It was the Summer of 2000. I was watching the Democratic National Convention (yes, I do things like that) and chatting in #mormon-friends with Randy (wolffarmer) about what was being said. David was in the same chatroom, but he and I really hadn't met. (At the time, #mormon-friends was a very active chatroom.) However, he was very impressed by my discussion with wolffarmer, so he decided to send me a private chat. And that is when I began chatting with David.
After David and had chatted for a couple of weeks, we began talking on the phone. The whole time we were saying we just wanted to be friends that is all. And then we started planning a visit for David (who lived in Florida) to fly out to Texas to meet me. David flew in to DFW airport on Thursday, October 12, 2000 and we met in person for the first time. It was a short visit as he had to go get his car and our first date wasn't until the next night. While it was a short visit, it is a very important date as it is the day I met David in real life.
Here is a layout I created about David and I meeting in an IRC chatroom. The layout was created using Funky Club Vol 2, Week 14 by Amanda Carlson.
(fonts used: SNF Mellow Moxie, Annoying Kettle Serif Bold Italic)
I'll be back another day to tell you about our first date. Then you'll know why our meeting on 10/12 ended up being so crucial.