First Kiss.

On November 26, 1999, I had a date. It was a first date, which I was nervous about, with a guy I really didn’t know that well, which I was also nervous about. He was a guitar teacher and we met while drinking coffee at The Fringe. I would mark and mutter, and he would try to engage me in conversation. That’s what he says, anyhow.

But the date? It was a New Years Eve party (in case the real one sucked) at the ANZA club.  We got there and it was this slightly grotty cavelike place. There were lots of people I knew, also from The Fringe. My date was solicitous and generous with the beer. I thought, “Hey, this is nice, this socializing thing. Maybe I should do this more.” I was in the middle of my long teaching practicum, so tended not to actually see people much.

My date asked me to dance. I looked at his horrible orange-and-blue patterned polo short and up into his face, and smiled.

He kissed me on that dance floor. Right in front of a bunch of his friends, people who have become my friends, and I thought, Oh. Yes. This one.

And I never looked back.

Happy anniversary to E and me.  I love that man. And one day I will be able to throw out that orange-and-blue patterned polo shirt. A girl’s got to have goals.

9 Comments to “First Kiss.”

  1. By rachel, November 26, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

    Awww! Happy anniversary!

  2. By Arwen, November 27, 2008 @ 12:24 am

    Happy anniversary!
    Holy shit nine years!

  3. By Deb, November 27, 2008 @ 1:59 am

    9 years? Holy moley….Happy Anniversary!

  4. By cheesefairy, November 27, 2008 @ 9:06 am

    That’s such a sweet story. Happy 9 years & here’s to many more!

    He still has the shirt.

  5. By cheesefairy, November 27, 2008 @ 9:09 am

    ...there was supposed to be a “wow” at the end of that comment. I know, “wow” doesn’t really add so much but otherwise I think I come across as more addled than usual.

  6. By Erin, November 27, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    Happy Anniversary! What a sweet beginning.

  7. By stephanie, November 27, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

    Yay! Happy Anniversary!

  8. By Liz, November 27, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

    Aww, thanks all!

  9. By Fran, November 28, 2008 @ 2:06 am

    Congrats! It has been so great to have you two as friends and I think you are a spectacular couple! I will miss having you for Christmas but it’s good to mix up these traditional days anyway.

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