Internet Matchmaking An Unlikely Success Story

Internet Matchmaking An Unlikely Success Story

She was born in​ the​ United Kingdom in​ the​ 1970s while he was born in​ Fairbanks, Alaska, in​ the​ 1950s. “She was a​ globe-trotting journalist in​ China, while he was a​ highway construction engineer in​ Alaska. She was a​ published author, an​ authority on​ chess and​ fluent in​ Russian. He was a​ Tourettes syndrome sufferer and​ fluent in​ profanity.” but according to​ a​ story in​ the​ Anchorage Daily News, which in​ 2018 highlighted the​ unlikely hook-up, Sarah Hurst, 34, and​ Jon Savage, 52, fell in​ love six years ago while living 4,000 miles apart.

The pair met through a​ worldwide Internet dating service. Sarah, in​ Beijing, got in​ touch with Jon, in​ Anchorage, after scrutinizing a​ small amount of​ positive particulars in​ his personal outline, like his interest in​ reading, writing and​ lifelong learning, his yearning to​ travel, his love of​ cooking. in​ the​ introductory communication that developed, Sarah observed that Jon didn't try to​ cover or​ exaggerate the​ crucial essentials of​ his being, “like his job with the​ Department of​ Transportation, his tests as​ a​ single dad, his four kids, his teenage son with autism,” according to​ the​ Daily News.

Friends and​ family had warned her about the​ potential pitfalls and​ deceptions of​ Internet matchmaking. But almost immediately, Sarah says, she knew that Jon was "real." Three months later -- in​ the​ summer of​ 2001 -- she traveled to​ Alaska to​ meet him. “Part of​ the​ attraction back then, Sarah admits now, had been her preconceptions of​ a​ strong independent man in​ the​ wilderness of​ Alaska. But at​ least half that image began to​ fade the​ first evening when she checked into ‘one of​ the​ seediest hotels in​ Anchorage,’ a​ place on​ Fifth Avenue with broken floorboards and​ a​ Jacuzzi in​ each room.”

Jon later persuaded her to​ stay in​ his home, in​ spite of​ her English mother's concern that he still might be "an ax murderer." Later she sent her mom a​ semi-reassuring photo. "I had a​ picture taken of​ me typing at​ a​ computer, saying, 'It's OK, Mom. It's safe.' and​ in​ the​ background he's holding an​ ax,” Sarah told the​ newspaper.

"She tries real hard," Jon says, "but she's not as​ funny as​ me."

The two quickly fell into a​ happy pattern of​ road trips and​ food fests and​ social outings. They became regular trivia competitors at​ the​ weekly pub quiz at​ Humpy's. Jon moved on​ to​ a​ job as​ construction manager for​ the​ Alaska court system. Sarah found several freelance writing and​ consulting jobs -- lecturing BP employees on​ Azerbaijan where she lived for​ a​ year, translating books from Russian to​ English, and​ accepting a​ screenwriting assignment for​ a​ PBS documentary on​ Alaska.

the​ newspaper offered the​ happy conclusion to​ the​ story like this:

“This month, when they got married in​ a​ small family ceremony at​ a​ friend's house, Jon and​ Sarah acknowledged each other's wishes in​ their vows -- with certain exceptions.

“Said Jon: ‘I promise to​ love and​ cherish you, to​ make bean soup for​ you, to​ throw my clothes all over the​ floor, to​ play Sudoku with you​ and​ to​ make your life interesting till death do us part.’

“Said Sarah: ‘I promise to​ love and​ cherish you, to​ remind you​ to​ take your medicine, to​ beat you​ at​ Sudoku and​ pool, except on​ rare occasions, and​ to​ hurry up and​ get famous so that you​ can bask in​ the​ glory till death do us part.’”

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