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A 351 love story

Mike and Annie in front of the last 351 -- the very place they met each other.

Mike and Annie in front of the last 351 -- the very place they met each other.

Here’s a fun story for Friday. I got an email from Mike few days ago, along with the photo you see above. He explained what it was all about:

My girlfriend Annie and I met on the 351 Crescent Beach almost 4 years ago and we just came back from riding the *very last* 351 Vancouver out of White Rock as it would be the last time the bus would be passing our meeting place at Broadway and Granville.

How sweet! I asked if I could post this on the blog, and he said sure.

You’re welcome to put our picture up on the blog. I wish we had one of friendly driver, spare-board Neil with us! Like I said, we met Xmas eve, 2005 at Broadway and Granville. Waiting at the bus stop we were subtly eyeing each others’ musical instrument cases (mine a bass clarinet, hers a fiddle). Once we got on the 351 we started talking and the combination of being musicians and being on a 1 hour long highway bus trip helped us break the ice.

Did I mention Annie made cupcakes, which we shared with Neil right before he revved up the bus at 11:35? LOL.

Thanks for sharing, Mike and Annie! Click below to see one more photo of them on the last 351 run (and check this link to see their story in the Peace Arch News!)

Mike and Annie in front of the 351 sign on Broadway and Granville.

Mike and Annie in front of the 351 sign on Broadway and Granville.


3 Comments

  • By Graham, September 16, 2009 @ 7:51 am

    These are the best kind of stories, thanks for relaying this one, Jhenifer. In fact, being aboard the last South of Fraser express from Vancouver, I just so happened to be on this same bus with the same driver – the bus arriving from Crescent Beach as a 351 before I caught it returning aboard south on the last of any of these routes from Vancouver, to South Delta as a 601 – and in a pleasant conversation with the driver was told of this same story from the previous trip and the happy couple’s commemoration of their meeting on their last trip just before mine the same night, including having their picture taken, etc. It always helps make my day to hear about the human side to what can so often can seem like ‘just another commute’.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 16, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this, Graham! I’ve shared your comment with Mike as well :)

  • By Mike, February 3, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    We got engaged this December on the 351 Crescent Beach too! In front of everyone on the bus! (Sorry, no photo!)

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