'I thought if I met someone awesome, it would be great, but if I didn't, it would mean I could pay a few bills and have a few nice evenings.
You might arrange another date or you might not get another phone call for another two weeks.
Enter Ben and Rebecca Elman, the co-founders of Date British Guys.com, a site that matches American women with British men.
The ultimate Anglophile love story, the couple met while Rebecca was studying in England. A short time later, Ben migrated to America, and the two got married."We got married and we had a lot of matches at our wedding. And from that we kind of had this idea that we could start something where more people could meet," says Rebecca.
In the classic style of British courtship, your eyes might meet across a crowded pub, you'd have a chat and you might exchange mobile numbers.
Over the next few days you'd swap a few text messages, speak on the phone and arrange to go out for a drink or a bite to eat.