Over the past few days, I have been quite sick so I have been playing Stardew Valley instead of doing the work that I should be doing (even while I’m sick). If you’re a sucker for the good ol’ days of SNES-style games, then it’s really worth playing. Of course, I ended up downloading and installing a mod that would give me anything and everything, so I kind of ruined it for myself. Now I’ve pretty much done everything there is to do in the game. If I had the time, energy, and money to make something similar, I would but at the end of the day, I am no artist. My previous work would show that. (Remember? I make games? Sometimes I forget that too.)
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Speaking of nostalgia, sometimes I go and download things I’ve tried in the past to see what’s going on with them now. One of those pieces of software is AOL. My memories of AOL were mostly good ones. I remember getting one of those disks in the mail and signing up for the trial. Sadly, I was about 14-15 years old and didn’t have my own credit card, so I took my mom’s Discover card and used that. I skipped a lot of school and used it to go to gay chat rooms while my parents were at work. Once they left, I’d have to wait until they left to go back online. I remember how mad my dad would get because the phone lines were always busy. (I couldn’t disable call waiting or they’d suspect something.) After the trial period, I couldn’t cancel it so I thought I’d just hide their credit card bill from them. Not a good idea. Eventually, I got caught by my parents. They weren’t happy with me!
My best friend and I, once we were adults, would use AOL chat rooms and see how offensive we could be to the ladies in the quilting room. One of my favorite things she typed had something to do with inserting a cucumber in her anus. That got my account banned and blocked. I had to call them to unblock it and I kid you not, the guy read what she typed in the room back to me. I almost choked and I said, “Well, I guess no more AOL for her!” We still laugh about that.
I do remember one time I was in a local gay chat room and some person all of a sudden went off on me and told me that he knew my family and he was going to tell them that I was gay. I was like, well, I don’t really care. That ended really fast, but I guess that’s a perk of living in a small town. My parents were never told anything that I know of. People there are just like that. Mean, but probably closeted gays themselves. It was a bit scary, but I guess it could have been worse, right?
I don’t know how I survived with dial-up but in later years, I’d have to do that. I had to live with my grandparents for a while, after a hurricane ruined my mom and dad’s house, and they refused to get high-speed internet. So, I had to use a dial-up service of my own. That was around 2004 or so. It was still really painful.
Anyway, so I downloaded and installed the latest version of AOL and as I type this, the thing is uninstalling. I used it for maybe 10 minutes and saw banner ads all over everything and was like, why the hell am I even doing this? AOL is basically just a web browser with a ton of bloat now. The chat rooms are laughable. I probably saw around 50 people in the gay chat rooms total. Most of them were in the Bisexual 50’s room. OK, most of them were. So basically they were guys who cheated on their wives. I didn’t go in. No interest. Some links didn’t work. The profiles didn’t work. It was like using a software that wasn’t even supported anymore, but you use it because you can. It was for the nostalgia, I guess.
PS: The uninstaller is awful. Don’t install AOL unless you want to sit through an uninstaller that takes more than 30 minutes and STILL doesn’t remove everything.
Every so often, I use other chat programs I used to use and they’ve been deserted: My ICQ friends have all disappeared. No one is on AIM anymore. My Skype/MSN lists confuse the hell out of me. Everybody’s moved on to apps on their phone. I don’t blame them. What’s sad is that I had some really great chats with some people, but they’re all gone. I guess we have to move on, right?