DLI Couple Will Last Forever, Reports Boyfriend Ron April 12, 2012 Army 78 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: MONTEREY, CA — Do you speak the language of love? Well two students at the Defense Language Institute certainly do. Private First Class Mike Keenan, 19, and Private First Class Tina Lowry, 21, are from two different worlds. He is a small-town farm boy from Wisconsin, and she is from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He is in the Arabic basic course at DLI, and she is studying Korean. He likes quiet evenings playing video games, and she likes spending evenings down the hill at the Mucky Duck, a local bar popular with students. But despite their differences, Keenan reports that the two are very much in love and will be together forever. “I went to community college for a year before I joined the Army,” Keenan said. “I dated a couple girls there. But no one makes me feel like Lowry does. She is incredible.” About three months ago, the two met at Combs Dining Facility during breakfast. “She asked to sit at my table because it was real busy and there was nowhere else to sit. We talked, and then I asked her if she wanted to go see a movie. She laughed at me at first, but when she kind of, I guess saw she had hurt my feelings, she said, ‘Ah, sure, why not?’” It hasn’t been all flowers and roses, though. “It’s been tough communicating,” Keenan said, “especially with the language difference. I asked my teacher how to say ‘soul mate.’ She told me it’s ‘rooh-sadiqa.’ So I told Lowry that she was my rooh-sadiqa, but she didn’t know what I was saying.” The couple has also had to deal with Keenan’s insecurity. “I get a little jealous sometimes. Like, we went to an 18-and-up club together in Salinas, and she started dancing with some asshole Marine in her class, Yung Jae. Like, not just dancing, but dancing dancing. I pulled her away, and was about to punch that guy in the face, but she kept screaming, ‘Me and Yung Jae are just friends!’ I was so pissed, but we left the club together and she tongue kissed me in the cab, so I knew everything was going to be okay.” Despite the fact that they have only been dating a short time and that their different languages will likely send them to separate duty stations thousands of miles apart, Keenan is sure that their love is strong enough to overcome all obstacles. In fact, Keenan is planning to ask Lowry to marry him. “I’m going to pop the question on Sunday night, after she gets back in town. I’d ask her tonight, but she and Yung Jae went up to San Francisco for the weekend for some kind of class trip or something.” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/1Z1ZO Ashley Chisholm says: July 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM I can’t stop laughing!! Ashley Chisholm says: July 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM Wow, he couldn’t be more stupid and naive. Does anyone else notice how blaise the girl is? And “just friends?” again, totally false. And that “class thing” is Yung Jae taking your girl. She tongue kissed me so I knew it was ok???? BWAAAHAAAA!! Travis Bishop says: June 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM Met at DLI in Aug, married in January and just celebrated our 14th anniversary this past January. That all said, after three tours and almost 5 years in DLI, YEAH RIGHT! Jenn Johnson says: June 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM Met my husband and married him at DLI – 13 years and 3 kids later and we are still holding on!!!! Mary Marren says: May 6, 2014 at 6:10 PM Why is this even worthy of writing about…? Lupe Saldana says: May 1, 2014 at 2:24 AM I knew you wrote this Ron! Freakin’ hilarious! Lee Bishop says: April 29, 2014 at 7:40 PM I have a friend who met her husband there in the last century (G), and I am pleased to say they continue share a great marriage and awesome careers. I graduated from DLIWC in May 1966 – Vietnamese, Northern Dialect. Becky Lynn Carter says: April 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM Good ole DLI. Good times. Thank God I was never in a “relationship” there. But damn, did I ever see them come and go while I was there. Kandy Pham says: April 29, 2014 at 1:09 AM My husband and I met in 1998 in the same Vietnamese class. We didn’t marry immediately. But we did in 2001. Two kids and 16 years later we are seeing retirement around the corner. But we are not in the statistical norm. We both joined later in life (mid twenties) and despite from being from opposite coasts, have enjoyed the journey this far. Great satire though as we have witnessed countless failed DLI hookups end badly! Dee M. Swopes says: April 28, 2014 at 11:24 PM حا حا حا Denis Scheidel says: April 28, 2014 at 6:09 PM I love seeing young love like this, I am so glad that she is able to go on weekend trips with her class mates and her boyfriend is so secure about it. I am sure them being stationed in other parts of the world will have no impact on their love. Marc Audet says: April 28, 2014 at 3:55 PM I was in Keenan’s shoes in 1979/’80. Studying Arabic under Sayed Hamza and she was studying Czech. After 25 years, something happened that counseling would not correct. It seemed to her that I was the only one in need of counseling When our counselor in our final session, suggested counseling her over things the counselor had observed, my wife scoffed and commented that I had issues and she DiD Not!! A light went on in my mind and showed me that it wasn’t me. In Oct. 2009, she threw me out. Accusing me of an affair with someone 2000 miles away. I had never left or saw the person that I was accused of the affair with. We divorced at 29 years and 47 weeks. She remarried almost a year later to a man who moved into my old home less than two months after I was impolite asked to leave. I’ve since moved back where I grew up, met the woman I was accused of infidelity with and after four years have remarried with the love of my youth before my going into the Marines. Her, well all my ex’s live in Texas. And having separated from most of my income for child support. She also blogs and Writes articles for several groups, alleging my narcissistic behavior in our marriage. I feel sorry for her and her delusions. All of them! John Alvares says: April 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM they’ll last forever until she hooks up with a bouncer from the mucky duck! Mike Guilmette says: April 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM I dunno . . . I have better memories of getting drunk out on the rocks at Asilomar Beach and then inventing the three-man drive on the was back to POM . . . the relationships were the evil underbelly of that institution . . . Mike Guilmette says: April 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM To be more accurate. the two lovebirds should be a sailor and a soldier, or a Marine and an airman, one learning Russian and the other learning Korean. Odds are after Goodfellow, they’ll never see each other again. Edward Maher says: April 19, 2014 at 6:39 AM Those linguists are never cunning when it comes to relationships. Tusken Raider says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Lowry is getting laid out by some 18C going through Farsi class. Kris Nelson says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Do I have to say DLI Relationship? Zac Jenkins says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Yeah…I bet he would have punch that Marine. Ha! Would a got his ass whooped! Jealousy will always destroy a relationship. Garrett Byrer says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM man, to think of all of the relationships I’ve missed out on because I decided to go to the Kiosk for breakfast, damn muster times… Tiffanie Newcomer says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM My husband and I were (are) a DLI tech school marriage. We were repeatedly told we’d never make it. That was back in Nov of 1996 and we’re still going strong. I eventually got out of the military when we had kids, but he’s still in. I love the fact that we “beat the odds”. You can too! Preston Collins Jr says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM I graduated from DLI 12 years ago. I see some things never change… The mention of the Mucky Duck did bring back some fond memories, though….. Heather Sanson Gallagher says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Tongue kissing does not make things better. It only covers things up and buries them. Wow you two really need to reconsider your ability to make nature and wise decisions. Especially you young man. I think your little soldier is clouding your judgement. Aaron Thompson says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Jesus…. Ariana Sarita Davis says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM So sad, so true. Joseph Pulaski says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM What a joke! Ådåm JånkØwski says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Jung is tapping that for sure. Ashley Schmidt says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM I’m not one to dun DLI relationships. My boyfriend and I plan on marriage once I’m out of Goodfellow, and we met at DLI. But this…I…If this is serious, I have no hope for the future. Jennifer Hilsinger Altman says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Haha, my husband and I met at DLI too, and we celebrated 10 yrs in Feb. There were many, some made it, many didn’t ….but you could pretty much tell before hand who would. Aaron Johnson says: April 16, 2014 at 3:24 AM Troll story is troll…. Tristan Desiderio Cajar says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM El amor todo lo puede… Donald Gerdes says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM All right, we all went to DLI, SOOOO, the question is, which one of you lucky ladies is going to marry me now? Nicole Starleigh Nieddu says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM lol hey, not all DLI marriages are a joke… my husband & I met at DLI… we just celebrated our 4 year anniversary in December Allen L. Rue Jr. says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM Yeah, they went on a class trip? Moron, the Marine is getting things done. Don’t waste your time. Mike McDaniel says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM damn. dejavous. buddy, u need to get over this girl. one day in the future when emotions come to rest u’ll reflect over all of this and realize how irrational it all is. I know you’d try no matter what I say, but marrying this girl will be a huge mistake right now. whatever u do, dont knock her up. there’s more to the jae situation than ur ready to believe Courtney Holloway says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM I was 21 when I got married at DLI. BRO, DON’T DO IT! I now have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter, and my now ex-husband lives 2,000 miles away. Again, DON’T DO IT! Marissa Chandler says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM They’ll never last. And who the fuck wrote this shit? Ron Hunt says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM Oh God. Oh.oh.oh. God. Please no. Not another.. James Curry says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM this is the most pathetic thing I have ever read. Is this an Onion headline? Tim Jenkins says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM Ron you are the man! Nobody may read your tech manuals, but this is priceless. Heather Swindell says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM *facepalm* Do you know how many people I knew who got engaged or married at DLI? At least a dozen couples. How many are still together 5 years later? One couple. ONE. They don’t call it the “Desperate Love Institute” for nothing. The incubator environment of that post makes kids think they are “so in love”, but by the time they leave AIT and the illusion is breaking down, most are on the rocks or divorced. Jason DeVries says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM gaaaaaaaaaay Carmela Moreno says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! This was AWESOME! Exactly the laugh I needed in the middle of my day. Heidi Vestre says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM My 2 cents… mixing languages makes it hard, mixing services makes it stupid, mixing both, well, crazy.. The end result is mind numbing years at one, maybe two different places to be stationed with one person being sent on one year (relationship ending) remotes often. Bottom line, stay in the dorm, save your money, take the relationship as far as you can possibly go without getting married, if it is meant to be, nothing will keep you apart. Long engagements are much simpler, easier, and, cheaper to end than short marriages. But, as always, All the best, and God Bless. Anthony Ryba says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM Ron, goddamn you for beating me to such low hanging fruit as the junior enlisted DLI romance. It’s given plenty of inspiration for the future. Well done! Christina Marie Gazeley says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM lol cute story! DLI relationships are the best! Seunghyun Robin Yoo says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM I am a Korean Instructor, and there is no such field trip to SF. Christine Cots says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM Would love a follow up on this one! Jim Bryant says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM I was stationed at the Naval Post Graduate School as a JO3 (I guess they are called MC’s now) and those DLIer’s were a fun group to hang out with. Just to serve me right, I ended up marrying a CTM, (Crypto Tech Maintenance) and after departing the Navy (73-83) because my job was “Show and te;;” and hers was “search and rescue.” We were stationed at those bum fuck Egypt commands (far away and in the middle of nowhere that collected codes and “rescued” messages like in misawa, azores, panama around the world. Believe it or not………great duty stations for being a freelance photojournalist. Been married since 1980, I so guess you can make a relationship work. Kim Sierra says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM Jajajajaja yeah Frank Klobucar says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM As an observer (and officiator) of DLI marriages, this is HILARIOUS. As the son of a still-very-much-in-love DLI marriage of more than 30 years, I can say that some do make it Just probably not ones like this ^^^^^. Derrick San Pedro says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM yung jae is so tapping that ass with no remorse! Before punching anyone when you’re at a club, punch yourself in the face first. Ruth Shertzman Bertram says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM I am an airman… married to a marine from DLI. I pick up a lot of guff for it… (more than he does) I think it’s because I am the gragarious one. I’m going to say though it’s been 1 year. We have been apart a lot… but we are still going strong. We got stationed together and we feel honored and lucky I want to say though, if you have sincere intentions, and if you fully know what marriage is when you are going into it. You can make it last. Zachary Di Novo says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM True enough lol. Hopeless romantics and young people. Henry Ellis Davis says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM This is almost comical, dont know who to blame for this… The writer or the dumbass hes writing about Juan Dale Bautista says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM I agree with keenan, they’re destined to be together. Shauna Schatz says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM My husband and I met and married at DLI… we celebrate 10 years of marriage next month! We couldn’t be more fortunate with our two beautiful children, successful careers, and an all around extraordinary life here in the DC area. You never know… if they are as fortunate as we are (and work as hard as we have)… they could just make forever! Naomi Nite says: April 16, 2014 at 3:12 AM OBVIOUSLY they’re not meant for each other, that place is crap. Should’ve met in the Hobson, that’s where the real action happens. Cody Niemi says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM This can’t possibly go wrong. All signs point to YES! Beth Britnell says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM I have been. To DLI. This story is hilariously dead on! Michael Iorg says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM that yung jae is a dirty Marine! Damien Romeo Johnson says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Hahah. I love this page. Jennifer Zwingle says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM well “she tongue kissed me in the cab” so this means the relationship is forever right? Andrea Shelton says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Ah, the Desperate Love Institute! “He’s an Arabic Linguist and I’m a Chinese Linguist, so we’ll be apart for 5 years, but we’re in LOOOOOOVE!” Jesse Chaveriat says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Language barrier! Haha! Dane McGibblets Troyer says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Ah, who could ever forget the Desperate Love Institute? Michael Denton says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Oh gosh….as a former student of DLI…and later as a First Sergeant there….I rolled over, off my chair, laughing and laughing until my side was about to split. DLI romances forever? I have seen THOUSANDS of them…and I know of only one couple that made it (still together after 30 plus years). Impossible…no. Improbable…..oh yeah…..as the DLI saying goes “until PCS do us part”. MMMMMhahhahahahah! (PS, Joe, I like the reference to Sloat’s Eagle, I bet they do not even know where it is). Mike Kaminski says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM I’ve been to DLI 3x…1976 for Basic RU, 1980 for Intermediate RU, and 1988-89 for Basic Polish. I saw lots of this type of behaviour each time. Only one ended in marriage and, I believe, still going strong. But that’s ’cause they both got out. Reading this account was like reading a bad short story. So many dumb cliches. I feel sorry for the Marine, but this ain’t going to happen. Or last if they do get hitched. Joe Phillips – thanks for the poem about Sloat monument! Brings back memories. Dane Troyer – Love your definition of DLI! LMAOROFL! But it’s so correct! Paúl S. Gary says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM That could’ve happened to anyone. when I came through Spanish Basic Course > 20 years ago I fell for a soldier goin’ through the German Basic Course. I was too Navy ambitious to marry anyone while there, but I wanted someone to have faith in me to give me a balance from milit’ry life who would wait for me to get commissioned so I could provide for her. for the whole story please check out my book, Competent Authority. Joe Phillips says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Hah! And Sloat’s eagle, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting. On the pallid pile of concrete just above the restless bay;. And his eyes have all the seeming of a student that is dreaming, That the lust, the fire, the steaming is true love that long shall stay;. “After all, that’s all I think of when I wake up everyday!” H Nicolas Bauser says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Lol, historically – military marriages don’t last very long… and they are 19 and 21, how are they able to gauge anything that has to do with life long commitments? Mark Stoner says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM I was at DLI back in 1988, 28 yr old single male. No getting married for me, old enough to know better, young enough to have lots of “fun”. Ellen Miller says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Fall of 1994, on a clear night, PFC Miller took me to Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey and proposed. Both of us having joined the Army and ending up in Alpha Company at DLI. He studied Chinese and I studied Korean. As I read this I can’t help but to remember the short 5 weeks we dated before we married on Veteran’s Day. I am happy to say we have been through a lot but are still married 18 years later! Thank you DLI! Genesis Ramos says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM I’m not sure this article is legit but that poor kid has something else coming when he finds out that his girl and young jae be tounge kissing and lasting forever. Melody Dolmer says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM Mucky Duck I still there?!?! And you know those Army girls love Marines! Moe Neil says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM This is the best thing I have ever read from Duffelblog. I miss the Desperate Love Institute (DLI). Carl Mueller says: April 16, 2014 at 3:11 AM As a three-time graduate and 5-year instructor at DLI (as well as a survivor of 2 DLI romances – neither of which led to the altar), let me offer my 2 cents (which is about all it’s worth): take it slow. A WAC (yes, they still called them WAC’s back then) and divorcee, whom I met my first time at DLI, put it best. She said that too many guys (away from home for the first time) would meet a girl, get all hot and bothered, and propose marriage. The girl’s response? “He’s pretty cool; I guess I’ll marry him.” Fast forward 20 years. That same WAC, by now a Command Sergeant Major, officiated at my retirement ceremony from the Army. She had remarried (NOT to a DLI grad); I waited till the tender age of 43 (a year after I retired) to finally take the plunge. Is that too long to wait? Perhaps, but 3 months (like PFC’s Keenan and Lowry)? They’re courting disaster, IMHO.