It was the summer of 2009 when I made a decision that changed my life. I was extremely stressed that summer. I was working full time, studying for the CPA exam, and I had just purchased my first house (believe me, this was a fixer-upper). I had spent so much time studying that I had completely neglected my yard, more like the weeds that were growing out of control where my yard should be. It was Thursday night and I made a promise to myself that I was going to work on my house and mow my weeds over the weekend. Then, later that night, my friend threw a wrench in that entire plan. My friends name is Mario and he called me up and asked if I wanted to go to Jackpot. For anyone that doesn’t know, Jackpot is in Nevada and it is located near the Idaho border which makes it an ideal place for people living in southern Idaho to go gamble and party. I told Mario “sorry but I’ll have to pass, I have way much to do this weekend.” Of course he wasn’t going to give up and actually came over to my house, while I was at work on Friday, and mowed my lawn. So we were off to Jackpot for a birthday party of one of Mario’s friends. Going to Jackpot that weekend was the best decision of my life. That was the night that I met my wife, Megan. She was in Jackpot for the same birthday party and had known Mario since college. I first saw Megan when Mario and I walked into the Casino. She was sitting at a blackjack table with a bunch of other friends. Needless to say she didn’t notice me until later in the night, but I guess the important part is that she did eventually notice me. After Megan and I got engaged nine months later we discovered that Mario, the person that introduced me to my wife, actually had a long history with Megan’s family. It turns out that Mario’s grandparents introduced Megan’s grandparents years earlier. Was it fate? I don’t know. What I do know is, I am about to celebrate by third anniversary with Megan and we have a beautiful baby girl. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn’t decide to go to Jackpot that weekend.