I never believed in match.com, or any online dating site, for that matter. You might as well meet someone doing something that you love. Many months ago, I used to live in Boulder where I went to college, so I had a lot more friends up there, and I liked the outdoor offerings and that the crowd loved the outdoors, too. Given many problems when I was up there, there was one last thing that I needed to do: cover the premiere of Pretty Faces for Skiing Magazine. Once I was done with that in October, I decided to move home.
For a few months, I was pretty lonely- I don’t have friends down here, So, Erin McGrath, an old ski patrol friend, recommended match.com,. After my ski injury, I don’t do the things I used to, and I can’t be as active as I was. I decided to go for match.com, and I was worried about what would happen. I realized many things were important to me: cooking, active lifestyle, and also their style. I found this guy wearing Chaco’s in one of his match.com pictures, so I liked that, even though I didn’t know much more about him.. You can message the other person before you met, and he seemed like a good fit for me, so Kyle and I met at Starbucks. When we were finished drinking coffee, he said “so, when will we hang out next?” I was kind of surprised because I wasn’t feeling much, but I figured “why not?” I mentioned this to an old family friend, and she said you might make friends before you date someone if you go for it. So I invited him to cook dinner at my family’s house the following week. We both loved cooking, so I thought it was something we both would enjoy. After they said hi to him, my parents were supposed to go out to dinner, but I whispered to my mom “can you guys stay?” They stayed for dinner, and I guess I was scared of them leaving me with a guy I had just met.
Everything was good from then on. He works at a bike shop in addition to his regular job, so one of the first things we did was ride our tandem- after my ski injury, I don’t have good enough balance to ride my own bike, so I was glad we kept our tandem since my parents used it in 1989. He’s very strong on the bike, and he can really feel the effort I’m putting into riding the back.
There are many thing about him that I love- he also telemark skis, he likes biking, and he loves camping. This weekend, we’re going to some of my ski patrol friends wedding celebrations at Cuthrout Bay campground. I’m excited to introduce him to some of my old-time friends. Erin McGrath (who said I should try match.com) will be there, so she can see how good it turned out for me.
I don’t feel as lonely now that I’m seeing Kyle. We often do things together that we enjoy, like biking, camping, or cooking (we cook together quite frequently). It’s good to have finally found a guy who loves the same things I do, and he’s not scared at all by my ski accident, so that’s good in my books.