First, I’m going to start with my story.
My name is Bridgette. I moved to Texas in May, 2013, to pursue a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis. I had just graduated with my Bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and I didn’t know a single person in the state of Texas. I started working at a day treatment clinic near Houston, and quickly realized that I needed to get out of my apartment and meet new people. I had also just ended a long-term relationship and I was open to the possibility of finding a new partner. I joined a few other online dating sites, but didn’t have any success. I almost quit dating for a while, until Jon sent me a message on Plenty of Fish.
Our story: (August, 2013).
We talked on the app for about a week before deciding to meet in a public place. We decided to meet at BJ’s Brewhouse, and described what vehicles we both drove. I drive a very unique and noticeable gold car, and unfortunately, Jon saw me drive into the parking lot as he was walking into the restaurant to reserve a table. I immediately freaked out, and sat in my car for a solid 15 minutes… I finally got the courage to get out and go inside to meet Jon. Luckily Jon was still inside waiting.
Jon was clearly nervous, and had already drank 1.5 beers by the time I sat down. We introduced each other, ordered a pizza to share, and we hit it off. We sat in that small booth for about 3 hours before admitting that we both needed to get up early for work the next morning. He left me with a wave “goodnight”, and then left.
Our second date was a round of tactical laser tag at Battlefield Houston. I, unfortunately, showed Jon that I could kick his butt. He immediately knew I was a keeper. The same month we were still seeing each other 2-3 times a week, but we were not considering ourselves a couple yet. We would stay up for hours talking, reluctant to leave. Finally, on September 26th, 2013, we made our relationship, “Facebook official”, as is the current cultural trend.
On April 13th, 2015, Jon took me to the highest point in Austin: Mount Bonnell. There he proposed. I found the love of my life. He is my best friend, lover, and lifelong companion. He has stood by my side, patiently, as I finish my degree (which, has been the hardest part of my life thus far), and has made the commitment to be my partner in crime as we wade through the various challenges of life.
Thank you, Plenty of Fish, for getting us together. I almost gave up. But I didn’t.
Bridgette & Jon