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#FollowFriday: Kelly Dietrich

By: Gini Dietrich | April 27, 2012 | 
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Please allow me to introduce you to Mr. D aka World’s Most Patient Man aka love of my life (well, he competes with Jack Bauer for that title).

It is Kelly’s birthday today. Because he’s not on any of the social networks (bane of my existence), it doesn’t make much sense to #FollowFriday him. But I thought it’d be fun to wish him a happy day anyway.

Kelly and I met 13 years ago in a dance club in Kansas City. He likes to say I picked him up on the dance floor. I’m sure there is some semblance of truth to that story (OK – I did). But I had a boyfriend and he had just gotten out of a relationship and so we became friends.

Friends who occasionally met for dinner. Friends who shared reading recommendations (I introduced him to Harry Potter). And friends who tearfully said goodbye when I moved to Chicago and he moved to D.C., just three weeks apart.

A few months after I moved, he sent me a note to say he was going to be in town and asked if I wanted to get together. I took him out to meet some of my friends and, late that night, my friend Michael Stern pulled me aside and said, “Why, on earth, are you not dating this guy?”

After that I looked at Kelly with new eyes and, just a few months later, we were engaged.

I always joke that people like him more than me, which is why I never bring him out. But it’s kind of true.

He’s an extrovert to the nth degree (it gets interesting in our house when I need alone time to recharge and he wants to be around people), he’s charismatic, he’s kind, and he is (by far) the funniest person I know. He never has any qualms going out with my “Twitter friends” when someone is in town or inviting them over for dinner or even have them stay in our guest room.

He treats every human being the same – it doesn’t matter if you run a multi-billon company or sleep on the street. Kelly has blinders on when it comes to that. And he’ll always look you in the eye when he talks to you.

He represents the perfect human being (minus the whole letting his clothes pile on the floor like he’s a teenager thing).

I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a very happy birthday!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, a Chicago-based integrated marketing communications firm. She is the lead blogger here at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. She is the co-author of Marketing in the Round and co-host of Inside PR. Her second book, Spin Sucks, is available now.

106 comments
KateFinley
KateFinley

Love this, Gini. Excellent #FF. Definitely a keeper :)

Late_Bloomers
Late_Bloomers

Happy belated birthday, Kelly! This is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. Kelly not only reminds me of Bill but also of a very close friend of mine. And you make a great team, thanks for sharing,

LucretiaPruitt
LucretiaPruitt

Happy Belated Kelly!! Everyone should be so lucky in their spouses (yes, I'm talking about both of you!)

Shonali
Shonali

Ohmigoodness, Jean Genie. I missed this on Friday because I was traveling (and you know what else), but what a sweet post. Happy belated birthday, Kelly! I hope I get to meet you (him) soon!

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rachaelseda
rachaelseda

Aww happy belated birthday Kelly! He actually sounds a lot like you Gini in many ways as well. I'd love to see you both together, I'm sure you compliment each other perfectly! Gotta love fate, oh and ya know those friends who give you a good swift kick in the behind to wake you up ;)

lauraclick
lauraclick

I swear I left a comment on Saturday, but it must have been eaten by the interwebs! 

 

Happy belated birthday Mr. D! Sounds like you're a pretty amazing guy...even though you DID go to Kansas. ;) 

 

Anyway, Gini, please let Mr. D know that we appreciate him sharing you with us on his  birthday! I really loved getting to meet you at Social Slam! So fun. Maybe I'll have to make a trip to Chicago to meet Mr. D and eat some of your amazing cooking while I'm at it! ;)

 

Hope you guys had fun in Vegas!

jennwhinnem
jennwhinnem

Happy birthday Mr D! You are a very lucky man (Gini is a lucky woman, etc).

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

THAT is so sweet!  As far as the leaving things on the floor - they ALL do that.   Good for you two!!!!!!

Howie Goldfarb
Howie Goldfarb

Oh damn I missed his birthday! Well never too late for a birthday song right?

 

Happy Birthday Mr D

Happy Birthday Mr D

Now that you are 39?

And 13 years like a fine wine

 

Getting Gini her Coffee

Getting Gini her Cupcakes

Getting Gini her IPhone

Getting Jack Bauer his bone

 

Going out and having a beer

As long as Gini knows you are near

Just in case she needs you to go to the store

Just in case she forgot and needs something more

 

Drawing Gini her footbaths

Helping her since she is not good in math

Oh you thought your birthday was about you

But now Gini needs take out Chinese food

 

But when you turn 40 things will change

You will be king of your domain

Not your house because Gini rules the home

But www.yesma'amimmediately.com

 

But I must say Gini made a great choice

Because only she can laugh in her voice

When someone writes you a birthday jingle

About her sending you out for some pringles

 

I hope one day we will meet

But Gini will feel maybe it is less of a treat

For you to have to endure hanging with the alien

But hey I have beers and vs Gini I am more fun

 

So hope you had a happy birthday

They only come once a year

Unless you are an alien freak

Because on my planet they last a week

MimiMeredith
MimiMeredith

I'm late in sending my regards, but I'm glad to join Gini's known social media universe in wishing Kelly a happy celebration of his birth. I am grateful you two have one another. I look forward to meeting the Amazing Mr. D. He sounds like a wonderful guy and I'm pretty sure he'd remember not to lock me out...just sayin.

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kamkansas
kamkansas

This fellow Jayhawk wishes you an amazing birthday and a fantastic year ahead, Kelly! I've laughed a lot with Gini and learned a ton from her on Twitter. Sounds like the two of you make a wonderful match! Congratulations.

ElissaFreeman
ElissaFreeman

Happy birthday, Kelly!  And by the way? You're married to a great girl!

dariasteigman
dariasteigman

Reading through my RSS while waiting to go out to dinner. What a lovely story... Happy Birthday Kelly! I'm sure Gini has a wonderful weekend of celebration planned (aren't Friday birthdays the best?).

ifdyperez
ifdyperez

AWWW I LOOOOOVED THIS GINI!!! *tee hee* I'm giggling. Happy Birthday Kelly!

bradmarley
bradmarley

Gini - This is a tremendous story. Thanks for sharing. Please wish him a happy birthday from that one guy who sometimes leaves comments on your blog.

TheJackB
TheJackB

Happy Birthday Mr. D.  

 

If it was me writing your story I'd have made it a gay dance club and then thrown in a couple of funky twists and turns. Although something tells me that someone has already written that story- bastards keep stealing my ideas.

 

Oh well. Enjoy the birthday and don't let Jack Bauer get to the cake before you do.

KevinVandever
KevinVandever

Happy Birthday Mr. D! 

 

I met my wife at a dance club, too. Did the whole phone number on a cocktail napkin and everything. Through thick and thin, we're still together twenty one years later.

 

I can picture Gini dancing like Elaine from Seinfeld and Mr D, with his blinders in full effect, feeling bad for her. 

geoffliving
geoffliving

What a fantastic story! Star-crossed. Happy birthday to Mr. D!

KevinVandever
KevinVandever

 @ginidietrich I remember going a specific club in the 80s and every once in a while we'd see this dude on the dance floor who was an obvious ballet dancer. The reason we all knew it is because he did his ballet moves to Bobby Brown and Gap Band tunes. This only solidifies my belief in Mr. D's blinders. :) 

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