Chicago is a snowglobe that finally stopped shaking Wednesday afternoon. Cars, still hidden under massive snow drifts, are only visible when their owners, in futile attempts to rescue their cars from their fluffy, white prisons, spend hours trying to remove the snow. During the storm over 500 vehicles were abandoned by frustrated motorists on Chicago's iconic Lake Shore Drive after blinding snow brought traffic to a standstill for hours. Pedestrians have become expert mountain climbers as they scale massive white mounds at every snow-crippled intersection, slipping and sliding their way to work. Yet, despite this annual Chicago event we call Winter, Christopher Jones, fearless entrepreneur and founder of Blue Magnet Interactive, found love.
Boy Meets City. Boy Rejects City. Boy Recommends Florida Instead.
Chicago wasn't on Chris's list of Top 10 Destinations in which to live...initially. Chris and I were researching various cities for the purposes of relocating Blue Magnet Interactive out of Washington, DC, where we had originally started our company. I grew up in Chicago (actually Naperville, but Chicago tends to carry a little more weight), so I naturally put it on at the top of our list of destinations to research. Chris humored me and my desire to return to the motherland somewhat, but comments such as "but it's so cold there" and "I think there are only two months in the year that Chicago doesn't get snow" made me realize that I had a long battle ahead of me. Still, the central US location, proximity to O'Hare and the overall excitement of the city itself made it a prime candidate for our growing business.
Boy Meets Girl. Boy Forgets How Much He Hates Cold City
On a snowy March day, several years ago, Chris was introduced to his soon-to-be bride, Kristin, during a trip to Chicago. Many of my good friends from high school and college still live in Chicago, so when Chris came to explore the city as a potential business headquarter, I figured the best way to warm him up to this arctic city was to introduce him to the social scene. So, that night over all-you-can eat sushi and beer, Chris was introduced to my Chicago crew. Kristin, my good friend from high school, immediately clicked with Chris. "Ah yes," I thought to myself, "My plan is coming together perfectly!" Little did I know at the time, but my plan seems to have worked too well, because despite his affinity for fine wines, high-end cuisine and Star Wars movies and Kristin's penchance for marathons, hiking, mountain biking and romantic comedies, they were inseparable from that day on. With a little help from cupid, Chris was sold on Chicago and the wheels were in motion for Blue Magnet Interactive...and the future Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
Boy Marries Girl in Mexico
Fast forward to January 29, 2011, and on a beautiful, wind-swept Mexican beach at the Excellence Playa Mujeres Resort, surrounded by close friends and family, Mr. Christopher Jones and Dr. Kristin Dziadosz exchanged vows and walked hand-in-hand through the warm, white Cancun sand as husband and wife. Congratulations to Christopher and Kristin Jones! Blue Magnet wishes all the best to you in years to come!