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This Thread is for talking about how a new relationship began.

Give us the details of how you found the other person and how it came about that you became a couple.

If you're still with that person, you could rant a little bit about how great they are.

If you're not or you desperately want to get rid of them, we have a different thread for talking about what went wrong. You can say all the things that are wrong and then tell them to give it a look. That ought to do it. :-)

https://permies.com/forums/list

I'm going to let someone else start this one.
 
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We met on Yahoo Messenger. I was going to CSU and him UW. Rivals! We were on Christmas break and we were the only 2 people in Wyoming awake and online at 3am. First date was on Christmas day. Got married 5 months later. 14 years, 2 kids and a million animals later I can say it was the best decision of my life, even if some moments haven't felt quite so amazing. ;)
 
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Just got out of the service and started college.  The first time I saw her it was like a hammer.  I thought she was beautiful and way out of my league,  she actually took my breath away.  I know sounds cheesy. It took me a week to get up the courage to ask her out.  We are coming up on our 24th anniversary.  We have two kids.  

I've been reading the comments on finding a guy or a gal and I haven't commented.  I'm not sure what to say.  If both people are giving 100% you can work through the B.S.  That's so cliche though.  We are both perseverant as hell, and stubborn, that's part of it.     Both

of our parents were married 50+ years, maybe that helped. I'm not sure.   There are always good people out there I'm sure of that.  I dated some nut jobs when I was younger.  I dated some nice girls that I had nothing in common with.  You just have to keep at it.  Don't give up.  Marriage isn't easy that's for sure.  You go

through evolutions. The longer you stick with it the more that person becomes part of you.  I always thought it was weird that my grandparents would finish each other's sentences.   I get it now.  You get on the same wavelength almost like you can read their mind.  You find that you are thinking the same thing at the same time.

I think that the connections we talk about between flora and fauna are just as applicable to humans.  Hell, maybe I just got lucky.

It's not all lollipops and rainbows but it's worth it.
 
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We started off with two really good ones.

I'm going to give you two. One which unfortunately ended due to severe cultural differences. And the other which is ongoing.

I was innocently going through pictures of women on Tinder, not thinking that I was going to find anything serious. After running out of women in my age category, I slid the bar down and matched with a young woman who I thought was in Vancouver, not far away. She was in Kenya. She didn't hide that fact, I just didn't know that you could place yourself anywhere in the world on Tinder. She is the only person that I met on Tinder , that I would have ever considered as marriage material.  I'm sure there were lots more, but I wasn't meeting them . She has relatives in Canada and a best friend who lives 15 miles from me. So, we chatted about a million things and eventually I went to Kenya. It turns out that we are better online friends than we are in person, due to extreme control issues on her part. The women run everything in her tribe and I was expected to do whatever she said. After numerous warnings, I ended it. It's unfortunate a beautiful person who has many admirable qualities. But she just couldn't allow anything to be a two-person decision. Sorry to dump on you, but the beginning and end of this were only 10 months apart. I dusted myself off and decided to try again. She has not bounce back very well at all.

My next relationship also began online, but this time I planned it. So I wasn't dealing with a pool of one. This time,  l wrote out a really good profile that was very accurate in describing myself and my hopes and dreams. I got lots of messages and was made the favorite of many, and I sent interest messages to probably 75 different women. It was a daunting task, because of the numbers. Eventually, I narrowed it down to one that I really like. I hid my profile, to show her that I was serious. She got rid of all of her other matches on day 2 of our interaction. So, a good start. I am completely confident that she's not still shopping, but she has had doubts, just because so many foreign men abuse women in her position. But other than that it's looking pretty good. She comes from an intact family and really loves both of her parents and her siblings of which there are seven. I didn't realize how important this was, until dating the woman from Kenya and realizing that so much of her control issues have to do with having a father that was deep down no good.

The family has to approve of me, so I will be on my best behavior when I go for a visit. But I haven't been sugar coating everything with her. I've been completely honest about my atheism. She's Catholic but doesn't believe any sort of literal version of biblical events. Perfect. I don't think they're going to be the same cultural clash, in this relationship. There are no red flags, so far as I can tell. With the Kenyan woman there were red flags, which I was willing to overlook, to a point.

My girlfriend in the Philippines isn't assertive enough. She expects that I will make almost every decision, which might be true in the beginning, but I would want it to be more even as time goes on. We've had some problems in maintaining data connection, because she refuses to allow me to pay the small amount that it would take to improve it. So several times we've gone days without contact. I'm really pushing towards having full-time contact as the date approaches when I'd like to travel.

So I guess that's it for me, no stories of long-term bliss just yet.
 
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At school I hung out with two lads, one dark haired and one red haired, in a very Harry Potter-esque manner.  Unlike in the books though, I eventually fell in love and married the dark haired one.  After 13 years, most of which were blissful (check out other thread...), we parted ways.

I found myself left with a baby, and a red pick-up I couldn't drive so I tried to sell it to my boss.  He sent one of his drivers round to collect it.  I offered him a cup of coffee and he sat on my doorstep and correctly identified all the seedlings coming up in my garden, which I'd just sown with various packets of mixed wild-flower seeds.  I was impressed! We ended up driving around all over the place in the pick-up checking out all the wild-flowers everywhere and fell in love, staying together for 21 years until I lost him earlier this year.

Then I went back and found the red-haired guy from school...



 
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From everything you've said about him, I think Les might have been more correctly named, More. It's amazing that you were able to reconnect with someone from school.

So it looks like it helps a girl's chances if she has a pickup truck.
 
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You're all probably sick of my story, as I've told it a few times here on the forums. But, I can't resist posting it in a thread all about how relationships got started.

I met my husband at church, in the young adults group. Unlike most everyone there at the time, he actually talked about important and interesting things, like oceanography, philosophy, the meaning of life, striving to be better, etc. He was real and honest with a genuine smile. That was my impression the first day I met him. Two weeks later, we both went to a church retreat, and had fun talking about mushrooms, trees, and digging through rocks in the gravel to find little jewels.

Then, he offered me flowers, saying, "You know a lot about flowers. Can you identify these for me?" So I told him they were hydrangeas and handed them back. He said they were for me. I said something dumb like "Oh." and put the flowers on the table next to me. My brain said flowers=dating and I wasn't going to date someone unless they were my best friend, and I'd only known him two weeks!

He thought my response meant I didn't like him, so he stopped coming to church. Meanwhile, I kept and dried the flowers quietly in my closet. Since his parents also attended my church, I's go up to them every month or two and ask them how he was doing. A year after I scared him off, the church needed a bass player, and his dad volunteered him. So, I saw him again, and made sure to flag him down and chat with him. He figured this meant that maybe I was interested in him, and he told me and my friend that he had a gift card to an ice cream shop, and suggested we hang out and use the gift card. We arranged a day and got ice cream. Then we arranged a few other times to "hang out" (yay for hanging out at thrift stores!). That went on for about two months. I think we exchanged emails and phone number at some point, becuase...

Our church had a yearly gala, complete with swing music and dancing. He called me up and asked if I was going. I said something like, "Yeah, I think so. It seems like a lot of people are." Pretty sure he asked to pay for my ticket, but I'd already bought one. He asked what colors I'd be wearing, so I told him. When we arrived there, in semi-matching attire, a friend asked, "Are you guys dating?" We looked at each other and said something like, "I guess so!"

Long Story Short: We met at church and both kind of took turns scaring the other off and finding ways to further the relationship. I furthered it by asking his parents how he was doing, for almost a year straight, and by flagging him down when he came back to church, and by being authentic and interesting. He furthered it by thinking of fun non-dating things to do, and by being funny, honest, interesting and deep-thinking.
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:From everything you've said about him, I think Les might have been more correctly named, More.



Les' philosophy seemed to be that if the first one doesn't work, keep trying.  Again and again and again.  And eventually you'll find the right one.  So yeah, in lots of ways 'More' might have been a better name.  Gotta admire the determination...

It's amazing that you were able to reconnect with someone from school.



Not that amazing - my ex, who I keep in contact with because of our son, is his best friend after all.  And yes, awkwardness has been known to ensue...

So it looks like it helps a girl's chances if she has a pickup truck.



Well obviously - why do you think they are called pick-ups?
 
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Billy Joel, is well known for ruining his relationships.

But he wrote a good song that gives the fellas a few pointers on how to get one going.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p0pM5dm--yQ

Tell Her About It  ---   Billy Joel

Listen boy
I don't want to see you let a good thing
Slip away
You know I don't like watching
Anybody make the same mistakes
I made
She's a real nice girl
And she's always there for you
But a nice girl wouldn't tell you what you should do
Listen boy
I'm sure that you think you got it all
Under control
You don't want somebody telling you
The way to stay in someone's soul
You're a big boy now
You'll never let her go
But that's just the kind of thing
She ought to know
Tell her about it
Tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason to accept
That you're for real
Tell her about it
Tell her all your crazy dreams
Let her know you need her
Let her know how much she means
Listen boy
It's not automatically a certain guarantee
To insure yourself
You've got to provide communication constantly
When you love someone
You're always insecure
And there's only one good way
To reassure
Tell her about it
Let her know how much you care
When she can't be with you
Tell her you wish you were there
Tell her about it
Every day before you leave
Pay her some attention
Give her something to believe
'Cause now and then
She'll get to worrying
Just because you haven't spoken
For so long
Though you may not have done anything
Will that be a consolation when she's gone
Listen boy
It's good information from a man
Who's made mistakes
Just a word or two that she gets from you
Could be the difference that it makes
She's a trusting soul
She's put her trust in you
But a girl like that won't tell you
What you should do
Tell her about it
Tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason
To accept that you're for real
Tell her about it
Tell her all your crazy dreams
Let her know you need her
Let her know how much she means
Tell her about it
Tell her how you feel right now
Tell her about it
The girl don't want to wait too long
You got to tell her about it
Tell her now and you won't go wrong
You got to tell her about it
Before it gets too late
You got to tell her about it
You know the girl don't want
To wait, you got to
Tell her about it
 
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My wife met me through a personal ad I had placed in a local health magazine. She was the only one who answered. We bought land, built a house together, and have been happily married for 21 years. Destiny is a major determinant in relationships, and everyone gets exactly who they need in order to learn and to grow.

"The fish always matches the bait"


 
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Well my funny story about meeting my partner goes like this.....I was on the board of directors of my state organic growers' association, and was expected to be sociable at the annual conference, and so I greeted her briefly among however many other people. She made investigations based on my name tag and a few days later she called, saying she found out I lived on an organic farm and wanted to visit.  And so the next weekend, she did.  This was one of the permaculture farms/communes I lived on back then and there were lots of visitors.  So she was just another visitor, and so she got the quick tour and then I said..."I've got chores to do, you can tag along if you want to".  Anyway, the day's chore was dumping and cleaning out the humanure buckets.  Which she stayed and helped with!  What's more, she  came back the next weekend, undaunted by not only the humanure but the fact that I was dating another woman long-distance.  You can guess who proved the more stubborn, and we have been together 13 years now!  My one line summary is I sorted out the woman from the girls with those humanure buckets!
 
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I'm a bit cliche- met my Partner at work, at one point he was my boss... I think I partly liked him because even though he was interested he didn't give in and give me all the easy jobs! I left the company a few months after we started dating- so no serious conflict of interests- and we're still together 13 years later.

A couple of prior relationships had been with very controlling-people, so this one was nice in that he trusted me to do whatever I wanted and didn't very often try to talk me out of things!

I think I do annoy him with all the projects I try and do, and how I tend to take on far too much.. but that's how I'm so interesting
 
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Neat stories, all!
 
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