I said "Hi"..and my
usual...."Greetings from CANADA" bit. Thats about all I can remember
from our first connection. I, at that point figured out how to get
additional information from whom I was speaking with and found the
address for Herman's Homepage. I revved up Netscape and feasted my eyes
on his portrett.jpg found on his page. I can say, now, that I was
smitten from the instant I saw his kind and gentle face.
This started our IRC friendship. Learning more and more as I went, and
one afternoon while Herman and I were speaking, he sent me a .wav with
his voice recorded. I guess it was then that I realized his name was
Herman and not Steiner as I first thought (hehe), but when I heard his
voice..again..I was taken back. His voice went with the face and that
*sparkle* in my heart was beginning to glow a little stronger.
As many people before me, once you've started mIRC there's no looking
back, your hooked before you know what hit you. I was looking forward to
connecting and talking with all of these wonderful people from across
the world. I figured out how to put people on my /notify list and when I
signed on, there were always so many people to talk and talk and talk.
Herman and I always made a Direct Chat Connection (DCC) and I always
looked forward to finding him on when I connected.
The love began this evening/afternoon (depending on which continent/timezone
we were in). I told Herman of a conversation I was having with someone
and how annoying he was becoming. He told me ".../ignore might do
nicely". Then I was panic striken. In my mind I though "OH NO....What
would happen if Herman put me on his /ignore list???" I expressed my
fear with him and my desire never to loose him as my best IRC buddy. I
decided from that moment on, he would be always a part of my life. He
thought the exact about me. That evening, we promised never ever to add
each of our names on the dreaded /ignore list.
Cut to the chase....We fell in love. I would have never thought it was
possible to love somone without seeing them in real life..touching
them...knowing they were for real...Through the wonder of the WWW, we
did. All fears not forgotten, and a love that grew with each moment we
spent together, we made plans to meet.
Herman flew to frigid Thunder Bay in January 1997. My only expectation
when I met Herman in real life was that he was a "REAL PERSON", not some
computer program I spoke with everytime I connected to IRC. Well, that
fear was almost a reality. The evening he was supposed to arrive,
Imagine this...Im waiting...holding my breath...with his welcome red
roses, wet palms and racing heart for this man to come through the
gate....fewer and fewer walked out...then the flight attendants...and
the captains...and then...NO HERMAN??? :(
Turned out he missed his connection in Toronto. He arrived 2 hours
later. Poor Herman, after almost 24 hours of travelling, and what seemed
an eternity...We melted into each others arms...My Dream had come true.
All I ever wanted in a man, in a husband, my my soulmate, walked into my
arms that cold dark evening in Thunder Bay on January 15, 1997.
We spent 10 glorious days in Thunder Bay. I introduced him to my best
friend Kris from Minneapolis and that Sunday, as we drove past a church
in Duluth, MN the "M" word passed our lips. Jokingly he said, "Hey..there's
a church - Wanna go get married??. He felt it too! My heart expanded and
the rest is almost history.
I visited him for some weeks in the spring of 1997 in Oslo, Norway. We
both dreamed of living in each other's part of the world. We'll start in
North American, end in Europe.. vice versa...Who knows where we'll end
up...we just know that wherever we are...We will be together.
We have a few mottos we live by. "We have Faith in our Fate". "Good
Things Come to Those Who Wait". We have conquered many obstacles, but we
are determined to let NOTHING stop us from being in love. We are both
lucky to have each other and we plan a long glorious life together.
Our Wedding took place...July 18, 1997. For anyone interested, our