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Feb
08
2012

Chocolate and Flowers and Zombies, Oh My!

Timmy's in love!

Timmy feels the tug of Valentine's Day on his tiny simian heart. Let's hope that the turret feels something other than the usual murderous impulses.

Love is in the air!

There are a lot of geeks out there who are baffled and irritated by Valentine's Day and its rituals of flowers, candy, and gazing deeply into the eyes of your beloved while eating an expensive dinner at some fancy restaurant.

We can practically hear your lip curl at all the schmaltz. We understand. Those expectations can be a bit daunting and feel kind of half-hearted.

Valentine's Day doesn't have to be like that. It can be a day to remind us that love is really kind of awesome. That click that you have with another person who really gets you, or just smells really good - that's fantastic, and can be celebrated in any weird way you choose. (Even if that way is slaying chocolate zombies together.)

So, we wanted you to know that love can happen to anyone. We asked our fellow ThinkGeek Monkeys to tell us their stories of dorky, awkward lurve in an effort to remind everyone that love is rarely conventional or covered in pink hearts.

Prepare for heartwarming in 3...2...1...

Chris meets Bette: Everyone knew but them.

Bette and I met in 7th grade band. I played Alto Sax and she played Baritone. All year long, people kept telling me that she liked me. People also kept telling her that I liked her. It took me two weeks during the summer after 7th grade, but I finally got up enough nerve to ask her to a movie. We saw Gremlins 2. That night we realized everyone was right. From that summer until today (without question or pause), we've been a team. The end.

Yay for band geeks finding each other! They turned out pretty awesome.

Daria and Todd: When it really is okay to date your SysOp.

When I went off to college I had zero social skills away from a computer. I spend all of my time on BBSes (bulletin board systems - the precursor to the internet). Because girls were rare on BBSes, if a BBS had a girl on it their traffic went up. A SysOp (system operator) of a board I was on told me about her friend who wanted me to call his BBS so he would have a girl.

I called and we chatted. (Back then chatting could only be done by the person on the modem and the person on the computer running the BBS.) We got along great and decided to meet.

The next several weeks we were inseparable. Some girls on my hall asked why we weren't dating. So I asked Todd. He looked at me and said "I could never date you." I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach. I went back to my dorm room and called the girl who had introduced us while crying. She said "You just have to tell him you love him." I yelled back "I can't tell him I love him." I turned around and Todd was standing in my doorway crying too. I got off the phone and he told me he was scared of losing his best friend if he told me he liked me and I didn't like him back. That was 21 years ago and we're still best friends today.

They're also married and adorable, so there's that.

Nathan: Sometimes it pays to be the guy who is good with computers.

It all started with her computer. You know, the one that booted up straight into the blue screen of death. Somehow my roommate found out about her computer being dead and it showed up on his desk. I was not getting involved with it, nope, not another computer to fix.

My roommate never managed to fix it. He was just about to pack it up and give it back to her. She found me somewhere on campus and told me the sad news. I gave her my condolences.

The computer was still there that afternoon when I got back to my room, so I decided to take five minutes to look at it. Yep, that's all it took. Five minutes. I let my roommate give her the good news.

Then her date backed out of an upcoming group date. She asked me to fill in, and I did. My roommate said I had to ask her out, for that weekend, for a double date with him and his date. I mentioned to her that we were going to a local hangout for hot chocolate, and she could come along if she wanted. She felt like she was inviting herself, and started to back out, so I had to tell her that really it was okay if she came. She maintains to this day that I never really asked her out. Oh well. We had fun anyway. And we got married. And lived happily ever after, or something like that, since ever after hasn't finished yet.

Perhaps the next time a broken computer mysteriously finds its way to you, it wont be quite as frustrating? Happy thoughts, folks!

Carrie and Derek: Obscure lyrics FTW!

I've met many of my IRL friends online, and my boyfriend Derek was no exception. He messaged me on OkCupid because he recognized my obscure username as a Barenaked Ladies lyric. My only regret is that he's not named Steve.

Gotta wonder if half of their conversations consist of quoted lyrics and sly grins.


Isn't love grand? Isn't it WEIRD!?

If you're inspired to actually take part in this holiday of love and googly-eyes and don't have any idea what to give the boy down the hall in #301, check out our Geeky Valentine's Gift Guide or, if you want to be a little more subtle, print one of our free downloadable Geeky Valentine's Day cards. Maybe you too will find your band geek/sysop/music nerd! All you have to do is put yourself out there a little.

Have a happy one, folks!


We have moar stories!

Since we can't keep a good thing to ourselves, we shared this blog post on our Facebook wall. We asked you guys to share your romantic stories with us, because we needed a little extra heartwarming. 

Here are some of our favorites:

Maria: Vampire Love

It was my first LARP - I was playing a Toreador in Vampire: The Masquerade, and someone told me I should go speak to the head Toreador. I tracked down the person they'd named, and when I met his eyes it was like being hit over the head with a 2x4. Took me another two and a half years to work up the courage to tell him how I felt, but it started that night. Yes, love at first sight really exists.

Andrea: The way to his heart involved hacking and slashing.

He was playing Diablo 2 at our friend's house... I wanted to learn how to play too...  it's all hacking, slashing, casting spells and seven side strikes from there. <3

Sandi: Proving that reading is awesome.

When I was 14, I worked in the young adult area of our public library, He came in and read comics and sci fi books. I checked him out, and still have him. That was 33 yrs ago. Still reading together.

Matthew: Patience pays out!

It was my Freshman year at College and I was taking a a C++ Computer Science class. The first day I noticed a cute blonde girl sitting two rows back. The next class I made sure to arrive late and sat next to her. I introduced myself to her and she told me her name was Amy and she was a math major, but didn't have the first clue about programming. I offered to help her out some. :D

After a couple classes I managed to work up the nerve to ask her out to get some lunch after class. She shot me down, and said that she couldn't because she had a boyfriend. I backpedaled and said I just meant we could get some lunch as friends. So we did, and proceeded to talk on the phone, and get together for lunch until shortly after she informed me she was engaged. I congratulated her, and that was the last I heard from her for about six years. (I lost her phone number and she transferred schools.)

Six years later, one of my friends sent me an invitation to Myspace (back when it was cool) and I signed up. Less than a week later I got a message from her asking if I remembered her. We picked up where we left off getting lunch and chatting. This continued for another three years till she informed me one evening when I fixed her some dinner at my place that she was in the process of getting a divorce. That evening while we chatted on the sofa I couldn't resist any longer and leaned in and kissed her. That was four years ago, and we're currently planning our wedding. Good things come to those who wait!

Keep the stories coming, everyone! There are some hearts that are still only lukewarm!

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meaningless icon! Those are some amazing stories! Go nerdlove!
dartoftruth said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! Love the stories!! Here's ours: Jonathan and I met Waaaaaay back in 1994, thanks to our 7th grade AP science teacher seating us in alphabetical order. We were good friends through out middle and high school. We went on our first official date to the X-Files movie and bonded over our love of classic Doctor Who, Ewoks, and most of all Harry Potter. Jonathan proposed in line for the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone, he was dressed as Snape & I was Hermione. We're celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day by watching Harry Potter with our 2 and 3 year old sons :)
mandyburden said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! But what was the lyric? Another BNL Dork needs to know!
YoSaffBridge430 said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! YoSaffBridge430: Oh, alright! It was from "Light Up My Room."
CarrieGouldin said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! I met my wife working in the university's chemistry stockroom. Not a much geekier job than that, nor a geekier place to get our geek-love on. I guess you could say, but shouldn't, that there were other kinds of chemistry evident in that stockroom...
Whiplash77 said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! About 10 years ago I was heavily addicted to EverQuest and my life revolved around it. One of my best friends (in game) became my best friend in real life as well over the years. We eventually moved over to play World Of Warcraft, with the group of people he played LAN games with locally. One of those people is my Fiance. It's been 10 years since we first met electronically, and 6 years since we've been an us. He moved to another state to live with me, and then we both moved to his hometown. World of Warcraft changed my life =)
Angelycan said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! I met my wife on TowerMUSH, a text-based RPG, in 1998. She'd just left a horrible relationship with a guy she met on IRC and had told herself she wouldn't get into any more online relationships. But in fairly short order, we started talking more about real life than the game, and ended up falling in love. We got married in June of 1999, and have been (mostly) happily married since.
Utoxin said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! I met my spouse while standing in line at a Lord of the Rings marathon triple feature. We were both there alone because it was Thanksgiving weekend and none of our friends would come with us. Between movies we discovered we shared geek passions. The icing on the cake was that I earned a college degree in Russian & Czech, and he was teaching himself Russian for fun. After sobbing my way through the end of ROTK, I ended up giving him my blog address. A year later, we were standing in line to see the the marathon again and he proposed. 4 years and counting! <3
Sadpear said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! I met my now-wife in an online LiveJournal RPG. It was a pan-fandom game where we were all playing characters from different fandoms. Our first characters didn't really talk to each other (And frankly, I was completely intimidated by her and her amazing role-play abilities) but then we ended up with Mark Cohen and Angel from Rent. After two years of talking, finally we realized we're in love. We still say that our characters decided we needed to be together and brought us together!
Quiverby said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! I had met my husband during his freshman year of college in person. We were doing some on-campus weather forecasting together and I didn't care for him too much. He was putting on airs, to use a more archaic term. Bluntly, he was trying too hard...and not doing so well. About a year later I was doing some class work on the school's computer network -- one could VAX/VMS-message other online users (precursor to modern day instant messaging), and he asked me via VAX/VMS message for some help with a computer science project. I had taken the class a year prior and was familiar with the project. When you aren't face-to-face, the conversation is able to be a lot more honest...more down-to-earth. It was much easier for us to get to know each other without worrying about appearances, non-verbal communication, etc. So by the time we did start hanging out in person a couple months later (around Valentine's Day 1994), we hit it off like champs! And 18 years, 16.5 years of marriage and 2 kids later, he's still my Valentine!
Vollmerator said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! My husband and I met in college through mutual friends, but our love was cemented when we ended up playing Vampire: The Gathering RPG with each other. In the game, our GM had us dealing with a hovercraft. This prompted an exchange between myself and my soon to be best boyfriend ever. We quoted to each other the entirety of Monty Python's "Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook" sketch: "My hovercraft is full of eels", "I will not buy this record, it is scratched", etc. Needless to say, we are now married (together for 14 years) and have two adorable geeklings. It was meant to be. <3
nwcorca said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! It was 2002, a few of my friends were bloggers and most of them had Alessanra in their blogroll. Curiosity made me click on it and I found her posts fantastic. I started posting comments, she replied sometimes. But her blog was way more popular than mine, I felt she was entirely out of my league. One day I was checking my site stats and saw that someone had read all of my pages. A bit later she exchanged a few e-mails with me and we started chatting on ICQ. Only after we had our first date she confessed she was the one who had read all of my pages in a single night. Oh, and also she had discovered a fiend of hers was an old acquaintance of mine from chat rooms (back from 98-99) and who gave her a few hints about me. I knew it had got damns serious when we created another blog together. None of the blogs mentioned still exists, but since 2002 we're a happy couple with three adorable lolcats.
marcosfaria said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! On our first date, Katie and I met to have breakfast for dinner (we had connected via OKC). I was a self-proclaimed geek and she came prepared, with questions to test my commitment to geek-dom. One of the first questions she asked was "Who shot first?" I didn't even know what reference she was making. When she explained it, I was humiliated and hung my head in shame. That was two years ago - last November (11-11-11), I proposed to her using a custom written Star Wars crawler. This scoundrel couldn't be happier with his princess!
ThisFlynn said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! I met my girlfriend at the beginning of the fall semester in college. I was playing magic in the lounge, when I heard a familiar soundtrack. I whipped around to see a cute girl with purple (yes) hair sitting in a chair right behind me on a laptop. I said "Are you playing portal?!" (I was a bit energetic, new semester in college, new friends, etc) She replied, a bit nervously, "Yea..." To which I said "I love you." and turned back to my game, utterly shocked and embarrassed at what I just did, that was the closest I've come to hitting on a girl in my life. The next week I didn't get much better at it, my idea of weaseling my way into a conversation was replying "That's so hot" when a girl she was talking to said something about working at a butchers. She tells me she thought I was a douche getting by on my looks (apparently I'm cute?), until she poked me and saw my reaction. I was 19, she was 18.
XJS said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! Oh my goodness, you guys are so dorkily romantic! I think my heart has grown three sizes just from reading these. Keep it up, this lurve is just too awesome for words.
Raevyn W. said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! My English-born husband, Ian and I "met" over IRC in 1996. I was in process of divorcing my ex, and he was a student in England. We were both Beta-testing and supporting an IRC client called #Pirch. In those days we were snarky about calling the IRC channels "rooms", and I loved his wit. In 1997, I asked him to come visit me in the states. By this time I had moved from CO to MA, and the paperwork for the divorce was final in February. Ian had said he wouldn't visit until I was divorced. He came out in March, and stayed for a week. I showed him places like Bunker Hill and Concord. You know, Revolutionary War stuff. Putting him back on a plane for him to go home was heartbreaking. He saved up money determined to come visit for longer, and in 1998, came out for 3 months. By this time, I had moved back to CO as I missed my kids (that I left with their dad). We had a great time, and again I was devastated putting him on his plane to go back to England. Two months later, Ian's best mate said he was getting married, in the States, to an American he met the same way as I met Ian. Geoff said his "best man" had bailed on him, and he asked if I thought Ian would object to having a trip to the States paid for. Ian was the Best Man at Geoff's wedding, and instead of returning to the UK, took a Greyhound bus to CO from VA. We've been married for 13.5 years. We have no children together, but he raised my 3 kids as if they were his! He also became an American citizen in September of last year:) Ian refers to Valentine's Day as Hallmark Scam Day, and except for a handmade card and a piece of chocolate that he sent from the UK, I can't remember getting anything from him for it, but I am OK with that :D
evilbatwitch said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! Well ours began with the forum for a local gaming/pop culture/comic book store called Animeworx. We were both pretty active on the forum and began replying to each others' posts all the time. The forum members would regularly arrange meetups so people could meet IRL. I was involved in arranging a paintball meetup that he came to. We met briefly at the meetup and didn't really speak. But online we continued our conversations, eventually moving them to private messaging and then IM. A few weeks into this we realised we had actually met in person before and we had a good chuckle about it. About a month passed and we were chatting everyday. One day, which was a Thursday, he proclaimed that he wanted to take me out on the weekend. I said yes and we continued chatting. But suddenly he said "I can't wait til the weekend, can we go out tonight?" We had our first semi-blind date that night. We saw Deja Vu (Denzel!) And had burgers. We had another forum meetup 2 nights later and we went together. More than 5 years later, we live in an awesome apartment together (complete with gaming setup and some pretty bitchin manga/movie/game/figurine collections) and we're both still very loyal and active members of the same forum!
Snow said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! Aww, geek love! I was an avid player of a certain FPS game and decided to go on twitter to learn more about the upcoming release. I started talking to one of the developers about the game and ended up forming a long distance relationship with him. 1.5 years later and he has just transferred to the states and we are soon to be married.
forgione said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! These are cute! Me and my fiance met thanks to Doctor Who. We were both on the DW_Cosplay community on LiveJournal & friended each other on there. We met in person the first time at the first of now-biannual Doctor Who photoshoots my friend & I run in Chicago. It wasn't love at first sight but it was sure great friends at first sight! A couple months later I invited him to come see Neil Gaiman speak in Naperville, encouraging him to get out of the house after his mom passed away. We started hanging out more & then he finally got up the nerve to ask me out :) For my birthday that year, he got me a proton pack & set into motion events that ended up with us joining the Ghostbusters: Chicago Division, and making a bunch of really great friends. This past October, at the 5th Whoniverse photoshoot (2 years from that first one), he pulled me aside, in our Fourth Doctor & Romana costumes, and proposed. (the video is on YouTube) It was one of the best days of my life! And yes, the wedding will have a very strong Doctor Who/Ghostbusters theme to it :) I've already asked to ride to the wedding in our group's Ecto!
KnitChick said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! We first met in the library in high school and spent three years playing games, doing stage work, knitting, watching Red Dwarf, etc. until we finally decided to date. That was 17 years ago.
liliyo said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! Way back in 1999, before I discovered video games that weren't educational, I was a founding member of a message board-based RPG set in the world of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. I was in my mid-teens and was too weird to have ever had a guy flirt with me, much less ask me out. I got assigned this guy to mentor on the site, and even though he only stayed 3 weeks, somehow we kept talking. After several months, he invited me to meet him at a Renn Faire near him, roughly 200 miles away. My parents, a few friends, and I went down for the weekend, and I was absolutely tongue-tied to see this gorgeous young man come over to us! At the time one of my friends latched on to him, so I thought I was SOL, but two months later he came up to see *me* for a week...and we spent half of it making out! A couple months later, we finally decided to date. Two years later, he proposed to me while I was playing Diablo 2 (which he introduced me to) in his dorm. Yesterday was our 12-year anniversary, we're sneaking up on 9 years of marriage, we have 3 beautiful kitties, and we're hoping to add a level 1 human to the mix this summer after my oncologist clears me. High school geekhearts FTW!
NoirRosaleen said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! My husband and I were co-captains of our high school Math League team. I asked him to go laptop shopping with me and we extended our afternoon into a date with dinner and The Matrix (in theaters at the time.) We were both so shy we didn't even kiss for 6 months. But I asked him to marry me 6 months after that.
copaland said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! My husband and I met on IRC. He had just broken up with his (ahem, non-nerdy) girlfriend and our mutual online friend thought she could hook him up with another girl in our channel. She didn't stand a chance, though, because I told him my computer was named after an obscure Star Trek character. It turned out he was the guy who put together the awesome music video tapes I admired at the anime club I went to. I skipped class to chat with him on IRC; he skipped studying finals to visit me. We've been married ten years and have a four-year-old that loves Spock and Doctor Who as much as we do.
JuriJuri said this 989 days ago.
meaningless icon! My husband and I met in college. I had just started college and needed a job. So, I went to the job fair and found this job in one of the campus computer labs as a lab monitor/help desk person. I was trying to get to know the people I was going to be working with and would ask them all the same kinds of questions, like where they were from, etc. When he started his shift, I asked him where he was from. He didn't think I would have heard of it, but I pressed him. Turns out he grew up in a town about 15 minutes from where I grew up. We even had mutual friends. We became fast friends, and started doing lots of things together, including role-playing and playing together on MUDs. We finally started "going out" when we were watching Monty Python's Holy Grail. We had watched it once already and were lying on the floor and just started kissing. Geeky, right?
rreamy said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! Alright, after I read the other Wheel of Time-related match, I also had to share. The roleplaying/writing site I first joined was called Netland White Tower (NWT) and it eventually evolved into Silklantern. NWT/Silklantern's owners got married and "grew out" of running this kind of thing and decided to close their doors. Two other members and I opened Portalstones and much of the site came on over. I had never written with Aeric on SL, but we wrote with some of the same people who were quality writers, and I had a lot of respect for his writing. He came over to Portalstones as well and then took a break for personal issues. One day, he decided to come back to WoT (after some disastrous Trek RPing) and he started the search for a new writing partner, somebody who would eventually Bond him as her Warder. He had respected my writing, and well, I was a bit infamous, so he came to me interested in seeing if this could be a writing match. Well, we ended up chatting on the site's IRC channel, then on Skype, and the more we talked, the more we realized we had in common besides WoT and writing. It wasn't long until we fell in love. Our Aes Sedai and Warder have bonded, and irl, our engagement is not a matter of "if" but "when." (We're long distance and he refuses to propose over Skype! He's still a bit old-fashioned like that! ;) Lol!)
Jenisi said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! It was the summer of '95, I had just graduated and was hanging out in California via a telnet from a local Washington BBS. One of the "Gals" I talked to on there said "sha" had a friend on her local bbs for me to meet. So this friend of hers and I started a friendship, she lived in VA, me in WA. in 1997 I joined the Army and was going through training at an army post right next to her home. We met, became better friends, 3 years later we became intimate and married, we not have a little girl that won't be allowed on the internet until she's 30....theres weird people on the internet!
Altervarks said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! He sat next to me the first day of a Calculus 2 class in college. He picked that seat because a) I was the only girl in the class and b) I was wearing a Legend of Zelda shirt. Over the course of the semester, we bonded over differentials and video games, particularly our shared love of Final Fantasy 8. Finally he asked me out and now we're engaged!
sarcasm397 said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! On my second day at college, I saw a flier for a free showing of Princess Mononoke, sponsored by the Anime Club. I read the time wrong and got there an hour early. Sitting around by myself, a random co-ed waked up to me and introduced himself as Mike. Mike started grabbing passers-by and assembled a mini pre-movie party. I (the CS major), told the Mike that I wasn't super social and didn't ever hang out with outgoing people like him. Mike said, "Oh? What kind of people do you hang out with?" I looked around and saw a group of complete dorky nerds. "Guys like that," I said, pointing. Mike ran over there and flagged down the nerdy guys. He dragged them over to me and introduced us. I sat next to one of them for the movie, and I still sit next to him at movies, today (married 8 years).
Tama06 said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! My boyfriend and I met because of aerospace math, a class I almost didn't take! It was my first semester as a full-time grad student, and he was the TA for the class (also, we were in fluid mechanics together). He says he knew pretty early on in the semester that he wanted to be with me, and was just waiting for the semester to end so he could ask me out. I, on the other hand, was pretty oblivious. Late in the semester, he asked to copy my fluids notes from a couple of classes he'd missed (in retrospect, a completely transparent ploy). I took him my notes, and we spent an hour flirting. I still didn't expect anything to come of it, but as soon as the semester was over, he did ask me out. One of the early signs I had that this relationship was going to be good was on out third date when I got bonus points for knowing about adamantium. (This was only the second time anyone I was interested in had ever given me bonus points for being geeky.) Now, things are going wonderfully, I'm no longer oblivious, and we're planning to spend the rest of our lives together.
StarrySkyTreks said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! I felt compeled to share our story, after reading so many adorable love stories! Here it goes: we work on the same company, and back when we met, I worked in Brazil, and he worked in Argentina, but he is from Puerto Rico (I know he'd like me to make this very clear). I thought he was the cutest guy ever, and when a friend told me he was a fellow geek, then I was instantly hooked. I had no idea how to get to talk to him, so my friend came up with the strategy: ask him to teach you to play World of Warcraft. I was spending a month working in Argentina, and was looking into WoW as a way to spend the time I wasn't working. I didn't really need classes, but sounded like a great way to get to know him. The funny thing is that he didn't take the opportunity to flirt or anything. He really taught me. All shortcuts, how to play as a warlock and so on. From then on, our love for all things geek brought us together, and we've been leveling ever since!
Lorisgirl said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach - I say this is partially correct. The full correct answer also involves video games. She was the Assistant Manager at Taco Bell, and due to her location being a few blocks from my job, I ate there *a lot*. Unfortunately during this time I was wearing my Oblivious Glasses and didn't notice her too much apart from being "the cute girl who took my order today" One day after a few weeks of this, I noticed I had a new message on MySpace from - you guessed it - the cute girl at Taco Bell. Apparently, after seeing my profile and realizing who it was, her roommates had pushed her into messaging me. We talked back and forth for a few days, discussing our music and TV interests, and then she eventually confessed she thought I was cute. I confessed I felt the same way about her, and we went from there! Our first "dates" consisted of her inviting me over to play Rock Band and Guitar Hero, which eventually turned into watching Futurama and various movies/TV shows we both liked. After our first actual date (you know, going out to the movies, that sort of thing), she messaged me on Facebook (we moved on to Facebook since our first encounter) and asked "So, does this mean I can change my relationship status?" It was official - we were "In a Relationship" We dated over the course of the next year, and eventually found an apartment together. The topic of marriage had come up a few times, and one day I decided it was time. I had an hour before she got home from work, so I drove down to the jewelry store, bought her ring, rushed home, and proposed the only way I knew how - I designed a desktop background for her, so it was the first thing she saw when she got on her computer. We finally got married this past October. I can honestly say that, if it weren't for MySpace and our mutual love of video games and Futurama, we probably wouldn't be where we are today.
disposablehero85 said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! Meet in Engineering class. She was dating one of those buff guys in the circus program that catch the other people on the trapeze. Thought I had no chance against that and didn't try anything. We ended up becoming good friends for a few years until we became more. Then a few years later I asked her to marry me, on a circuit board no less! http://www.billporter.info/how-i-asked-mara-to-marry-me-or-the-best-pcb-design-ever/ for pictures. She said yes!
madsci1016 said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! My husband and I met in a Babylon 5 chat room. He was in CO and I was in AK. My local channel showed new episodes 3 days before his so I was forever taunting him with make believe stories about what had happened. We became friends and stayed in touch through various chat rooms until shortly after his divorce I was looking to get out of KS. (We're both pretty nomadic!) He needed a live-in sitter in WA (Like I said, nomads!)so I hopped on a bus and three days later we were shacked up. ;) As friends anyway! We started dating about a year later and got married a couple years after that. Next month is our 10 year anniversary. To celebrate we're going on a romantic working trip to a miniature game convention. :) Still geeky, yep!
Minion1stClass said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! He was the roommate of a mutual friends guitarist. I was the photographer. The guitarist's car was repossessed and I didn't have one at all, so he chauffeured. It was love at first glance in the rear view mirror. We hit it off over our taste in movies and geekery and 11 years later we are married and still geeky!
shalahoyden said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! We got together so long ago that PCs were not around. But as our marriage grew, so did our geekiness. Our first computer was a Vic 20. 3k of RAM! We got a Commodore 64 ASAP and I got addicted to playing Telengard, one of the first role-playing PC games ever. It gave me nightmares. Bruce had to go out on cruise (He was a Navy officer) and he took with him one of the few Portable Commodore 64's. He hooked all kinds of sailors on PC gaming. After our kids were born, we branched out into live action DnD as my husband became DM for groups of their friends. Our favorite outings were the Scarborough Faires every spring. Now that the kids are grown, GenCon has become a vacation spot. For 28 years of marriage, we have enjoyed watching Star Trek, raising future-geeks, listening to the Silmarillion in the car, and fiddling with our wireless network. Long Live geek Love!
lonestarslp said this 988 days ago.
meaningless icon! About four years ago, I got an e-mail via Meetup.org based on a mutual interest in table-top rpgs. I had several listed as interests at the time (D&D, Star Wars, Vampire, etc). He asked if I might be interested in playing Star Wars and mentioned that his gaming group was looking for new players. I had moved to the area with my husband about two years before that, but we hadn't found a gaming group, so I decided to reply. However, when I read his name at the bottom of the page, I realized that I knew who he was - the librarian at the college that I was currently attending. So I, bold as brass, walked right into his office the next day and told him that he had sent me an e-mail. Of course he responded with "Whaaat?" until I explained that I was the gamer girl from Meetup, and asked if he would be interested in two players rather than one. My husband and I met up with him and the rest of the group the next week, and we got along famously. He and I in particular became very good friends. About a year later, my husband and I divorced. Afterwards, my BF and I spent many months fighting our mutual attraction before finally admitting it to ourselves and all of our friends. We soon passed the awkward stage of him thinking "Do I date my friend's ex?" and me thinking "Should I date my best friend?" Two years later, he DMs our Star Wars game, and I DM our D&D game and we couldn't be happier. He is still a college librarian, and I (now graduated) am the sys admin at the public library. <3 If it weren't for the internet, libraries and d20s, we wouldn't be raising 4 frisky lolcats together. :)
Zorana said this 988 days ago.

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