When I met Dani, I didn’t want the night to end. We’re Married Now: Dating Diaries

Andrew is 23 years old, lives in the east end and is a student and part-time government employee. Andrew is “friendly, funny, good-natured, outgoing and social, athletic, artistically and musically inclined, and fun-loving.” He enjoys playing hockey and tennis, scuba diving, riding his motorcycle and working out at the gym. He also loves meeting people and talking to everyone. He says that when he met Dani it was “the best day of my life, at that moment”.

There was a big social event coming up that had been organized by my workplace and I saw a poster announcing some of the entertainment that would be part of the event. It included a music group of three women: a blonde, a redhead and a brunette. I was suddenly even more excited to go to this party.

The group was great. I was very impressed with their voices and I have to admit they were beautiful. After their show, all three joined the party. I ended up meeting the blonde woman in the group and talking to her a bit. She was very pretty. We danced, but there was no chemistry between us.

Somehow, I ended up dancing with the redhead afterwards. His name was Dani. We just clicked and had an instant connection. We had a great time dancing and getting to know each other. She was an amazing dancer. We found out we both grew up in Toronto. He was also in college and this was his summer job. It turned out that we had a lot of coincidences and near misses, but we had never met.

In the midst of this big ballroom and big formal event, we fell together effortlessly and comfortably. There were people, but we stayed together for the rest of the night. As the party ended, I realized that I didn’t want to say goodbye to Dani. She felt the same way. It seemed like fate that we had met.

My workplace at the time was located outside the city and the site was nearby. Dani had to board a chartered bus that had been set up to take her and the other cheerleaders downtown. He convinced the woman who was in charge of getting the entertainers on the bus to let me get on too. I couldn’t believe he allowed it. It was fun. We were sitting together as the bus dropped off the various dancers and musicians at their destinations. It was very late, but there was still a total party atmosphere on the bus. Dani was the last person to be abandoned. We had already exchanged information and spent most of the bus ride kissing before Dani had to get off the bus. I felt so lucky that we had found a way to extend the night together.

Soon after, I was the only person left on the bus. I had to explain to the driver that he worked for the company that had hired the entertainment and hitchhiked with them, and that he wasn’t actually supposed to be on the bus. The driver laughed and took me back to the place, which was close to where I lived for the summer. I was lucky he came back around. It was already daylight when we arrived. Luckily, I didn’t have to get up early for work that day.

The rest of the summer I rode my motorbike to see Dani whenever I could, and one night I ran out of gas on the way back. Dani took a bus to see me and once missed the last bus home. Another time, a co-worker lent me his car to see Dani, and while we were parked on a random street, a police officer knocked on the car door and told us to move on. It was always an adventure.

Dani turned out to be kind, generous and firm. At the end of the summer, he went back to school but we kept in touch. We got married a few years later.

Andrew rates his date (out of 10): 10

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