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Dan and I met a few times a la Harry Met Sally before becoming the "Dan&Karen" that our friends and family think of. Years before we became a couple we were briefly introduced in the Summer of 1996 by our mutual friend Becky. I had stopped by Becky’s house in Dayton, Ohio where Dan and his best friend Klint were. Dan had just moved back from Augusta, Georgia and was preparing to move to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and I was heading to University of Toledo that Fall. Timing means everything and it wasn’t right yet (though Dan says he still remembers what I was wearing that night). The two of us said polite hellos and goodbyes and went on with our lives. We ran into each other again about a year later, at Becky’s house, and once again went on with our lives. We were briefly sharing the same zip code again.
It wasn’t until a cold snowy night in December of 1998 that we met again for a third time and spent some time getting to know each other. I had just moved back from Atlanta, Georgia. Klint and Dan picked me up from my parents’ house at Becky’s insistence because there was a blizzard and I wouldn’t drive. Dan and I were left all alone at Becky’s house. This night would come to be known as Crunchy Snow Night between Dan and me. The two of us watched movies together, talked, and laughed. We totally clicked but did not exchange numbers. Dan drove me home and we said goodnight as two new friends.
In February of 1999 Becky had an *ahem* wild birthday bash thrown by Tuty’s Inn in Fairborn which was our (Karen & Becky) favorite hangout at the time. We were karaoke queens and had a close knit group of friends there who would gather weekly. Guess who showed up that night? Dan with his friend Bill! Dan didn’t even want to go but Bill had talked him into it. Hooray, Bill!
Dan and I talked and laughed all night, drank many pitchers of Killian’s, and talked more. We talked about bands and discovered that we were both passionate about music (this laid the foundation for the two bands we would form in the future). The night went too fast and the bar closed. We said goodnight and I was sure that Dan wouldn’t call me.
Dan proved me wrong (something that I would have to get used to as it would occur often in the future) when he called three days later on March 2, 1999 and casually asked me to hang out with him and Klint that night. He had gotten my number from Becky. We went to dinner at Applebee’s and attempted to shoot pool at Wallaby’s. We discovered we both loved the band Social Distortion when "Ball and Chain" by Social D came on the jukebox and we danced to it. It’s amusing that this came to be known as our First Song as it’s an anti-love song. The two of us ended up alone together at Steak ‘N Shake where we talked for hours. Dan asked me out again for two nights later, which happened to be Dan’s birthday.
We celebrated with dinner and drinks at Dublin Pub with a group of Dan’s friends and then we went to 1470 West for the rest of the night. This was a common hangout but we hadn’t been there together until now. Dan swept me off my feet when he kissed me for the first time that night on the dance floor and we have rarely spent a day apart since then.