UBC Day 23 - The Early Days of the Internet
Remember that sound of the dialup as it connected on the phone line? I always liked the dumb dee dumb part at the end followed by a sound like someone whispering Oyvay. Ah, the nostalgia. Sigh.
Dial up was so slow and cumbersome. It tied up the phone line and things loaded so slowly. Email addresses consisted of long numbers and letters that no one could ever remember.
If you wanted to download anything with photos or graphics, it took forever and sometimes it didn’t work at all.
Even so, I remember thinking how magical it was to have the world at my fingertips. As a person who grew up in the precomputer days of the 1960s and 70s, I still find it magical!
Many times, when my older son was small, he would sit in his baby chair rocking back and forth. He would start to whine, growing more and more impatient as he waited for me to get off the Internet.
There was no Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest back then. No such thing as blogging, chats and webinars either. I remember joining forums and listserve groups for things I was interested in like writing.
The best part I’ve found about the Internet is making friends with people around the world. How do I know these online friends are real my family asks? I’ve been lucky enough to meet some in person and they’re very real and just as great as they are online. I hope I get to meet more of them in future.
Meeting my Mirabile Visu writer friend, Caz in Devon, UK, 2009
Before Facebook, I was very keen about a writing forum called Mirabile Visu that no longer exists.
I met so many great writer friends there.
Meeting my artist friend, Joyce at her studio in Inkerman
not far from me with my pal, Wendy.
I met Wendy in the early 2000s at a writing forum,
I forget which one.
With my Mirabile Visu writer friend, Wendy from Saskatchewan when she was visiting in Ontario for her son's wedding in 2009.
Here I am in Chartottetown, PEI on a trip in 2011 where I got to meet the lovely Denise Bruce and her adorable daughters.
Last year I went with Wendy to NYC and N.J.
where we met our FB friends,
Lori, Perla, Mary Anne, Rosemary and Roselle.
We also met Mary Lou from Connecticut in NYC.
This past March I met Marie Andrée in Montreal.
The Internet has definitely changed my life for the better except that I still spend too much time on it, even with high speed. I need to make sure to get off the computer and interact with the real world. Time passes so quickly without me realizing it and the family is still waiting for me to get off the Internet!