“Thirty-Two seems like the elderly as I am just a 25 year old kid.”
How We Met, A Timeline
October 28, 2000- Liz from college comes to visit NYC from Boston for my Halloween party and suggests that we (myself and two other college roomies) meet her friend Mark (my brother in law) the next night for dinner. She says he will take us someplace nice and he will bring friends from work.
October 29, 2000- I agree to go to the dinner although I am tired and hung over from my party the night before. We start with drinks at his place, where he introduces us to his “friend.” His friend leaves early for a hockey game and we all head to a neighborhood spot for dinner. The meal goes well, especially for my friend Lauren, and she begins a relationship with Mark that lasts for just a few months.
Thanksgiving, 2000- I get dumped by the current guy I am seeing.
Early December, 2000- Lauren suggests that I go out with Mark’s brother (the friend I met at his apartment the first night). I had no idea that they were brothers! I am uncertain at first, because he is so much older. Thirty-two seems like the elderly as I am just a 25 year old kid.
Early December, 2000- I agree to a date. David calls me and we set a date for a Thursday, which is more than a week away. He calls me three times before we actually go out. I think it’s weird that he wants to talk so much on the phone, but my sister assures me that he is simply trying to get to know me better before we go out and that it is a lovely gesture. As we talk on the phone, we realize that we have several friends in common. His college roommate is the brother of my best friend from childhood, what a coincidence!
December 14, 2000 – Dinner with David at Gradisca in the West Village. He picks me up in the car (unusual for Manhattan), we shake hands in the median, I get in the car and we go to the restaurant. We have a lot to talk about and enjoy the meal. During the meal, my friend from camp is randomly seated next to us. When she realizes it is our first date, she asks to switch tables. Halfway through the meal, David says he has an emergency phone call from the hospital and goes outside for 10 minutes! I should’ve known that Orthos don’t have those kinds of emergencies, especially in residency. It wasn’t until months later that I learn that he went to the bank because the meal was cash only. He drives me home after dinner, even though I want to walk (still an issue with us). He has to hurry off to his roller hockey game. We agree to get together again soon.
We make a date a few days later and another one soon after that until all of our days are spent together.