For Public Relations professional Erin Key, Skype video calling was something her family had been using for years. Her facility with it came in handy when she and her boyfriend Tyler, both from Kansas City, Missouri, became separated by school and work. They wanted a way to see and talk to each other on a daily basis.
While at college miles away from Tyler, Erin was hesitant to use Skype to chat with him every day, mostly because she doesn’t really like to see herself on video.“I’ve always been and still am weird about seeing my own face/voice in video,” says Erin. But she knew the advantages of using Skype to keep in close contact outweighed the awkwardness she felt on camera.
Keeping in touch every day via Skype video calling really came into play when, after college, Erin needed to take a job in Houston while Tyler remained in Kansas City. “Once I found out I was moving to Texas for a job, I knew I had to get over it and bite the bullet because there wasn’t any other option. I don’t believe we ever considered anything else.”
Erin and Tyler used Skype video calling almost every night for over a year and a half. “Even if we weren’t having direct conversation, we would sometimes set up our devices to face each other while doing tasks around our respective places or cooking so it would still seem like we were in the same room. It’s weird, but it works, especially when I could only see him once every two months or so.”
Their daily visual contact helped them explore passions together, like talking about taking their Jeeps off road to drive the great outdoors or trying new foods.
“What’s nice about Skype is that is has multiple platforms so I was able to use it with whatever device I had at the time. That’s probably the main reason I chose it…it was simple.”
Erin and Tyler set up date nights so they could explore their love of food together.
“When we did these dates, we’d agree on a type of food to eat. I love pizza, no matter what kind! I basically consider it fulfilment of all the basic food groups,“ she says.
“So, a few months ago we made a decision to try non-store bought/non-pizza chain to eat together one night. I was so excited! Houston has a lot of great different choices when it comes to pizza. I ordered take-out from a local restaurant and figured it wouldn’t be too hard to find good pizza in Kansas city either, so I sent Tyler some recommendations.”
When the time came to eat, they both connected via Skype and Erin noticed Tyler wasn’t making any remarks about his choice of pizza.
“So I asked him to hold his pizza up. To my DISMAY he had gotten frozen pizza!! I know my pizza and I could tell by the little square pepperonis that go on cheap frozen pizza!”
“Tyler laughed it off, because he had worked too late and hadn’t had time to order out and felt he was just being resourceful by using the one already in his freezer.”
For the both of them eating pizza together over video chat created a connection that they both enjoyed.
“That’s why this works great. We’re both on the same page and it’s an extra bump to doing something different. It’s a better adventure.”
Other adventures with Skype video have included Tyler teaching Erin how to play chess.
“We faced our tablets towards each other and played the game from our phones. That way we could see facial expressions from plays, poking jokes etc. I never thought I’d really like it! One night we played until 3am.”
After almost two years of using Skype together, Erin and Tyler are now back with each other in the same city. Recently Tyler surprised Erin with a treat: plane tickets to Seattle, and something even bigger.
在使用Skype将近两年之后，汤永福和泰勒现在又回到了同一个城市。最近Tyler surprised Erin带着款待：去西雅图的机票，还有更大的票。
On their way to a hike near Mount Rainier, he popped the question. They’re now happily engaged and looking forward to the big day. Congrats to you, Erin and Tyler! We’re glad Skype video calling came in so very handy while you two were apart.
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