James and Jen
James: “Jen was transferred to London in March from Atlanta (she came over kicking and screaming) and was only supposed to be here for a year. She had used eHarmony in the US and decided to join the site over here to meet some people. I had recently ended a relationship and decided to give eHarmony a go based on some friend’s recommendations.
Jen dropped me an icebreaker a few days after I joined and swears that I am the only person she has ever instigated communication with. She said it was my profile picture that did it. At the time Jen didn’t know that I am originally from Australia and I replied to her message with the Aussie slang, ‘Howdy.’ Jen was tickled that I’d used a greeting which is so common in her home state of Texas and this helped to break the ice. We organized to meet a few days later.
Jen had been on two other first dates the two nights before we met - I was the ‘Thursday’ date. Regardless, our date went well and we caught up again the following week when Jen revealed that she’d been on a couple of other dates but admitted that she liked me the most! Our third date happened the following weekend when her parents and brother were visiting, so I actually met the whole gang. Besides her father accidentally calling me ‘Dave’, we had a great time. With a straight face I said that he must be talking about the other bloke who left just before I turned up – he was so embarrassed but it was very funny and Jen and I still joke about it today. I caught up with Jen and her family the following weekend and by the Sunday afternoon, Jen’s father was setting up our next date together, something that Jen tells me has never happened before! Clearly I made a good impression.
I did have two other second dates with people from eHarmony but Jen was the only match who made it beyond a second date! I’m very happy that I’ve met Jen. Quite simply, we get on very well and we share that elusive spark together. She is now planning on staying on in the UK for much longer than a year.”