Showing posts with label Happy Anniversary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Happy Anniversary. Show all posts

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Today Joe and I celebrate our 2-year Anniversary

One of Joe's many surprises this year.
When I first met Joe, I was only 17 years old. At the time, he was 19 almost 20. We hit it off the very first time we met. Joe took me to my junior prom dance and we continued to spend every single day together for the next month before he traveled to Texas.
 
Joe was in the military so for the next few weeks he would be in another state serving our country in the United Armed Forces. He would call me every single day. At the time, cell phones were existent yet not readily available. At least compared to today. Kind of like the internet. Technology has evolved a lot since then. Joe would purchase a calling card or I would get one and we would call each other at different times. We spent months spending every single day and hour together to spending weeks apart.

When Joe came back from Virginia, he and I continued to spend every day together. We had a lot of fun. There was never a dull moment in our relationship. Joe had a convertible and we would go places. Whether it was cruising the back roads blaring music or simply going out to eat, we were always together. We would even spend our nights driving to the lake to fall asleep looking up at the stars. My mom never really allowed me to date and Joe was the first guy she ever let stay over.

Joe and I decided to part ways before he would travel to Texas where he would spend a few years being stationed in Fort Hood. He called me about a year or two after we broke up to say hello and that he was engaged. I noticed something different in his voice. He sounded like someone who had something to say, but didn't know how to say it. As meek as he was, at that very moment I could hear the depression and exhaustion in his voice. I didn't know the entire story, so I never really pried. After all, I was young (a senior in high school) and was planning my future.

Words from Joe.
Needless to say, his marriage didn't last that long (only a few months) and he had to endure quite a few things throughout life, but in spite of the adversity he faced, he continued to improve his life for several years. We parted ways, but as Joe was the first man in my life, I always had him on the back of my mind. Why? Because he was my first. We both dated different people and basically lived life without each other for years.
 
I began to realize that everything in this life happens for a reason. There is always a purpose for everything in this life. Joe and I remained friends for years before deciding to make that next step and get back together. Joe hit rock bottom in late 2011 and continued to go down instead of up until early 2013. Instead of watching a nightmare evolve in front of my eyes, I decided to intervene. Without getting into too many details, let's just that it was the first time I really did such a thing and it was then that I realized how much I cared about Joe.
 
 It was December 13, 2013 we made our relationship a reality and decided to officially get back together. And ever since, our relationship has been nothing short of amazing. Never a dull moment at all. More passion and love than the first time we were together. Not only is this the longest relationship that both of us had, but it is a second chance that I am confident will last for many years to come.
 
Thank you so much Joe for everything you do. Happy Anniversary!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy 20th birthday World Wide Web

It is hard to believe the internet has existed for 20 years. I first discovered a computer when I was a child. It wasn't until 1996 where I discovered the internet as an unique platform. I remember the first time I typed, it took me forever as I would look at the keys. I think I typed 20 words per minute. Now, fast forward to 2009. I do a lot of work online (writing especially) where I type in the dark and flush out at least 100 words per minute with no errors.

At the time, the internet was an hourly rate. Provided by Yahoo!, MSN and AOL, you could have access to the internet. Those were the three main providers back then. Google was just a twinkle in the eye of technology and only dial up internet existed. There was no such thing as a modem let alone a router and cable and DSL connections were just ideas that had yet to exist.

Internet was also monitored heavily and many websites didn't exist. In fact, there was no such thing as social networking and because it (the world wide web) was an hourly rate, many didn't use it. I used it sporadically from 1996 until 1999. I used it also in the first year of college, but not so much as I didn't have a computer.

In early 2000 I bought my first computer. It was a Gateway. The monitor was super big yet thick. It was brand new and I also bought several accessories to go with it. In addition, I purchased a printer to go with it along with a laser scanner. Everything was incredibly expensive back then so I ended up spending thousands of dollars. As a broke college student, I charged everything.

That computer actually lasted until 2008 before I purchased my latest Toshiba which I bought several months ago.

Going back to the internet. HTTP and HTML were both heavily utilized for years before new programs began to take over. And speaking of new, the first time I heard about Google, I was in college. It was the main search engine back in the Fall of 2000. I remember asking the librarian at the time about Google where she informed it was a new browser the school was using. Needless to say, I was pleasantly intrigued and happy to see technology evolve.

And with that said, I am very happy to see technology evolve. To exist in an era where internet is growing rapidly. In the years of social networking. A whole new world that once ceased to exist, now exists. To be able to shop without actually leaving your house. To be able to talk to family and friends without leaving your bedroom. Convenient, efficient and effective. The internet truly is something.

Thank you for existing.

Happy 20th birthday world wide web!