Saturday, December 31, 2005

Up late and can't sleep

. . . so thought I'd sign on and post a few thoughts.

It's funny how you get attached to people you've never met.

Over the years I've been active online, I've developed some unique relationships with people from across the globe. A few have come and gone, much like face to face relationships. You meet, you exchange niceties, exchange information, maybe spend time together, but you eventually move on in your respective lives. Just another part of life's experiences.

Yet, I wonder about the individuals that I made a connection with on the 'net, no matter how brief. I wonder about Susan in New York who gave me a great recipe for Zuppe de Pesce that I still use and the person who introduced me to the writing of George Gissing. I wonder what happened to the guy who helped me through debugging my first internet virus. I wonder about the early members of TBF like Holger and Tobytook and Dawn. Do they still remember me as I remember them? I guess we were just ships passing in the night -- to see each other from a distance, perhaps exchange messages, but ultimately continue on our respective journeys, never to be seen or heard from again.

Sad, in a way, but still part of my totality, so I guess it's okay.

6 comments:

Hay said...

I'm not very good at connecting with people so I can't really play along here. :-)

Happy New Year, Ell. Hope it becomes a great year for you.

jane said...

i haven't been an onliner long enough to develop nostalgia about people, well there is that one tbf'er, hollis, who was from texas and was pregnant, i wonder how her labour went and if she had a boy or a girl.

Simply Coll said...

I have met some amazing people online. Many have touched me deeply.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years.

Joy said...

What's TBF?

I have met some people online that I met later on in real life and some who stayed cyber-friends. I first got online around 1994, I think, so I do have nostalgia and curiosity about several of them. Being single, there were flirtations with some from the personals. I don't do that anymore but do wonder about some of them.

ell said...

TBF is short for The Book Forum - an online book forum that I've been a member of since 2001 and where I was a moderator until a few months ago.

Joy said...

Ah, thank you. That would help explain why you did so well on my book quiz. It does sound interesting.