Get to Know AfterGlobe: How We Met
Seven years ago, we met for the first time on March 17th. I can’t believe how quickly seven years has passed. Through the ups and downs of dating, becoming exclusive, and getting married on July 7th, it’s been an adventure we’ve enjoyed sharing together. An adventure that started on a cold Saint Patrick’s Day in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Drew and I had many close encounters of being at the same place on the same day for years before we officially met. I had just come out of a three year “I am never getting into another relationship again” hiatus while I concentrated on finishing my bachelor degrees, working part-time, and being a full-time single mom. About two months before I meet Drew, I had decided it was time to go out and have a little fun for once. I figured the best way to do this was to buy a Barfly Bus Golden Ticket to get me out there and meet some new people.
Saint Patrick’s Day 2007 was my second Barfly Bus. A friend of mine was hosting one of the buses and I was assisting her for the night. While she was helping to check everyone in at the Rialto Pool Bar, I was up front with her. That’s when I first noticed Drew.
Drew was standing in line waiting to check-in. We made eye contact and both quickly looked away. For a few minutes, either Drew or I would check the other out and then look away when we saw the other noticed. Finally, being forward and having a little liquid courage, I yelled across the room at him, “Hey! Hey! You!” Drew looked at me and pointed to himself mouthing, “Me?” I yelled back, “Yes, you! Isn’t your name, Drew?” He nodded yes. I yelled back, “Yeah, I know about you.” Weird thing is I didn’t know him, about him, or even who he was. I don’t even know how I knew his name. I just knew and I knew he was going to be more than just my next boyfriend the moment our eyes made contact.
As Drew was checking in to get on the Barfly bus, I found out he was going to be on the same bus as me since he also knew the Barfly Bus host. When we got on the bus, our host was giving a speech about how the bus worked and what you can and can’t do. Any time she mentioned anything that happened to be with another person, I would point in Drew’s direction.
Our first stop was at The Speakeasy. I went up to Drew and asked him if he wanted to be my man for the night. Drew asked me what that would entail and I told him lots of making-out. He very quickly and enthusiastically answered, “OK!” We talked a little bit, but there was no kissing.
Our third stop was the Sandy Hut. While taking pictures with different friends Drew came over saying we should take a picture together. I said alright and we took a couple together. There was so much tension between us while the pictures were being taken that they all turned out pretty awkward. When I saw them I told Drew, “There’s too much tension between us to take these pictures. We need to kiss already and get it over with.” He asked, “Right here, right now?” I replied, “Yes.” He grabbed me and we started kissing right there, right then. Our friend, Bryn still had the camera in his hand and took a picture of our first kiss.
Our night was full of fun and kissing. At the end, I gave Drew my phone number. Something I didn’t usually do and didn’t put much thought into.
Two nights later after looking at a new house to possibly move into, I stopped in at a local coffee shop. As I was walking into the coffee shop, Drew was walking out of it. He saw me and gave me a hug. We talked and made plans to get together the next night.
We dated for the next four months before deciding to become exclusive on July 7th. Exactly five years later, to the date, we were wed on the beautiful island of Maui. We’ve gone on the Saint Patrick’s Day bus together many more times since the very first one we met on and always make sure to celebrate on March 17th. The rest as they say, is history. All starting with our story of how we met.
We hope you have as much fun on Saint Patrick’s Day as the one we met on!
How did you meet your significant other?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2014, unless otherwise noted.