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*This is the story of my first blog and internet excitement...
It all started as a teenager with my obsession with Orca Whales... more specifically, Keiko, the whale from Free Willy, on his journey to real freedom. I had dreams about Keiko, I wore 'Free Keiko' pins to school (high school!), I painted pictures of Keiko swimming in the ocean, I even had a whale wallpaper border in my bedroom--- it was like a obsessive consuming crush, but on a whale.
While I was in high school, marine biologists and doctors were working to assimilate Keiko back into the ocean and he was living at a facility in Oregon. There was a camera that took pictures in his tank every five minutes and you could view them live online. Without the internet at home, I went to my school library everyday on my 10 minute break (pretending it was for a school project), hoping that after the dial up signal loaded, I could log on and see my Keiko swimming by. Day after day, it was just photos of water. Until one day, I logged on and saw him. There he was... right by the window, smiling (at me). My heart stopped and burst outta my chest. I squeeled in the library and secretly printed the photo on the school printer. It was like a high that I needed more of... I needed the internet at home so I could look more often! I begged my parents to get the internet hooked up for a year, constantly showing them the free AOL internet cds, wishing I had a credit card so I could just hook it up myself.
When we finally got internet in 1999 or 2000, the stalking Keiko phase had faded. But my obsession with connecting online was far from over. I was getting really into music, regularly going to local punk and hardcore shows with Tanner, my cousin/friend. I loved taking pictures of the bands and crushing on all the cute screaming singers. My hotmail account (ha) led me to "geocities" and I built a website for my band photos and I updated it weekly. It had a yellow font on a black background, 3 columns across with scanned pictures down the center and lots of clickable buttons. Oh- and a hits counter... i think it reached 800 :) Essentially, it was my first blog... before blogs were blogs ;)
In my naivety, I called my blog "Hardcore Chick 204"... www.Geocities.com/HardcoreChick204 to be exact ;) Lol... 204 for my area code, and hardcore for my music preference. This was in the era of ICQ Chat Rooms and my nickname matched my website. I was so perplexed-- why were all these guys chatting me being so frisky and gross!? Lol... it wasn't until my friend Jenny-Lynn said, "I'm not allowed to receive emails from you anymore LA, your firstname.lastname@example.org address got my dad in trouble from his work". I was like, "Why?!" Duh... They tracked his computers' online activity and thought he was getting serviced or something. Yikes!
That was my first blog and internet experience. I never would have thought the internet & design would become my career... so much has changed in 10 years! Gladly, my old nickname and dial-up have been retired since then ;)
Thank you for joining me over the last 4 years, it's been very special to me to share it with you!
To many many more,
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