So, I'm instant messaging this girl I met online. We've been talking for a bit, and the subject of exchanging pictures comes up.

This scares me. On the one hand, I'm not a bad-looking guy (for a geek, anyway) and on the other hand...well, I don't hold a candle to the other guys trying to meet people online. I'm a little short, a little round, a little poor and a little blind, a combination which seems to make most women go "Next!" and start peering over my digital shoulder.

Anyway. She sends me her pic, and she's cute. That's always a relief - the digital world is great and all that, but if we're talking about someone who might exist for me in the real world one day...well, let's just say I've been surprised before.

I email her a pic, but something goes wrong in the transfer - she just gets bars of primary colors. Odd. I figure it's something to do with the program she's using view it, so I post a temp webpage with three pictures on it and shoot it her way, figuring a web browser can handle a few simple .jpegs without thinking the station's gone off the air. I put some effort into it, adding some color and a few photo captions. Nothing fancy, but not three pictures on a white background, either.

I wait, chewing on my nails, and I finally get this response:

"You're dorky cute, did you just make that page?"

To which I say, Thank you, E2, for teaching me html. I am forever in your gratitude.