Those that know me can attest that I'm a pretty social person. And those that's met Chris for the first time, probably won't think the same. Chris is a shy soul, and while it takes me minutes to warm up to someone, it might take him several meetings for him to feel comfortable enough to bring out his true self. And when we met for the first time at a co-worker's happy hour, the words above were what ran through my head whenever I tried making conversation with him.
Cindi: "So you're from Seattle?"
I don't usually give up on people easily so I try again.
Cindi: "So what client are you working at now?"
Cindi: "Oh I was at Boeing for a year last year! It was interesting to say the least."
Chris: "Yeah....I know."
I didn't really give up until I overheard Chris and another coworker talk from across the table about how this one client of theirs looked like Jessica Alba. At this point, I've rolled my eyes probably five times, and have written Chris off as anyone I'd be remotely interested in getting to know as a friend. I try to ignore that side of the table for the remainder of happy hour, and at the end of the night, I said my goodbyes to everyone, including Chris, and I was off to start my weekend.
The following Monday morning as soon as I got in to work, I received an instant work message from Chris. At first I didn't know who this person was, but I soon remembered...yes...the boring guy! We started to casually chat over messenger and to my surprise, he was so funny and articulate in his writing! He'd literally made me LOL at work and every day since then. I often feel like an idiot sitting in my cube or office while giggling like a high schooler to myself.
There was a problem though. When I met Chris, I had already made the decision to leave Seattle and tansfer offices to LA for work. We spent the remaining three weeks I had left in Seattle hanging out almost everyday...sometimes until 3 am in the morning and both of us had to work the next day. I never would have guessed this person was the same boring guy I met just weeks ago. When I finally made the move to LA, it was a bit sad to say the least, but Chris continued to call and message me every night. Our relationship developed quickly, despite the distance and seven months later, I was packing my LA apartment, returning home to Chris! We drove an U-Haul through Napa Valley for some wine and somewhere on the 101 Highway, we started the rest of our life (singular) together.