BALTIMORE METRO AREA (BEFORE MARRIAGE)
Just like many people in the early 2000’s, I was involved in online dating since the schedule I worked was difficult to get out to just be around others besides co-workers. It was slow going at first because many people wanted to see your picture, but not sure if that would be a good idea because of my career choice. However, just before I got deep into internet dating I was just coming out of a horrible, confusing relationship. Not to mention that I had just arrived back home from Afghanistan in early 2004, and almost immediately got right back into working. Looking back on it that was not a bright idea, but I didn’t want to wait another year before I could get my career started. It just so happened that when I came home, I kept a diary of what I was doing and how I was feeling throughout the first years of my return. I accidentally came across these notes prior to our move to upstate New York, and read them to see where I was at emotionally. After reading my notes and seeing how detailed I was, where I was, who I was with, what we did in detail and how up and down I was, let me know that maintaining a relationship was very difficult. So maintaining any type of relationship shortly after coming back, was going to be a challenge and continued to be that way for me until I was further removed from my Afghanistan tour.
Unfortunately, as this relationship began to deteriorate very quickly, where love turned to hate and dislike, and vengeance becoming a focal point where our jobs were being jeopardized. So when the time came for me to be able to either switch to a different shift, night shift, or join our specialized unit (S.E.R.T. Team) to limit my contact with this person, I jumped the chance. Of course, the days and months dragged on as I waited for the response after my request was put in. Then one day that call came in while I was in Virginia telling me that although my first choice wasn’t granted, my second choice for going to midnight’s was granted. Hence began my adventure working at night away from the stupidity that was so dreadful. I was so excited that this came through for me and I could get away from the toxic relationship that was bleeding over into our work environment. It was good when it was good, but when shit got bad shit got real bad. So now, I had the opportunity to start over again and give myself a fresh new deal on my career and life. Almost immediately, I began to feel much better being on the opposite end of the work day, but it was still fresh when I would hear her voice on the radio as day work signed on. Little by little things began to get better for me and I could concentrate on my job at night, which kept me busy and occupied from thinking about this woman.
I began my night shift, which would be my staple, in August 2006 and since then I have enjoyed working nights! Most of my arrest and crazy shit that I have gotten into have been at night. Why would I want to change? Some guys say they hate nights and like to sleep! I’ve work days in both states and I still enjoy my night time work ethic. Approximately four months later when I was getting deeper into online dating, True.com, I came across this woman’s profile and photo on her profile page. I immediately was attracted as she stood there in her boots, tight as jeans, and this nice big sweater. So I naturally sent a message to her, and didn’t say some whack at shit like, “Yo! My name is Dwight! Call me at this number!” I actually sent a nice long message and waited for a reply, which I think came about two or three days later. From that point on, December 22, 2006 up until we met for the first time on Super Bowl Sunday in February 2007, we spoke nearly every day. I can’t tell you how many cell phone batteries we killed, data plan minutes were being murdered and it got to a point where I couldn’t get calls until after 7pm where it was free!
The talks we had for the couple of months leading up to our first date and seeing each other for the first time was exciting. At this time I had a silver Chevy Impala, and it was getting up there in miles and started to give me problems with some of the electrical issues. This night of the Colts and Bears Super Bowl game, I arrived at her apartment in Laurel, Maryland and I was currently living Ellicott City, which is just thirty minutes or more north of Route 29. My only fear was that I was walking into a situation where she looked completely different from her picture, and that I was attractive enough for her to be pleased. Well, things we very well from the get go, and I prayed to God that my Impala’s heat would work properly since it was at the beginning of February. The Impala didn’t disappoint and decided not to mess up my game with this beautiful woman I just met for the first time in the physical sense. We were going to a Super Bowl party at a friend’s house in Baltimore, Maryland and we had a wonderful time there! Her thoughts pertaining to this situation is quite funny and you get to see how her brain works. So I’ll let her describe her thoughts on that one!
So soon after the game was over, and I drove her back home, our relationship kicked off very well! About a year later after we first contacted each other on this internet site, we were married, and got married once again in front of family and friends the following year; and still here ten years later! We aren’t going anywhere; at least I don’t think so! Majority of the people that were at the Super Bowl Party no longer works at the same agency, with the exception of one man, who should be retiring very soon! A.B.M. we call him! (Angry Black Man). So every Super Bowl day is our anniversary of our very first date and has been a special day for us ever since. One of these days I will get a Super Bowl day off from work, but who knows. By the time you read this I might’ve already had that day! Till then! See you next time!