Saturday, December 13, 2008

Tales from Facebook: How far would YOU go..

to find someone you met ONCE?

Last week, a friend of mine who we will call "Aidan," met a woman named, "Liz" at a bar in New York City. They hit it off immediately and exchanged stories about what they love and hate about living in New York. As most people know, it's tough to date in New York City, and it's even more difficult to find a connection with someone at a bar. (Why do people always smirk when you tell them you met your significant other at a bar, or even worse, a night club?)

Liz decided to write her phone number down on a piece of paper for Aidan, hoping he would call her in a few days (secretly wishing he would call the following day) to set up a date to see each other again. Aidan was thrilled and put her number in his wallet for safekeeping. There was definitely magic in the air and they both couldn't wait to see each other again!

Aidan spent that night thinking about Liz and wanted to call her the same night, but as we all know, thanks to the 1996 movie, Swingers, you should always wait three days (or six according to Trent and Rob) before calling a girl so as not to seem desperate.

The following day, Aidan told his buddies about Liz and couldn't wait to see her again. When the time came to call Liz, Aidan looked in his wallet for Liz's number, but it was GONE! What the F@%$!!!!! He emptied his wallet three times, looked in the pockets of his jacket and pants, and basically tore his apartment upside down. He even checked the freezer, microwave, and washer and dryer!! He traced his steps from the previous night and concluded that the paper must have fallen out when he reached in his wallet to pay for the cab ride home. He was screwed!!! Liz's number was in a cab somewhere in NYC -- never to be seen by Aidan again.

Most of us would think, hey if it was meant to be, he will bump into Liz again. Or some might say, eh...there are plenty of other fish in the sea, it's no big deal.

However, this was NOT Aidan's thinking. He decided to use Facebook to find her, but since he didn't have her last name, he was pretty much out of luck. At least that's what a normal person would think. Aidan decided to go the extra mile and created a Facebook Page called "Desperately Seeking Liz." OMG - I couldn't believe it when I received an invite to become a fan of this page. Aidan posted a photo of him and Liz that he just happened to take on his camera phone the night they met which, believe it or not isn't too unusual considering how tech savvy people are these days. He asked friends and 'friends of friends' if they could help him find Liz. He included details of how they met and how he lost her number. He was candid about his understanding of how ridiculous this was for him to put it out there on Facebook like that, open for everyone to criticize. My original thoughts were, "this is super creepy and stalker-like. There's NO WAY he's going to find her this way!"

Forty-eight hours later, a friend of a friend recognized Liz in the photo and contacted her personally. The friend showed Liz the page that Aidan created and believe it or not, she wasn't creeped-out, instead, she was flattered that Aidan went through all this trouble to find her. She friended him on Facebook and they arranged for a date next week.

WOW! --- I'm still at a loss for words. Weird? Crazy? Romantic? Freaky? Unbelievable? I've heard lots of Facebook stories, but this one takes the cake. I hope it works out :)

This is actually based on a true story. The names and location have been altered to protect the privacy of those mentioned.

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