It Takes Two

Apr 11, 2012 at 12am

Often the most romantic thing a young person can hope for in this city is that the guy or gal they were making eyes with at the bar last night will write a Missed Connection about them the next morning.

While there’s definitely romance involved in a connection based on mind-blowing sex or a common appreciation for an obscure ’80s TV show they only made two seasons of, another realm, a rare kind of connection exists – one in which your capacity to create thrives as your relationship progresses. In this type of relationship, the real romance exists in making each other better human beings. 

Perhaps it’s because we live in a city where making the rent alone is an exhausting challenge, or maybe because there is an overwhelming amount of creative ambition, there’s something about San Francisco that harbors passion-hungry individuals. From artists to chefs, pop-up shop owners to tech entrepreneurs, these people are not working to merely pay rent. In their case, the 9–5 workday does not apply. This city sifts through the weak, the unmotivated, the listless, like a landlord holding 50 rental applications in his hands, making room for only those who are die-hard for their cause.  

It’s no coincidence that these people find solace in one another. The collection of couples listed below come from different backgrounds and each have different perspectives on love. Yet, after tracking down and interviewing each insanely busy couple, I found they all have one thing in common: They are just as deeply involved in bettering each other as they are in bettering San Francisco.  

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Aimee Le Duc (SF Arts Commission gallery manager) & Dana Younkin (chef de cuisine at Boulevard), with cat Sappho

Together since: 2005

Met at: Blind date at a mutual friend’s house

Live in: the Mission

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Halle Tecco (Rock Health founder) & Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera cofounder)

Together since: 2006

Met at: Dolce bar, North Beach

Live in: South Beach

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Valerie Luu (Rice Paper Scissors co-founder) & Iso Rabins (Forage SF and Underground Market founder)

Together since: 2008

Met at: Friend’s house party in the Haight

Live in: the Panhandle

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James Freeman (Blue Bottle Coffee founder) & Caitlin Freeman (executive pastry chef at Blue Bottle Coffee), with son Dashiell

Together since: 2004

Met at: Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Live in: Alamo Square

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Kelly Tunstall (artist) & Ferris Plock (artist)

Together since: 2005

Met at: Kelly’s Alumni show at CCA

Live on: Lake Street

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Kari Byron (MythBusters host) & Paul Urich (artist), with daughter Stella Ruby

Together since: 2001

Met at: the beer aisle at Safeway

Live in: Outer Sunset

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