At the end of September in 2006, my dear friend KMo convinced me to join Match.com. At the time, although online dating was becoming more and more mainstream it was still a little stigmatized. KMo reasoned that if we did it together, we could share our escapades and support each other. A little skeptical, I was open to the suggestion because I was in a closed social circle. Moving back to my hometown after college, I was happy to be surrounded by friends and family but was not meeting anyone new.
About a month and a half into the Match.com experience, I went on the worst date of my entire life. It was a long drawn out “drinks” date at one of my least favorite local bars (his suggestion). Even though it was so long ago, I can still remember him saying, “I’m used to dating really pretty girls and you’re so smart!” Suffice it to say, I was soured a little on the online dating experience after that encounter, but the very next day, this handsome face showed up in my inbox:
Courtesy of my Gmail archive