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January 3rd, 2007 (04:03 am)

Tried to explain this place....

To an acquaintance the other day.

I failed miserably.

The average LJ'r is 16, female...and says things like: OMG!

Yes, well.....YOU don't.
I'm 5 and a half years deep...not long enough to be TRULY cool here...
but long enough to have been around for some of the changes.

That's cool enough for me.

"MY IMAGINARY FRIENDS" as Benjamin calls you.
'Course at this point, his Mum AND older Sister in Australia...
are Imaginary Friends as well.


And that's part of it, BEING ABLE to talk with so many, so far away....
A central location--where you can be found.

Most of you know what a TRAVELER i was as a kid--
and what a lump of STAY HERE i have become as an adul---Big Ginger.

I've watched you...finish school. Go from 19--to degree--to TEACHER?!
I've seen when you had a bad month--when I've had a good one...and
sight unseen, I sent you rent.

You've MOVED from places you knew all your life--to places entirely unfamiliar.
From Austin to Seattle,
from NY to Lubbock,
from Las Vegas to Seattle,
from Austin to Denton
back to Austin.

GRANTED...those are pretty beaten tracks...


I watched a BABY, A BABY!!! Grow from a friendship mentioned, to a girlfriend, to a
WIFE.......and saw the pictures of a little unborn person that technology let me see.....
all the way from Hungary. Some crazy Scottsman....

And her fresh new face as she saw the world for the first time.
Pictures and stories and whole lives.
A pretty pink little girl--who was once just an idea.

Heared talk of putting ones-self out on a dating service?
Crazy shit like that...
Nervous and embarrassed to be doing so?
But meeting someone.
Getting to KNOW someone...WONDERFUL.
*happy laugh*

And all the stories and pictures after.
And the storms...the literal STORMS.
The figurative storms...

While in Selma Alabama, for my Mother's Mother's funeral...
I called an LJ friend, gave him the password for my email...
(No connection in SELMA.)
I needed to know, was my friend in fallujah Iraq okay?

Lives and Lives and Lives.

Moment after Moment.

You have been watching my life, too?

This place is hard to describe.

There are people HERE that I have never stood in the same room with...
That I consider BEST Friends.

There are those of you who have come all the way to Austin...so we could meet.

Some of you are literally on the other side of the planet.

You've held me up through break-ups, through loooooong stretches of unemployment...
Poked me hard and made me stick my chin out when I was scared.
Hell, on more than one occasion--you've paid my internet bill,
even brought me a new computer....just to keep me on-line.

*head in hands*


You've shared yours with me, and embraced mine.
I just, well call me crazy...I just don't think MY SPACE does that for people.
And I don't believe TIME will change that.

This place will become OTHER things.
To stay alive, it must.
But I love that what it always was....needn't be compromised.
No matter how many users--it can still be used the way I like it...

*knocks on Formica*

For Good.



Posted by: Stan Baker (angrystan)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)

MySpace and such things are not authentically interactive. Wordpress and Blogger are somewhat more interactive, but require more work for the poster and viewer to achieve what Livejournal does natively. They are more "open" than LJ, however.

Livejournal has the reputation ... well, all you have to do is hit that "random journal" button and you'll get the idea. Nonetheless, LJ has this underground of people over, say, 30 who have things to say and occasionally make interesting observations. We are in the minority. Such a minority you can't push the idea to people who aren't already on the inside.

I suspect the interesting things young people are doing are similarly hidden among the chaff of the other major Web 2.0 sites. That is, much in the way we did back in the day, they too are hiding in plain sight. I recently told someone that you could always go to the "record store" in town to discover what the youth are up to. Now the culture centered around music isn't centered around music and the bulletin board outside the record store is scattered all over the interwebs.

One need not be young and/or creepy to participate anymore. The times they continue to change ... and I can't seem to leave the house.

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)


They removed the RANDOM button.

Posted by: Prufrock's Peach (bluemamie)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
long live random
anasyrma 2

No, they just moved it to the portal page. Go to 'My LJ' and look in the bottom right hand corner.

Posted by: Orin (rin_o)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
viva la random

took me the longest time to find it again. 'bout a week.

then it showed me three places that were abandoned.

still, nice to have it.

Posted by: Amethest (amethest)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)


I <3 LJ too!

You've been an intesting ride to follow.

Posted by: They call me 'Benton' (die7fox)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC)


Indeed. :-)

Posted by: Orin (rin_o)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)

imaginary friends are fun.

Posted by: Organizational Anarchist (napalmgod)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Vader - Pants

I don't exist when you don't see me.

Posted by: Kathy (hrm_ok)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)

Just a comment to let you know I am here.

Posted by: Frank (heidinabucket)
Posted at: January 4th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)

Seeing you every single day.

Posted by: Pumping Iron Hearts (woundedmarigold)
Posted at: January 4th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
too cool


Without LJ, I would have never of known you!


Posted by: emily (tugena13)
Posted at: January 8th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)

you are one of my all-time favorites. remember how we met through an ex-boyfriend of MINE? ha! one of these days, i'm gonna drive down to texas and buy us a round or five, big sister.

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