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Diana and Alec
I met Alec one fateful August afternoon after Yahoo's arcade pool game, where I decided he would be my next opponent. Typical of chat rooms in 2006, our conversation began with, "ASL (age, sex, location)?" He: 17, male, UK. Me: 17, F, California. Expecting nothing of it, we shared funny stories, embarrassing memories, and by the end of our conversation, our Yahoo Messenger screen names. Keep in mind this is long before Skype and mainstream online dating sites were a thing! Two years after our initial online meeting, on a rainy day atop Tower Bridge in London, he asked that we give the long distance relationship thing a try. And we did, from 2008-2014 when he decided to move to California with me. After years of relying on phone cards and webcams sans sound to communicate, numerous lonely holidays, and one too many movie-worthy airport goodbyes, Alec and I finally tied the knot in Florence, Italy last September!