Ok, probably the best date I can recollect. Back in late 2006 I noticed on a gay chat board a guy that was from Michigan. He looked interesting, and real, so I started to chat him up. I still don't know why he was in my chat room for Akron Ohio. We found out through the first couple of chats we were both vegetarians, both love healthy eating and healthy food, both listen to npr, both are democrats, both into Harry Potter, both like to be outdoors hiking, biking, anything really, and we both work out. We chatted for a few months and we finally decided to meet. I suggested meeting halfway but he said he could drive to my place. I'm over 4 hrs away.
Although he didn't indicate it on his profile, I made sure that he was relationship oriented and he stated he would only consider a relationship that was monogamous. I feel the same way.
So the plan was to meet in March, on a Saturday, and he would stay the weekend....talk about taking chances! But the chatting and phone conversations felt really right...like everything clicked. He showed up late on Saturday because neither of us knew how long it would actually take. It took me awhile to answer the door because I have a dog that I like to put away so she doesn't overwhelm guests at first. (at a later date he said I took so long to answer the door he felt like it was a mistake and was going to head to the car).
Anyhow....you know how you meet someone and your breath is taken away....it was like that for both of us....we could barely talk. We had plans to go to dinner and take a hike. On the way to the hike he started saying how he is really glad he made the trip and I am definitely his type. I had to agree with him that I thought he was awesome.
After that the whole weekend is a blur now, but it was pretty much perfect. Being a sly dog, I took him to the most romantic places I knew. We got to see each other that summer almost every other weekend....from March to September. I basically thought it was going to be a longterm relationship but that didn't happen.
In September of that year I had tickets to see Kathy Griffin, and he could not make it. He accepted a new schedule at work for extra pay that made him work weekends. Considering I didn't see him for two months, In October I had a phone conversation with him. I wanted to let him know that we could still be friends, and that if he didn't want to see me "in that way" as a lover than we could just be friends. He said "no, no, let's see where things go".
After that I asked him at least a dozen times to come visit but he always backed out. So in March of 09 I finally resolved to myself to never invite him back again.
We are still friends, he calls almost every week like clockwork. At one time he seemed kind of upset that I haven't talked with him in awhile and was almost pleading with me to still be friends(of which I still whole heartedly want to do). I just wish we could have carried that perfect weekend into more of long term situation for both of us, we made each other very happy.