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It was Friday night and I was a little nervous, although not so much because Linda and Nick were there. Linda, a colleague of mine, had been haranguing me for months to let her fix me up with this guy, a friend of Nick's, but I was tired of the dating scene and not at all interested in a blind date. Then, on a work trip won as a sales incentive by our entire department, I met her husband Nick, and he started in on me, too. "You've got to meet him! You're perfect for each other...he's European and you lived in Europe!" Finally, I consented, on the condition that it was a double date.

Linda had assured me that he was quiet, polite, funny and "a snappy dresser." This, of course, made me notice that he was, in fact, well turned-out when he arrived just after I did at Nick and Linda's condo out in the burbs. The four of us headed out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant, and afterwards we decided to rent a couple of movies and go back to the condo to watch them. It took us forever, amid much laughter, to pick out 2 movies that we could agree on, and we finally ended up with a Wesley Snipes action film and Neapolitan, an Italian movie which I had already seen and loved. Back at the condo, Nick and Linda made a blanket and pillow nest on the floor, while Anders and I sat together on the couch. We sort of half-watched the movie, much more interested in each other and our conversation than whether or not Wesley could save the day. Nick and Linda discreetly left us to talk without butting in much. By the end of the second movie, which neither one of us saw anything of, because our concentration was all for each other, it was into the wee hours, and Linda and Nick were asleep on the floor. I felt like we were the guests that wouldn't leave, but I didn't want the evening to end.

Finally, we headed out, and Linda told me later she was craning her neck out the upstairs window to see if he kissed me at the car and when he did, she was squealing "He kissed her! He kissed her!" while Nick shushed her in fear we had heard. I gave Anders my business card with my phone number on it and drove back to the city without seeing the road.

On Sunday we went to see Sirens. Anders picked me up in his Porsche (swwooon) and we probably had dinner too but damned if I can remember a thing about it. In the car, after the movie, he played Swedish reggae for me, my first introduction to Peps Persson. On Tuesday he came downtown to see me after work, and that was it. 3 dates in 5 days and we both knew the search was over.

10 years, a marriage, a move overseas, a house, and 2 children. Happy 10th Day-We-Met-Anniversary, honey. I love you.
mood: loved
music: Dire Straits—Romeo and Juliet

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Congratulations! What a great story and how nice to see that you are still happy with Anders after 10 years. May there be many, many more to enjoy.

Ooooh! I LOVE these romantic stories! (It's a wonder after everything that I've been through.) Such a sweet story! You are very lucky!

Very romantic ;) Congrats on your anniversary

Sweet story. Happy Anniversary.

This sounds like the perfect lovestory hehehe. And I admire you for being able to move across the world. I have seen a tiny bit of that myself, and sometimes it scares me heh.

Thank you :) I've moved a million times since I was a military brat...I even lived in Belgium and went to school in Holland for 3 years :)

I hear you on the moving part, although most of my moves were within the same country apart from the move to the States in 2001 (and back home in 2002 due to circumstances). I think I have moved 12-13 times in my life and.. I am done moving now heh. When I moved into this apartment I said I would only be moving once or twice more in my life.. to the States and/or to a bigger house with garden. Time will have to tell but something inside me tels me I am far from done moving heh.

Just out of cudiosity - where did you live/go to school here? :)

We lived in Overpelt, Belgium, a tiny little town, as my father was stationed at the smallest military base in the world called Kleine Brogul. We were bussed to Maastricht, and went to school in Brunssum at AFcent (it's now AFNorth) International High School.

I love Holland. It's one of my favorite places in all the world. I'd love to live there someday...I keep pushing my husband to find an expat contract with his company there :) I want to live in Giethoorn!

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