How Marco and I Met

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Brian and Marco at the Brian Christopher Slots at Plaza area

Everyone seems to be fascinated with how Marco and I met as many have submitted this question!

First off, we are talking 20 years ago!! This is before smart phones and dating apps – ya know, when people used to talk😂. I was living in Toronto and decided to make a trip to London, Ontario for a night out with friends. It was me, my best friend and my ex, haha. We just wanted to go out and party and have a good time. I’m pretty sure it was the only gay bar in town (it no longer exists), and so we were dancing away to tunes from DaRude and Christina Aguilera. Then all of a sudden I saw this young man sitting alone at a bar facing the dance floor. I told my friend, ‘Check him out, so cute!’. Of course my friend told me to go talk to him. And of course, I was too scared to approach him. Then my friend told that if I didn’t go talk to him – then he would! With that, I said fine. But only after I went to the restroom, haha.

On my return back, I wondered what I was going to say to him. My brain wouldn’t function so  I just went straight for it, “Why aren’t you on the dance floor”, I asked. His answer (and everything about that night including the 60 year old bartender’s face, the drinks we had and songs we danced to), I remember. “Because nobody asked me to dance.”

Well with that, I invited him to come and join my friends and I on the dance floor. We danced all night and hit it off. I learned that he had just moved to Canada only days prior and was staying in a hotel. The next day he would be moving into an apartment. Being the gentleman and ‘cool guy’ I am haha, I offered to help him move since I had my mom’s MINI-VAN for the weekend lol. He accepted and after a great night, I dropped him back at his hotel.

The next morning, there I was curb side waiting for Marco at 10am as promised. He on the other hand, did NOT show up. I waited until 10:30am and nothing. I finally walked into the hotel and asked if they could buzz Marco, but then realized I didn’t know his last name. Luckily at that moment, the elevator doors opened and out he came. He was shocked I was there because he didn’t think I would actually show up! I’m a man of my word and I was on time. And in true Marco fashion, he was late! Haha. 

Long story short, I helped him move into his apartment and we started our relationship. Turned out I was about to move near him in a neighboring city that following week to live with my sister to save money to travel across Europe, so we were able to see other more often. He was just there working as part of his university credit in Paris, France for a year.

So after dating for 6 months, I then traveled and toured Europe for 6 months (long distance relationships are hard, but we’re proof they can work!), and finally we both flew into Paris on the same day. He studied there for a further couple years and I stayed and worked as a bartender, a nanny and eventually running a bar.

And I suppose the rest is history…or history in the making. Marco is not a gambler at all, but he does join me on many occasions in the casinos. Here’s one of our earliest videos together playing a game (and theme) he loves: return of the Sphinx!

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28 Replies to “How Marco and I Met”

  • Nora Bernal says:

    Beautiful love ❤️🥰😻story. You both were meant to be together. ❤️❤️

  • DianaD says:

    OMGoodness! That is such a historic meet. I love it! It made my heart melt. By the way that was a perfect first line. The two of you were meant to meet and meant for each other.

  • Diana Barrentine says:

    Great love story. My husband and I dated back in 1986-1987 for a few months. I got married in 1990 to my son’s dad and stayed with him until 2014 then March of 2015 my current husband and I reconnected after almost 30 years of not talking or seeing each and we got married in 2017 he was my first true love and now I get to spend the rest of my life with him.

  • Vicki says:

    What a beautiful love story. You are the most beautiful couple. Lots of love to you both xoxoxo. You deserve the best

  • Vicki says:

    My husband and I would have been married 50 years this year. He passed August 2023.
    You are the best 💕💕

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      So sorry to hear about your loss Vicki. Nearly 50 years is quite remarkable. Sending love your way!

  • Karla Hester says:

    What a GREAT love story!! Truly meant to be! You two are so much fun to watch! My husband and I (second marriage for both of us) have a similar story. We’ve been together now almost 28 years! Best wishes to you both and may you continue your love and to prosper!

  • Katherine L says:

    WOW! What a wonderful story! Sounds like the two of you were meant to be! I love this!!

  • Connie R says:

    When it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Glad you found each other!

  • Cindy Whetsell says:

    A wonderful love story!! You can tell you love each other. Such a cute couple!!

  • Jeannie Labonte says:

    Love watching you two. Your are awesome. Your number one fan from upper Michigan.

  • Gloria says:

    That is a beautiful love story. You were at the right place and right time when fate happened. You both are a beautiful couple and I hope you both continue the love and journey together forever. Many blessings to you both.

  • Barbara Drew says:

    Brian, you and Marco are so wonderful together.. you both enjoy each other’s company and are always so happy. I’m glad you met each other and are now a happy pair. I used to work in a gay bar in Toronto way back in the 70’s, I was a cashier. I think it was called Charlie’s but it burned down in the 80’s. The bartender was Gus. I never had a problem working there.

  • Susan Fawcett says:

    Tried to comment hours ago but the thing-a -ma-jiggy which decides whether you are a robot or a human decided I was a robot because I couldn’t read the letters correctly (not the sharpest eyes.) Anywhooo, trying again? Sweet meet, committed couple, inspiring story. Thanks for sharing, Brian and Marco. Would be fun to read Marco’s viewpoint of being brand new in town, sitting at the bar alone, and meeting Brian in that first moment. Soulmate moment for sure.

    • FlipTheSwitch.com says:

      Sorry to hear of your issues commenting, Susan! And thanks for the suggestion about Marco’s viewpoint as well! Always happy to hear from you and appreciate the long-standing support!

  • angela says:

    Beautiful couple you two , love watching you and marco , and love it when you play together slots ,
    watch all youre videos , some more than ones , greeting from the netherlands

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