Clinton Karr | Lorrayne Leong | When the Fates Intervened | The Marriage Proposal


Clinton Karr

Clinton Karr
Clinton Karr

Full Name:  Clinton Ramsay Karr
Birthplace:  Cleveland, Ohio
Birthdate:  October 10, 1980
Hometown:  Shaker Heights, Ohio
High School:  Shaker Heights High School
College:  Boston University

 

 

 


Lorrayne Leong

Lorrayne Leong
Lorrayne Leong

Full Name:  Lorrayne Monn-Ying Yow Leong
Birthplace:  Oakland, California
Birthdate:  July 13, 1978
Hometown:  Oakland, California
High School:  Monte Vista High School / Oakland High School
College:  University of California, Santa Barbara

 

 

If there was one word that existed that could adequately describe Lorrayne, it would be “Oakland”.  Born and raised in Oakland, California, Lorrayne considers herself a proud and faithful native of not only her hometown of Oakland, but also that of the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

Lorrayne is the third child of five children, borne from parents Gordon Leong Yow and Pearl Jee Yow, and fourth generation American on her father’s side.  Her family grew up on the east side of Lake Merritt in the neighbourhood once known as China Hill (now dubbed as Cleveland Heights – oh, the irony!), and attended the Oakland Public School System.  From 1993 through 1995, the family briefly moved to the suburbs of Danville, California, but soon moved back to their original home in Oakland.  Lorrayne graduated from Oakland High School the following year, after which she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara for five years before once again returning home to Oakland.

Ever the work-aholic, Lorrayne learned the importance of a solid work ethic from both of her parents, and began working part-time the moment she turned fifteen at a veterinarian hospital in San Ramon, California.  When the family moved back to Oakland, she changed jobs to another veterinarian hospital located in Alameda, California, and would work nearly every weekday and most weekends.  She ended up working roughly 30 hours a week, in addition to going to high school.  Over the years, Lorrayne dedicated herself to both school and work, and upon leaving college and returning home in 2001, the need to exert herself came in the form of multiple jobs, both paid and volunteer work, all over the Bay Area.  To this day, Lorrayne has held down a total of thirty-six separate positions since the age of fifteen.  We won’t talk about the jobs prior to fifteen…

Through it all, Lorrayne has managed to maintain a very healthy social life, and loves all of her family and friends dearly.  She is also clearly still in love with Oakland, with a sweet rent-controlled apartment just one block from her beloved Lake Merritt, and just a mile away from her parents.  No matter what happens in her life, she always manages to sling-shot back to her favourite city in the whole world.


When the Fates Intervened

Sunday Dinner | August 23, 2015
Sunday Dinner
August 23, 2015

Twas the Summer of 2015 . . .

Angelo Festin was planing his first ever camping trip, and was in the difficult throes of organizing a large group. Lorrayne had initially declined to join in the trip, as she had previously committed to another camping trip the same weekend. However, the Fates intervened when, the weekend just prior to Angelo’s excursion.

Angelo accompanied Lorrayne and family to the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. There, he communicated his frustrations and obstacles with planning the trip, and Lorrayne decided on the spot to change her RSVP. Given that she was unemployed at the time, she deduced that she could take a side trip en route home from her trip to Yosemite National Park. But there was one snag – Angelo’s party was completely full. Not a problem, Lorrayne said! Lorrayne simply booked the adjacent campsite for one night, and all was planned.

Lorrayne spent three days in Yosemite, joined by a couple friends that were hiking Half Dome. She left a day earlier than initially planned and drove to the second campsite – in sunny, yet super windy, Brannan Island State Park in the Sacramento Delta. There, she set up her tent along the border between the two campsites, and settled in to wait for the others to arrive. Before long, she saw a Dukes of Hazard car pull up into Angelo’s campsite, and went out to introduce herself.

Lo and behold, the gentleman that exited the sleek racing car was Clinton, looking nicely groomed and a welcoming persona. If “love at first sight” was ever true, Lorrayne had gotten struck by Cupid’s arrow immediately. To her dismay, she had been roughing it for four days prior to their fateful meeting, but Clinton remained respectful and friendly the whole weekend. Little did he know that Lorrayne was already on the prowl…

A month later, the group of friends met up for Sunday dinner, and Lorrayne knew this was her chance to make a new impression to Clinton, so she got all dolled up to look her best.  Success was had when she was able to convince Clinton to go on a date with her the following week.

The following Saturday, the two met up at a Japanese restaurant in San Pedro Square in San Jose, California, where Clinton touted had the best oysters.  He wasn’t lying!  The restaurant served oysters on the half shell, topped with a vinaigrette, scallions, tobiko, and a perfect raw quail egg.  That was when Lorrayne realized that Clinton could definitely keep up with her fattie tendencies!  The date was short and sweet, and soon led to Clinton asking Lorrayne to be his girlfriend.  Just six months later, Clinton moved in with Lorrayne and her dog Oscar by Lake Merritt in Oakland.  The two have been fairy tale-book happy ever since.


The Marriage Proposal

Mexican Cruise | February 19, 2016
Mexican Cruise
February 19, 2016