Karl Cristie was living in San Diego, California as a nurse, and Joseph was doing his optometry rotation at the site where KC's roommate works. They met during Balboa Park's December Nights through KC's roommate, and spent the majority of that night getting to know each other.
Their first date was over breakfast. Karl Cristie was on her way to Los Angeles when she called Joe asking if he wanted to have breakfast. He agreed, even though he had already eaten. Karl Cristie recalls it was casual, the way a morning date should be. After finishing up their meal, they decided to stretch the impromptu date a little longer over at a sports bar to watch a football game. The date was as relaxed and simple, and absolutely perfect for the both of them.