If any of you are as old as I am, you’ll hear me when I say, I miss the early days of the internet. You know, the days when you would race home from school just to see who was on MSN or Yahoo Messenger (but you were only allowed on the internet for a short period of time because someone would always need the phone), or the nights you’d sit up on a weekend and connect with strangers on ICQ.
Speaking of, I had a scary experience meeting a stranger online when I was in the States. It was well before internet ‘stranger danger’ was a big thing, but I met a guy who was at least 10 years older than my 16 year old self and when I was on a youth road trip down to Pensacola, Florida. I am so thankful that I had some common sense and took some friends with me to meet him, because at first he kept trying to convince me that we should go to his car to talk.
Needless to say, I didn’t follow him to his car and my friends kept an eye out for me and it could have ended pretty badly.
That wasn’t the internet’s fault though, that was the fault of a naïve teenager who thought everyone wanted to be her friend. Turns out, not everyone in the world wishes to be your buddy.
I do miss the early chat rooms though, especially the early role playing games that you could play. I’ve tried getting back into it since then, but it’s not the same (or I’m just too old now and don’t know how to do it properly hahaha!), but I’d love to give it another go one day. If anyone knows of a decent site, that isn’t too complicated for an old maid like me, sing out.
The best RP Chat was The Red Dragon Inn, at least I think that’s what it was called. So long ago. I may have to Google it and see what I can come up with, but I was always THIS really cool chick though. I believe she was a character from the Dragonlance Series, but I always used her as a Shapeshifter (Silver Wolf) named Ayla Faye (another series influence from my early high school years -the Earth’s Children Series by Jean M Auel)
Anyway, that’s my little piece for today. Thank god it’s the weekend now and I can go out and enjoy some sunshine with an extra large cup of nostalgia to make me wish I was 20 years younger 🙂