Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: How I met your Father.

Yesterday Erin did a post about how she met her husband, which reminded me that I wanted to do a similar post.  Or rather, my Mom wanted me to, well, kind of.  I’ll get to that.

Let’s see.  I graduated from college in May 2001.  I was still living in my hometown, where unless you want to marry someone you went to high school with, the eligible bachelor population is rather scarce.  Blind dates were out of the question, as the last one I went on was set up by my sister (she came along too w/ her bf) and my date was still wearing his shit-kickers from milking the cows and he later asked me if I had accepted Jesus into my heart. 

With great trepidation, I decided to try online dating.  This was huge, because in 2001 online dating was not exactly as popular as it is today.  Basically, my Mom was convinced that online dating would lead to me being raped, murdered, and left for dead.  She was wrong on all counts, but I suppose it was possible. 

I first posted an “ad” on the excite.com personals (which I don’t think they even have anymore).  Within days there were probably 50 dudes wanting to tap my ass go out on a date.  However, dial-up internet made it impossible for me to weed through all the losers. 

So, I took the ad down and decided to answer an ad instead.  I think my search criteria was:  male (seeking female, duh!), between 25-30, non-smoker, never married, and no kids.  Naturally, I picked the most attractive guy and sent off an email (to Shawn).  He wrote back, we exchanged several emails, and he asked me to go out several times before I decided to finally go for it.

To say I was nervous was an understatement.  Obviously I had dated and had boyfriends before, but this was different.  I was 21 and he was 27.  He had a real job, a town house, and 2 cars.  I drove an hour to meet him (which sounds bad, but I think that was my choice) and I met him in the Home Depot parking lot. 

Not to get off track, but a month or two ago Alivia asked us where we met and we told her we met in a parking lot.  The next week she told my Mom that “My Mommy and Daddy met in a parking lot!”  My Mom may have gotten after me for this, I guess she thought that it made me sound like a hooker. 

Back to the parking lot.  I met him there, but then got in his car to go on the date, so I’m not exactly sure how that was any safer?  Don’t tell my mom, mmkay?  We went to the zoo, then to TGIFriday’s for dinner, then played mini-golf, and then we went to a park for awhile.  We talked for a long time at the park, and Shawn told me he had been married before.  What?  He said he had it posted on his ad (which he later showed me), so I’m not exactly sure how he showed up in my search results.  He should have been weeded out!  I’m just sayin.

After the park he took me back to my car, but then asked me to come to his place to watch a movie.  I went, but again, don’t tell my Mom!  The movie we watched I wouldn’t exactly consider a first date “type of movie.”

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The funniest part was that during the whole movie Shawn’s stomach was making those weird fart noises that are inside your belly, but will never come out.  Do you know the ones I’m talking about?  (He’s going to kill me for writing this!)  He kept going to the bathroom, which was annoying because he had this weird roommate who everyone was convinced was a child molester. 

Needless to say, he regretted asking me to come over for the movie and there was no kiss.  He didn’t try to kiss me on the second date either, so I was all “are you gay, or what?!”  He said he wasn’t, and we kissed, and the next day he sent me a dozen roses to prove he wasn’t gay. 

Our first date was in July, we got engaged in December, and were married the following December.  And, yes, I’m glad he wasn’t weeded out.               

26 comments:

Kelsey Claire @Lavender, Leopard, and Lace said...

Loved your story. You knew what was in ie online dating before it was even in! I think more and more people are meeting that way these days! Thanks for sharing!

Sazzle said...

thanks for sharing! Perhaps there is still hope for me!

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing! Love the story!

Jen said...

Love the story and thanks so much for sharing it with us.

You are great!

Miss S said...

Aww, thats cute :)

Haven's Mom said...

What a great story! Thanks for the laughs =)

One Take On Life - Heather said...

Awww...that's a great story. But seriously what kind of marathon date was that...zoo, dinner, mini golf, park and then back to his house for a movie? That's some first date.

Meghan said...

Aww! I love this story. I felt the same way about my hubby - he didn't kiss me on our first date and I was all, "What is wrong with you?" But I guess he was a true gentleman:)

Kara@Pickerill Prattle said...

Thanks for sharing your story! It is so cute! Oh, and the parking lot---I have one better. I met my husband for the first time on a street corner! And I am by no means a hooker! Ha! I will have to share that story on my blog some day!

Lil' Woman said...

I just found your blog and my goodness you are freakin' hilarious...I might have to go back and back read to catch up on the funny-ness!! :)

Heidi said...

That's really sweet!

~Niki~ said...

it is possible, yes. that's how dh and I met, in a chat room in 1999 LOL. we'll be married 10 years in april! (28)
!niki!

Laura and Ryan said...

Online?? I never would have guessed that..but it's awesome! I totally know the fart sounds you are talking about...I had them throughout the SAT from nerves or something...

Cool story!

Yankee Girl said...

First of all, if I was your sister or BFF and you told me this story right after it happened, I would seriously be beating you for getting into a car with a stranger!

That being said, I am so glad things worked out! And that was one hell of a date. I cannot believe he asked you over to his house and didn't make a move. We all know that when guys ask "do you want to come to my place and watch a movie?" they all really mean "do you want to come over to my place and get naked."

Well, most of them mean that anyway!

Hillary said...

Ha, I totally remember you showing me his profile on line and coming over to hear all about your first couple of dates! I think for some reason we jumped in your car one night and drove to his condo, didn't we? Wasn't there rollerblading involved somewhere too?

That's a really strange choice for a first date movie, especially since you actually watched it.

love your story though!!!

Danielle said...

If I need a good laugh I know where to go! You crack me up. Thanks:)

Kristin said...

Too cute! We watched Euro Trip on one of our first dates! Nothing like raunchy humor when you barely know someone. Ah ha ha

ty said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I know those stomach noises. WELL.

And I love the "we met in a parking lot line." I have an equally as funny story regarding Patrick, but I think I'll have to email it to you, because if I posted it I'd be unfairly labeled Skanky the Slut.

Erin said...

I, too, love the parking lot line---and you're right---that was some first date! Whoa!

p.s. you should've linked up over at Tattoo's place, too! maybe it's not too late? if it is, definitely link up to her next time. It was her prompt and you might get a lot more traffic/visitors that way, too!
;-)

Mary Beth said...

What an awesome story! Guess what, I met my hubby online, too! I met him through ICQ, remember that? The messaging program? Anywho, he was looking through random people, and saw a girl that lived in NC. (where we are both from) He sent me a message, we chatted, and 12 years and 4 kids later, life is good! :) Oh yeah, I kind of drove 5 hours to meet him, and spent the weekend with him. He was 21, but still lived at home with his parents. Oh yeah, he also had had a DUI, which was why he didn't drive to see me. WHAT WAS I THINKING????? hehe But, he has since grown up, and we are living happily ever after.

Cara Smith said...

That is great. I may eventually have to tell my story of meeting my hubs. Seriously crazy stuff.

Kristi B said...

Your such a funny storyteller :-) Glad your not a hooker meeting guys in parking lots anymore ;-)

Amy said...

That is crazy!!!
Can't believe he even showed in your search since he had been married before.

Must have been fate...yes, I'm a romantic dork;)

Corrie and Phil said...

Great story!

You inspired me to share my story of "How I met my man." Even though we're from the same hometown and same high school, we didn't connect that way. Does that make it a "little" more excusable? I NEVER, NEVER, NEVER thought I would marry someone from FHS.

Cammie said...

Jay and I met through Excite.com personals too! Great story!

Mrs. Carioca said...

I met my husband online in 2001 too. And the first time we met was on the street corner! Gosh, that sounds worse than the parking lot!