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Love Train

Ben and Nicole, lookin' fine and ready to board the love train.
By David Perloff
Photos by Brevin Blach

Not counting a handful of taxis waiting for the next commuter train to drop its fare booty, Union Station seems pretty quiet for a Friday afternoon.

As the 5:55 p.m. Amtrak Surfliner idles on the other side of the tracks, Ben is waiting in the lobby with two tickets to "The Big O" ( Oceanside), the northernmost tip of this evening's blind date.

Before Nicole arrives to meet Ben for the first time,...