For those of you who don't know, my beloved and I met online. We didn't use a dating service or anything of that sort, because we weren't looking for potential mates. We crossed paths once in a chat room on MSN, then "met" again almost a year later in another MSN chat room for trivia buffs. We didn't know at the time that we had a mutual friend. Her name is Nikki, and she is a dear friend to both of us. We got to know one another pretty well while we were yukking it up in "To Quizinity and Beyond", and the three of us met in Memphis on one of her visits to the states. She's from Australia and had come to the US to meet a few of our trivia buddies, and she graciously accepted my invitation to stay with me for a week. Carl and I had just met in person that weekend, and Nikki arrived in Memphis the day he was leaving. The three of us had a grand old time that day sightseeing, snapping photos, and laughing nonstop. Nikki and I saw Carl off, then headed back to my apartment in Arkansas.
She was a wonderful houseguest. I couldn't take off work, so she was basically stranded in Hooterville until I got home each day. There is no fun to be had in Hooterville. In the evenings, we'd go to Little Rock or North Little Rock to find fun, and even that was a stretch. I grew up in Little Rock, but on the southwest side, sheltered, if you will, from all things cultural and cool. In other words, I was a dork. Okay, make that am, but... well, now you know why. Pretty much, we'd just go out to dinner and then for a walk. The highlight of her visit, I'm sure, was the night we went to Outback Steakhouse. Yes, I did take my vegan Aussie friend to Outback. Well, we were running out of options, and she hadn't been there before. And yes, she still laughs at me for that.
She is now happily married to one of our other trivia buddies and living in Washington state. They are the proud parents of one adorable little boy. We will get together again one of these days, this time on her turf, because obviously, I am the most-boring-ever hostess on the planet. Or at least on 2 continents.
We chat every now and then on MSN messenger, which is one of the ways that Carl and I stayed connected while we were dating. Yahoo! messenger is another. Sometimes we'd do both at the same time. We'd also talk on the phone while making faces at each other on our webcams. Barb asked me in her comment on this post about the webcam. Yes, I did get the webcam so that Carl and I could see each other. Because who wants to be seeing this or this
while typing sweet nothings to a computer? Really. And the cool thing is I'm not half bad looking in comparison. Although I do wonder about his affinity for little old ladies. Not that I'm worried. I'm already halfway there.