It's a little easier than I'd like to admit to forget how magical Los Angeles can be. But sometimes magic has some history to it.
About a year back, Diego was on a trip to Los Angeles and began experiencing headaches serious enough to take him to the hospital. Imagine this: one minute you're on a trip across the country from your home, the next, by way of a few doctors, you're in front of a neurologist who is telling you that you need to get into surgery immediately. And no, you can't get the surgery back home in Georgia. It's that serious. Diego had a cyst in his brain which was causing a build up of fluid that was life-threatening. Without the surgery right then, he would die.
It's just about one of the scariest scenarios I can come up with.
Of course, all you want is to be home with your loved ones. The neurologist took the first part off the table, but that doesn't mean a loved one can't come to you. I can't guarantee this part of the story, but I'd bet there wasn't a red light bright enough to stop Diego's girlfriend Kristina on the way to the airport to be with him.
Fast forward to present day. A few days ago I received a text message. It was from a gentleman named Diego, who is back in Los Angeles
The basic story is this: Diego's last trip to Los Angeles with his girlfriend had been a bit of a nightmare. This trip is going to be memorable for an entirely different reason. You see, Diego's girlfriend is an amazing woman who has been with him through a lot (understatement). Diego has no intention of going home with a girlfriend; he's going home with a fiancé. And, being the smart man that he is, Diego wants to have this trip remembered for every right reason there is. That's where I come in. I was lucky enough to show up when the magic did.
Diego proposed at sunset, at the Griffith Park Observatory. Traffic was fighting him, but when you've given death the finger, traffic parts when you need it to.
And, of course, she said yes.
They get engaged while in Los Angeles and suddenly they're the coolest people you've ever seen, right? But that's their secret: nothing sudden about it, they're just that cool. Diego's story of his surgery and recovery is amazing. But what's even better, is that Kristina was right there with him, every step of the way.
Diego and Kristina ended up back where our story began. But now, they're healthy, happy, and engaged.