We met in New Orleans helping a friend move. Unfortunately, Joy was soon transferred to California. However the friendship developed through visits when Joy was back in town. She and Ryan would spend time together going to Mardi Gras parades, dancing at Jazz Fest, and consuming vast quantities of raw oysters.
Luckily, fate (*Chevron*) brought both Joy and Ryan to Houston, and we started dating in 2005. The rest is history in the making....
P.S. The photo of us was taken at the Krewe de Vieux parade a year and a half before we started dating.