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Irene and Frank

Salinas, CA

I first signed up with e harmony as a form of entertainment after my sister recommended the sight. After some hesitation I decided that I would try it.  I had been single for almost a year after a 19-year relationship.  I was ready to start dating however my intentions were not to take this sight seriously.  From when I first laid eyes on my partner, Frank I knew there was something more than just the physical attraction.  His profile was very similar to mine and I found that very interesting.  I signed up for the service on August 15, 2007.  I saw several matches including Frank but none caught my attention other than Frank.  I wasn’t sure how to use the system so I waited until August 17, 2007 to initiate contact. 

I believe to this day he was the only person that I initiated contact with.  I remember thinking that it seemed like an eternity to get a response from him.  I wanted to know more about him from the first time I laid eyes on him and couldn’t wait.  By August 21, 2007 we had went through the guided process and started the open communication. He instantly asked if we could take it to the phone and we agreed to talk on the phone the following day. From the first time we spoke I felt extremely comfortable with him.  We talked for a couple of hours.  He immediately asked if we could meet in person.  I agreed.  We first spoke on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 and we agreed that we would meet the following Sunday. 

Sunday came around and we decided we would meet at Cold Stone Ice Cream in the local mall.  He arrived first than I did and was waiting for me but not at Cold Stone.  He decided he would keep his distance until he saw me.  It was very difficult to spot him when I walked in because there were so many people there. It seemed like we both noticed each other at the same time.  I started to walk over where he was and we introduce ourselves to each other.  From the moment he spoke to me I felt a sense of peace and calmness in his voice.  I was so relieved that the picture and image I had of him was exactly what I was expecting.  He immediately apologized for suggesting such a crowded area.  He isn’t from the same city so he didn’t know better and I hardly ever go to the mall myself.  He asked if there was a quieter place to meet and I asked if he was hungry and he said yes so I suggested he follow me in my car. 

Now this is the funny part.  Of course I didn’t want to go to just any old place so I proceed to drive to a non-chain restaurant in town.  He followed behind me.  We arrived and it was closed.  I apologized and suggested another one.  He followed again.  It turned out it was also closed.  By this time I felt bad because I had dragged him way across town and couldn’t find a good restaurant that was open on a Sunday.  We proceed to two more restaurants and they were also closed.  Finally on the 5th one we got lucky.  I thought that by then he would have gotten frustrated and not wanted to leave but he was fine with everything.  We arrived there around 6:30pm or so and had a light dinner.  We were both enjoying the conversation so much that we didn’t want to go.  There was a patio out in the front and we decided to stay there and talk some more.  The restaurant closed its doors and we stayed out by the patio till about 10:30pm. 

We still felt like we didn’t want the night to end but we didn’t have any other place to go and talk so we decided to call it a night. We agreed to see each other the following Friday.  Friday came around and I drove over to his home about 40 minutes away.  We had planned to go out to dinner but when I arrive with a bottle of wine we decide to open it and ended up staying at his house.  Wine was one of the reasons that we both found interest in each other.  We both enjoy it very much.  So we sat in his living room and finished the bottle of wine while we listened and shared our love for music and wine. We were enjoying our conversation too much.  I stayed there up until 2:30 am and then left home.  We both had such a great time just sitting in his living room enjoying each other’s conversation.  The following day we decided that we would see each other again. And from that point on we have been inseparable. We are so thankful to eHarmony.  If it wasn’t for eHarmony we would have never met.  We both couldn’t be happier and are very much in love with each other.

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