Monday, September 12, 2005

insert clever title here

a few random thoughts before i get into what i want to get into. actually just one thought. not even a thought, just a comment: i have a really hard time titling my posts. i mean, come on! talk about pressure. to somehow come up with a snappy, clever, compelling, witty, interesting summary of your post - all in a handful of words? puh-lease. i think that my hatred of titling is also why i will never successfully on-line date - same concept except in that forum you have to come up with a snappy, clever, compelling, witty, interesting summary of your PERSONALITY (you also need a number of really cute pictures, yet another strike against on-line dating in my book. i'll leave it to the women who can both summarize and take good pictures.)

moving on - i would just like to give a shout out to the amazing power of the internet. yes, yes, i know it might be a little cliche BUT it just never fails to amaze. last night, i was out to dinner with an old friend who happened to be passing through san francisco. we were reminiscing about life back in the day, as you tend to do with old friends, and we started talking about this kid we had swum with back when we were 12. neither of us had talked to him since we were, oh, 12 which is quite a long time ago these days. so we have a few beers, get back to my place and google him. and lo and beyold, he pops up! well, at least a website with an employee with the same namepops up. so i drop an email, just for kicks, and he emails back and it's the right guy! how insane is that! maybe other people don't find this insane but i haven't talked to this guy in FOURTEEN years and i just type his name into a little box on a screen and there he is? just amazing to me.

now i realize that my thoughts on the incredible connective tissue of the internet may not be all that profound or innovative. but i just think that sometimes it's nice to step back and realize what an amazing time we live in. back when i was 12, i don't think i even knew what the internet was (was there an internet when i was 12?). fourteen years may be a long time in the life of charis but in the grand scheme of things it's a mere blink of the eye. so to come that far in a blink - well, like i said, i just think it's worth a shout out.

and speaking of shout outs (i don't think i've ever used the term "shout out" in my life and i just used it three times in one post), i'd just like to throw one (and does one "throw" "shout outs"?) out to maggie for getting involved in the breast cancer walk. it's so easy to just think about doing something without ever working up to the actual doing of the something - but maggie's taking action and i'm proud of her.


Blogger Naomi said...

Cool post. I too am amazed at the internet all the time. I couldn't live without it. Computers were dinosuars just a few years ago and now things just move so fast. I am happy to say that I remember a time before this when children used encyclopedias for assignments and you had to go to the library to find out information on subjects you know nothing about. In saying this I am glad to have the memories yet to no longer have to live this.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Dad said...

Your blog is great. Keep up the good work.

8:16 AM  
Blogger • B E N B E N E K • said...

Just wanted to announce the 4th anniversary of Hand Knits for Young Moderns - a website filled with scans from vintage knitting pattern books - thank you!

12:39 PM  

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