in the pool at my apartment complex. We had a fantastic time with our first date!!

When it came to one month that changed my life…May 2008 was that month. I was elected Division Governor in Toastmasters, I went to a four-day self improvement seminar named PSI (that broke walls for me), and I had a great first date!! What could be better? Well, our second date of course!! Our second date, involved plenty of walking.

It was Memorial Day weekend, and we decided to walk on the Las Vegas Strip. The distance we chose to walk was far. How far you ask? We walked from the Luxor to the Fashion Show Mall and back to the Luxor. Yes, it was that far. During the walk, we had a nice snack, talked, saw “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” and enjoyed the view of the different casinos and stores on the Strip. What made things more romantic was the light rain that accompanied us with the walk. Very beautiful!! This was one of many great weekends we had together during our relationship. I have a feeling that we will have many more down the road.

What is there to learn about this message? Whenever there are doors of opportunity opening for you, please do not let it pass you by. Instead, just walk through it!! It would be amazing what you would see on the other end. Imagine if I had not gone to the radio station or asked Dana out. Chances are that my life would be different compare to now!! Life is too short to start your sentences with “Shoulda,” “Coulda,” and “Woulda.” Always remember to go for the opportunity that awaits you. It can change your life quicker than you think.

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very well said, my dear. And just imagine if I had not said yes at the end of my hesitation to answer your question. If I had not taken a chance as well, both our lives would be VERY different. I am extremely glad you asked and just as glad I agreed. Here's to many many more great weekends. All my love to my Strawberry Prince from your Purple Penguin, Dana :)

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