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Couple: Mike & Jessica
Proposal Date: 04/17/2013
Proposal Location: Washington, DC,
United States
Wedding Date: 04/20/2014
Wedding Location: TBD,
United States
Our Proposal Story: Comedy, Chili, & a Matter of Time
It's been almost two years since Jessica and I became "Jessica and I". Three years since we first met at a DC comedy show. A young comic's life consists of running the streets, waiting your turn, making the most of your minutes onstage, and then looking for something to eat after the show. Ben's Chili Bowl is something, something special. A can't-miss chili-dog spot for teens, couples, entertainers, dreamers, and everything in between, Ben's is a late-night palace of the people.

It's been a year since I retired from standup to pursue screenwriting. Unknown comedians make little-to-no money. Unknown writers make even less. Jessica believes in what I'm doing, but does not expect a marriage proposal for at least another year. Her patience makes me impatient. I've been sitting on this ring for almost two weeks now, planning to give it to her on our anniversary in three days.

It's three days early. Jessica laments the conflict between wanting quality time and needing weekdays to hone her craft. She invites me to come see her at a show in DC. She has a tougher set than she'd like. Audience does her no favors; her or anyone else on the show. She is undaunted by their apathy. I am proud. I believe in what she is doing, make peace with having to share her with the world. After the show, we head to Ben's for a few chili-slathered "Bill Cosby Favorites", and reminisce about the comedy grind. She is absently dipping scraps of hot dog bun in the last of her chili when I take a long, self-made envelope out of my windbreaker pocket. I tell her I got her a little something that might be encouraging.

"- I'll give you a hint. It's a kind of test, you can't get it back, but you have more of it than you realize."

She opens the envelope and finds a small pendant pocket watch. encouraging.

"- I'll-

Time.

"Ho- w did you know I love encouraging.

"- I'll-

Time.

"Ho- w- timepieces?"

S- he pulls the watch out of the envelope, and with it a long chain, tiny envelope attached to the end. Inside the envelope is a small bundle of bubble wrap and tissue. As it emerges from the wrapping, the white gold of the ring blends in with the chain. She is admiring the watch; takes her a moment to notice what's dangling on the outside of her fingers.

She sees the ring.

"I-is this real?"

Time.

I get down on one knee and take her encouraging.

"- I'll-

Time.

"Ho- w- timepieces?"

S- he- hand.

"Whateve- r I have, I want to share with you. Jessica. Will you marry me?"

"Ohmygod. encouraging.

"- I'll-

Time.

"Ho- w- timepieces?"

S- he- hand.

"Whateve- r- OhmygodohmygodohmyGOD!&- quot;

Hugs. Kisses. Applause. Cheers. Happy calls and texts to loved ones. New sounding words. Fiancee. Engaged. Married. More hugs. Kisses. Tears. Laughing. Awesome.

We go to the P.O.V. roof bar of the W hotel. She orders a margarita. I have a Riesling. We sit back; take in the views of the White House and the National Mall while admiring Blue Nile's handiwork.

"It's so pretty. You did good."

WE did good. Thanks Blue Nile. You helped stoke our belief in magic, and each other.

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