WARNING! Sarah asked me to tell the story of how we met through my lens, since we both agree that most of what I remember from that time period in our lives is correct, and simply put, she just likes how I write. So please enjoy our story, and look forward to seeing you in September!
The journey begins with a big move. After over 6 years of living in the hustle and bustle of the Big City (New York City), it was time for me to get back to what I know and love; the great outdoors. And what better place to embrace my love for nature than Colorado.
Fast forward to that first day in Denver, Colorado. I remember thinking, “Okay Matt, you know absolutely no one in this town. How are you planning to meet people and begin building a network?” Ahh, the beauty of technology! So, from my little hand held device, I created a profile on “OK Cupid,” a free online dating website, because I’d rather be meeting women than men of course! J
How hard could this online dating thing be? I mean, you see their pictures and all of the things they enjoy, so you’ll pretty much know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, right? Who would lie about who they are and what they want from life? And, the picture she’s displaying wouldn’t be from 10-15 years earlier right? Suffice it to say, the first couple of dates were less than to be desired. Let’s put it this way, don’t go to an all you can eat buffet on a first date…unless you’re ready to see a big appetite. I think I gave her more napkins that compliments. Yeah, she was my first date.
But I stuck with it, and found a profile that was particularly interesting. Under “Interests,” the top line item was “Bourbon and Baseball.” Now I knew reaching out to this girl, even if it didn’t work out, we’d be able to enjoy two of my own favorite things while on the date. So, I figured, let’s give this girl a chance and see if she would like to grab a drink. I was done buying dinner on the first date, that’s for sure!
So, after a little back and forth via online messaging/email, I decided to pick up the phone (as only a gentleman would do) and ask this girl “Sarah” out on a date. As usual, I expected the customary "couple of rings, then straight to voicemail" situation, so I had my voicemail message planned out, but when she picked up the phone after the second ring, I found myself at a loss for words. It went something like this, "Ugghhh, I didn't know you were actually going to pick up the phone, you must be excited go out on our date!" To her reply, "Actually, I thought you were someone else." Excellent start to the conversation!
We toughed out the initial awkwardness of the conversation, and I somehow managed to come out of it with a date. And even on a Saturday night! Now, you never typically give up your Saturday night for a first date, this is an unspoken rule, but little did she know I had nothing better to do and I think I caught her a bit off guard. Either way, she didn't know she was going to meet the man of her dreams that night, so I guess it all worked out! J
The truth is, we're both incredibly lucky to have found one another; to love, to care for, to honor, and to be able to hold our relationship high; in both good times and bad...bourbon and baseball happened to be the icing on the cake.
We met that Saturday night, and it would change our lives completely. I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with technology (you most likely already know this if you've ever tried to call/text me and it takes me a couple of days to get back to you), but if it wasn't for the times we live in and technology, our paths may have never crossed...and for that, I am ever grateful.
P.S. – Ironically, I’m marrying a woman that loves technology, so much so that she works in the field of Informatics (look it up if you don’t know what it is) in a hospital. I’m learning to embrace it!
Added by Matthew on Tue, Nov 10th 2015