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    Posted January 17, 2013 by
    Great Falls, Montana
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The ups and downs of online dating

    Twist of Fate

    Nikki and I met online strictly by chance in an obscure chatroom about classic cars. I was military and stationed near Lompoc, CA and she lived 3 hours away near Visalia, CA I was bored and off of work for the day so I decided to skim chatrooms for interesting conversations that I could throw my 2 cents into. As soon as I entered this room and realized that I was all alone I decided to move into another room...and it was in that very moment that my life would be changed forever. Just as I moused over to click out of this room another chatter entered the room and found me in there alone. As this seemingly mean person made fun of me and how she found me sitting there in cyber-space alone like a weirdo, I would have never guessed that this is the girl I would want to spend the rest of my life with. Before we ended the convo I got her email and after that we began communicating through email. Email convos turned into phone convos and soon enough we were talking daily. We were both going through relationship issues and on the verge of divorce, so we had a lot in common to talk about. We met for the first time on Sept 13, 2008 at an STP concert in Santa Barbara, CA and hit it off amazingly. After the concert we hopped on my motorcycle and took a speedy ride along the oceanside. I'm pretty sure that I fell completely in love with her that night. To make a long story short, I soon after got re-assigned to an AF base in Guam and we were seperated by distance for 3 long years. As difficult as it was, we stayed in contact, and communicated often. After a year of trying to just stay friends and not get into an ultra long distance relationship, we decided to give it a try and became a couple...a couple looking forward to not seeing eachother and being far, far away for the next 2 years. Internet chatting, facetime, and phone conversations became an everyday thing and kept us together through even the toughest days.
    As my time on Guam came to a close, we started planning our next step. We were excited to finally have a chance to be nearby and we were going to give our relationship a real shot! So, we planned on her picking up, leaving everything she knew behind, and moving to Montana...my next duty station. It's been a year since we moved in together and ditched the online communications for good. We are happier than we've ever been and I'm looking forward to being married to her in the near future. I'm still trying to devise a clever way to ask her, as we aren't very conventional and I want it to be a very interesting and memorable experience.
    I must thank technology for enabling us to coincidentally stumble into that digital room that day!
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