Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fun Monday #37: the Meet Cute edition

When people ask me how the Wonderhubby and I met, I always say the same thing:

He picked me up in a bar after he stalked me for a year and a half.

That always elicits laughs, although really it's the truth.

Around the middle of 2000, I had sufficiently recovered from enough of the emotional trauma of my previous marriage to start thinking about venturing out in public.

I confabbed with one of my single friends from chorus, and we decided (we're brilliant that way) that we should go places where we could meet people who shared our same interests/passions. Music was pretty much my world (other than kids and work, of course), so it seemed logical that we would end up ...

IN A KARAOKE BAR!

Yep. Karen and I started hanging out first at El Torito, which had a pretty good songlist, and eventually a different local Mexican restaurant that turned total karaoke bar on Friday and Saturday nights.

It was scary, of course. We started out hiding in the back of the room at a dark table, but we sing pretty well and got a bit of a reputation for quality. As regulars, we migrated eventually to sitting at the bar, which was where we were THAT NIGHT.

The door to the bar opened, and in walked a man. Pretty good looking, but I was not all that aware ... except ... um ... hey, he's walking across the dance floor directly toward me. And ...uh... WHOA, he's walking right up to me! And HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, he opened his mouth and spoke directly to me:

"Don't you sing with Pretty Decent Women's Chorus?"

Uh, yeah.

"Oh, I sing with Pretty Decent Men's Chorus."

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

He DID look a little familiar after all. So he sat down next to me, and we talked each other's ears off. He sang "I Believe in You" (a Don Williams country song) and on one of the choruses, he dropped his voice an octave into basso profundo range, and I nearly melted off my barstool. I sang "Looking Through Your Eyes," a song by Leanne Rimes, and he grinned at me like a schoolboy.

So... he really did pick me up in a bar.

(Wait! You said he stalked you for a year and a half!)

And so he did.

Because of the close relationship between our two choruses (many husband-wife combinations, including my director and her husband), he had been around places where I had been, including a chorus party where he saw me walking to my car with my two littlest ducklings (Z-man and Roo-girl) following close behind.

"Who's that?" he asked his friend.

"Don't go there," he was told.

And that was really the best advice ever. I was pretty raw then, and scared (and scarred), and probably would have run for the hills. And there would have gone any chance of the happy world I live in today.

So he waited. And he watched. And he waited. And he watched. And he waited some more.

And then he walked into that bar.


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It has been fun getting to meet you all. I'm off to read everyone's stories now! Next week, Willowtree from A Dingo's Got My Barbie (love that name) will be hosting. So go check him out and see what fun he will have in store for us next Monday.

39 comments:

Robinella said...

Janet, that was such a sweet story, it brought a tear to my eye. I didn't know I'd need tissues. A match made in heaven!

mjd said...

Janet,
Thank you for hosting this week's Fun Monday. You have attracted quite a few participants. Your own story is so sweet. You look like a very happy couple. Congratulations.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Having your husband wait to patiently for you is 1. a testament to what a great catch you are & 2. the kind of devotion he must have. Wonderful!

Kaytabug said...

You did a great job hosting this week!

Your story is so sweet and funny too! Thanks for sharing!

her indoors said...

oh so sweet, love 'i melted off the bar stool!

Blue Momma said...

What a great story! Sounds like you made quite a catch. Thanks for sharing!

lisa's chaos said...

That was a scary, sweet story. Sounds like it has ended (or continues) well.

Pamela said...

what a wonderful story!!!

Now I think you need to sing a duet and download it to your blog.

Joy T. said...

Very sweet. You did a great job hosting Fun Monday!

Peter said...

That was a nice story Janet, and well hosted too.

willowtree said...

Nice job of hosting. Now that's a pretty interesting story. Lucky he was patient. Nice to see someone escape to a better place.

AreWeThereYetMom said...

You did a great job hosting Janet!

I imagine you two sing real sweetly together. You make a very happy couple. Congrats.

Sayre said...

You had me at "Don Williams"... any guy who a) knows who Don Williams is and b) can sing his songs and c) wait until you're ready to meet him has got to be aces! You lucky girl, you!

Hootin'Anni said...

Sweet sweet, SWEET!!! [I love musicals! ---Those are some of the best movie love stories I know. And the songs?------wow, thrilling.]

Great love story. And musical too. You just can't beat that.

A fantabulous photo too.

Kerith Collins said...

ooooooooohhhhhhhhh...he sounds so sweet!

kitten said...

That is a sweet story. I'm glad you have found someone that is good for you.

Misslionheart♥ said...

Ooohh... I went all tingly!

Just posted mine. Thanks for hosting, I really enjoyed this Fun Monday. I love to brag about Chef!

Happy Working Mom said...

What a sweet story!!!! See, you can get picked up in a bar!

Deb said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I posted mine.

Alix said...

That's such a sweet story, I'm glad you found each other and had a happy ending (or beginning!)
Thanks for hosting it was a lovely idea

susan said...

What a great story. It sounds as though your man knew exactly what to do to win your heart!

Thanks for hosting!

Beckie said...

I love singing stories! So romantic.

That is such a sweet picture of you both.

Tiggerlane said...

Two musicians - and singers - how cool is that! Great topic, and thanks for hosting...

Karina said...

What a great story! Timing is everything, right? Good thing hubby had great timing.

I have to admit that at first I wasn't thrilled about this week's topic (since I'm currently without a sig/other), but I had a lot of fun telling my story, and can tell I'm going to have even more fun reading everyone elses!

Fianna said...

What a beautiful story! What a great guy!!

LIBSMOM said...

Oh my gosh! Our stories are very similar Janet!!
What a lovely wedding photo. You both look SO SO happy!!
Thanks for hosting, as always, it was SO much fun.

Sandy said...

You meet the nicest people in bars! Or at least run into people you already sort of know...thanks for sharing.

min said...

Now I know why you picked this subject, because you have the greatest story ever! I'm with Pamela, I'm ready to hear y'all sing!

ChrisB said...

That was a lovely story~ all good things are worth waiting for and he knew what he what he wanted! Thank you for hosting this week.

nikki said...

What a great, sweet story. Thank you for sharing and for hosting this week. Loved it.

Robin said...

Patience IS a virtue! How wise of him to wait until just the "right" moment :). Timing has sooo much to do with the direction of our lives, huh, and sometimes a little wisdom goes a long way.

Sweet, sweet story, and I'm looking forward to reading tons of these!

Thanks for hosting PlanetJanet :D.

Robin said...

What a sweet story. Congratulations!

Robin

Karmyn R said...

Well, his timing was perfect, obviously!!!

Thanks for hosting, Janet. It's been fun to read everyones stories!

Serina Hope said...

Great story. I want to play too. I will be getting mine up later tonight (after work). I was out of town this weekend! I LOVE YOUR TOPIC THOUGH. I HAVE TO PLAY.

Simply Jenn said...

Sweet. You two look absolutely right together!

Lil Mouse (Jill) said...

awww that IS really sweet. man if all of them are going to be this good, i'm going to be in trouble!

Tink said...

Great story! Now see, I would have scared someone away with my voice. It's a good thing I didn't meet Hoop at a bar. We met at work. He was attracted to my false sense of power. Oh yeah. Hehe.

Jenni said...

Aw, what a guy:o) So, can he do that Josh Turner thing? And can he sing "Would You Go With Me"?

Sirdar said...

Awesome story. There have been quite a few "music" stories on this Fun Monday. Thanks for hosting.

 
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