Thursday, February 05, 2009

Pond Prompts - 2/5/09

What did you do before we had the Internet?

I definitely watched a lot more TV than I do today. I can't remember exactly what I watched, but I certainly watched MTV. In those days, MTV was still cool and still showed good shows and videos.

I also read a lot. As above, I don't remember my exact reading habits. I also collected/organized/looked at sports cards, hockey in particular. I know this seems quaint in today's world, but at one time children enjoyed collecting pieces of thin cardboard with pictures of athletes on them. Crazy, huh?

Of course, I listened to music. It was mostly radio back in those days - always, always, 104.7 KDUK, the Top 40 station. Anything else was just not cool.

I first started using the internet at the public library. The compute room was upstairs, and I think there were only 12 computers to use. You could use them for an hour at a time, but I recall being there for two hours sometimes. It just depended on how much demand there was. I was fascinated with all the cool sites one could explore. At the time, these were mostly hockey sites for me. By the time I got to college, high-speed internet had arrived. All the students in the dorms used that speedy service constantly, and our lives were forever changed.

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