Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shades of Dusky Woods

Friday, May 18, 2007

block two on the camino real

almost a year to the day, and i found myself on the internet browing for some record of the long lost days of teh dc boa community. i stumbled across this cache of a note about tmmabbs, and a link into the last online version of that community.

my web surfing for this old community led me to this page by liz lawley from 2004 when her ex-husband and member of tmmabbs passed away. most of the main players of those bbs dropped by to leave a note.

i also found brian alpert's story of his visit with the assassin's to new orlreans way back in '79 on the same archive, and i think i may repost it here in its entirely another night as i have returned home to nola.

Friday, May 19, 2006

block one on the camino unreal

"Midway upon the journey of our life you come to yourself in a dusky wood where the straight way is lost..."

first, the rules. there will be no spell checking or return editing of posts or comments. anonymous posting is enabled as essential, but you are encouraged to adopt a consistent posting name.

this boa (short for board, as in bulletin board system or is intended to keep alive the memory of the bbs era, in particular a couple of washington, d.c. area boas, (tel monks macintosh appreciation bulletin board) and Casboa, ellen caswell's similar single line bbs.

today i warn my children about the people they might meet online. the best people i met during my entire decade in d.c. were met through these forums. i have lost touch with all of them but hope that they will wander through a leave a note here on some might when, after an extra glass of wine, they feel inclined to wander to google and enter tmmabbs or casboa and press search.

there are virtually no links referncing tmmabbs or casboa left, only the memories of those who participated, but memories are what define our identify, just as at one point in the lives of everyone who frequented those online forums helped to define and refine our identies.