25 years of connecting a community

This past month has brought daily work day commutes, social outings and a stinky, humid heat wave – in September!

My writing activities were limited to journal entries, resume updates, politely stern mail messages and drafting another letter of complaint to a federal agency.

birthday cake and cupcakes for National Capital FreeNet 25

25 Years of connecting a community

Despite the anxieties and resulting stress this month, I pushed myself to attend the 25th birthday party for my community ISP. Those who live in Ottawa may be familiar with the National Capital FreeNet.

Back in the day… we used 9600 Baud modems and two-tone dumb terminals to connect to special interest groups, email and eventually a text version of the world-wide web. With the evolution of graphical web browsers and the support of images, there was soon a proliferation of funny cat pictures and other titillations …

Being a member allowed me the opportunity to expand my web design skills, stay connected with family and friends during tumultuous times, express my thoughts   and share bad poetry.

We graduated to DSL in 2005, soon connecting with all kinds of devices. It was a necessity while accommodating the social needs of teens and tweens living with me at the time.

Black cat at laptop

Cat on lap asks “What’s a Free net?” Book: “aa000: 25 Years of National Capital FreeNet”


I am glad I attended the party, sat through the speeches and bought a copy of the book (to which I made a small contribution). I pushed my social skills to chat with familiar members but left early due to acoustics incompatible to conversations. I also had to get home to feed the >^..^< darlings.

In my haste I forgot to get some birthday cake. I had two pieces the last time I attended one of these parties.

Thanks for dropping by. Keep in touch.



About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother, Grandmother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel in 2011 under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, community volunteer, Archives and Records Management graduate, and long-time IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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