Alien's Origins, Part 1

It all started back in July 1998 when I got my first computer.  I was working for the first band, Rendezvous, and the keyboard player built it for me.  To me, this was my first step into a bigger, brighter and seedier world.  The Internet sat before me, waiting for me to discover what it had to offer.  First, though, I needed to find a provider to put me on this Internet thing.  I would end up showing my true inexperience in the way of the web when I chose...(drumroll, please)...America Online.  Yes, I started on AOL, the Internet with training wheels.  What seemed funny to me was, now that I'm online, what do I do here?  I really wasn't sure, so I started just surfing around from URL to URL.  Luckily, on dial-up, it took forever to get around so you could spend plenty of mindless hours online.  It seemed different back in those days to me.

When I first entered this territory, the Internet seemed isolated compared to what it is today.  I felt like I was in a bigger world, all alone.  There was no blogging, there was chat, but I didn't care for it.  So, I stuck to a regular group of sites and learned that with AOL, "You got spam," was a regular theme.  I had to get out of there.  I called to cancel, but they gave me a free month to keep me around (this dance would keep going for a while).  Finally I signed up with a real ISP based in Cleveland and was free of AOL's grip on my computer.  It would be around this time that the band scene would change and I would start to delve into a new interest online.  More on that next week...