“The Weird Way I Met Someone”

Men and women reveal the surprising circumstances that led to love (wrong numbers or rush hour traffic, anyone?)—here’s proof it can happen anywhere!

By Judy Dutton

sk most men and women how they meet the people they date, and you’ll probably hear answers like “through friends,” “online,” “at a party,” or even “my mom set us up; she has better taste than I thought!” Some people, however, find romance in much more surprising places—and their stories are testament to the fact that if you’re looking for love (keeping common sense and safety in mind, of course!), you should always keep your eyes peeled. Don’t believe us? Check out how these Happen readers ended up clinching a date.

Mustang maneuvers
“I was stuck in rush hour traffic. There was a new silver Mustang in the lane next to me. Mustang drivers always notice other Mustang drivers. So I pulled up next to him and slowed down so I could get a good look, flashed him a flirty smile and revved my engine
“After eight miles of flirting with the guy in the Mustang next to me, he asked if I’d like his number.”
a little. After eight miles of flirting in stop-and-go traffic, he called out asking whether I would like his number. We dated for three months until I realized the only thing we had in common was our love for our Mustangs. But it sure was fun while it lasted!”

Next teller, please
“I went in to the bank one day, and this really cute teller helped me. We talked a little, and then she said she remembered me coming in last month. The next time I went in, I decided I would ask her out. Only problem was, the bank was very slow that day; the other tellers weren’t busy. This caused a problem: Asking her out was one thing. Asking her out with several other people listening to everything we were saying is all together different. I chickened out, but still wanted to ask her out, so I went back two days later. She was working the drive-through, and I was inside. When the teller asked how she could help me, I asked if I could talk to the teller at the drive-through. They exchanged places for a moment. I then asked if she’d like to have dinner with me. She said ‘Sure,’ and we went out that night!”

Spill the wine
“I was on a date and I was wearing a white shirt and tan shorts, and the waitress was complimenting me on the selection while talking up the wine she was pouring. But since she wasn’t paying attention to what she was doing, she missed the glass and poured it all over my shirt!
“I made a call to a friend that ended up being a wrong number—and we dated.”
She felt horrible and got me a towel, water, and a new bottle of wine—and when she brought the bill, on the back of it wrote ‘Please come in soon, and let me make this up to you.’ Two nights later, I came in alone. She took care of anything I wanted and at the end of the meal said, ‘Would you like to be treated this way all the time?’ I said I liked the attention, but I would prefer to take her to dinner. We went out two nights later and ended up dating.”

Sorry, wrong number—not!
“The oddest happenstance for a date was a call I made to a friend that ended up being a wrong number. For some reason, I asked her if she knew the person I was calling, and she didn’t. Somehow, the conversation segued into what she was doing, which was that she was about to go skiing. We talked for a while then hung up. I had her number in my cell, and — strange as it may sound — a day later I called again and we talked some more. This continued a few more times until I text-messaged her to see if she was seeing anyone. She wasn’t, and I asked if she would meet me at a small, local bookstore for coffee and she did. And that’s how our relationship began.”

Aquatic invitation
“The strangest way I met a guy was at the Cherry Creek Reservoir. A friend and I were walking along the beach and saw some guys on a boat looking at us through binoculars... then watched as one of them dove overboard and started swimming towards us. He asked if we’d like to join them for water skiing for the day. We were in a very public place with lots of people around, so we said sure... and they treated us like princesses, fed us wonderful lunch and we had a great day. Then they joined us for S’mores at our campsite — perfect gentlemen — and got our numbers. I ended up dating Steve for a couple years.”
—Goldilocks Lookin

Doctor’s orders
“I dated a guy I met at my father’s eye surgery. He had just had surgery as well but didn’t have anyone to drive him home. So I ended up doing him the favor, and we exchanged numbers and began going out.”

Judy Dutton is a freelance writer living in New York City.
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