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Call it a dating game of ‘Red Light, Green Light’

Mark and Steffanie Anderson met on Labor Day weekend in 1984 at a stop light in Portland. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Mark and Steffanie Anderson met on Labor Day weekend in 1984 at a stop light in Portland. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Mark and Steffanie Anderson

We met on Labor Day weekend in 1984 at a stop light in Portland. I was with a friend and so was she.

Her friend asked if we wanted to race, as we were getting on the freeway, so we let them get ahead of us. Then we said to take the exit to our condo, and they ended up taking the exit before that and we were still on the freeway.

So I told my friend they must have made a mistake (My now wife says they were trying to ditch us). So we waited on the on-ramp from that exit, and a minute later they appeared. Then we took the next exit and so did they.

They were hungry and so we went to a McDonald’s, and my friend and I were not hungry, so we sat across the table from each other, both hoping to get Steffanie’s number. Well, she sat by me and I got her number. We went on a date later that week, and got married nine months later when we were 20 and 21. We have now been married 34 years.

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