The Birthday Battle

It was a cool spring evening in Santa Cruz and our destination unknown to me. The only information I had was that Chrissy had a special surprise for my birthday. We had been dating a few months now, but weren't labeling ourselves as boyfriend and girlfriend yet. We pulled into the parking garage and quickly made our way up the street, still unsure as to where we were going I looked around inquisitively. 

Up ahead we saw a young mother standing outside her apartment, dirty child in hand and digging through her purse frantically. As we approached she looked up at us and asked to borrow our phone. I, as the cynical person I am, was trying to come up with possible scenarios how this could all be an elaborate scam. However, Chrissy, being the good person she is, didn't hesitate to offer a helping hand. Quickly handing over her phone and engaging in a quick conversation with the stranger on the street. I could only look on in wonder as she showed patience and understanding throughout the ordeal. Soon enough the mother was able to contact her husband to let her into the building. As we turned to go Chrissy picked up the conversation right where we had left it. It was as if helping a stranger on the street was a totally normal experience. Every day she found ways to make me crazier and crazier about her. She truly is a one of a kind woman.

We continued on to an uneventful dinner at a great Mexican place in downtown Santa Cruz before the main event, a Santa Cruz Warriors game. It was both of our first times at a game so neither of us knew what to expect. 

We were in for a surprise as we neared the stadium, it turned out that the Warriors opponent would be the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings affiliate team. So, instead of both of us rooting for the Warriors, it became a fun rivalry as we watched the game progress. While the Bighorns jumped out to an early lead, the Warriors, with the help of Klay Thompson's older brother, were able to fight back and close out the win.

It was an absolutely amazing night, I couldn't have asked for better company or a closer game, it was all I could do to keep from kissing her that night.

--Brian