A 90’s and early 2000’s look back

Whenever I think back to the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, I can only think of one hobby that I partook in nearly every day. My life centered around the hobby known as chat rooms, AOL Instant Messenger and MSN. Of course all while jamming out to No Doubt, Everclear and System of a Down. When I first started chatting online, I was excited just to be there, talking to people across the US, across the world. I got to “meet” some of the most interesting people, and some of the most boring people. Over time I realized some of them lived to be online, creating websites just to build themselves up and make them look cool. But then I discovered the actual cool people, who ended up leaving the realm of the chat world. And I eventually left it too. But this post is reminiscent of the time I spent online and the people I found and got to know.

I remember signing into AOL Instant Messenger and despite having way over 200 screen-names on my list, I would only look for one in particular. It’s funny how little things over the interwebs can turn into big things in your head. Thankfully I grew up and out of the chat scene and finally met my soulmate at one of my college summer jobs and married him almost two years ago. I will always look back to my time in the chat scene and think fondly of it. In a few weeks, I will be attending Riot Fest where No Doubt will be playing and I am sure there will be flashbacks.

What do you remember of the 1990’s and early 2000’s? 

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