Kellie Barba had just gotten out of a relationship and she wasn’t looking to start another one.
She thought the guy who waited on the table where she and her friend were having dinner was cute, and she took a bold move and wrote her phone number on the back of her receipt before she left — just for fun.
“I was not trying to find anything serious,” Kellie says. “I was going to be single for a while.”
It was September 2006, and the guy, Cody Oden, had recently returned to Texarkana after living with his grandparents for a while in Shreveport while he worked in acting and modeling and waited tables at Joe’s Crab Shack.
“All I could think of was how much I missed Albert Pike and the Ouachitas and I kept wanting to get out in nature,” he says.
He had sat in a pasture near