It all happen over furniture.
Joanna moved from Silicon Valley, to Carlsbad San Diego then to Irvine Orange County and was in need of furniture. After careful research she bought furniture online. When Fedex delivered it, the boxes were so heavy she couldn’t move it more than 2 feet. A dear friend Chris she knew from her days in Northern California helped her build a couple of pieces and quickly learned one piece took almost all day. Chris was busy and couldn’t help her with the rest so she tried soliciting other friends she knew from San Diego to drive up but everyone was busy. Realizing her friendship circle was small she decided to open her eyes and make new ones.
Enter Robbie into the picture. They met at a local Starbucks where he was geeking out on his ipad. His geeky side was intriguing, however she was not interested romantically in him. To her he looked like a beatnik in a black starched button down shirt and paperboy cap on a hot Orange County day.
Over conversation they discovered they both needed to buy new sofas and decided after finishing their drinks (Robbie some sort of beatnik latte, Joanna hibiscus herbal tea) to go sofa shopping. Because Joanna had absolutely no interest in dating Robbie, she was in a joking, down to earth easy going mood and both had fun joking with the sales staff about ugly, impractical sofas. Ironically the sales staff often mistaken them as husband and wife so they played with it doing improv of a husband and wife arguing over not wanting the ugly man cave sports watching reclining sofa.
Things flowed so well like old friends between the two Joanna felt comfortable about inviting Robbie over to help her finish the furniture she desperately needed help getting completed for weeks.
At the same time Joanna didn’t want to lead Robbie on and after a few unreturned phone calls Robbie frustrated erased her number from his phone.
However they would reconnect later and Robbie was such a gentlemen when he came over nightly helping build further purchased furniture and when the furniture was done, he invite her out for dinner and to his house to watch the Tick. Joanna saw Robbie was sincere, kind, and a man of honor, always being platonic gentleman. They became strong friends until one day in a long drive they shared their life goals and realized they were the same and each admired each other.