A painting of me

10 Years

   28 January 2013, late at night

When I first met Shima I thought her birthday was on the 23rd. That was the day the members of the Japanese Cultural Club (KonJa!) all went out to celebrate her birthday, as part of our weekly Thursday meeting. We all met at McGinnis, a sports bar the Japanese exchange students loved. In fact, it was where we usually met for KonJa meetings.

Shima and I had met one week prior, at Fed Hall, a night club run by the University of Waterloo. That may sound lame, but that place was amazing. We bumped into each other again the following night at the Revolution, another night club in Waterloo. Friday was their hip-hop night. She was there with some of her’s friends from Toronto. I was there with my friends Yang and Gary—and probably a million other people: Waterloo is a small town. That winter term in Waterloo, like most of my terms at Waterloo, was filled with a lot of clubbing.

Between these two nights and her birthday party was a string of conversation on ICQ.

McGinnis was a fun place to drink, but that night people felt like dancing. We decided to walk over to Loose Change Louie’s. Shima and I had barely spoke while at McGinnis, but some how we end up walking to Louie’s together. It’s was short walk between the two bars, but we both fell in the snow all the same.

The following Monday we met in the South-East stairwell of the Math and Computer building, between the 5th and 6th floor, and decided we should date.

And that was 10 years ago.

Shima and I Celebrate Our 10th Anniversary



  1. I do love that you do this every year. The photos also look to be getting more and more interesting.

  2. Agreed, but seriously cut those sideburns Mattingly.

  3. I loved your Love story .sivaranjan family is VERY lucky to have Shima in their family Congrts

  4. like!

  5. Like +1


  6. How am I going to lie to Mythilli about how we met when you’ve posted it online! 8o|

    Also, I love my in laws so much! How many people can say that and really mean it?

  7. It took you a whole month to read this? Lame.

  8. I don’t have the luxury to read your website on a daily basis anymore. You’re welcome for watching our daughter and paying attention to her! 8o|

  9. I’m going to write a scathing 10.5 year post, just you wait.

  10. You do that and see what happens on the 10.6 year mark.

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