Monday, February 4, 2013

Not Just Another Shrimp on the Barbie. // Marcy I.

Please give a warm welcome to my real-life gal pal Marcy I.  Marcy and I were college roommates for three years and she has no affiliation with Fit Camp nor is she part of any blogging community.  What she does have is a fun love story.  So I asked her if she would share it with you all - after all it is the month of love!  Since she is fresh blogger blood, if you like her story, I encourage you to leave her some comment love, so she can see what all the blogger fuss is about.  And now for Marcy's story....

It was 2008 and I was working in television as a freelance Associate Producer and worked weekends at a tourist trap in Times Square, namely Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.  I had been living in New York City for most of my 20's and had the usual dating experiences; the guy that takes too long to call, the guy that calls too soon and the guy that NEVER calls.

One Saturday night I was slingin' shrimp and happened to deliver food to a table with a handsome young man and a woman, who I later found out was his mother.  I told my my co-worker who was serving them that I thought he was cute and to find out his story, which I didn't think he'd actually do (by the way, this happens at every restaurant in every city.  Like it or not, your server is talking about you and not always in a good way).  A few minutes later my co-worker came over to me and told me that his name was Adam, he was Australian, he was single and wanted to meet me.  I went to the table kicking and screaming but I went.  We had awkward small talk, I gave him my number and expected to never hear from him. But I did. He texted me later that night and told me that he liked my forward approach and that he'd like to take me out sometime.

He was in an acting work-study program and I was working two jobs so our schedules were both pretty packed.  The next time I saw him after our awkward meeting was at an after work affair for my 30th birthday which was even more awkward. He brought a friend and we chatted briefly before he left.  We were finally able to nail down a date to have drinks, just the two of us, so we could finally have a conversation.

On our first date I learned that Adam was leaving his acting program and his visa would expire and he'd have to leave the country in four weeks.  "There goes that", I thought.  I decided to just have fun with the time that we had left and when he was gone we could be Facebook friends and that would be that.

When Adam left he told me that he didn't want to date anyone else except me.  I thought it was a little nuts and was hesitant at first but decided to take a chance.  I mean, domestic long distance is one thing but U.S. to Australia is another.  There was just something about him; he was the best guy I'd ever met and I couldn't let 11,000 miles stand in the way!

The minute he landed in Oz he called me.  I didn't recognize the number and was shocked when I heard it was him. I mean, I couldn't get a guy from Brooklyn to call me and he calls from the Melbourne Airport baggage claim?!?!  That moment erased any hesitation I had about our situation.

A few weeks later, he booked a ticket to come back and stay with me for seven weeks and by the end of the first week, I knew I loved him. We flew to Michigan to meet my family and at the end of his stay I flew to Australia to meet his.


For three years we flew back and forth to see each other as much as possible. Then, on New Year's Day 2012 while in Australia, Adam took me to the beach and asked me to marry him.  I said yes and we will tie the knot in front of our closest friends and family in May 2013 in NYC. He is immigrating to America where we will start our married life together. It hasn't always been easy but it has definitely been worth it.  If I can give any advice to lovelorn people everywhere it is: take a chance.

If you have a fun love story you'd like to share, please email it to MLfitcamp@gmail.com.  I've already shared mine: here.  So now it's your turn!  

21 comments:

  1. AWWWWW!! My hubby & I are an American/Australian couple and did the long distance thing too! We have both lived together in Australia and now here in the USA!!

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  2. So glad it all worked out. May your life together be better than you could imagine.

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  3. Seriously i teared up..! ..i wish everyone's story is as good as that :) congrats!

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  4. What a sweet story! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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  5. Love it! Your advice to keep the faith and take chances is so right on. Cheers to the happy couple! May life continue to bring you, and us all, happy surprises and adventures, and may we be open to seeing them.

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  6. love love love this story! and jealous that you have a man with an accent! lol

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    1. The accent did not hurt his cause, let me tell ya!

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  7. Thank you all for the comments! We are so excited for the future and the encouragement of strangers makes it even more exciting!

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  8. So so soooo happy for you and Ads, Marcy. I'll be with you guys in spirit. =)

    Yolms

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  9. Cute story! Gottta love a man with an accent!

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  10. What a great story. Congrats!

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  11. What a blessing to have a love so great, a sweet girl, hunky Aussie, and Forest Gump. Sounds perfect. Congrats, and a lifetime of happiness to you both!

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  12. Awww...Hopefully their is hope for me then. Congratulations!!!

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  13. I knew the story and it still made me smile and giddy to read it! So happy for you, Maussie.

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  14. What a great story! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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  15. "Take a chance"! Encouraging words from a wise woman. Just goes to prove, things can work out even better than expected.

    Congrats!!!

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  16. That is so very sweet! Congratulations!

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  17. What a sweet story. I love that you both took a chance a fell in love. Congrats on your upcoming wedding.

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