How we met

November 12th, 2017

Nancy asked about how my husband and I met, and it made me realize I haven’t written about it! Thanks for the suggestion ;) I don’t want to list people’s names in this post, so I’ll be using the initial of their first name.

Let’s go way back to my college days. In my sophomore year, I joined the officers group of a tech/computer club, and it was the best decision I made back then. It made me love my major, and I made so many lasting friends. It’s also where I met all three of my boyfriends, my husband included.

Our club had an office in the Computer Science building, and at any time, there was usually someone there. It was a regular hang out place for many of us when we weren’t in class, and we had a TV in there with a Super Nintendo and a Gamecube. It’s funny because I can tie how I met each of my boyfriends back to a single game: Super Smash Bros Melee.

1. My first boyfriend, M, said he first noticed me when I was sitting in there playing Smash. He thought to himself, I want to date a girl like that, and then pushed himself to get to know me.

2. I first noticed my second boyfriend, L, when we were playing Smash together. He wasn’t very good at the game, but every time he died, he’d laugh about it. He never got frustrated and kept playing, even though he wouldn’t win. He seemed like a fun guy, so we started hanging out after that.

3. One time I walked into the office, and my (now) husband, D, was sitting there playing Smash. At the time, I didn’t know who he was, but the whole time I was in there, he just sat there in the same place, playing game after game. I remember leaving for class, and when I came back later… he was still there… in the same spot. I thought to myself, what the hell, who is this guy who keeps playing Smash for hours??

So yeah, as you can see, my husband actually left the worst first impression of the three! We became friends anyway, but I don’t think we became close during my sophomore year. Every time we hung out, it was because we were both at a club event or it was in a group of friends from the club.


I dated M for about a month and then dated L for most of my sophomore year. In the summer that followed, we broke up, and I started my junior year as single again. This time around though, D and I became close thanks to another video game: Mario Kart Double Dash.

We both got really into the game and thought we were so pro at it since we could beat everyone in the club. However, a quick look at the internet, and we found that we weren’t actually close to the top players. I started inviting him over to my apartment to play more Double Dash and to practice getting our times close to those records. That soon turned into him coming over just to hang out and/or get dinner together.

Then one night, I was out late with my friend, P. We were at our favorite arcade, Einstein’s, when I got a text from D. He was drinking at a nearby friend’s house, was bored of being there, and wanted to know what I was up to. I told him I was at Einstein’s with P if he wanted to join us.

Well, his drunken ass thought we were at Einstein’s Bagels, which by the way, is not opened that late. So he walked over and was confused as to where we were and why I told him to go to a closed bagel shop. Fortunately, it’s only a couple blocks away, so he walked over to the arcade after figuring it out.

After playing some games, we decided it was late enough. P and I separated, and I invited D over to my place to play Double Dash. That’s when we had our first kiss, and the rest is history. 12 years later, we are still together!

Basically, we met because of a computer club and became close because of a video game. Seems fitting for us, doesn’t it? ;)

12 Responses to “How we met”

  • Nancy says:

    Yay on making a blog post from my question! It’s interesting that you met your boyfriends through Super Smash Bros Melee. That’s basically the initial test XD. “SSBM or get out!” Kind of interesting that the guy with the worst first impression ended up being your hubby (y’all look super adorable together). Haha, my boyfriend and I had a bad impression of each other when we first met so I can relate to you on that.

    All of this makes sense on why you two are gaming tag team partners! It all stemmed from college XD. I can totally see how D would get mixed up with Einstein’s. At least he was smart enough to figure out you were at the arcade!

    Your story melted my heart in a good way. I’m super happy to hear that you two have been going strong all of these years and hope more exciting adventures lie ahead for you two :).

  • Kya says:

    Aww, this is a great post. It was wonderful to hear about how you met. :D It’s great that you share a love for gaming and can have an interest you both enjoy. :)

  • Sydney says:

    This is absolutely adorable! I love reading about how people met because everyone’s story is so different. And I really love when people meet because of their hobbies. :P I’m glad you guys met in the first place and that he found you that night, even though he went to Einstein’s first lol. It makes for a fun story!

  • Karin says:

    What a cute story! And you look so cute together ^^ It’s great that you met through your interests, you two seem to have a lot in common.

    And I’m starting to think there’s something with the Super Smash Bros. series… The first date I had with my boyfriend was when I invited him over for a round of Smash on my old Nintendo 64. :D

  • Tara says:

    Awwww! This is such a sweet story of you meeting your husband. I love how it’s because of your major and your love for video games. It’s even funnier that your three boyfriend is all due to Smash Bros. XD I also think it’s hilarious that D left the worst impression on you, but you guys ended up being together.

    Thank you for writing this post. As a gamer myself, I really like how it brought you two together ^^

  • Michelle says:

    That is such a sweet story <3

    Makes me remember how I met my husband.

  • Carolynne says:

    Aw, this story is so cute. I love how your love of gaming brought you two together. Fits perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  • Bhairavee says:

    This was such an adorable post, Cat! Haha, how coincidental that all three of the men that came in your life that time, met you while playing SMASH! What are the odds! :D

  • Pauline says:

    THANKS NANCY FOR ASKING THE QUESTION AND NOW I’M SPENDING MY SATURDAY MORNING EMBRACED IN ALL THESE GOOD FEELS 🤗

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, I always find it cute reading / listening to how couples met. Just reading yours made me feel super happy, you both seem like the perfect match for each other as your interests and background compliment each other so well 💖

    It’s funny how your husband actually left the worse impression on you xD It’s crazy how life falls into place HAHAHA

  • Samantha says:

    I love how different your story is, and how the relationship grew. You look very cute together in that picture.

  • Ongaku says:

    Such a cute story! That is funny how he was the one that left the worst impression. Funny how that works out. Guess that means you should never rely on that first impression.
    BTW, I read your post about you losing the baby. I wasn’t able to make a comment at the time because there was something wrong with my computer or something. Anyway, just wanted to say I’m very sorry you had to go through that. I can’t even imagine how it must feel. Sharing your story really brought certain things about that to attention that I never really thought about before, such as my cousin losing her child and my mother having to have an abortion before she had me. Thanks for being brave to post about it. ♥

  • Liv says:

    Haha! There’s no other way I could’ve imagined you guys meeting!!!

    I didn’t know you dated others in the club too – but I’m thinking they’d be all over you! Just like everybody else has said, it’s interesting how the person you end up with doesn’t always give a great first impression. Character is something that lasts. :)

    I actually joined the Super Smash club at NYU when I started school there – there were only two other girls in the club. One of them was dating the best player, while the other was best friends with a bunch of the consistent members. The guys were always very nice but I eventually quit because I didn’t have much in common with them besides the game.

    However for my going away party, all my friends played Super Smash Bros with me, hehehe. The girls got more intense about the game than the guys did!

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