How we met
We got introduced by a good friend of ours... a computer! Yes, we are among those couples that got set up on an internet site. The website (which will remain nameless unless they pay us to advertise for them) claims that it compared 29 dimensions of compatibility. We found that we have a 30th: love of ice cream!
Our first date
After a month of chatting by e-mail and later telephone, we finally got together on February 6th, 2004 at the restaurant "On the Border" in Reston. The meal was fine, the conversation was great.
Our first trip together
Elizabeth's friend Michelle was getting married in Buffalo, NY in May, 2005, and she asked Rick to come along. Not one to turn down a trip, he said yes. Amazingly, they were still talking after eight hours in the car (and another eight on the way home).
How Rick proposed
Rick: Are you kidding? Ask you to marry me? That's dumb!
Elizabeth: That's 'cause you know we'll be great together.
Rick: You're full of it.
Elizabeth: Oh yeah?
Elizabeth: Well, I double-dog dare you!
Now it was serious. A double-dog dare. What else was there but a "triple dare you". And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister "triple dog dare".
Elizabeth: I triple dog dare you!
Elizabeth created a slight breach of etiquette by skipping the triple dare and going right for the throat!
So, basically, Rick's honor was at stake, so he did what he had to do.
... just kidding (quick, name that movie) ...
How Rick really proposed
Sorry, no great story here. We had been talking vaguely about our future together for many months. On Christmas night 2006, we were hanging around, once again saying nice things about each other and that we wanted to be together for the rest of our lives. Rick figured he ought to ask formally and Elizabeth agreed.
Where we're going to honeymoon
Cancun. We both got scuba certified a year ago, and have been itching to go diving in something bigger than the quarry we practiced in (a Florida trip last year had bad weather, so no diving). The diving is better at nearby Cozumel, but we'd like to do some inland things, too.
Where we're going to live after getting married
For now, we'll live in Rick's townhouse in Reston. Actually, we'll probably hold on to Elizabeth's condo in Washington, especially if she is working downtown. We love the idea of having a city house and a country house! Combing our households will be a challenge since we've both been on our own a while (we know we'll need a storage unit). Eventually, we'll probably find a bigger place.