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more dribs and drabs about mission101 and stuff

Unlike my 18 year old daughter, Lauren, and her tribe, the internet does not come naturally to me, I am not a native to its landscape. In fact, while in 2nd grade, it was she who introduced me to google in 2000. It would then take me another five years to find Livejournal where, for the most part, I am happy.

Still, every year between 2005 and pretty much now, I have had an undeniable need to get away, and so consequently, for 3 to 4 months at a stretch each year, I have just stopped, never logging onto LJ, dealing with email as little as is humanly possible, no tumblr, no twitter, only opening my laptop when compelled to. I have found this yearly running away to be problematic. I come back each time feeling like a stranger and yet, I do come back, which must mean this place matters to me.

And which also explains, to my mind anyway, why I continue to do 100_snapshots and why I do my own interpretation of the 365 photo project because they compel me to post photographs hopefully twice a week, but at least once a week in order to keep up with the my related mission101 tasks, so I can't just run away and, since I'm on LJ anyway, I read my f-list, which I really do miss doing otherwise.

December to like last mid-last week, was my running away time hopefully for this year as up until then, I had been struggling to get even those 2 little photo posts posted. Still, get them posted I have meaning I haven't spent 3 or 4 months completely gone, so I think my idea has worked, which proves to me yet again, how important mission101 has become to my life.

Again, thank you, Alex. Without you (and Livejournal) I never would have found this community which has been of such a benefit to me.


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shadownyc
Apr. 10th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're still here and you work through your lull periods on LJ!
gaeln
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
thank you, sweetie, I am too. I'll tell you, it's almost like being bi-polar, sometimes I love my little laptop and its worlds within and sometimes I just can't handle it. Weird.
flashfly
Apr. 11th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I remember the first time I saw someone performing an internet search - it was mid 90s? It looked so foreign! I think taking breaks is a very good idea although it's hard to come back not knowing what's gone with different people - I'm always afraid I'm going to put my foot in my mouth over something. Keep posting your 101s!
gaeln
Apr. 11th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I was resistant for several year, from the mid-1990s, but I realized the internet would comprise a large part of my kid's life, I knew I had to venture forth. And yeah, with LJ it can take awhile to reacclimate, that's for sure, but it's been worth it so far.

'Keep posting your 101s!'
I will!!
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gaeln
Apr. 14th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
thank you sweetie, that means a lot to me. And you know I feel the same about you.

and yeah, I know you are and that's one of the aspects of this whole tech thing I really like. At your age, I couldn't have imagined the kinds of exchanges with so many different age groups that you have. And we actually have stuff in common!! There are those who are younger even than you and there are those who are even older than me and it all works. Very cool :)
spike7451
Apr. 12th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
I totally understand about the internet, being 61 it was certainly not something that was around in my younger days and it took me a while to figure out how it all worked!.

I'm glad you're here. :D
gaeln
Apr. 13th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
We're just the same age, I'm 60! I have to admit though that I really do believe that having to continually learn about all the new technologies and scientific advances, just all of it, keeps us younger, keeps our minds active and that's a positive. I spent 2 fairly frustrating months this year trying, through trial and error, to get our bill-paying all online but I did it!! Continually learning how to use technology.

I'm glad you're here. :D
*agrees*


spike7451
Apr. 14th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
How right you are, certainly keeps the mind ticking over. :)
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