Monday, January 14, 2008

Four Years and Counting

Thursday, January 17, marks 4 years since Andy and I had our first date, which was rather hilarious.

We had dinner at the now defunct Cafe Di Pagliacci. We had this darling young waitress who started out being American, but began speaking in an obviously fake English accent as soon as she heard Andy's accent. She actually kept it up for the whole evening, much to our amusement.

Dinner was followed by a trip to the men's bathroom (both of us) where we turned off all the lights and chewed wintergreen lifesavers in the mirror to see if they produced sparks. I think mine did make sparks, but Andy's didn't. Now don't be skeptical, Dear Readers. This does work, and it's a great way to get a cute guy alone in a dark bathroom, if you like that sort of thing. I snuck a little minty kiss before we left.

We then went to this northside bar called Shenanigans to hear a bluegrass band formed by SPAB, which stands for the Society to Preserve Adolescent Behavior. We met up with our friends Kelly and Paul, who introduced us lo those many years before that first date. Andy sat in and played a couple of tunes with the band, which was fun.

Then there was the shagging incident. SHAG--Is it a style of beach dancing that is hugely popular in the Carolinas, or is it English slang for doin' the nasty? This very twangy lady came up to us and said, "Hey, aren't you the couple who shags? I think I saw you two shaggin' last weekend." Andy gamely assured her that, yes, that was us, and we shagged every chance we got.

All in all, it was the best first date I ever had, and I was already half in love by the time we said goodnight. Now, four years later, I still can't believe my luck, to have this kind of happiness when I wasn't really expecting it or even looking for it.

Happy Anniversary, my Sweetie.


Thespis' Little Helper said...

Happy Anniversary!

Congratulations! (although it does sound rather not appropriate, but I feel it all the same)

I'm so happy for the two of you!


Robyn said...

That just made me so happy!

JB said...

I have tears in my eyes - that was the sweetest post!
Happy day to both of you. XO

Janine Serresseque said...

Thanks BCM, Robyn and JB! I know it's not an "official" wedding anniversary, but I think it's just as good to celebrate the day you fell in love with somebody, you know?

The funny thing is that our anniversary is the same day as Andy's mum's birthday, so he is in double trouble if he forgets!

pnlkotula said...

Oh, yay for you! What a nice story. I love hearing about couples' (is that a word?) first dates.


hoosier steve said...

Celebrate away, what a great story. I had a girlfriend who on our first date we did the life savers thing also, it is a good thing.
Congrats, always glad to hear of friends who are happy.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a sweet and funny story. Happy anniversary to both of you...and many many more years of those wild dates!

Karen said...

You guys are so sweet together. Your relationship will always stay beautifully alive, if you just remember to keep having fun together!
After 35 years (this Jan. 6) with my playmate, I've learned a few things about nurturing a partnership. Two of the main things are to be kind, (like kissing boo-boos after you put the Band-Aid on), and saying "Thank you Sweeetie" for: chopping the veggies, or cleaning the kitty litter, or for being there when I need a hug, or holding my hand when we're walking in an icy parking lot." You know, just the little things. but, those little things are the gestures that make the world keep spinning. We're both youngest children in our family; and were happy to find each other. We both eat slower than anyone else
we've ever known. Both had motorcycles, and loved to ski. Most of all, we both believed our parents and teachers when they told us we had to learn to 'play nicely with others.' We believed them and have discovered that they're still
right! ;)