Amanda Hodson and Brendan Miles kiss on a transit bus after being married as they pose for wedding pictures in Calgary,Canada, Feb 18, 2008.[Agencies]
For Amanda Hodson, taking a friend's $40 bet that she couldn't kiss the next stranger to board their bus home from school was a no-brainer. Taking a husband in the deal was a little more unexpected.
Five years after the bet, Amanda and Brendan Miles - who happened to be that next guy to climb aboard the Calgary Transit bus - got married Saturday.
"I walked on the bus, she walked up to me and all of a sudden she was kissing me," Brendan said Saturday after the ceremony. "And I just said, 'this is great!', and so I kissed her back."
Right after snatching the $40 from her friend, Amanda offered to spend some of her winnings by taking Brendan for a coffee. The two found out they had more in common than a surprise smooch.
The two 23-year-olds from Calgary have kept the bus theme alive and well throughout their romance.
Brendan proposed to Amanda while riding the bus. And on Saturday, all decked out in their wedding best, the happy couple had their official photos snapped while snuggling in the back row of one of Calgary Transit's finest.
All smiles Saturday, Amanda's mom Hejdi clearly remembers the day of the kissing bet, and how her daughter said she'd never see the guy again.
"I couldn't believe it. I thought, 'I didn't raise you this way! I was shocked."'
Amanda's brother, Brad, seemed less shocked by the whole thing.
"She's always been out there like this - always weird. So this is not a surprise to me that they'd go and do something like this."
Amanda says her public transit love affair shows that people can find their soulmates in the strangest of places.
And Brendan says that while he wouldn't recommend that everyone go out and kiss strangers on the bus, he believes the tale of their romance is proof that spontaneity is a good thing.
"Do what you feel is right. If you want to be original, do it however you want. If it is on a bus, by all means, go for it."
（英语点津 Celene 编辑）