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Poll: Where Did You Meet Your Significant Other?

For curiosity’s sake, I’m wondering where you met your current or last significant other. Maybe your answers will inspire those who are looking for a special someone…

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avatar SherBear400 June 28, 2011, 12:03 pm

I meet my current significant other at the dog park :-)

JK Jessika June 28, 2011, 12:07 pm

At my 2nd day of work I was walking down a hallway at the rehab center I worked at, I saw a TALL physiotherapist coming out of the staff room, I was hooked!!! 3 months later we started dating, after 1 1/2 years dating moved in together, now we’ve been married for nearly 4 years and have 2 beautiful daughters!!!!

Firegirl32 Firegirl32 June 28, 2011, 12:07 pm

My mom owned a gas station and I was filling in on weekends for her. This guy kept coming in. Like 4-5 times a day for a Diet Coke. I was a couple of years out of a really crappy divorce and was so sick of the dating scene I had no desire for a relationship, so he didn’t even blip on my radar. All I could think was it would be more cost effective if he would just buy a 12-pack. Geez. After a few months, my brother re-introduced us…as he worked there full-time and knew the guy. (I guess my mom had introduced us months before but I didn’t remember). We started talking a little. He was funny as hell. A firefighter. Kinda cute. …it’s been 2.5 years and my son and I moved in with him this last weekend…

avatar TheOtherMe June 28, 2011, 2:33 pm

Now your screen name makes more sense ( we ALL love firefighters ) good luck with the new living arrangements !

Firegirl32 Firegirl32 June 28, 2011, 5:00 pm

Yay! Thanks!

avatar Ghostface June 28, 2011, 8:34 pm

Would “FireWoman32″ been too reminiscent of the Cult?

Firegirl32 Firegirl32 June 29, 2011, 10:18 am

Ha! I never even thought of that! Smoke…she is a risin’ fire…

Sweet!

leilani leilani June 28, 2011, 12:08 pm

Every guy I’ve ever dated I met through mutual friends. In fact, the typical pattern has always been that I know who they are for a while, and then at one random get together we end up talking and really hitting it off, and then hang out a few more times with friends and flirt before we end up hanging out one on one. Always.

avatar LennyBee June 28, 2011, 1:16 pm

That’s my pattern too! Except it’s only happened once, and we’re still together and happy after 1 year and some. I guess it’s not really a pattern, but my “how we met” story.

avatar honeybeenicki June 28, 2011, 12:11 pm

Technically I met my husband at a bar. He was the drummer in a band that my mom’s coworker was the lead singer for. I was my mom’s DD at the shows and eventually we started talking and everything just went from there. That was years ago (we first met when I was 16 and my mom’s DD).

avatar BoomChakaLaka June 28, 2011, 12:13 pm

I’ve always met my significant others at school. The first was in high school, the second, in college and this one was in grad school. Guess if this doesn’t work out, I should get a PhD?

avatar Meg June 28, 2011, 12:28 pm

I met my boyfriend initially in college- we were both awarded the same academic scholarship (he a year ahead of me), and they tried to foster quite a bit of community among the scholarship recipients. We actually kissed at a fraternity party early during my freshman year, but we ended up going our separate ways. Eventually (years later) his best friend married one of mine, and those friends started saying that we’d be good together. I was hesitant because I didn’t want to make things complicated among our friends, but the more we saw of each other at group gatherings, the less I could deny I was developing feelings for him. At the same time as I acknowledged this, he broke up with the girl he was dating at the time and asked me out for our first date a few weeks later (8 years after we met). We’ve been dating 10 months, are talking about marriage/kids and are moving in together in a few weeks!

avatar Lindsay June 28, 2011, 12:31 pm

I often meet boyfriends through friends. And none of them have turned out well. They seem OK for a couple of weeks and then I find out that they like to lie a lot or are flakes, which is surprising to the mutual friend. So, now if my friends say they know someone I should meet, I’m wary. It’s a big difference being friends with someone and thinking they’re a nice person and them being a good person to date.

Jess Jess of CityGirlsWorld.com June 28, 2011, 12:52 pm

I felt the same way and never wanted to be set up. Until someone had the idea and showed me the guys Facebook page and I said, “well…. maybe just this once.” And now we’re together a year. I think the method doesn’t matter. It’s mostly luck!

avatar Kerrycontrary June 28, 2011, 12:32 pm

I’m a dork but I love to tell our “how we met” story. He needed a date for his ROTC Dining Out night. My roommate was dating his roommate, so his roommate suggested bringing me along. So I met him for this blind date to a formal dinner. Been together for 2 years now :)

avatar Tristy June 28, 2011, 12:36 pm

I love “how we met” stories, too! I hope one day I’ll be telling my own “how we met” story :)

avatar SGMcG June 28, 2011, 12:34 pm

My husband was invited as a guest for a sci-fi convention to conduct a panel on Godzilla and promote his webcomic on their comic track. I was sitting at the convention table next to his promoting a medieval role-playing group as a favor to a girl friend (NOT SCA regulated, since the kingdom was ruled by someone who could morph into a dragon). Our first date was the convention dance and we dated long-distance for two years. Then I moved down to live with him and we eventually got married – approaching four years this August. I made our wedding cake topper with me represented by a Hello Kitty angel gashapon I painted in my wedding colors and him represented by the figure representing him on his webcomic – a chibi Godzilla.

Jess Jess of CityGirlsWorld.com June 28, 2011, 12:50 pm

WOW! Can’t top that!

avatar SGMcG June 28, 2011, 1:31 pm

My husband and I still do the convention circut together whenever he’s invited as a guest, mostly the smaller ones that are easy to drive to. Our local news broadcast recently interviewed us about our “how we met” story. The interview loved it and said it was a great human interest story to show in the context of promoting the convention we were attending that weekend.

avatar MsMisery June 28, 2011, 1:36 pm

“Human interest story….”

Like, look not all congoers are smelly, hopeless, basement-dwellers?

>_>

avatar SGMcG June 28, 2011, 2:33 pm

I think it was more along the lines, “There’s a girl sitting at that table with Godzilla figures wearing Hello Kitty cat ears and she hasn’t approached me, even though I CLEARLY have a camera. What up with that?!? She’s GOT to have a story.”

avatar MsMisery June 28, 2011, 1:35 pm

Geek loooove!!! <3 <3

avatar Mary June 28, 2011, 12:38 pm

I met my husband online, but it wasn’t through a dating website. Rather, we met on a forum for people with similar views and interests (please forgive me for keeping it vague!). We we separated by 5000 miles, but once we started getting to know one another, the connection was undeniable. We met in person 9 months after we first exchanged e-mails (would have been sooner if there hadn’t been an ocean between us!). We’ve been married for 6 years.

avatar kali June 28, 2011, 3:06 pm

My partner and I met online too – in a freeform role-playing game. Because he was so much younger, I didn’t really pay too much attention when he started flirting with me and it took a lot of patience on his part for me to take him seriously. Then the LDR and finally he moved to So Cal to live with me. It’s been over ten years and we’re still gamers and very happily together.

avatar Mary June 28, 2011, 4:32 pm

What’s with the thumbs down? Somebody disagreed with how I met my husband? Sorry to disappoint you, Phantom Disagree-er, but it’s all true!

avatar TheOtherMe June 28, 2011, 4:36 pm

They’re probably not agreeing with “please forgive me for keeping it vague! ” people are curious !!! ;)

avatar Mary June 28, 2011, 4:46 pm

Ha! Maybe so!

avatar LT June 28, 2011, 12:40 pm

I was meeting a friend at the movies. She walked in with her new cute coworker who just so happened to be going to the movies alone. Within five minutes, he decided to join us. At the ticket counter, the agent sold me two tickets assuming that this guy I just met was in fact my boyfriend. That agent was onto something…

Jess Jess of CityGirlsWorld.com June 28, 2011, 12:45 pm

Hybrid approach!!!

Met my boyfriend through my bro-in-law who introduced us at a party. We met, chatted, and I thought he was dreamy but there was no follow-up (he misunderstood and thought I was taken!). Two months later, we spotted each other on OKCupid and the rest is history.

avatar spaceboy761 June 28, 2011, 12:45 pm

I met my wife through a friend. Like a normal person.

avatar Lydia June 28, 2011, 1:01 pm

Normal people are a myth.

avatar MJ June 28, 2011, 1:04 pm

Simpsons reference FTW!

avatar spaceboy761 June 28, 2011, 1:38 pm

Your getting my reference makes my life.

avatar BroGoddess June 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

I take a shuttle bus that picks up grad students from my neighborhood and drops them off at their various school buildings. When I first started school I had just gotten out of an LTR and was not looking to meet anyone. One day literally my first week of school, I’d stayed late to study. At a stop on the way home, this guy got on. He was very cute and I liked his air of confidence right away, so I decided to start a conversation. We ended up dating until he finished grad school last month and had to move. At the very least, I met someone I’ll know for a long time :)

avatar Sarah June 28, 2011, 12:57 pm

We worked at an art museum but in different departments. My job required me to be around the site indoors and outdoors late into the evening, so he would always make a point to come find me and keep me company after he finished his work day. When I had to stay outside for events that lasted until evening, he would always tell me the stories of each constellation I would see so I would have interesting things in the sky to look for. It took us years to date but now we live together and I couldn’t be happier :).

avatar Addie Pray June 28, 2011, 1:20 pm

I hope you hooked up under the constellations a la Ross and Rachel!

avatar Sarah June 28, 2011, 1:45 pm

Hahaha, no….but he does love monkeys….

avatar katiebird June 28, 2011, 1:06 pm

I met my boyfriend in high school, we were both chosen to go to this fancy award dinner in NYC at the Waldorf to represent our high school. Out of the ten people chosen, I was one of only 2 girls, so I got a lot of attention that night :) I actually didn’t talk to him much at the event (besides asking the same small talk questions multiple times…oops), but a week later he started non-stop facebook chatting me, and I got so annoyed with it that I gave him my number so I could go on the damn website in peace! We started texting a lot, and I liked being chased so I gave him a chance and went on a date with him. Our first date sucked. It was snowing. A lot. We didn’t connect, and he made fun of my best friend. I called him out on it, and told him I didn’t want to talk to him again if that was how our conversations would go. At first he sulked, but then he gave a pretty heartfelt apology, and because I was 16 and thought he was cute I gave him a second chance. It turned out to be a great choice! Our second date was awesome, and he asked me out officially on our third date. We’ve been together for 2 and half years and I couldn’t be happier :) So yes, I am young, but I still think our story is cute.

avatar Michele June 28, 2011, 1:07 pm

I met my boyfriend through the Jaycees. Specifically, on our way to sell beer at a NASCAR race. The kicker? I live 300 miles from where I grew up; he grew up in the town next to mine.

avatar Lydia June 28, 2011, 1:08 pm

I met my boyfriend on OkCupid. He had actually sent me a message months before, to suggest a novel he thought I should read (we’re both huge bibliophiles), but he was still in a relationship at the time so I kind of ignored him.

Months later, we had both that first message and freshly single, he messaged me again. I was tired of the dud dates I had been having but decided to try it one more time when I saw his favourite writers listed on his profile. Three dates later, I suggested we ought to change our OkC statuses from ‘single’ to ‘seeing someone’. We’ve now been together for two years, living together since last september, and we’re discussing marriage and kids.

avatar SalMarie June 28, 2011, 1:21 pm

I met my boyfriend in a bar, so we don’t exactly have one of those adorable “how we met” stories as a result! I was 21 and at a dance club with some girlfriends, and my now-boyfriend approached me on the dance floor. We danced the night away until closing time, got to know each other as much as one can with club music blaring, and I’ll even admit to making out with him on the dance floor (classy, I know – not my normal MO, I promise!). It was actually cute because at one point I went to use the restroom and while I was returned I found that he had gone around and introduced himself to the group of girlfriends I came with! He asked for my number at the end of the night, and although I almost never give out my number to random men in bars, I decided to go for it. He called me 2 days later and asked me out to dinner and a movie, I said yes, and I guess the rest is history! We have been together for 6 years now, have lived together for over 3 years, and are talking seriously about getting engaged in the near future. So I guess you CAN meet men in bars, after all!

avatar rainbow June 28, 2011, 1:37 pm

meeting a SO dancing is the best.

avatar LTC039 June 28, 2011, 1:53 pm

I guess its different in your town, which is a good thing. Where I’m from, the typical men that approach you on the dancefloor are the dirty-perverted type that try to grope you before even introducing themselves.

avatar SalMarie June 28, 2011, 2:05 pm

No it’s really not different in my city… this was just a lucky exception to the icky-guy rule :)

avatar LTC039 June 28, 2011, 2:51 pm

For the thumb-downers, you don’t even know what city I live in, therefore your judgements are moot.

@ SalMarie, that’s really great! Like rainbow said, it’s awesome to meet an SO while dancing!

avatar sarolabelle June 28, 2011, 2:35 pm

I met my guy the same way! minus the making out part. It sounds quite similar to my story!

avatar belongsomewhere June 28, 2011, 1:25 pm

I met my boyfriend during orientation weekend in college. We go to a tiny school in Manhattan, and we had both just moved into a dorm in the East Village–in other words, we had both just moved to NYC and were totally overwhelmed and confused because out school’s orientation was almost nonexistent. We walked out of the building at the same time to go to the same event, and because our college doesn’t have a campus, just a few scattered buildings, neither of us had any idea where we were going. So we met in college, but really we met on the corner of 12th St. and 4th Ave.

avatar MsMisery June 28, 2011, 1:29 pm

Though I am single now, I met my past SEVERAL relationship-type-people online (basically everyone I was in a serious relationship with since high school). One on an official dating website and three on myspace.

avatar rainbow June 28, 2011, 1:34 pm

i met his friend through okcupid, dated him for a couple of months and he introduced us.
i’m not proud of it, but we were so obviously better for eachother that guy 1 is not even angry at us now.

avatar Bethany June 28, 2011, 1:35 pm

I met my fiance on craigslist.
I was trying to convince a friend of mine to try online dating through a personal ad- She said she’d do it if I did it first, so I went for it. After 4+ years of dating we’re getting married in September.

avatar TheOtherMe June 28, 2011, 2:16 pm

Love this !

avatar Valerie June 28, 2011, 6:46 pm

A very good friend of mine met her brand new husband (they got married 2 weekends ago!) on craigslist. My friend spotted this guy a row down and a few seats over who was by himself at a small concert, put up an ad in the “missed connections” section of craigslist, and the guy (who never looked at craigslist, but happened to be bored at work that day) responded! And the rest is history!

avatar princesspetticoat June 28, 2011, 10:25 pm

This is the best thing ever! I’ve always wondered whether people actually reach each other on that missed connections thing.

avatar Bethany June 29, 2011, 9:48 am

I always wanted a missed connection! I used to post fake ones about my friends all the time :)

avatar LTC039 June 28, 2011, 1:49 pm

I met my boyfriend at a party at his brother’s house. My friend was invited (because she knew them from before) & she begged me to tag along with her (because I didn’t feel like going out that night). Finally, after her persistence, I gave in. An couple hours in I had drank a little more than I should’ve, & my now-boyfriend & I were talking. He had a girlfriend at the time, but she wasn’t there. A couple of months later they broke up & about two months or so after that we started dating. & now it’s been 3 years!

avatar BeccaAnne June 28, 2011, 2:07 pm

I put bar, but it was really a Frat party, same thing right!?

avatar Christina June 28, 2011, 2:09 pm

I met my fiance when he was moving into my apartment complex. I came home from errands and saw him parking by the office. I thought he looked pretty hot. I went upstairs and about 20 min later I went down to pay my rent and visit with the leasing agent Ann who I had become friends with. He was still in the office and I got all nervous and hardly talked when we were introduced. Turned out he had known Ann for years and she had sort of adopted him as a son. He mentioned that he didn’t have much furniture and I said I had a few extra lamps and chairs etc. He invited me to watch a movie and we started dating. We’ve been together for years and engaged for two. We still go visit Ann together.
Over the time I have known him I have realized that he was the guy in 2 missed connections over the years. One was over 10 yrs ago. He was the cute neighbor (I only saw once) of a couple of guys I used to hang out with and another time I saw him at my work.

avatar TheOtherMe June 28, 2011, 2:30 pm

Oh, I love a good “missed connections” story, thumbs up !!!

avatar Yammy June 28, 2011, 2:10 pm

I met mine at an art show that was at a bathtub/countertop resurfacing place. The owner had a passion for art and had the place set up to double as a gallery once a month. I went with my best friend because we are both homebodies who would spend every night at her house watching bad reality tv and we decided to make ourselves go out at least a little.

He was there with a friend who me & my friend knew, after the show we all went to a dive bar, played some pool, danced a little. The next day was July 4th. He invited me to a party, we spent the whole time hiding and throwing water balloons at everyone.

Now we are a little family; us, our 1 year old son and my cat, Sly.

avatar ReginaRey June 28, 2011, 2:15 pm

I met my boyfriend while studying abroad in Switzerland and Italy the summer before my senior year of college. It was definitely kind of random, but it made sense – we were in Europe because of similar interests in history and art and adventure, etc, so it made a good foundation to build a relationship on when we got back.

avatar TheOtherMe June 28, 2011, 2:18 pm

Mine was a client. My ex husband also.

avatar Addie Pray June 28, 2011, 10:07 pm

Oh this sounds scandalous. More details, please. :)

avatar TheOtherMe June 29, 2011, 10:02 am

Sorry :( Nothing scandalous, I dated a few clients, then I married one, then we split and a couple years later I started dating another client. Sounds like a lot of “company ink” ( can girls even say that ? ) but this was in a span of close to 18 years with the company.

avatar mcj2011 June 28, 2011, 2:22 pm

My husband and I met at work, when he left for a new job several years later, I was so upset, now i couldn’t imagine working together! We have been together 15 years married 9.

avatar TheOtherMe June 28, 2011, 2:29 pm

yay!

avatar Jennifer June 28, 2011, 2:31 pm

We met on a pirate ship! It was a pirate-themed party on one of those antique, wooden tall ships, and everyone dressed as pirates. His friend “accidentally” bumped into my friend, and the rest was history. Three years later, the same pirate party was held on the same ship and he proposed to me in front of all of our friends and family. Biggest and best surprise of my life!

avatar LTC039 June 28, 2011, 2:34 pm

A pirate proposal?! How awesome is that! I LOVE pirates!

avatar Bethany June 28, 2011, 2:35 pm

So cute!!!

avatar SGMcG June 28, 2011, 2:36 pm

Awesome! You and your SO must celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day with serious style.

avatar princesspetticoat June 28, 2011, 10:32 pm

I only had to read “we met on a pirate ship” to know that I LOVED your story.

avatar mcj2011 June 29, 2011, 11:16 am

great story!

avatar LANY June 28, 2011, 3:20 pm

We met at a black tie charity event, both recently out of relationships and dragged there by friends. My friend was making out with his friend in a corner, and we had to separate and get them home. He asked for my number, and now we live together. Our friends never saw each other again. :)

avatar Joanna June 28, 2011, 3:21 pm

I met my current boyfriend 6 years ago when we were both working in a grocery store in different departments. I was always intrigued by him because I thought he was handsome. And I was convinced he was a year or two younger than me because of how boyish he looked. Then 3 years ago, the store closed and we were transferred to other stores in the chain. Life moved on and I forgot about him.

Last year, I was out at at the nightclub I had recently started hanging out at, and I ran into him. It turned out that it was his regular hangout. Fast forward a few months and I ended up obliterating my car for an unrelated reason. I still wanted to hang out there and spend more time making friends, but I was too cheap to get a taxi ride home. So I asked him for a ride home.

I spent a few months asking him for rides home and we got to know each other outside of the formal work-friendly context. After a while he asked me to come over to his apartment and hang out with him. I said yes, figuring he wanted sex and I was feeling kind of low about myself, so I thought sex would be a good booster to my self-esteem.

It turned out I was wrong. Instead he sat me down on his couch and proceeded to ask me out formally and gentlemanly. I still figured why not date this superbly cute younger guy. We ate some food that he fixed and watched some TV while making out gratuitously. He took me home that night and I began to think there might be a catch cause nothing this awesome had ever happened to me before.

He picks me up for our first date and takes me to a really elegant Italian restaurant where he happens to know the staff on duty. The next place he takes me to is a venue where a band was playing. Incidentally, after they ask for ID to get in, I ask to see his ID thinking I want to playfully tease him about his picture or something. Well I was in for a surprise.

Remember how I thought he must be a year or two younger than me? It turns out that he is 10 years older than me. Being that we are 25 (me) and 35 (him) and well over 18, the age difference doesn’t make much trouble. But he still looks about my age with the wisdom of an older man.

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TL;DR Version

Don’t date men unless they are over thirty.

Firegirl32 Firegirl32 June 28, 2011, 5:14 pm

Mine guy is 8 years older than me…I never would have guess it. I agree. yay for you!

Firegirl32 Firegirl32 June 28, 2011, 5:15 pm

Oops. Sorry for the typo. *my guy

avatar Britannia June 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

I met my current boyfriend when we were still in middle school – 7th grade! We got together once I moved back to my hometown after spending my high school years in other countries, and then floating around for another 2-3 years.

I met my last serious boyfriend at a club in Mexico, and the one before that, through mutual friends.

avatar justpeachy June 28, 2011, 4:09 pm

I like to tell people I met my husband on a street corner.

My junior year of college we had every class together and didn’t realize it. One day, we got our first tests back and while we were waiting for the light to change so we could cross the street, he asked me how I did (which I rocked it, 100% baby) and then proceeded to leach off me the rest of the semester for homework help.

He likes to credit me with the upswing in his GPA.

avatar Kim June 28, 2011, 4:22 pm

I met my husband at an amusement park, but through a school event. I went to a very small, math/science college and every year they would send the new freshmen off to an amusement park to get to know each other. The school was also mostly guys, many of whom hadn’t really spoken to many girls in high school – so on the very dorky side. My group was me, one other girl, and about 10 guys. Most of the guys were trying to stand next to us in line, sit next to us on rides, etc… It was getting quite irritating, and I saw my husband standing off to the side, observing the spectacle (he had no interest in playing this weird game). So to escape the craziness, I went over to talk with him. It goes to show that trying harder isn’t always the best way to land a girl.

avatar Elle Marie June 28, 2011, 5:03 pm

I met my partner at a Game Night hosted by my local comic shop. It turned out he lived right around the corner and hung out there all the time – I hung out there all the time, too, but our paths had never crossed!

Geek love = best love.

avatar Ghostface June 28, 2011, 8:45 pm

Good for you guys. I love the geek love stories. They’re probably some of the most adorable.

avatar PinkPanther June 28, 2011, 6:00 pm

I could have chosen four of those answers! I knew of my boyfriend because we had been in the same major and were in a school activity together but we had barely ever talked to each other. We started dating after I ran into him and his roommate (a friend of mine) at the grocery store and my friend asked me if I wanted to go into the city with them later that night. When I got home my phone rang and it was my now boyfriend who told me they weren’t going to the city but decided to cook dinner instead and he invited me over. When I got there it was him, his roommate, and one other girl who the roommate was clearly interested in…. :) That was almost five years ago.

avatar Melissa June 28, 2011, 7:04 pm

I met my now-fiance on a dating site. It was amazing we hadn’t met sooner through other means though, because his parents’ house is a 3-minute drive from mine, he went to the high school down the street from where I live, and went to the same high school AND university as my cousin (who never thought to introduce us)!

avatar SpyGlassez June 28, 2011, 7:34 pm

Well, I have mentioned my story before, but I like telling it. I was 27 and had just been hired to teach composition at a community college an hour away from where I lived at the time. The Ginger was 25, and going back to school to get his associate’s degree because he’d been laid off. He signed up to take my comp course. It was an 8 week intensive “mini-mester” instead of the usual 16 weeks, so we finished up in mid-October. During the last class, he asked for my Facebook address because he wanted to “send me information about a couple books” he thought I would like. We started chatting – after I had submitted final grades for his class – and actually spent a full weekend (late Friday to early Sunday) chatting almost the whole time. He asked me out after that, we got together the following weekend and went out for dinner, and after dinner he asked if we could continue dating. We each went home, changed our facebook status to “in a relationship,” and have been happy together for the last almost-3 years.

avatar MsBorgia June 28, 2011, 8:06 pm

I met my boyfriend through my best friend. She seemed to have a habit of dating guys he lived with and I consequently heard many tales of his exploits.

We liked each other as soon as we met but neither of us realized how the other felt, plus I had a boyfriend. Once I was single my best friend basically Parent Trap-ed us to get us talking. Been two years now :)

avatar lindabun June 28, 2011, 11:05 pm

I put through a friend but it’s a little more random.. My friend dated his brother in highschool. Somehow I started to IM him over a few months, but never meet in person(different high school). Forward 6 years later, he was fb stalking me. The next day he sees me waiting for the bus to school. He catches me when we get off the bus and we start talking.. and walking to class.. Turns out we have class in the same building! And that’s how it all started.

avatar Lexington June 28, 2011, 11:11 pm

I met my fiancé at work- we worked at a coffee shop together. I actually turned him down the first night he asked me out- I’d decided I was going to kiss him that night earlier that week, and then the night before another guy we worked with asked me out so I felt guilty about that and kinda gave him the cold shoulder.

Thank God he didn’t take that first no for an answer :D

avatar SpaceySteph June 29, 2011, 1:01 am

I met my boyfriend on a sports team. We both work at the space center, but its a HUGE place and we had never crossed paths at work.
When you start here they put you through a week long familiarization course where they tell you an overview of the space station, space shuttle, space history, give you a tour… its super awesome for space geeks like me, more fun than work, and a great way to start your job here.
I met a girl there and a coworker from my same group had a huge crush on her. So she invited the whole class and some of her other coworkers for a party. There I met another guy from her group, several years older and really REALLY not my type (kind of a womanizing jerk, really). In fact, it was only after a few beers that I talked to him at all. He didn’t want to date me either, he wanted to recruit me for his co-ed softball team that was always short on girls. Well I agreed to be recruited, and met my boyfriend on the team… I had another boyfriend so we were only aquaintances/friends for almost 2 years. Its amazing how many small things have to fall into place before you can meet someone you click with. I think of all the little missteps that could have occurred and then we never would have even met, let alone dated.

avatar Fairhaired Child June 29, 2011, 5:00 am

that’s so cute!

avatar callmehobo June 29, 2011, 1:45 am

This is gonna sound cheese-y, but I met my current SO in high school!

avatar Fairhaired Child June 29, 2011, 4:55 am

One of my APO Brothers met her (its a co-ed frat but we are all called brothers) SO (also in the frat) in highschool, and they’ve been together for over 6years. They are SO FREAKING CUTE. I’m terribly jealous, and when we do group together one would never really know they were dating except for the occasional cute touch or glance to each other. Not at all over bearing “OMG WE ARE SO DATING” type of thing. They just fit together so perfectly. I love them both.

avatar Nadine June 29, 2011, 3:42 am

I met my boyfriend when he lived in a scummy flat where my best friend lived.
He was new to town. I was around a lot. We stayed up all night talking. My best friend got suspicious. Exciting things happened, and here we are years later, both new to a new town, together!

avatar Fairhaired Child June 29, 2011, 4:51 am

I met most of my bfs through school or other activities. But my current boyfriend I met through a friend because apparently I “had rotton luck with picking guys”. And his friend was “perfect for me because we were both very strange”. I had been through a really rough time breaking up with a boyfriend and then losing a best friend arguing over FWB status. I did not want to be fwbs I wanted to date – and when I got mad at him making a sexual comment to a girl we both knew he said it was because I loved him and the feelings weren’t at all recipricated(sp) Nice huh? Anyway I swore off guys for 6 months, including any FWB or ONS thing and decided to have a “coming out” party afterwards to announce that I was going to go back on the dating scene. (this was difficult for me)

My OTHER male friend (the one who introduced me to my current BF), was going to host the party for me dubbed “penis party” aka “anyone should make out with anyone” kinda party. I had already started inviting a ton of friends and their friends. My guy friend, had given out my number to his friend, and said “she’s having a penis party so you should probably be there”. Even though we had NEVER met. He (the now-bf) didn’t text so I was horrified when I suddenly got a call from some random guy saying that my friend had invited him to the party for the sole purpose to “make out with me” etc on my “special day”. So we started talking for the month before the party, all phone calls, and spoke a lot! I went up the day before my party to meet him (2 1/2 hours away) and so that he could follow us back to where the party was the following morning. We went out to the bar, I was super nervous, and he spilled a drink on himself which made me laugh and be less nervous because then he was nervous. We ended up making out that night (it was exactly 6months!) at the bar. The rest is history, after my party the next day I pretty much told him “so I dont like sharing and I spent the whole party with you.. so are we dating or not” .

So our anniversary is 3 days long because we cant decide on when we started dating (at the bar the night before party, at the party, or in the wee hours of the next morning after the party). We’ve been going strong for 1yr and 4months. And have lived together for about 8 months. Today is actually the last “day” of our 1yr4month anniversary. And its also my Birthday.

avatar SpaceySteph June 29, 2011, 6:54 am

Aww, my bf and I mark the months too. I got the idea from a good friend- they accidentally set their wedding for their 100th month anniversary (high school sweethearts that got married after college- 8 long years together). They told a story during the ceremony about how they would always make the 5th of every month (the monthaversary of their first date) special. It helped them alot when they were long distance, and even 100 months into it, were still observing the monthaversary.
I started doing it too after that- we don’t make a big deal (especially now that we’re past the year) but every month on the 14th, I mention that its been X months since we started dating. Small victories count!

avatar SpaceySteph June 29, 2011, 6:58 am

That was supposed to be a reply to Fairhaired Child. My work network has been rejecting wordpress all night!

avatar Fairhaired Child June 29, 2011, 7:59 am

lol I realized that! We dont really do much besides tell each other “you know its x anniversary.. I’m so glad we met ” and then just hold each other and sigh happily <3

avatar evanscr05 June 29, 2011, 7:45 am

I always had trouble meeting guys so my dating past has been rather small. I was getting over a really bad breakup and decided to try online dating. I was in grad school at the time, and working 40+ hours a week, and didn’t really know where to meet anyone so I figured, hey, what the heck? Signed up for a year on eHarmony and realized my heart just wasn’t in it yet. I put it down for about 7 or 8 months until I woke up one day and realized I was over my ex and wanted to have a relationship (and not just DATE). About a month and half into jumping back onto eHarmony I met my now-fiance. Our first date (or so I like to say) was a nearly 8-hour phone conversation that went until 3 in the morning (and probably would have been longer had we not had to go to work at 8am the next day :-)) with zero awkward pauses. I fell in love with him the first time I heard his voice. I felt as if I was talking to an old friend. That was nearly 4 years ago and I’ve never been happier in my life. We’re walking down the aisle in just over 2 months :-)

avatar afgal382 June 29, 2011, 9:04 am

I met my guy at the gym. He started showing up to the kickboxing class I loved. I figured he was married so when he would chat me up after class I thought he just really enjoyed the class. We ran into each other 3 or 4 days a week there and would talk for an hour at the front desk before he finally asked me on a date (and boy was I glad he was single!) We’ve been together 3.5 years and we just bought my engagement ring!

avatar DW Reader June 29, 2011, 2:57 pm

After I caught my ex cheating, I broke it off – he refused to move out of my apartment, had no place to go, no car, no $$ (cause he had no job). The only way I got him to leave was by legally evicting him, then gave him $ to move, helped him pack, and moved his belongings in my truck. He had finally found a room for rent on craigslist. I drove his stuff to his new place, and the guy who owned the house caught my eye. After the ex was kicked out by the owner of the house for non-payment of rent, I got a phone call from the home owner asking me to come egt my ex’s stuff out of his house. That homeowner is now my fiance…..

avatar MrsVB June 30, 2011, 12:56 am

My husband and I were neighbors when we met. I had just moved to a college town and I was helping my roommate unpack. We heard fireworks in the beginning of June, and decided to holler back at the boys that were hooting for them, and so they hollered back at us. Long story short, my roommate know one of the two guys, and started dating the other a few weeks later. They had a third roommate that was working at the time, but he turned out to be my husband. The first day that I met him, we all went on a hike, and even though I didn’t say more than five words to him that day, I knew I was in trouble.

avatar liza July 1, 2011, 2:25 pm

Short story: I “met” my boyfriend at H&M (haha) and then ran into him again that night in a bar, in a city of 5 million!

While I was waiting for a friend, I heard a British accent and noticed the attractive man it belonged to. For whatever reason, I got really nervous and thought to myself that I just HAD to talk to him (normally, I am not like this!). I couldn’t think of anything to say that didn’t sound bat-shit crazy and random; luckily, his friend looked like someone I saw Facebook that was supposed to my in my master’s program (said program was about to begin and the class had all joined a Fbook group). Anyway, turns out that the friend was not in my program and that they were PhD students visiting from a nearby city. Embarrassed, I walked away and laughed about it with my friend.

That night, my very-new friends from my program went out to celebrate my birthday. Standing at the bar, I heard an English accent again. I was little bit braver (thanks to some alcohol) and walked right up to him to talk, still feeling this weird “duty” to talk to him. He was very friendly, well-spoken, and into all the same obscure bands as I was – we were even attending the same concert the next day. He wasn’t flirtatious at all, and as it turns out, we both thought the other wasn’t interested, but just a potential new friend. Luckily, a guy friend started chatting with him about Premier League soccer and he mentioned to my friend that he thought I was “really awesome.” My friends encouraged me to go talk to him again and to make an effort at flirting (its hard for me to flirt with someone I’m actually into). This time, things were less platonic, we hit it off, and he asked me out. He was so direct and no-games in perusing me (texting the next day, taking me out 2 days later, taking the 2 hr train from his city to see me, etc.) I just couldn’t say no. :)

About to hit our 2 year anniversary!

avatar CM214 July 2, 2011, 6:46 pm

I met my new boyfriend at a bar/through a friend. He’s in a local cover band and my friend’s boyfriend would cover for him sometimes so she introduced me. this was almost a year ago, but we just started dating a month or so ago and its been great!

avatar Jillian July 12, 2011, 4:21 pm

I organize tweetups for all the twitter users in my city (I’m kind of a geek..) my boyfriend started following me a few years ago, and came to an event I was having. We were both dressed like disgusting zombies. When he saw me the first time, fake flesh was literally rotting off my face. We are so happy and in love!

avatar Rachel August 18, 2011, 8:32 pm

I met my current significant other on a cruise. We met by accident; one of his friends splashed me in the pool and i splashed back, and we all wound up having a splash war. he and i wound up talking, and he invited me to go with him to a theater show with him. i said yes, and we wound up having a good time. We walked around the ship afterwards, and found ourselves at the very front of the ship, where it was a beautiful view. The night sky was crystal clear, and we stood there talking for a long time when he finally kissed me. Once the cruise was over, i stayed in Puerto Rico for a week, and my hotel was near where he lived. we hung out a bit more, and grew very close as we shared very similar interests, and just felt a great connection. I live in florida, so our current LDR works out fairly nicely. We webcam on fridays and saturdays, and text every day. I am very much in love <3

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