When you have a business helping people with online dating, you're bound to get the question, "What were some of your memorable dates from when you dated online?"  For fun, I thought I'd share one of them with everyone in Philly.com-land:

The Pimple

I'm not sure how many of you used to watch The Wonder Years, but it was one of my favorite TV shows of all time.  (And yes – I totally had a crush on Kevin Arnold.)  In my opinion, one of the best episodes was the one where Kevin was really excited to see an old family friend, who, from her recent school photo, looked like she blossomed into a total teenage hottie.  But hark – Kevin woke up that fateful morning of the visit with the pimple of all pimples.  After applying pimple ointment, a warm compress, and plenty of TLC, the pimple remained, even bigger than before.

How did the day turn out?  In TV-esque perfection, when the girl came to visit, she, too, had a colossal pimple on her face.  And the rest (of that episode anyway) was history.

Now, let's talk about me!  :)  About seven years ago, I was online dating (I was an early adopter), and I was really looking forward to meeting this guy Dave for a drink one Sunday evening.  On the day of the date, I, of course, woke up with the worst cold ever.  Sniffles, red nose, snot involuntarily streaming down my face – the works.  So the question was: To cancel or not to cancel?  As many of us know, in the online dating world, people often get what I like to call "grass is greener syndrome," always looking for the next best thing out there.  I didn't want the chance to pass me by if I cancelled.  So, I went, tissues in hand and DayQuilled up.  Until he got there, I blew my nose like it was my job, making sure it would be dry as a desert by the time he came.

And then he showed up.  Very cute.  Nicely dressed.  The first words out of his mouth, you ask?  "I'm sorry – I probably should have cancelled.  I have a really awful cold."  We laughed.  We drank.  We blew our noses to our hearts' content.  And then, lo and behold, we kissed.  It's not like the other would catch our cold, after all.

That was my Kevin Arnold picture-perfect pimple moment.

What's your most memorable dating story that you still laugh about today?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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Erika Ettin is the Founder of A Little Nudge, where she helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her services include: writing unique profiles to get you noticed, helping to choose your best profile pictures, writing one-of-a-kind emails to get someone’s attention, and planning dates. A Little Nudge has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, Talk Philly, Good Day Philadelphia, JMag (JDate's online magazine), and Ask Men. Want to connect with Erika? Join her newsletter for updates and tips.