I moved to Brooklyn in December of 2001. I called the local insurance office to update my policy and Bryan answered the phone. He took such good care of me and made the process very easy. I remember him making me laugh during the conversation. Generally we handled all necessary paperwork via phone and fax. After a few exchanges (I can’t recall why we had so much to talk about, but glad we did), he asked if he could call me after the insurance piece was handled. I thought it was odd because he had all of my personal information and I didn’t know anything really about him. I even decided to deliver one last document in person – hoping to catch him in the office. Bryan teased me about trying to get a glimpse of him on the sly. I denied it. We talked on the phone for another 3 weeks and he suggested we meet. I was hesitant only because our conversations were so delightful, spending hours on the phone, that I feared he would not live up to the interesting (irresistible conversation) guy I’d been talking to every day. Finally, we had our first date on February 15, 2002. We were not disappointed.
Bryan had planned the engagement for months. He booked us on our normal summer vacation. In June we headed to Barbados. My first time there – it’s a lovely island! On our second day, he made dinner plans that required us to dress up. I didn’t think anything odd because we are good for exploring islands and making sure we “hit all the spots”. As we were getting dressed, the lights went out. We thought it was just our hotel. We finished getting ready and headed out. As we were driving to the restaurant, we realized the island was in a blackout! Needless to say, dinner plans spoiled. We headed back to the hotel and stopped at one of the only places with lights/service, a gas station, and picked up snacks and drinks. I could see Bryan getting agitated (which is rare). I told him it was cool, we would eat the snacks, call it a night and get up early to continue our vacation. After all, we had 6 more days in this beautiful place. We drove back to the hotel. When we got to our room, I’m preparing for bed when Bryan says “let’s sit on the balcony.” I’m thinking, huh? I’m sleepy (lol). We go on the balcony. We sit and talk. I’m about to go back inside when (in the dark), Bryan puts this box in front of me and when he opens it, there is the ring!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"