Jason A. Schermer February 2018

THE HEIGHTS SMILE Herald

February 2018

Jason A . Schermer , D . D . S & Noor Almuda l l a l , D .M. D COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY

THE PERFECT VIEW 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124

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How I Crashed a B l i nd Da t e

From the front window of our office, I have one of the best views in the world. Burntwood Tavern is located right across the street, and years ago, this building was the restaurant Champs, where my wife and I had our first date. During winter break of my first year in dental school, some friends and I spent the night out in Little Italy. My buddy

left, I never expected to see them again. About a half hour later, the bar door opens up and in walked Michelle and Karen. I finished my drink, walked right up to Michelle, and asked her to go out with me — or at least, that’s what I would have done it if I wasn’t painfully shy. Michelle and I hit it off, but even though Michelle gave me her number, Eric and Karen started dating first. In fact, a week passed before I finally gave Michelle a call, and only after a group effort on the part of our friends. Also, I may have finally called her after donating blood, but I swear I wasn’t light-headed from blood loss. I wanted to ask her out! Michelle was gorgeous and smart, and being around her made me feel good. I just needed a little support. After I picked up the phone and we chatted for a bit, I asked her out. Luckily, she said yes. I haven’t looked back since. On our first night out, we went on a double date with Eric and Karen to Champs. Ten years later, when I set up this office, I didn’t even realize the location until I looked out the window and saw that piece of our history. Champs may no longer be there, but the place is still special to me. I wouldn’t be here without Michelle. Back when we first started dating, I would tell her, “After dental school, I’m moving back to Iowa.” She would just smile like,

“Champs may no longer be there, but the place is still special to me. I wouldn’t be here without Michelle.”

“Yeah, keep telling yourself that.” The next thing I knew, I started my residency, then worked at a practice, and then started my own practice here. In the meantime, we got married, had three kids, and bought our second house. She’s like a wizard! Whatever direction we’re going, it’s because of her, and I’m glad for it. I never expected to call Ohio home permanently, but I also never expected to spend 18 years married to such an incredible woman. Whatever comes next, as long as Michelle’s by my side, I can handle it. We outlasted Champs, and we’re still smiling.

Eric wanted to meet up with some other people at a different bar. I wasn’t keen on the idea, but let him drag me along anyway. We met up with a group of three couples, one married and the other two on blind dates. Yes, I met my wife by crashing her blind date. Though, the guys they were with made Michelle and her friend pay for dinner, so to be fair, that date had crashed and burned long before I showed up. Eric and I didn’t stick around too long, and though we told Michelle and her friend Karen where we were headed, after we

–-Jason A. Schermer

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