Dear Charleston…

I don’t really like Goodbyes. On the other hand, I don’t feel like singing “Be Back Soon” from the Musical Oliver!, expresses how much this City and everyone in it means to me. While I will be back to visit as often as possible, I know that it will never be the same (I’ve moved more than once).

With that being said, there are a few notes I’d like to leave, “Dear John Charleston” letters if you will.

Friends- Thank you for welcoming me into your life. Whether we met at a bar, walked the bridge, or shared our deepest secrets these are the moments I will miss, but the memories I will keep. Luckily, we’ve got Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch.

Benton Family- You have changed my life. I cant even describe in words how much you’ve taught me. I love you dearly and know we will remain in each others lives forever! Who knew a cupcake was that powerful?

Cupcake- It’s because of you I like cupcakes. 1. Because they are DELICIOUS!!!!!! 2. Because you brought the Benton’s into my life. You donated cupcakes to my relay for life team years ago and a bright eyed little boy named Joey wanted one. He brought his mom over to buy one and it all began.

Men- It might have been 30 Dates in 30 Days, a random (super classy) make out session at a bar, 2 weeks that led to nowhere, or you were Prince Charming. Think of me fondly? I hope you will….I know I will.

Memphis- Ups and Downs, good and bad, I will always love you.

Al, Amy, Anne, and Alysa- WHAT IS IT WITH ME ROOMING WITH “A’s”? Jeopardy nights (DAILY DOUBLE), Car-eoke, Nights at Genes/voodoo, trips to Savannah for St. Patty’s Day…my time here wouldn’t have been the same with out you! We went through so much together and I love you all dearly.

Glam Squad- OH PALOOSH!!!! I don’t know what I will do without you. The talent in the salon is phenomenal. The BEST of the BEST! Charleston is so lucky to have a salon like Paloosh. Schedule your appointment today if you haven’t been there 766-0037. Holly, thank you for everything: the lashes, the extensions, the friendship.

The Endorsements

Dermatology and Laser Center of Charleston (Dr. Todd, Lori, Ginger, and everyone there)-You introduced me to a new way of life! BOTOX, PERLAYNE, LASER HAIR REMOVAL….a girl’s best friend! You are the best in the business and it was my absolute pleasure working with you.

Subaru of Charleston (Ken French, Robert Crews, Mark, Chris, and everyone there)- I bought 2 cars from you and couldn’t have been happier with the customer services. You always worked with me to get me in the vehicle I “had” to have and it was fun too! I always had a blast there…even during oil changes. Thank you so much for your constant support…and schedule =)

Verizon Wireless- I COULDN’T SURVIVE WITHOUT MY PHONE! So being able to endorse the thing that is the most important to me has been amazing! Droid DOES!

Dr. Cox- I get more compliments on my smile and I know that has to do with you. Thank you so much for everything!

Physicians Plan- It’s because of you I can fit in my “skinny jeans”, sometimes they are a little tight…but working with you has taught me what to do to get back on track. Thank you.

Mandy- Words can’t describe what your friendship means to me. I’m so lucky to have you in my life. Thank you so much! BIEBER FEVER!!!!!

Ayoka- Relax, Relate, Release. You’re words of wisdom are one of the many reasons I love you…the others I cant make public. Keep tearin em down in 20 seconds or less. I’ll play Alejandro every Friday around 830 to remind me of you!

Twin- Champagne for my campaign! I love you.

Shari- I think you and your Rent-A-Man should open up a Man Renting store in DC! Think about it…PS I still need to testify…God I’m gonna miss you!

Melissa- Glass of wine, negotiations, late night walks on the bridge. You’ve been there. It means the world to me.

Brandy- We met for a “bridge walk” and by bridge walk we meant Bambu for Happy Hour. Since then our friendship has blossomed into something truly special. I love you.

Mendi- Holiday Inn…Folly Beach….It’s where I fell in love with you.

Andrew- 10% baby!

Tara Lynn- Thank you so much for allowing me to be on My News 2 every Tuesday and Thursday. The experience and our friendship has meant so much to me.

Joe Quinn- I’ll see you next week….and on Judgement Day (I’m sure somewhere in between too)

LC- We’ve had one of the most challenging and rewarding friendships I’ve ever known and always ended up on the up. I’ll miss you, your vodka infusing skills, and YES I will have a key ready for you and the rest of DC =)

Mayor Swails, Mayor Summey, & Rewis,- Keys to the City & O’Brion’s WOW! What an honor. It is one of my proudest, most treasured moments from my time in the Low Country. Don’t be surprised when I’m back in Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, and O’Brion’s with keys in hand.

Crave- You were and will forever be my “Cheers”. Have a glass of your “finest” waiting for me.

Halls- The place and the family…one of my favorites for sure. Open one in DC?

Bill Murray- 1. I LOVE YOU! 2. Thank you for living in Charleston so I was able to fulfill my life long quest to meet you. 3. Marry me and move to DC?

My 95SX Family- Working at 95SX has been one of the most educational, entertaining, exciting experiences of my career and life. Take care of this station!!!!!

Mike- Cluck Cluck! Thank you for being the rock…and I thought I’d never say it…The Quarterback. You took our team to the next level.

Tanya- We all we got!

Arthur- While I’m going to miss a lot of things in this city, you are the one I will miss the most. You have been my comfort. Knowing that I wont be able to just drive on over, park at the gas station, and walk down Wonder Way breaks my heart. Luckily, now that we’re “In a Relationship” I’ll be able to keep up with you day to day on Facebook. I love you.

Jack Diamond, Aly,& Jimmie- I cant wait to see what our future holds. Everything about this seems so right. See you Monday morning!

Dear Charleston,

We had a good run.

XOXO,

Brooke Ryan

  • Ginger

    Brooke! We love you and miss you! They will never know if it’s the Botox or the caffeine. You are beautiful inside and out and Chucktown will miss you, your voice and your hilarious stories! You bring the voice of women to the forefront and you do us proud! Everyone at DLCC will miss you and call me when you are in town…I can always find a little something with your name on it! 🙂 DLCC says Dazzle DC!