The Big Story Blog

A Halloween snowstorm bus ride, later a wedding

Posted at 6:25 AM on October 31, 2011 by Molly Bloom
Filed under: Climate, History, Weather

We received a lot of great stories about the record-setting snowstorm that began 20 years ago today, from Public Insight Network sources and Facebook followers, but only one of them seems fit for a romantic comedy.

Nora Ephron, contact Amy Hanson for story rights. She lives in Minneapolis.

"Oh what a great, great, storm. Work was closed, it was my roommate's birthday on November 1st, and I met my future husband that day.

My roommate and I lived at 45th and Bryant Ave South and we ventured out into a magical day. Really the only vehicles moving were the city buses. I had $10 in my pocket, my roomie had $13 and we were on an adventure headed towards Uptown. A city bus drove up, stopped and the driver welcomed us on without having to pay a fare -- and we even got free transfers. A few blocks later two cute fellas got on the bus and as it turned out we ended up at the Uptown Bar. We had a great day of a few beers and some delicious food and we parted ways, exchanging phone numbers.

These two guys became good friends of ours and six months later I began dating one of the 'guys we met on the bus.'

Bryan and I celebrated our sixteenth wedding anniversary on October 13 and have an amazing 6-1/2 year-old son.

Who would have thought the snowstorm of '91 would have brought such a twist of fate?"

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Left: Amy and her husband Bryan Zell at their 1995 wedding. Right: A more recent photo of Amy and Bryan.


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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.