Me and Diana can mark the first anniversary of our first date tomorrow. We met at this kinda goofy bar called the Ice House near where she works. It was a crazy day because that morning was the mini-media day at Cedar Point for Maverick, for which I was there at 5 a.m. I was so fried, but I dunno, I had a good feeling about this one.
We were first matched by eHarmony in March. At the time, Diana was in Florida to be with her mom, who was dying of cancer. She tried to stay up on it though, and kept promising (and apologizing) we'd talk after things settled down. It's still crazy to me that she kept up given the circumstances.
She actually cancelled on me once because of her allergies, but this day we finally met. The cavs were in the playoffs, and there was a game on as we sat in their outdoor area. She had a Mike's or three, while I had a couple of Coronas. I was a little intimidated, I guess because I felt like she had done more in terms of travel and seeing the world.
We talked about the general progression of our lives, and experiences with online dating. I left with a good feeling about her, and we actually had dates every week from then on, even though I had one or two in between with other women. We didn't kiss until a couple of weeks later, not until mid-July actually. It was not romantic, but more of a "get it over with" situation to just break that ice. In the hot tub of course.
We were pretty touchy feely and gross from that point on, and by late fall it was already pretty obvious that this was going to be a very long-term relationship.
It's funny how much things can change in just one year. It all depends on how willing you are to put yourself out there. I'm pretty happy with the results. :)
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