Sitting in Michael's Lap
I must state before I begin that my opinion on this is somewhat biased, as I am one-half of a successful "internet" couple.
Near the beginning of this year, I met a very intelligent and intriguing man in, of all places, an AOL chat room. I was going off on some sort of tangent, berating all of the lovelorn males who were touting their sexual prowess in the room by quoting snippets of wit from Shakespeare -- probably in vain, because I doubt many who were in attendance there had any idea what I was saying. Luckily though, he did.
We talked that evening for several hours, and found that we had many mutual interests and much to talk about. Over the course of a few months we came to know more and more about one another, and became the closest of friends. When things came to the point that we realized there was more to us than friendship, we found ourselves with a slight difficulty to overcome: I live in Florida, while he lives in London. Just a matter of a small pond.
I spent many nights wishing that I was there or he was here ... it was difficult, and frustrating, and at times it drove me right to the edge of my sanity. We talked, we fought, we made up, we fought again -- the stress was beginning to wear on both of us, and we nearly gave up entirely. Somehow, though, we made it through ... and last month, I got to meet my love for the very first time.
Things have not been the same since. While we are still not together on a daily basis, he has made arrangements for frequent visits to the states and is in the process of moving here so that we can be together. Never in my life have I loved someone so completely and so unconditionally ... and if it hadn't been for the internet, I never would have met him.
Saxoness, I wish you the best of luck with whatever you decide ... and if you do decide to take a chance on this fellow, may the two of you have all the happiness that I have found with my "traveler".