It was a beautiful Sunday; Jess, our friend Rachel and I were all headed to a football game. I knew I’d run into Sam there, as he was “best friends” with many of the guys on the team. Sam loved attention and having eyes on him, I usually turn red when that happens to me. We were complete opposites. Sam found me from about 10 rows back at the game. He quickly spotted me from an entire section over and was waving me down, to the point of people tapping me to let me know my boyfriend was trying to get my attention. Sam obviously wasn’t giving up on me even after my awkward “no” to his kiss last night. My goodness, this was going to be a long game.
My sister told me was I was being rude and that I should go meet him up at the concession, and so I did. When I got up to see him he introduced me as his girlfriend to three of his buddies. I immediately corrected Sam, “We are not dating, nice to meet y’all”. And with that I headed back to my seat. (I mean Honestly we had been on one date and it wasn’t even the best date, it was quiet awkward at times.
I thought after my comment Sam would back off some, he did quite the opposite. Once the game was over it was like he wanted to play his own version of football with me, chasing me around and trying to hug me on the field as I ran away from him. Sam just couldn’t catch a hint. He flashed this smile, a smile that made me so uncomfortable, and declared, “I’m not ever going away.”
I needed Sam to go away and to go away soon. So I decided I was going to have to start acting a little crazy in hopes that I’d scare him away.
After the game, Jess, Rachel, Eric and I all walked into one of our favorite Denver restaurants, Jing. There are very few restaurants in Denver that are this yummy and able to accommodate large groups. A hand full of Eric’s teammates were all there eating, and guess who was at the end of that table? Yup, SAM. We sat down at the end of the table with everyone and I of course had to be right across from Sam. He was so loud, embarrassing me, and telling everyone about him and me. I lost it a little and decided to point out his drinking problem, “Hey Sam, you really think you need another drink you have, one, two, three, four, five, six glasses in front of you, don’t you think that’s enough?” haha! Everyone was shocked by my comment, Sam wasn’t though. He told me, “You can say whatever you want, and I’m not going anywhere. I’m persistent”. He then proceeded to get up and sit next to me and put his arm around me. Sam was crazy which brought out the crazy in me; this was a bad mix and unlike the liquor he was guzzling down, it would not get better over time.
To be continued….
Bing was the sweetest, most fun and adventurous guy I had ever dated. We were always doing something exciting and were always surrounded by his group of amazing, kind friends. Even doing simple things was fun with Bing.
One afternoon we went canoeing with all his friends. It was funny how we could be with a huge group of people, but he would make me feel like it was just the two of us there. He and I would speed up so we could be alone, or we would slow down to be behind the group. He knew exactly how to make me feel like I was the only girl or even person there. His friends were such a blast, they were all hippies and so passionate about what they did, I loved that. It’s hard finding a good man; it’s just as hard to find a good man with good friends. After canoeing for miles and miles we headed back to my sisters house to hangout with the family.
One of the many things I loved about Bing was how excited and proud he would get for me when I got a job opportunity. I’d never had a guy get so genuinely excited for me and my career; He at the time was one of my biggest cheerleaders. When I got the call that I was going to be doing collaboration with a jewelry company, I immediately told him. Bing was so excited and proud of me; he wanted to rock whatever I made.
When I recall these moments with him, I realize they are a bit out of order, but I suppose I just like to play the highlight reel sometimes.
One of my favorite days spent with Bing was on his twenty-fifth birthday. Bing LOVES donuts and it was my mission to fill his day up with just that. He and I headed down to a little donut shop called, Peace Love and Donuts. It was the coolest donut shop! You can order a cake donut and then they will dip it into a frosting and put all the different toppings on it. Neither of us had ever been, but I did my research and found this little hole in the wall and it paid off. It became one of our favorite spots. After lunch, we headed to get his birthday cake. I was surprising him with what I had ordered and was so excited to show him what I had gotten. We pulled up to Donut Den and I ran in to get the HUGE DONUT. It was an actual donut that was the size of a cookie cake. It was amazing! We headed back over to his place to get ready for his birthday party. He had all his friends come to his place to celebrate. It was such a perfect night. Around one in the morning with my belly full of donuts and one glass of wine, it was my bedtime. I went to sleep while the party went on.
A few weeks later it was time for Bing and me to head to his parents house to celebrate his sister’s wedding day.
To Be Continued….