Friday, July 22, 2011

Divine Secrets

"Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadow.
It's what sunflowers do."
by Helen Keller

Yeah, okay, this post isn't about Sunflowers.  Well not exactly anyway.  

I find myself astounded when I think about how far electronic communication has come.  Not so very long ago, well, maybe more like nearly 10 years ago, I found myself a member of an online community.  A bulletin board.  The sunflower is a clue, I wonder if anyone can guess the board that I was on?  This was before Facebook and MySpace was just taking off to give you a point of reference in time.  I haven't been involved in one since. In fact, I don't know of any that are in existence.  Of course I haven't looked because I definitely don't need something else to obsess about. But like I always do I'm getting ahead of myself.    

And as I do everything, I was fully immersed in this board and the other people on it.  This wasn't a pass time where I checked in every week or even every other day I was on obsessively.  Several times a day.  And there were different boards within the main board. One page was for light and fluffy topics, on page was for political topics, one was for good thoughts and prayer requests, and one was for recipes.  You get the idea.  

What was truly amazing in hindsight was the cliques that formed within the online community.  There were those who aligned themselves with like minded people politically, and those who aligned themselves with others who shared similiar hobbies and likes.  Naturally it didn't take long for the board to develop its bullies as well and there were some serious snark fests  about everything from homeschooling, breastfeeding, to asparagus and peas.  Go figure.  

I was pretty much insulated from that because I fell in with a group who liked to drink more than the others, party more than the others, and have sex more than the others.  So we created our own little corner of the board.  Our very own ongoing thread that detailed our various exploits.  In time we started setting up 3 way calls and planning trips to meet each other.  

You know how all the 'experts' advise not to go meet people in person that you think you 'know' online?  There's a reason for that.  We were quite the motley crew.  The Voodoo Krewe is what we called ourselves.  We were all lushes for that weekend.  We drank to much, we ate to much.  We talked to loudly and laughed more than should be allowed.  It wasn't until we all returned to our 'real lives' that the bottom fell out.  But that's enough for now.  Maybe tomorrow you'll get....The rest of the story.  


  1. Whoo hoo...this is ringing a bell from my dim and distant past as well

  2. I have met and made some great friends from chatrooms and internet dating. You just have to use your head and be sensible about everything. Great post. We've come so far so fast haven't we?

  3. Being so far away in my corner of the world, I'm not sure if/when I'll ever meet anyone in person that I've gotten to know online. It's not impossible, though. One day I'll put that passport of mine to use & we'll see how it goes.

  4. Even in "real" life, sometimes people you think you know turn out to be - not quite who you thought. This post also brings to mind a tweet in my timeline the other day:
    "I'm surprised I like so many of you here because I hate most everyone in real life."

  5. Aw, man! You always suck me in and then leave me hanging. Where's my happy ending, dammit?! P.S. I've missed you!

  6. I experienced something along the same lines some time ago and your word is bond. It is without surprise that people are dishonest over the intrawebs. Just so you know, I am 6'5", 256 lbs with 3% body fat. NOT !!!!!!!

    By the way, I am happy to see you back. It is not everyday that find "real people" to shoot the poo with. I think that it's cool to hear of Christ followers that are not afraid to talk freely, drink some brews and watch a football game on a 96" LED TV.

  7. I have met 3 internet friends in real life. 2 I would call my closest friends these days.
    Not everyone you meet ends up being who you think they are though so it always pays to be careful
    Cant wait to find out how this ends

  8. See, now I have you all in suspense.....I must admit it is a sort of powerful feeling....LOL

    Possum, wait until you hear some of our buzz words, I bet you'll know.....

    Barb, we have come so far so fast. I still can't believe that I was so emotionally invested in an electronic bulletin board. Like I'm invested in this now. What's next? LOL

    Vinny - talk about being far away...I"m now in Ida-freakin-ho. Likely I'll not meet anyone in real life except for my Lost in Idaho. He's only a couple hours away.

    Li- that tweet sounds like it may have come from someone I know and love dearly. Hmmmm.....

    Mrs. Hyde! Baby Doll I miss you. I've been checking in on your posts but I know you are a super busy lady (bitch?) I'll get to your damned happy or not so much ending presently.

    Wow, IB, you should put that out on a swinger's website. I'd be all over it. LOLOLOL My tv isn't quite that large and my drink of pref is vodka but I'm developing a taste for beer. So glad you're here reading my poo.

    Mynx - Learned about being careful the hard way. Again, presently I'll disclose all.