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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…


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!