Brown Love Stories: Jackie and Casey

October 30, 2014
Good Morning! I am so happy to introduce you to Jackie and Casey, a beautifully quirky couple that I had the pleasure of interviewing. Jackie is the writer for the blog, Adventures of a Nappy Chica, a natural hair and adventure blog. Hope that you enjoy!
1. Names 
Jackie and Casey

2. Age (Hers and His)
 31 and 31

3. Length of relationship 
Together for 6 years and 4 months. Married for 3 years and 4 months.

4. How did you guys meet?  
I had recently finished my graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati and was teaching Spanish at the university as an adjunct instructor. One of my students, Aaron, invited the class to a bar to hear his cover band play. Since it was the end of the quarter, I thought “Why not?” On the night of his band’s gig, I was exhausted and thought about not going. But, I like to keep my promises and decided to go. During his band’s break, Aaron and I walked up to the bar to get a drink.  His friend Casey happened to be at the bar. Aaron introduced us and we hit it off right away with our mutual interest in traveling and Spanish. We spent the rest of the night talking and Casey asked me out on a date. We have been together ever since :)

5. What makes your relationship 'quirky' or unique? 
We have completely different personalities. I’m an outgoing social butterfly and Casey is an introvert. I like to over plan and Casey is spontaneous. But, you would be surprised that 99.9% of the time we’re thinking the same exact thing. Sometimes it’s freaky. Usually one of us will say something and the other will say “I was just thinking the same thing!” It could be about a movie, tv show, food, really anything. If I had a dollar for every time it happens, we would be able to take more international trips during the year. Lol.  We also love traveling and trying out new activities.

6. Quirkiest moments and/or adventure
There are so many but the one that sticks out the most happened the first month we started dating. We decided to do a road trip to Toronto, Montreal, New York, Philly and Vermont. Anyway, while we were in Toronto we stopped in a sushi place for lunch. We were starving and decided to do their all you can eat special. So we ordered 6 hand rolls for our first batch. Our waitress looked at us funny and went back to the kitchen. Then, the chef came out and walked past our table. Casey and I didn’t understand why they were giving us strange looks. Then, our waitress came out with our food. As we were looking at the menu we didn’t know what hand rolls were. We assumed they were the individual rolls and ordered a bunch. What we thought were regular sushi rolls, were actually rolls as big as our hands. It took us some time to finish our plate and we were pretty full when we were done. Our waitress then asked us if we were ready for the next plate. Casey and I looked at each other confused. Not only had we ordered the wrong rolls, we had more plates on the way. Lol. Luckily we were able to cancel the other orders without being charged.

After our lunch we decided to walk to our next stop: Casa Loma. On the map the walk to Casa Loma didn’t seem that far away and we figured it would be better than paying for a taxi or taking a bus. Plus, it would give us a chance to walk off our lunch. Our “short walk” ended up taking almost two hours. We were so tired after the walk and exploring Casa Loma that we took a taxi on the way back to our hostel. Lol.

That’s the thing with traveling; you have to be open to all possibilities because you never know what can happen. Casey and I always manage to go with the flow and we always see our adventures as funny stories to tell later on.

7. What will the back cover of your love story read. 
"This is the story of how a man and a woman met, fell in love, traveled the world, and the funny adventures they encountered along the way."

Read about Jackie and Casey's trek to Monterey at her blog, here!
Also, make sure to check out her Twitter , Facebook, and  Instagram

About Quirky, Brown Love

October 21, 2014
I am so happy that you have found my blog. Welcome! I hope that you kick your shoes off, grab a comfy mug and stay for a while.

This blog is written by me, Bree. I am currently 22 years old and living in a college town with my boyfriend of 2+ years, Matt, who is 29.
One night, Matt came home and surprised me with a schmoopy (....yes, schmoopy) romance movie that I really wanted to see. I figured in would be a change from my typical comedies and payback for all of the sci-fi action movies Matt has made me watch. So inevitably, I watched the movie and cried a litttle...and then cried a lot. It was so beautiful! I am the type of person that can put on other's emotions (darn, Cancer zodiac!), so I cried until my head hurt. Then I started binging on these romantic movies. The story lines were all similar yet all different at the same time. 
Bree and Matt, after our first year anniversary!
First you have your Nicholas Sparks movies/novels. Oh, Nicholas Sparks! The epitome of a southern girl finding a rough-around-the-edges southern boy and enjoying a lifetime of falling in love. Then you have the romantic comedies; a man or woman who is all about their business and getting ahead in life finally meets their match and learns that maybe even someone like them, as gorgeous as they are, can find love and be happy. However, the romance movies that I am more interested in are the coming-to-age love stories.
Here's a list: Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, The Perks of Being a Wall Flower, The Fault in Our Stars, Garden State, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink (and anything else with Molly Ringwold), Heathers, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I'm Reed Fish, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Juno and a million more. What do all of these movies have in common? They are all about adolescents/young adults that go through some quirky adventure, gain a new perspective on life and fall in love. These are my absolute favorites and the box office shows that they are the favorites of most people. 
After marathons and several tissue rolls later (both from crying and laughter), something clicked in my head: out of all of the quirky and cooltastic love stories I had watched, none of the characters looked like me or my boyfriend. Shoot, not even the best friend, nor the second best friend, not even the cab driver! Yet, I had loved these stories for years and could somehow relate to them. I began to search online for coming-to-age love movies about African Americans and the closest thing that I found...was House Party.

Then I typed in 'African American romance movies' and found a trend in all of the movies that popped up; Every movie was about either a mature black man or woman, or had something to do with "Thug Luv" (...didn't even know that was a genre), or was about someone cheating or, of course, about slavery days. But, none were about quirky adventures. I looked up the same for Latin Americans, Native Americans and Indian Americans (Slumdog Millonaire was  the closest), yet all I found was a whole bunch of stereotypes. Why can't there be a love story about a black girl who loves alternative-indie music and bonds with a black, hispanic or indian guy (or a combination of all three) that likes the same music and they travel through the night to secret concerts? Or a story about a Lumbee guy who falls in love with a girl, but has to transform into a superhero to beat off all of her exes. So from the day that I started to question why such movies don't exist, I decided to start Quirky, Brown Love, a movement that will let us write our own love stories, even if the filmmakers never do.

I'm sure that by now you have ran out of whatever substance was in your cute, little, comfy mug, Feel free to go refill; my blog will be here when you get back.

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