Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. My husband and I met through an online dating service. As our relationship got serious, we started celebrating every possible moment. Besides exchanging gifts on special occasions such as Valentine’s, we also remembered the first time we exchanged photos, the first time we talked on the phone, and of course the first time we uttered those momentous words: “I love you.”
Fast forward about twenty years and neither of us remembers most of the firsts. But we do remember when we first exchanged letters and that’s what this post is about. Twenty years this past October, my husband and I first met online.
To celebrate, my husband uploaded some screenshots to Facebook of the website that brought us together. (Thank you, Internet Archive Wayback Machine). I’ve posting those shots and his descriptions here for your entertainment. Obviously we were attracted to this site by the price (free!) and not its appearance.
The dating website provided two ways to fill out its questionnaire. There was a downloadable DOS program, which is what Andy used. After answering all 155 questions, it would save a data file which then had to be emailed back to them. I used the online questionnaire.
What we both really liked about this site, besides that it was free, was how detailed and thorough the questions were. You could indicate what qualities you wanted, and which of those qualities were preferred, and for each thing you could say how important it was to you.
Both of us said we wanted to be matched with someone nearby, so of course a Nebraska boy was matched with a Newfoundland girl. Just 2,500 miles apart, no big deal.–Andy
The site still exists. It’s no longer free, but at least they updated the design. Enjoy! http://computer-dating.com/
Besides reliving old memories on the 20th anniversary of when we first met, Andy and I also had a full weekend. We attended a dog trial that a friend of mine holds. The trial tested dogs on their ability in tracking, obedience, and protection. We went to a library book sale. I started my collection of mystery cozies. We went to a fundraising photography shoot. Our toy poodle, Barnaby, had his first professional portrait taken. We also watched scary movies, ate out at our favorite sushi place, and treated ourselves to a visit to Yogurtini. A perfect anniversary!