Wednesday, January 26, 2005

My hair and AOL

I have been looking in the mirror every morning ...and don't really pay attention to my reflection.. but this morning I thought...hmmm I should put some more colouring in my hair..it's looking grey..er..all the time. I can't quite figure out what is going on with my hair...I guess it's at the point that it is "white/grey" and I keep on putting blonde stuff on it..and within a few weeks it's white..ish... again....and starting to piss me off.. Not to mention that it is wayyyy to long and I need seriously need a haircut... how did this happen to me?...just yesterday I had brown hair. Okay 5 years ago.

I was reading a few more blogs today at work...(hey I'm not taking up my bosses time).. but we are slow..and I have nothing to do. I noticed most blogs are very well written. They have comma's where comma's should be and periods where periods should be. I must admit I write like I talk and always put those ........... marks instead of using real puncuation. I can't help myself, I never ever used to do this before I was started with email. For some reason I feel I have to do run on sentences etc. by putting the f*n .... there. I don't even like reading a lot of blogs where people go on and on with the ..........so, I am going to stop it.... I mean today..oops just did it again. Before email, I was an avid letter writer, I wrote to people who probably hoped I would stop writing. I love writing. Oh lordy, this is a habit that is so hard to break, I almost did it three times before I got this sentence out!

So, I won't promise real sentence structure, and comma's and great punctuation, but I will no longer put those stupid periods before and after every stinking thing I say.

Today I was thinking about my good ole days on AOL. (I just put the periods there,now erased). grrr

So................ okay this only for effect. I got my first AOL "diskette" in the mail about 7 or 8 years ago. They promised the to open my world and give me the internet, which I so much wanted. Gord had just bought me my first real computer a 486, (not counting the ole Commodore) for my 50th. birthday ( and it had a modem!) so I was in business! I got on line right away, I can't remember how many free hours I had that month, but they were never enough. It was the most horrible time with AOL and the best of times. There was so much password stealing going on etc. it was havoc if you didn't know what you were doing. Fortunately, my nieces clued me in on all the crap that was going on, and I got it all figured out..

I met the most wonderful group on AOL...it was a group called "Tip's and Tricks" and they were all about helping AOL members finding there way around email, internet, computer probs etc.

Eventually we became a family of about 50 members who helped out the newbies with their problems in chat, internet, computers,whatever!

Just going back to when I started with this wonderful group, I had to get a name on AOL, and I couldn't think out anything I liked. I tried a lot of names and AOL said they were taken. Pywacket, being one of them LOL...I finally go so frusterated I went to the fridge and looked at all the stuff in there, thinking just maybe I would get some inspiration from a label. Finally, I looked at a bottle of relish in the fridge...and thought, hmmm I will name myself relish...(as in relish in a diffent sense) nope, someone else actually had that!!. So, ended up calling myself relissh, I just added an S. Yup, you guessed it everyone in chat called me ketchup, hotdog, you name it. One day when I was in chat I was telling someone that I was so tired of my name I was thinking of changing it. She said, hey Relissh, why would you want to do that? I said, because I am tired of being a "Condiment"!! I thought my screen would explode, everyone thought it was so funny. I will never forget that. After time went by, my friends started to call me "Relly", which is still a name I cherish today. I will always be Relly, to them.


Unfortunately after about 4 years good ole AOL figured out that their chat rooms needed to be monitored. They brought in hosts to supervise all the pervese little creeps that made up half the chat rooms and threw down the law. The host would chuck anyone out that swore, disrupted, or just was being a pain in the ass. That cleaned up a lot of things. Our chat room never really had that problem, because our group managed it, and all the crap wasn't allowed, and we found a way to shame the ones who tried to get away with junk. We also had some pretty good ways of making them pay if they tried. (evil laugh). Those were the days!! Well, to make this story a little shorter AOL decided all rooms needed a host and recruited a lot of our people to to do that on a 24 hr. basis. They called themselves "Rangers" and patrolled many rooms. As time went along AOL made another management f*up decision, they wanted our room as their own, to control the Tips and Tricks we gave to the newbies and Oldies. This of course was the beginning of the end of a great relationship. Once AOL took it over, all the reg's started to go their own ways and we started to drift apart. We did start up a group in AOL where we could all get together and chat, but it was never the same. I still miss all of them, they became like best friends. I still hear for some of them at Christmas.

That's my AOL story and I'm sticking to it.




6 comments:

Special K said...

Sounds like a safe enough story, Relly, so go ahead and stick to it.

I didn't get online until about 2.5 years ago (or is it 3.5? The memory dims a bit now and again) and I found myself awfully confused by emails containing dozens of periods in every paragraph. At the time, I thought it was simply some manner of email lingo with which I was unfamiliar, but have since learned it's mere laziness of expression. Ha ha!

All considered, you're doing just fine. I noticed your URL when I was trawling my site meter for funky search strings, and thought I'd pop in to see just what in the heck you were all about. So far, so good.

(And, just because I'm one of those anal freaks using commas and semi-colons all properly and stuff doesn't mean I'm that hypercritical of people who don't. Well, not most times.)

Special K said...

Sounds like a safe enough story, Relly, so go ahead and stick to it.

I didn't get online until about 2.5 years ago (or is it 3.5? The memory dims a bit now and again) and I found myself awfully confused by emails containing dozens of periods in every paragraph. At the time, I thought it was simply some manner of email lingo with which I was unfamiliar, but have since learned it's mere laziness of expression. Ha ha!

All considered, you're doing just fine. I noticed your URL when I was trawling my site meter for funky search strings, and thought I'd pop in to see just what in the heck you were all about. So far, so good.

And, just because I'm one of those anal freaks using commas and semi-colons all properly and stuff doesn't mean I'm that hypercritical of people who don't. Well, not most times.

K.

P.S. If you have enough grey hair, why not just be a Silver Fox and get it over with? Once I'm at the point of having 50% grey, I am so doing it.

Special K said...

Whoops. Sorry about the double comment. (I so hate Blogger's comment system!) Delete whichever one you like. Or both, if ya gotta be that way.

Mary Lou said...

Well I never got into Chat rooms at all, except one. My daughter talked me into one while we were IM ing and she had me in a hottub room with some guy called naked plumber's crack or something like that, and I screamed and left and never went back. I discovered blogging instead and I love it!!! and I too have fallen into the trap of not capitalizing and using those ... all the time. But what you will see be doing and not realizing it is double caps on words. I have a wonky little finger and it does not get off the shift key fast enough. i think That is why I quit Capitalizing things.

hey Kat.....PHHHFFTTT!!!! ;)

Special k is cool. so funny and she loves my wonky little finger too.

Joan said...

When it comes right down to it, I will be "dotting"...I just can't help myself.

HA...musta been pretty funny being in a chat room with Mr. Butt Crack ...LOL...he was probably one of those.."I'll show you mine, if you show me yours"

Joan:)

Lisa said...

For your hair, go to Sally Beauty Supply and get some "Gray Busters" and some 20 weight peroxide, an applicator bottle and gloves. Overall, it costs less to do it that way and it will color your hair for 4 full weeks. The peroxide lasts for a couple successive applications. Rinse out the applicator bottle, save the gloves and you're living large. :)