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Happy Valentine’s Day! All this week MassDOT is telling stories shared with us by couples connecting at Boston South Station.  Enjoy the final of four stories, and we thank everyone who responded to our call for Cupid.

Are You a Dermatologist?

Kristin Failla boarded the 3 p.m. Acela Express from New York to Boston just in the nick of time. Pacing the aisles for a tolerable seat in the overcrowded rush hour train, she happily settled her belongings beside a handsome man in a suit and tie.

That man was Kevin Poirier, who spent 30 minutes silently strategizing how to spark conversation without having to resort to a potentially off-putting pickup line. Kristin, who was devising a similar plan, noticed Kevin was working on a presentation on skin disease on his laptop. As fate would have it, Kristin’s dermatologist conveniently rang her cell phone about a recent bill. Armed with a somewhat relevant opener, Kristin asked Kevin, “Are you a dermatologist?”

Although the answer was no (Kevin is the director of sales for an anatomic pathology laboratory), the two conversed the entire way from New York to Boston, where Kevin asked for Kristin’s number before parting ways. Thirteen months later, the couple took a day trip to Montauk, New York. Unbeknownst to Kristin, Kevin had contacted her boss in advance to say she wouldn’t be coming in to work the next day. They stayed the night – and he proposed! Gushing about her engagement, Kristin said, “It was gorgeous; there was a full moon, so illuminating that people were still surfing into the night … it was on a deck that almost looked like a tree house with varying levels … so perfect.”

Kristin passes through South Station every weekend, arriving on the Acela Express from New York to visit her fiancé in Boston. He will soon join Kristin in New York after finishing an Executive MBA program at Northeastern. Their wedding is planned for July 25, 2014 in Rhode Island.

 South Station Romance 4

Photo: Kristin and Kevin enjoying dinner at Gonpachi in Tokyo (the restaurant where the “Kill Bill” fight scene was filmed).


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