Today in My History

2000:  Another World
2001:  No entry--in England
2002:  Stand for the Cure
2003:  With Equality and Justice for All
2004:  From Skippy to Wolf via a Legend
2005:  Amazing
2006 Growing Up

2007: Sweet Surprise
2008:  Floppies for Mommy
2009:  Peach, Under Protest
2010:  Season's End
2011:  Shanghai
2012: Barbarians
2013: Sunday Stealing
2014: Mothers Day
2015: Brilliant Thoughts
2016: Season Finale
2017: Sobering Thought
2018: Something New Every Day
2019: Sunday Stealing

Theater Reviews
Updated 3/10

Books Read in 2020
 Updated 3/30
"An Echo in the Bone"

COVID-19 Movie Marathon
Updated 5/8
The Bookshop

Personal Home Page

My family

Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

updated 7/16

(you know how to fix it)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?


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12 May 2020

I ended yesterday's entry by saying "Now if I can just actually sleep tonight, it will have been a perfect day."  I slept better than I have in I can't remember.  I must have had more than 8 hours of sleep and my mid-night wake period was pretty short.  I woke up at nearly 10 a.m.  so it was a perfect day.

Once upon a time there was a thing called CompuServe.  I don't know if CompuServe still exists as a discussion forum, what with Twitter and Facebook.  But once upon a time, CIS was broken into many different discussion sections. 

I was brand new to this thing called the "internet" and was worried that I would run up big bills doing too much on it.  But someone showed me how to get the most out of CIS, downloading discussions, answering things on line, and then uploading my answers.  It made it possible for me to participate in discussions. 

I made many friends through both the Women's Issues group and Gay Issues group, people who are friends today, most of whom have ultimately become face-to-face friends as well as "imaginary" friends.

We had a particularly close group in Women's Issues.  It wasn't a particularly close group to begin with and then I was asked to be the "Sysop," in charge of creating discussions.  I tried to find nice lofty, relevant topics and response was lukewarm and then one day, completely out of ideas for a good discussion, I posted  something about housekeeping.  It took off like a rocket.  Most lively discussion yet.

Out of that discussion came a much more active group and we began to be friends. 

In  1996 (a year easy to remember, 'cause that's when David died), one of the older women, Cathy, who lived in Santa Barbara with an alcoholic husband, was trying to get up the courage to leave him and go off on her own.  She was quite depressed and another woman, Pat, who lived in Burbank, and I decided we would meet Cathy on the train and go and visit another member in Boulder, Colorado, since Cathy loved trains.  It would be a distraction for her and fun for the three of us.

Well, what with one thing and another, it ended up that a dozen of us went to Boulder (and we flew, we didn't take the train) for a long weekend of getting to know each other, face to face. One of the group even came from England to join us.

Thinking about Woodstock, we decided to call our group Netstock and we had such a good time we decided to do it again the next year.  The whole group (or whoever could make it) got together for weekend gatherings:

1996 in Boulder, Colorado
1997 in Seattle, Washington
1998 in Washington, DC
1999 in Austin, Texas
2000 in Portland, Oregon
2001 in London
2002 in Ashland, Oregon and
2005 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(we missed 2003 and 2004...and none since 2005).

When we arrived in London for the 2001 gathering, I heard something about "problems with the World Trade Center in New York" and found out about the attack there in the lobby of our London hotel.  What a surreal weekend that was.

(the year we tried durian, in Austin, TX)

At some point, CompuServe ceased to be what we had known and so I moved the whole group over to Yahoo, where we could continue our discussion.  The only problem was that new people couldn't find our group and I do feel bad about that, but it was good that we at least still had a place where we could still "meet."

Over the years we have lost some people.  Judy Watt, who lived in San Francisco and who was the first internet person I met face to face, died--I don't remember of what.  Bill Dahn, who was the only male who was part of the group but who said he enjoyed discussing women's issues and would we please let him join our group died of cancer.  Then Pat  (who was the music editor for Walker, Texas Ranger) with whom Walt and I always stayed when we flew to So. California, also died of cancer; Dana Rae, author of the book "When Someone You Love has Cancer" ironically died of cancer; Cathy, who was the impetus for this to begin with, has faded away.  She was the oldest and has lived in Vermont for a long time (and is not on Facebook) and we assume she died, but we don't know.  Heidi had a traumatic brain injury that severely changed her personality and she is no longer part of the group, tho she occasionally corresponds with one or two others in the group.

Everyone else is on Facebook and we keep up with each other that way, considerably different than the Compuserve Years.  We've been through births, deaths, divorces, illnesses and all the ups and downs of our lives.  Now a world-wide pandemic.

Julia decided it would be fun to get together on Zoom, and several of us did -- Julia from Maryland (who raised big Russian wolfhounds), Tricia from the San Francisco area, Sian who lives on an island in Scotland with a population of about a dozen people, diane [sic] from England ("diane" lower case to differentiate her from Diane upper case from Texas, who has dropped off the radar), Mary from Seattle, whom we met for lunch the last time we were in Washington, Ellen, an attorney and grandma from Milwaukee, and I am not sure where Maryanne lives.  But it was a good group.  I'm still learning how to effectively use Zoom on my cell phone (since I don't have a camera for my desktop, nor do I really want one). 

It was great fun and we decided we can't really call this "Netstock" any more...so now we have a Zoomstock group and I'm sure we will meet up again in the foreseeable future.  I love these women and have loved them for more than 25 years.




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