Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Purpose

So I'm sitting here passing the time chatting online with people I've never met but who, like me, comment on a blog I read regularly.

The comment thread we were using as a chat room features teeny tiny little user icons and a lot of times it's hard to tell what they are, so I asked one of the others (he happens to be in North Carolina) what his was.

He told me (it was a goat), and linked to a blog post featuring the uncropped original photograph, which was a picture of his own father as a child, 80 years ago. The post also spoke about what the world was like back then, which made me think of my grandfather.

I have a couple of "my grandpa was old" stories, and picked one to tell:

Your comments about your dad (at the link) make me think of my grandfather. He was born in 1890 and lived to the age of 104.

He was one of the first people to make a long-distance telephone call (he knew the demonstrator at the science booth at a world's fair way back when).

And assorted other tales.

Less than 10 minutes later, someone else in the conversation (from Spain) had this to say:

Jennifer, My Grandmother was born in 1884 and she was a telephone switchboard operator (Anyone here got any idea what that was?) when she married my Granddad in 1905 and it might have been her who placed your Granddads long distance call as she worked as a demo. switchboard op. at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair.
You guys? I'm pretty sure this is what the Internet is for.

5 comments:

Poppy Fields August 05, 2007 1:31 AM  

This is exactly why I love internet!
I have "met" at least three people from Minnesota, like me, all living in France now, like me...

Phydeaux Speaks August 05, 2007 3:45 PM  

Just the fact that you are in Costa Rica, GOM is in Spain, and I am in North Carolina - and we were conversing - is way cool to me.

(So, like years from now, someone will read that sentence and wonder at the provincialism of the writer, "Why is that unusual?")

Look, a scone!

Jennifer August 05, 2007 3:53 PM  

Exactly!

I can tell my kids that when I was their age, there were no personal computers, cable TV, VCRs...digital watches, even.

What will they tell their own kids, I wonder, 30 years from now, when they're looking at the old-timey digital photographs of their own childhood?

Jennifer August 05, 2007 3:56 PM  

Look, a scone!

You didn't think I'd leave them all at the pub, did you? ;)

pidomon August 05, 2007 7:22 PM  

And I've been searching for a scone here!
I was thinking about ny niece today and she's never had to get off her butt and change a TV channel LOL and then I thought about Grandma who made it to 102 and the last thing she said to me (when she was 101) was Steven I don't remember some things"
ANd I said "Grandma neither do I it's OK"

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