"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.
"I had to go to Kinko's and scan in a picture of myself for my profile." Soon after that, she was on a date.
"I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet.
' I didn't know what to say to that, so I told him my friends were at the back of the bar, which they were.
I never went out with him again." For Allison, that night was the beginning of series of dating travails.
"The bar scene was always about ' Hey baby, you're hot' after a few drinks." Though once considered the sole province of the nerdy and socially challenged, online dating has come a long way.
Despite a few duds and near misses, her perseverance—plus an online connection seven years later that resulted in a marriage proposal—would eventually reaffirm her belief that online dating is an ideal way to make a real connection with another person."Meeting someone in a bar never quite worked out," she says.