The day was September 19th, 2008 and it was a Friday. I had asked Ashley earlier in the week if she would be interested in going out on a date that night. I gave no specifics and I am sure she thought it was going to be the usual Pei Wei and a movie. I picked her up at 7pm sharp and we begin to drive up North. I think after we went past 119th street she got a little curious about where we were going. It wasn’t until we got stuck in traffic that I let her in on the destination (we ended up sitting in traffic for almost an hour.) After getting through the road construction we finally made it to the Plaza. It was to my horror to learn that the Plaza Art Fair was also going on that weekend. Finding a parking spot was a lot of fun and I figured getting into our restaurant would be just as much. To my surprise, we only had to wait about 30 seconds to be seated. Things were starting to go right.
The evening started off at Baja 600 which happened to be the first place that Ashley and I met face to face. During dinner, Ashley asked me if I was wearing the same clothes that I wore on our first date. I replied with “maybe it is” and a smile.
After dinner we walked over to Barnes and Noble where we browsed the shelves for books (also a repeat of the first date). At one point, Ashley sat on the floor to look through a book and asked me to join her. Little did she know that I had the ring box stuffed into my socks and that if she were to look close enough, she would be able to see it. I did sit down next to her but had to position my body in such a way that she didn’t notice the ring. I thought for sure a few times she saw it but she said later on she had no clue.After Barnes and Noble, we decided to go for a walk down to the JC Nicoles water fountain. We sat on a bench with relative privacy but as we sat there more and more people began to appear. Finally Ashley asked if we could continue on our walk and I obliged. She did not notice that I had slid the ring box from my sock to my hand. We got up and walked to the other side of the fountain. It was at that point that I stopped puller her close and expressed my love and happiness for her and said that I never wanted to be without her. I then asked her to marry me. I actually did it twice. Once standing and once kneeling! And she said yes!!! She made me very happy that day and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with her.