I would like to preface this with a little background about me. I have never been one to date regularly or become overly attached to my romantic relationships. After ending the most serious relationship I had been, in I took 1.5 years off from dating and relationships altogether; I needed to get my head back on and evaluate my goals. I was also traveling regularly for work so I was never in one place for very long. After determining that dating could be fun again, I started trying to connect with people. My friends are scattered all over and all seemed to be enjoying coupledom, so I turned to the web for the first time in my life to meet new people.
After about a week or two of looking I ran across a posting where the person definitely did not seem like they were looking for a hookup or a booty call and seemed pretty real but not overly focused on getting into a long-term relationship. Sounded pretty good to me, so I emailed her. For just over a week we emailed back and forth. It seemed like things were going pretty well, so we scheduled a lunch date on Super Bowl Sunday 2009…
She was running a little late, which I later learned was completely abnormal (she broke me of my late tendencies). When we finally met I was relieved that she didn’t look like an alien life form. We had a nice lunch and a beer and then went outside to enjoy 70 degree weather in February. After a couple of hours we parted so she could attend a Super Bowl party and so I could study.
First Sighting / Image via Downtown Joe’s
I left that date feeling a little excited and feeling like it had been a surreal interaction. We seemed to have so much in common, and yet there was enough mystery to keep the intrigue going.