SORRENTO VALLEY — After 128 emails, 433 text messages, 19 phone calls, and 4 weeks of anticipation, Stewart Wright and Melissa Bell — two cyber-daters that discovered each other on a local personals site — finally decided to meet each other for the first time.
“I was so sure it was going to be love at first sight,” said Stewart. “I felt like I was going to meet my soulmate.”
However, Stewart’s dream was crushed when Melissa showed up to his doorstep weighing 110 pounds, a full 50 pounds less than in the pictures she had sent him.
“Physical attraction is very important to me,” said Stewart. “I prefer that the women I date be large and in charge, if you know what I mean. I know the camera can add 10 pounds, but there’s no way it could have added 50. I really felt deceived,” he added.
Melissa was aware that her weight loss might come up as a conversation topic during their date, but she didn’t think it would totally derail the chemistry they had built up during the previous weeks.
“It’s true. I did send Stewart older photos that were taken when I was heavier, but I wasn’t trying to deceive him,” said Bell. “Those are the only digital pictures I have of myself.”
Despite the major mental setback in Stewart’s mind, he was somehow able to muster enough enthusiasm to proceed with their dinner plans at Le Pho — the finest (and only) french restaurant in Mira Mesa.
“The date was a little awkward,” said Melissa. “He kept ordering extra noodle-filled croissants for me, then insisted that I have dessert.”
After dinner Stewart insisted on going to a carnival in Santee. While at the carnival, the two spent most of their time looking into fun house mirrors, which made Melissa feel even more uncomfortable.
“He kept placing me in front of the mirror that makes people look fat,” said Melissa. “When he looked at me through that mirror, he seemed dazed, as if he was in a trance, with his hands in his pockets.”
At the end of the date, Stewart gave Melissa a hug and wished her goodnight.
He explained, “When I gave Melissa a hug at the end of the night, my hands were able to touch each other…that’s never happened to me before. It’s going to take some getting used to.”