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Connie and Han: Best First Date Ever Connie Schuh of Fort Collins, Colorado, had just lost her childhood horse to old age when she decided to try online dating. but with some trepidation."I was nervous about putting myself out there for strangers to see," she explains.
"I wasn't sure how I was going to get to know someone well enough via e-mails to feel comfortable meeting him in person."A month later, she connected with A. "Han" Smith, owner and general manager of the Rusty Spurr guest ranch in Kremming, Colorado.
"Han packed us a saddlebag lunch and even remembered what I liked to drink. I believe it was the best first date ever because we'd had a chance to get to know each other so well through all those prior e-mails."Connie says she knew things were serious several months later, on another ride."He took me out along a beautiful stretch of the Blue River.
Janine Smith, meanwhile, joined the site in 2004 and, within a few months, the Atlanta, Georgia, tax manager began corresponding with Dan."But she understood and gave everything she had to make it work."In the beginning their correspondence was entirely through the site. "We're opposites in that I'm loud and opinionated and she's quiet," observes Dan."Then we exchanged phone numbers and called each other every day? "But she would always interject her feelings when she felt they needed to be heard."In 2006, Janine made the commitment to move to Alabama to be near Dan.The pair then looked for a ranch to buy and were married in September of that year."We wanted a simple wedding, so we chose up in the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee?just she and I, and her mother," recalls Dan."Church is a big part of my life," adds Janine, "but I always had a dream of an outside wedding.All that evoked a feeling and image that can't be portrayed in a regular conversation."When they did finally connect by phone, they talked for hours, "as if we'd been friends for a long time," says Connie.