Having wandered the earth in search of love for eons, Joe somehow ended up back in his home of South Florida in 2011. A short year later he fled the chaos of South Beach to end up in Fort Lauderdale, certain that his dating life would continue on the casual track it had for time eternal. His friends had always joked that Joe would be the last one to get married, if he ever did. His friends also always joked about his propensity to write about himself in the third person. As the reader observes, this trend has not changed…
When Jeanine first approached Joe online he immediately rejected the idea. Search criteria were search criteria after all, and someone who clearly lived outside of the 25 mile limit couldn’t be taken seriously. Jeanine’s profile clearly stated that she lived in West Palm Beach, and that was just too far! After a few emails they enjoyed a few phone calls with one another, he found out that she actually lived in Port Saint Lucie, which according to him was much closer to South Carolina than it was to Fort Lauderdale!
Nevertheless, this woman newly transplanted from New York was persistent about meeting and when she acquiesced to meeting halfway, he shrugged his shoulders and uttered, “Let’s see what happens.” It was a Friday after work and the sun was still shinning as he drove to his favorite beach bar to meet her. When they had their first look, to say there was electricity in the air would be an understatement. The connection they had formed online and on the phone quickly presented itself as real life chemistry, and left him with butterflies in his stomach later that night as they drove their separate ways.
The next year and a half was an incredible journey where they continuously marveled at how many times their paths had crossed without them meeting, and once they finally did how everything just started to hum. (Sinatra pun intended.)
Jeanine challenges me, inspires me, and keeps me smiling. She has been with me during some very trying times as I work on growing my business and every time I turn around she is there to enable my development into a better human being. I’ll save the real sappy and romantic commentary for the wedding, but suffice to say once I found this woman there wasn’t a chance I was going to let her out of my sight, let alone my arms!
I never really thought online dating was something serious. In July 2012, I was sitting in my apartment in NYC in the East Village wondering what my life would be after the decision to leave the city & change careers. I had decided to leave my life of eight years living in the city as an actor, and move to Florida as a theatre teacher. Since I was contemplating my new life to be, I also got curious about what new relationships would also be. Were there even guys in Florida (I was very NYC-centric)…? I chose to create an online dating profile, just to take a peek at who was out there. It was kinda a joke, and I made up a false name on my profile. This was the beginning of my road to finding Joe.
I started talking to Joe online in September 2012, not even a month after I had moved. I saw his profile, and he had a myriad of different photos which drew me in. Joe was sipping wine, exercising with intense equipment, drinking out of a coconut in foreign countries, and running races… I was intrigued. I could tell he was smart, and he seemed different than other guys. I take pride in saying I found him, and messaged him first with the line, “What kind of wine are you drinking in that photo?” A lame line indeed, but I really didn’t understand this whole online dating thing anyway.
Joe and I exchanged emails for about a month, before we decided to meet. We had our first date on October 12th (which was a good sign, as it was my best friend’s birthday). That day, Joe was going back and forth on whether or not he wanted to meet and I honestly thought he was going to flake out on me. At the end of the school day, Joe decided we should meet up, so I got ready for our first date in the dressing room in the back of the theatre at Lake Worth High School. We had our first date at JB’s on the Beach. The first time I saw Joe, I remember looking into his eyes and knowing that this was someone who was going to be very important in my life. You could say it was love at first sight, for me. It took Joe a little longer to get there.
Joe & I had a fantastic time dating for the next year and half. We spent our time listening to Sinatra, making crazy elaborate brunches, going to the theatre & ballet, and just laughing. Joe is the most diverse (he does everything, goes everywhere, and is an encyclopedia of random facts), sweet, romantic, caring, and adventurous man I have ever met. When Joe asked me to marry him in Honduras on the Beach, I naturally said yes (Actually, I just stared at him with my mouth open wide, said “Are you sh**ing me?”, romantic , yes? I was taken aback) I am so thankful I get to marry this man, in front of all our friends & family, and spend the rest of my life with him. He makes me look forward to tomorrow everyday there.
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