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Old 08-24-11, 04:41 PM   #1
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Because you asked... a love story.

I landed upon these shores back in 2007 and soon after one of the moderators sent me a welcome message and pointed me towards the industry sub forums and asked me a few questions about myself.

Had to admit... thought her avatar was one of someone who was very attractive and just a little mysterious.

After answering a few questions we started a somewhat regular dialogue via PM's and found ourselves talking about all kinds of things and found that we shared a lot of the same thoughts and values about life as well as a love of utilitarian cycling.

Months went by and we continued to talk via PM and then by email and live chat and I found myself really liking this lady but thought that with the two of us living 1000 miles apart in different countries, and the fact I planned to join a monastery, to be a good reason for us just to be good friends.

When I mentioned that I was going to live a monastic existence her reply was, "that would be a waste"... it took me a little while to get that but realized that the feelings that I had for her were reciprocal.

One November night we were having all kinds of issues with the interweb and I asked if she would like to hear my voice and we exchanged phone numbers and that first call lasted through the night until we both had to get ready for work.

It was so nice to hear her laugh and apparently... she thinks I am rather funny.

Anyways... it was on those evenings when circumstances kept us from sharing our days that I realized that there was no-one else I wanted to share my day with and since we both felt the same way decided that perhaps we should meet as our feelings of friendship had moved beyond that.

My initial plans to go to Portland were stalled when I fragged my back and was not allowed to travel and our first meeting ended up being here... it took a while as she did not have a passport and had to do all that paperwork.

We agreed to take things slowly and I wanted to make sure she was not a guy named Bob... it was Easter of 2008 that I met The Girl at the airport.

A thousand pictures could not have done justice to how truly beautiful she is and I was indeed gobsmacked when she stepped through the gate... and she was definately not a guy named Bob.

Was wonderful to find that one could be so comfortable with meeting someone for the first time and knowing so much about them... finding that she fit in my arms like she belonged there, and that her first kiss was as sweeter than anything.

I have never felt so comfortable with anyone... no matter what we were doing it was just so right to be doing it together.

We had a wonderful time over those first weeks and my daughters adored her as she adored them... it took no time at all before my youngest would take her hand on walks or curl up with Donna on the couch. My oldest, who is more reserved about these things took an extra day to warm up but saw from the outset that she really liked her.

It was a sad day when we had to say goodbye but already made plans for me to go to Portland in the fall and again... it felt like being home.

So for the next couple of years we talked constantly about our plans for the future and kept travelling back and forth and counting the sleeps... last Easter I asked this beautiful lady to marry me (over doing dishes) which was more of a formality as we had already talked about getting married.

Nonetheless... she started crying... and said, "of course".

Then she said that she did not want an engagement ring but that a custom tandem would be nice... that tandem is in our shop now.

If I had any question about how perfect The Girl was (I really didn't) this really sealed things...

I spent last January and February in Portland and have never been happier or felt more like this was the person I was meant to spend my life with... The Girl had surgery in January and I stayed to take of her while she recovered and to make things easier.

Last Tuesday The Girl and I became man and wife in what was a rather different ceremony... we can tell out kids we got married by a voodoo priest in a donut shop but the light hearted nature of the ceremony did nothing to diminish the depth of feelings and devotion we have for one another.

This is serious stuff.

Now we have to count a few more sleeps until the immigration paperwork is approved and before I get to hold my wife in my arms as she is in Portland and I am back in Canuckistan... October seems such a long ways away.

My beautiful wife on the waterfront in Portland... just after our wedding.



She still takes my breath away... and has my forever.



Best day ever... and we have so many days ahead of us.

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Old 08-24-11, 08:13 PM   #2
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Bravo, and as the French are wont to say on PBP, Bon Courage through your life together.

It's a really, really nice story.

Machka and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary today. We faced similar challenges as far as distance and separate countries are concerned. It's all worked out well for us, as it undoubtedly will for you both.
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Old 08-24-11, 08:27 PM   #3
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It's nice to know that real-life fairy tales can come true.
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Very happy for all of you. I hope the paperwork is processed quickly and the sleeps go by fast.
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Thanks for sharing, Keith. Although I knew the story already, it still touches my heart. My best to you and Mrs. Fiver.
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Siu... You were with us through it all as not everyone knew who The Girl was... she likes her privacy a great deal.

It has been a long and wonderful journey so far and now it is like we are starting anew as there will no longer be any "Places I Never Kissed A Girl' tours but rather... "The Places I Never kissed My Wife" tour which we hope will last forever and a day.

She still amazes and intrigues me, surprises me again again with her generosity and kindness towards everyone she meets, and is simply the most wonderful person I have ever met.

She really is my best friend... we share everything from the good to the bad and everything in between and have been through a lot over the past four years.

The most frightening moment was when we thought her cancer may have returned and had that been a positive the outcome was almost certain that I would not be telling this story.

This is one of those things that puts everything into perspective... and knowing that if this person was not in your life the reasons for your own being would less than zero save for the two beautiful daughters that we will be raising together, as a family.

Her beauty is one that one sees best with their eyes closed and she is as strong and courageous a person I have ever met in facing these challenges with such bravery.

Through the past four years she has been with me through every step of my recovery and think that many would have bailed and had she decided she did not want to be with someone who is not everything he was when we met, I would have understood.

Time to call my wife to tell her how much I am missing her now.
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Old 08-24-11, 11:13 PM   #7
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Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:09 AM   #8
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I met my gf over the interwebz too, that's good business.
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Congrats Sixty and The Girl! Love how this story is going so far. Hope it never ends.

May those who love you, love you.
And those that do not love you,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He does not turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So you will know them by their limping.
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Quanda bella! Gratulations! I'm as happy for you as I am for myself, (which is happy enough to burst.)
After more than 5 years and 80+ first&last dates, I met my Lovey (not on the internet, but at a pizza party after the Tour of California in May.) <3
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Congratulations!

Whatever happend to the good old days of meeting drunk women in bars and then stalking them until they'd date you?
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Congratulations to you and your babelicious wife. Wishing you many happy years together.
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Whatever happend to the good old days of meeting drunk women in bars and then stalking them until they'd date you?
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Bootiful story.
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Thank you... I always need to be reminded that a Love Story can happen and that truly nice men are out there.

Congratulations! and Best Wishes!
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We had planned to get married by a federal judge that D works with and this fell through at the last minute and when we got to checking for other county judges found that the wait time was 6 weeks... apparently... it is difficult to elope in Portland.

We know a lot of people who are ministers in the Universal Life Church who would have been more than happy to marry us but they are all away on various tours and adventures so that did not work so we decided to really keep Portland weird and decided to get married by a voodoo priest.

By that I mean that we arranged to get married at Voodoo Donuts which not only serves the best maple bacon donut in the world... they also perform marriages.

Our priest... such a great guy.



Exchanging our rings... we are a little old fashioned.



Kissing my wife for the first time...



Titanium rings...

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Just married



I was not kidding about the bacon...



After the wedding we went for a long ride around the esplanade and stopped downtown to enjoy iced Spanish coffees, I am quite sure that when the waiter realized we were just married he served us doubles.

After that we returned home and joined family and friends for a quiet dinner and then just walked home as most of the things in our respective live are very close and don't require much in the way of travel.

It was a truly splendid day.
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A wedding with bacon donuts? Man, what a great idea. Too bad it was a little late for my wedding.
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Love the photos, Keith. Donna is so beautiful. And the glow in your eyes, too... wow.

This really makes my heart happy.
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that is a real story? When it gets made into a movie I'm thinking Angelina Jolie and Craig somebody who plays james bond.

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Cool beans, congratulations to you 2! I loved the priest picture too, him standing in front of the pinball machines just makes everything look so official.
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Cool beans, congratulations to you 2! I loved the priest picture too, him standing in front of the pinball machines just makes everything look so official.
Wayne was an excellent official... had a great sense of humour and his wife handles registries at Multnomah county so he hand delivered he paperwork saying he always liked to do this so he could see his sweetie.
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