|Dan and Kelsey met while they were both living in Chicago. Dan was a sales engineer for a telecom company, and Kelsey was earning her master’s in writing while waiting tables at an Irish pub. One night at the pub, Kelsey was waiting on a couple when she noticed that the girl, Cathy, was wearing a Baylor University T-shirt. Kelsey and Cathy quickly bonded over their Baylor backgrounds.Soon after, Cathy and her husband John invited Kelsey to a bar crawl they were hosting. At the second bar, Kelsey walked in and saw Dan for the first time. She immediately wondered who this handsome guy was, who seemed to be the life of the party. Fortunately she didn’t have to wonder whether he was part of their group — did we mention it was an Olympic-themed bar crawl?
|Dan was decked out as the swimming champion Ryan Phelps, complete with Speedo swim shorts, a swim cap, goggles, and multiple medals around his neck. Kelsey knew right away that this was a guy who didn’t take himself too seriously.The initial attraction was mutual — Dan bought Kelsey a drink (after first secretly checking with Cathy to see how old she was), and they enjoyed chatting throughout the evening. At the end of the night, Dan asked for her number, and she wrote it on the back of one of the autographed photographs he had printed of himself Photoshopped in front of a swimming pool.??A week or so later, Dan invited Kelsey to a Cubs game. But afer the game, neither of them wanted to part ways. They decided to grab a few beers, and then followed those beers with dinner, and then followed dinner with a comedy show. All in all, their first date lasted eight hours! Eight years later, they still can’t get enough of each other — and they’re now godparents to John and Cathy’s two sons.Dan and Kelsey now live in New York City, where she’s an editor for Travelzoo and he does [something involving the Internet that no one understands]. They share a love for traveling and have visited dozens of countries. Together, they’ve roasted marshmallows on an active volcano in Guatemala, trekked through the Himalayas in Nepal, skied down an indoor ski slope in Dubai, sampled fermented shark meat in Iceland, and taken selfies in front of the Taj Majal, Pyramids, Coliseum, Eiffel Tower, and Stonehenge. In June 2015, they completed a trek in the Peruvian Andes, and Dan proposed at the peak of Huayna Picchu mountain, overlooking the Machu Picchu ruins. They look forward to a lifetime of more laughter and adventures.