Friday, April 15, 2011

For Once in My Life.

"Where's my pitcher?"

It seems fitting that the first words to come out of my mouth upon meeting Berry White were beer-related.  Back then, I didn't realize how sentimental they would prove to be for us later in life.  At the time, craft beer was but a glint in our bottles of Amstel Light - the fanaticism wouldn't fully set in for a few more years.  But hey, I was promised a pitcher of cheap beer in return for dance floor support at one of his gigs (which I didn't attend but that's beside the point) and I was simply trying to collect.

Our paths first crossed in 2001 by way of a DC area electronic music forum.  At first, our interactions were sporadic but a few years down the road, we discovered that we went to the same parties, spent many of our Friday nights at Buzz (Studio 54 for the DC rave scene, if you will), hung out in overlapping social circles and shared a strong passion for music and spinning records.  One flirty Myspace comment led to another and eventually, we met in person.

Predictably, a syrupy, disgustingly sweet love affair ensued shortly thereafter.  I say predictably only because I knew long before "real life" introductions were made that I wanted to hang out with this guy.  Fantastic taste in music.  Cute hair.  And funny!  So damn funny.  Man, he could make me laugh.

Baltimore, 2007.  Sweaty warehouse rave.  Febreze would have been nice.

Our lives have changed a bit since we first started dating.  We've since hung up the headphones and broadened our musical horizons.  Late nights in DC have been replaced with Saturday afternoons in the Whole Foods beer section.  We've giddily sung along with friends at their wedding receptions.  Celebrated the births of their children (soon to include another special l'il lady who we'll be meeting in a few weeks.)

We've sipped a saison on Holbox sand.

Been stopped in mid "WTF are we going to do for breakfast?" conversation by an oncoming parade in downtown Montreal, which included Scott Niedermayer in one of those Grey Poupon cars.

Watched loved ones get tipsy on our wedding beer.

But at the end of the day, after all the beer has been consumed and the overnight bags have been unpacked and the playoff games are over, it's just me and that guy.  The guy I refer to as Berry White, a painfully clever combination of his last name and obvious Caucasianness.  Darkenetiks.  Mike.  My husband.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy 2nd Anniversary, roomie.  Thanks for making my life one big slumber party.


  1. Oh Ali and Mike, you have me crying over here, for realsies. I love a good love story and yours is absolutely lovely. Happy second anniversary you two. :)

  2. Awww - sweet. It sounds like you two were meant to be.

    Although I'm a little ticked this post didn't actually have something to do with cheesecake or just really good cheese.

  3. Celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday and the hopes of make my heart ooze with love and pride. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Happy Anniversary. Hope you have many, many more.

  5. awww Happy anniversary to you and your roomie!

  6. this is just so so sweet.

    happy anniversary!

  7. Omg stop. You might be the cutest thing ever. And I love finding out about your lurid past. Ha. Have a wonderful anniversary, I'm pretty sure the traditional 2nd anny gift is williams sonoma gift cards. Jus sayin.

  8. Happy Anniversary Mike and Ali!

    I remember your wedding day like it was yesterday. You had the most beautiful weather ever - the kind of weather where, every time this season rolls around, it will always be a cue to remember that day by.

    You know we wish the two of you only the best, and then some. Congrats on two years!

  9. HOLY CRAP...we might have even crossed paths! Loved Buzz, Sting, Scott Henry, DJ Feelgood, Dieselboy, East Coast Science (All time favorite was The Gift party at buzz, love that tape!)..I went there for so long, still my all time favorite place!

    I am such a little raver girl at heart, Now I don't partake of have things changed. They are especially out of hand on the West Coast.

    Happy Anniversary.

  10. Ok. That's it. I have the most amazing wife ever created. I don't know how you do it, but you do it better than anybody else.

    Happy 2 Years. Wanna spend the night at my house?

    Liam - agreed 100%. I stopped by the Birkby House recently and felt like I should be putting on my tux and drinking a snifter of bourbon in the groom's lounge.

  11. Talk about teary eyed over here. I remember being so preggo at your wedding I almost had Syd on the dancefloor;)

    What a fabulous couple you two are. Happy Anniversary!



  12. What a perfect day! <3 I'm fighting back the tears at work. Tears of pure JOY no less. :D

    Happy Anniversary weekend Darktoi!! We sure do love you guys! MJ xoxoxo

  13. So sweet Ali. Happy anniversary! This made me cry just a little bit :)

  14. That is so adorable! I'm so happy for you! Happy anniversary!

  15. Reading this post (and watching your video, tee hee) totally brought a huge smile to my face. :D Congrats!

  16. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Thanks for making my Monday with this sweet little blog post!

  17. This is adorably sweet and very cool...beautiful post.

  18. Love this! You are so damn cute! Congrats!

  19. Aw! What a beautiful tribute post to your relationship! So bittersweet for me - it feels like I'll never experience this, but I'm so glad some people get to!

  20. You do look super cute. Congrats and happy university to you.