Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Soulmates on the Subway

Yesterday, I announced that I was going to start paying more attention to my surroundings (which is something my mother claims I don't do much), just in case I'm ever in an elevator with a hysterically crying I won't miss them and I can do something nice to help them in their hour of need.

Today, I am going to announce that from now on, I'm going to not only ride the subway (I have legs. I prefer to use those as much as I can) much more, but also pay as careful attention on those subway trains as I plan to on elevators.

Just as you can never really know if somebody is completely crushed and needs a comforting soul unless they are physically hysterical and you are paying attention to them, you also can never know if the love of your life is on the same subway cart as you are...but you keep missing each other! Because you get off at different stops! Or you are too into US Weekly! Or making faces at a nearby baby in a stroller!

A few weeks ago, I heard about this kid:,21985,22786363-2902,00.html?from=public_rss

I think some people wrote Patrick Moberg off as scary/crazy/stalker...etc.etc.etc.

However, all I can say is...the world NEEDS more romantic, sentimental fools like you, Patrick Moberg!! (And I say that as one romantic, sentimental fool to another.)

Patrick and Camille (I always liked that name) are taking things one day at a time...and wouldn't it be wonderful if they do end up together forever? Maybe it CAN happen...who is to say it can't?

Then, I started wondering how often people meet their soulmates on the subway. It really doesn't seem like the most romantic setting.

I tried googling it. That was hard.

Well, I learned that Stephen Baldwin met his wife on a subway, and they have been married for a while. (And I am sure that you are eternally grateful to me for giving you that little tidbit.)

I couldn't find TOO many other stories, but Becki Newton, who plays Amanda on Ugly Betty met HER husband on the subway as well...(this is really one of the best "How We Met" stories ever. Maybe they made it up. It's just too cute to be true.)

Ugly Betty star Becki Newton met her husband of two years when the couple walked past each other on a New York City subway platform. The 28-year-old spotted fellow actor Chris Diamantopoulos during rush hour.

She says, "We actually met in Times Square on the subway platform. I was walking one way... and he was walking the other way. So we walked by each other and we had that moment where we looked at each other. And I started laughing because he was cute and he busted me checking him out.

"I kept walking and 30 seconds later felt a little tap on my shoulder (and he said), 'Excuse me, I think I might be lost.' I said, 'Mmm, I don't think you are.' He said, 'Maybe you're lost?' I said, 'No.' And he said, 'This area's very confusing, maybe we should just figure this out together.'"

After riding the subway together, Diamantopoulos asked Newton if she wanted to see him onstage in "The Full Monty." She recalls, "He said, 'I don't want to be too forward but maybe you'd like to come see me naked on Broadway sometime.' So I did and now we're married."

I also remembered the Savage Garden song "I Knew I Loved You." I love their stuff!!! I would listen to the same songs over and over when I was in high school. (Although I must admit...knowing that Darren wrote "Truly Madly Deepy", one of my all-time favorite songs, and other romantic songs, about/for his wife...and they later divorced...and now he is married to a man...kind of crushed me a bit...but I definitely believe that Darren was always honest with the emotions he expresses in his songs.)

In the video, Darren spots a woman (played by Kirsten Dunst...who was about seventeen at the time, and Darren was quite a bit older, so once you forget about the creepy factor, it's really very sweet) on the subway (or "tube"? What do they call it down there?) and imagines an entire future with her.

The lyrics are painfully cheesy and romantic and idealistic.

And I love 'em!

Maybe it's intuition
But some things you just don't question
Like in your eyes
I see my future in an instant
And there it goes
I think I've found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than a little crazy
But I believe

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

Here's the video:

All that for somebody you have never even spoken for that you are sitting across from on the subway?!

Things like that only happen in 90's Savage Garden songs...right? real life...


Patrick Moberg has shown us that it really DOES happen in real life.

We should all be so lucky.

Diana Rissetto