Saturday, November 10, 2007

When Patrick Met Camille: New York Romance Unfolds Online

Sunday night, Patrick Moberg, a 21-year-old web designer from Brooklyn, was riding the number 5 train from Union Square in Manhattan when he spotted the girl of his dreams. With rosy cheeks, a flower in her hair, and writing in a journal, it was love at first sight. And, in a stroke of good luck, the girl got off the train at his stop. But, sadly, Moberg lost her in the crowd.

The determined web designer went home and immediately put up a web site dedicated to finding what he thought could be the love of his life: The site included sketches of the girl and himself, and information about which train he saw her on. On the web site Moberg posted his cell phone number and email address and within hours he had an influx of messages.

According to the New York Post, Moberg was even offered love by callers. "Some people said I'm not the girl but you're so adorable, pick me instead," he told the paper. By Tuesday night, he updated the web site to proclaim that he had made a positive match through a friend of the mystery girl's who had come across the site and to remove his contact information. The girl is Camille Hayton, from Melbourne, Australia who also lives in Brooklyn and interns at BlackBook magazine.

"This is crazy. I can't believe it's happening," the 22-year-old Hayton told the Post. So what happens next? You'll have to use your imagination. Moberg isn't planning to update the site anymore, and won't return any emails or phone calls requesting interviews.

"Unlike all the romantic comedies and bad pop songs, you'll have to make up your own ending for this," says a message on

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