Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Accolades Ahoy!

It's always fun when people tell me that they read my blog.  It still boggles my mind that what I write is of any interest to anyone but me.  I have "met" so many wonderful people through this medium and I hope to "meet" many, many more!  (Seriously, can someone come up with a new word that defines how we "meet" people online?)

Of course, a lot of people that read the blog are old friends of mine.  One of those friends has also just bestowed an enormous gift to me - thank you, Matt!

It's funny how Facebook as changed the way I keep in touch with people.  I met Matt about 12 years ago in Community Theatre.  He played a "crazy" in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", where I was the stage manager.  We had both just turned 31 at the time and were still able to party like it was 1999 (which, coincidentally, it actually was!).  As anyone in Community Theatre knows, the only reason one gets involved is for the cast parties at the end of the run.  And for "Cuckoo", there were some doozies!  I met a lot of my Fondy friends during that play but Matt has the distinct honor of bestowing me with clove cigarettes and being my drinking buddy for the duration of the show (does it surprise you that I did indeed have a wild side in my past?  I mean, those who never met me?  Alas, those days are gone but were they ever FUN while they lasted!).

Cuckoo's Nest Cast, 1999.  I'm the one in flannel in the second
row,  second from the right (that's my ex-husby's hand I'm holding).
  Matt is the bearded fellow in the back row, third from the left.  By
my  count, I met about seven of my good friends in this show.  :D
After that play I would see Matt at the Community Theatre annual meetings (which are incredibly boring but again - another reason to go out afterward!) and, oddly enough, every other Monday afternoon at the grocery store.  But along came Facebook and I now have the pleasure of catching up on Matt & Fran's (his lovely wife's) lives.  What an age we live in!

So Matt Rodenkirch, this one's for you!  See the photo at the top?  It represents about one-tenth of the amount of Popular Science magazines that I got from Matt on Sunday!  You see, Matt reads the blog and knows that I collect stuff, and he just so happened to be getting rid of his hard copies of his subscription because they're all available online now.  I now have his magazines that go as far back as 20 years (someone tell me how 1991 is TWENTY years ago, please!).  The oddest thing about the oldest magazines is seeing the dawn of the "information superhighway" - doesn't that sound HILARIOUS now?  There are also many Mac ads (or should I say, Apple?) - my favorite is one from 1993 for the Newton.  Remember the Newton?  It was Mac's answer to the Palm Pilot - of course, no one had the capability to go mobile with the Web yet, so now it seems pretty useless.  But I can recall very clearly wanting one after I saw it at Best Buy when they came out.  It really does look old now, doesn't it?  I mean, look how THICK it is!  :D

I know I say this a lot, but I can't wait to see how our world is viewed in 20 (or 50 or 100) years.  What will people think of our current cell phones?  Will they find them hilarious?  Will future generations just take it for granted that internet access is ubiquitous (probably!)?  Will we indeed have chips implanted in our brains, as some suggest, just to save time?  Only time will tell.  In the meantime, I will once again thank Matt for not only supplying me with enough magazines to last me until Rapture, but also inadvertently taking me on a trip down Computer Memory Lane.

*Fondy side note:  I'm not a native to Fond du Lac, but the notion that EVERYONE in Fond du Lac is related somehow is once again proved - Matt's dad is Brian's uncle's brother.  So in other words, they have cousins in common.  For a city of 40K people, it's still a VERY small town.  :D

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