Green Sheets - Red Riding Hood

Dear Imaginary Friend:

I'd been writing a rather interesting little account for the last hour; – or at least I'd hoped it might be interesting. But I lost the entire thing, gobbled up by the 'puter. Doggone thing. Don't you just hate it when that happens? But sometimes I chalk it up to my guardian angels trying to look after me and save me from making boo-boos. But other times I just get mad and want to get even. This time I was only modestly mad and felt tempted to start over. But then, thinking I should have gone to bed before I began the one I lost, and while though I'm possibly non-sensible enough to begin another, I'm telling myself not to. But here I go. So much for self-admonition!

I had begun the one I lost about 10:45 pm. Had only a couple of words typed before going off to sleep from which I woke about four hours later, laptop on lap, fingers on keys. At that point I made the choice not to abandon the effort and go back to sleep but to get a piece of watermelon and come back to continue the story, which had wandered all over kingdom come at the fateful moment when it vanished from the face of the Earth. Oh well. Easy come, easy go.

So I finally got all the lines of zzzzzzzzzzs brought into harness and deleted, and found I was back to my "Once upon a time. . ." . . . beginning.

. . .a tale about . . .

Heaven only knows what had moved my fingers to start describing these events we called Chat Room Get Togethers. Maybe Fate stepped in for some obscure reason. Maybe it is needed. I don't know. But here it is.

Dateline: 1998-2002

Our chat room had evolved after the serpent got into the Garden of MSN, where we had been the Seniors General Chat room before the Garden had to be closed down, never to return in its full glory again. Our refuge chatroom was called Bartender’s Pub and we called ourselves the Pubbies. We held these live events, called Get Togethers (GTGs) annually and Pubbies from all over the country managed to convene for them. And- hey - this isn't the UK. This is the USA - with even some Pubblies from Canada, so we had to travel really vast distances for these long-weekend get togethers! But they were worth it! Such colorful, fun events where we got to really get acquainted! For months the Pubblies planned, worked out times and made schedules, got commitments, set up events and accommodations in various “party places” from one side of the country to the other. Some years we met at Las Vegas, Phoenix, Lake Tahoe, Dallas, and finally, we discovered Branson, Missouri, where we met several times.

Let me mention that we weren't the only chat room. Oh, No! There had been many others, united by ages, interests, or just the social yearnings - in the Garden of MSN. Like we Pubbies, most of them had managed to salvage new identities using the "copy-cat" MS Chat formatted chatroom host-servers which sprang up. Some day I must tell you about the FIRST MS Chat format - Comic Chat! But that must await its turn.

Meanwhile - after the Serpent attack and being unable to combat it effectively, the "momma" server MS Chat shut down and MSN began the first of a long series of search and rescue efforts for it, from Communities on through Groups, which it finally has been forced to abandon, too, in the past few years, for reasons known only to them. Still, though, their ideas have persisted and other servers now host Groups of various types hearkening back tot the original MSN ones and surely there must be even more branches to the trees in this forest than anyone can count from inside or outside of it! But that's not what this hub is about either!

I just needed to set up the story here. You see, in the beginning, those Chat Rooms at that time were the only social meeting places provided and fast friendships had been formed (fast in both senses). So soon after the demise of the original, there arose new Chat Rooms built on its original format and then the prototype instant messenger, ICQ, had also appeared to help us chatters keep connected and it enabled us to exchange large files - too large for emails then - such as music, photos and other goodies. Chat Rooms became full of shared music, photos, and "macros" - which were artistic works made by everyday member just using the keyboard characters to "draw" intricate pictures and greetings for arriving chatters and so much more! We "danced" and "sang" to the shared music we were able to use by the genius of the MS Chat setup aided by ICQ's ability to allow us to share it on our computers from whence it could be "played" IN the chatrooms for all who shared it on our computers to "hear" and share simultaneously within the chat setting! It was great good fun!

ICQ may still exist in name among the countless IMs, but it's present form and all the others can thank their granddaddy, ICQ which originated from a few clever guys in Israel, for their format and the genius of their services. It has never really been outdone in finding and filling needs well, though it's been taken over by biggies, from Yahoo to now, Time Warner-AOL. and has expanded to compete with other areas of internet social exchange, including its own chat. In fact, it looks pretty good!

Here is an official present-day description of ICQ v.7:

ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, which was first developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, now owned by Time Warner's AOL subsidiary. ICQ became one of the first Internet-wide instant messaging services. The name ICQ is a homophone for the phrase "I seek you".

ICQ features include sending text messages, offline support, multi-user chats, free daily-limited SMS sending, resumable file transfers, greeting cards, multiplayer games and a searchable user directory.

To participate in Comic Chat, one picked an avatar/comic character and whatever comments one made appeared in the speech bubbles. If one typed "haha" or "lol" - the character actually laughed! One could learn to manipulate them to move a little and could also choose emotions from the circle of emotions on the bottom right. In order to know who one was "talking to", it was possible to rest the cursor on the comic character to show the real person's name - or to be really fast and good at it, one needed to remember who these folks were. A new person entering was assigned a default character until picking one of his/her choice. Most folks tried to find a character they felt to be or wanted to seem to be, as you can well imagine!

MS Comic Chat and ICQ

So, of course, there being other Chat Rooms, they also met at live Get Togethers in various locations across the country during that hey-day, too. Each group had favorite haunts, from New Orleans, Orlando, Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach and so forth - too many and varied to mention. It must have been a boon to the economy because whenever a chatroom called a hotel or lodge to schedule reservations for one of these GTGs, it was greeted with warm enthusiasm and special rates and services were offered.

Obviously, these things helped the local economies but undoubtedly they helped the chatroom folks get acquainted and form lasting friendships, as they were boosting business for the airlines and travel routes along which many drove cars and RVs to and from the destinations, as well. It was a kind of pinnacle of the new social idiom, in fact. Unfortunately, like the proverbial Garden of Eden, there was a serpent among its orchards. But that isn't the subject of this hub. Oh no. But some of you might have been wondering whatever happened to those "good old days". Something certainly did happen. But, then, like the Garden of Eden - if it hadn't happened the way it did, we wouldn't be here now!

I'm not sure what led me into telling you about all this just now. OH - yes - now I do remember. Several Monday nights ago I'd needed to cover the tender plants for a frost/freeze warning in our area, which skipped my neighborhood in spite of my diligence - or was it because of it? Anyway - I'd needed to find something non-plastic and large enough to cover my recent landscaped area to protect it from possible frost. I didn't want to use good linens, in case of a soil problem, but that gave me an idea. So imagine my delight to remember having those two dark green sheets I'd bought for props for part of the entertainment at one of those many get-togethers. Subsequently they served as “stage” curtains for several skits over several years! But they aren't being used as curtains now.

You see, we always had a skit, written, directed, staged and acted by members and presented to the other members in attendance. This got its start when, for several years, our GTGs were gathered in Branson, Missouri, which has become a sort of laid-back Las Vegas with many celebrity shows, a delightful touristy downtown, and much natural beauty of mountains and lakes all around it.

Branson's Main "Drag"
Branson's Main "Drag"
The KOA
The KOA
Our GTG Captured on my Website
Our GTG Captured on my Website
George & I - The Grand Village Courtyard
George & I - The Grand Village Courtyard

Those of us who came in RVs parked at the KOA a few miles out of town, while others stayed in one of the many hotels in town. The KOA offered excellent facilities for our home-grown entertainment events. And every moment of the three day weekend was either planned or allowed as “free” time for browsing, shopping and just enjoying the area.

We all arrived Friday in time to have lunch together. The Hard Rock Cafe on the Grand Village Courtyard was a favorite spot. Then that evening, Friday night, everyone went as a group to one of the celebrity shows. For example, we saw Andy Williams and Glenn Campbell the last time we were at Branson. At the GTGs in other areas, there were always good show choices, too. But Branson became our favorite setting.

The Professional Show was about to give way to our own amateur performances - which were probably the most fun of theh entire GTG! Perhaps you "had to be there" but let me try to give you a glimpse from the present! After all it is how the green sheets came into my memory!

After the show the folks who were staying in town partied on in town while the rest of us met back at the KOA and shared some visiting in one of the RVs before trekking over to the Pavilion to "rehearse" for the skit and Talent Show for Saturday.  I think Audrey may have taken a dip in the pool meanwhile!  She was the one who looked freshened up at breakfast the next morning and seemed to know her lines!

So, ok, - some of the actors didn't read their scripts too well for the skit, and, well, yes, the rehearsal Friday night probably didn't help much. Mostly everyone was too busy laughing, clowning around, dancing and singing to Ms.Jean’s Karaoke player instead of practicing their lines. It was just too doggone much fun for anyone to be too greatly concerned about learning a script which it was assumed woulld be read anyway, provided anyone could read with the costumes interferring!

Darrell!  You Big Bad Wolf - rehearse those lines!
Darrell! You Big Bad Wolf - rehearse those lines!
"Rehearsal" may've left much to be desired in quality but in fun, WOW! My George wowed us!
"Rehearsal" may've left much to be desired in quality but in fun, WOW! My George wowed us!
The Green Curtains to the rescue!
The Green Curtains to the rescue!

OK, as this treatise started off "about" - Green sheets, aka Green Curtains!

When we first time staged a skit at this Branson Pavilion, we realized we needed curtains to separate the "stage" from the audience. The state area was at the front end of the Pavilion, which was walled and contained closets for storage and a counter for serving food. Breakfast pancakes were served there every morning for the RVers, in fact.

So when we decided curtains were required, I drove into town and got these inexpensive dark green sheets at a local discount store while my “stage hands” strung up a rope and a piece of PVC pipe from which to suspend it. It was so tacky, it was funny - but effective! So each year thereafter, bringing the green curtains was part of my job. In fact, I was the general flunky, costume manager, prop-person, you-name-it gitchee-girl, - I guess because I always seemed to have some zany idea to plug into any emergency which arose, and there were always plenty of those! I became the official photographer, too, since after a GTG, back at home, I put together extensive web pages about each of the events.

Picnic Day!

We enjoyed many fun meals at the variety of Branson restaurants and made meals of our own at the KOA. In fact on Saturday, it was the traditional big picnic under the Pavilion, followed by a skit of the season and a talent show.

The skit performed at this, ouor last Branson GTG, was “Little Red Riding Hood” with a stellar cast of actors and some of the corniest dialog imaginable. Our talented "Ms.Jean" was again the skit writer, director and lead performer, playing the part of Little Red Riding Hood herself. It was certainly her shiniest, glowingest 15 to 60 minutes of fame, with a most amazing supporting cast and appreciative audience.  This admirable, cute and nearly forgettable event, as this story testifies, has defied all odds to be propelled into future fame and glory right here on this hub after eight years of obscurity! This kind of notoriety is not to be easily forgotten.

So fasten your seat belts for an exciting plunge down memory lane!

Pubblies Skit

Getting actors ready to go on stage
Getting actors ready to go on stage
Ms Jean, thespian extraordinaire
Ms Jean, thespian extraordinaire
The Show!
The Show!

The Play, The Play!

Riding Hood meets the Big Bad Wolf
Riding Hood meets the Big Bad Wolf
Bad Wolf - VERY bad!
Bad Wolf - VERY bad!
Bad Wolf Propositions Grandma
Bad Wolf Propositions Grandma
Riding Hood Consults with Smokey the Bear
Riding Hood Consults with Smokey the Bear

Following such a skit performance, the talent show might have been anti-climactic, but bursting with such enormous, amazing talent, it could be only wonderful - as it was!

All that dreadful rehearsing seemed to make it funnier on Saturday for the actual performance. In fact, no doubt - a polished performance would have been a bore!  But - no danger of that!!

The Bartender's Pub Raw Talent Show!

Just a few of the many talent acts ~
Just a few of the many talent acts ~
Fascinating Comedy Act!
Fascinating Comedy Act!
Glorious Singing and Dancing!
Glorious Singing and Dancing!
Classic Chaucer Recitation!
Classic Chaucer Recitation!

That evening we were scheduled to go for a relaxing cruise aboard a paddle-wheeled riverboat. It was so romantic!   More great food, more professional entertainment performed by the riverboat's exceptional troupe, and all in the tradition of the Old South. Quite a lovely evening!

My George!
My George!
After the cruise. . .
After the cruise. . .

Finale

There were other events planned and executed before the GTG ended, including a late brunch in Branson and an early Sunday evening dinner at Lamberts (home of the ‘throwed biscuits’ where biscuits are served by having them hurled across the room to your table, hopefully being expertly caught in mid-air!) and ending with a big outdoor campfire where everyone “wound down” and said our goodbyes next to one of the RVs evening Sunday. Of course – by the next day, everyone was online in chat at the Bartender’s Pub to compare notes and Nellieanna was furiously getting the web site coverage ready to present.

Thanks, Darrell, for a lovely fire!
Thanks, Darrell, for a lovely fire!

So the green sheets have been stored in a clear zippered plastic bag on a shelf in my utility room, where I discovered them Monday and saw my freeze-coverings materialize! 

Indeed the green covering was placed over the plants and anchored with decorative rocks aganst the pounding of the brisk wind in progress.  If the precaution had been needed and if the temperature had dropped as expected, they’d have served another noble purpose.

Many of the Bartender's Pub Chat Room folks are still in touch via email and some are even on Facebook and other venues.  We all remember that those were some truly special times we shared with good friends - met here on the internet and proving to be "real".

Sadly, some have joined the fondly remembered - and they always will be.

Thank you for sharing a few of the memories from then.

Links

The GTGs are saved in summary form on my website, though originally each individual part of each event was covered in exquisite detail. I loved doing it! I know that I should have majored in "foolishness"! It’s my real forte.

This is the complete version: http://nellita.com/02brnsn1begin.html.

Later I condensed all the GTG webpages, all complete as this one, into one-page summaries. This summary is found at: http://nellieanna.com/02brnsnhilites.html

Bravo!

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

An eventful Hub and enlightened life!:)


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msorensson 6 years ago

Firstly, on ICQ..people invited me to have one but I never did get it so thank you for sharing that.

Secondly, one of my magical moments was finding out that my spade plants I call them, did not die when I forgot to cover them last winter. They sprouted so I am reminded of that.

Thirdly, I always wondered where you go and what you do in those RVs...a whole culture!! Perhaps one of these days I would get to be in one..although I do not know people who have RVs...

Thank you for sharing, my Lady!!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist Acer - yes, it is eventful, isn't it? Thanks for the visit and nice comments!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Melinda - I had ICQ so many years ago! It was an excellent Instant Messenger and from what I see, it still is. I have Windows Live IM and Yahoo IM and use them occasionally, mostly just for a couple of friends these days. I think I have access to other IM services too, but no need for them.

If you're ok without Instant Messaging, why bother, though using its live conversations option with video is really fun! It's great to watch your friend in some other part of the world talking to you online and be able to see him/her laugh, sip coffee and things like that. Have even shared books in the sense of holding them up to show what we're currently reading. George never was into online stuff but he would "join in" when I was talking to someone on IM, say hello, etc. If we were not using video - I became the scribe who typed out what George said in response to the other person. Actually George made some real friends that way - people who shared his interests.

I don't know about spade plants. Sounds interesting. Wonder if it likes the cold weather or was it just holding out to please you? - Maybe both!

George and I used our RVs a lot for a number of years. We had - (and I still have) - 3 of them, in fact. First ones we got were in the 1980s. Those two are in Del Rio, where we used one as a "home base" there for shopping for supplies when at the ranch. Both of those were used at one time or another as our living facilities at the ranch, too, before we built our little cabin there.

Then in 1998 we got the one which is still here in Dallas & has never been used for any "rough wear", but only for trips such as the one I wrote about - and not too many of those. When new, we took it to Orlando where we met my online friends from the UK who invited us to come visit them the next spring which we did.

So the RVs did get us around a lot though the main reason we got involved with them wasn't to get in on the RV craze but so we could travel with our two beloved cats! The only time they didn't travel with us during their 17 years was to the UK, when we had a "critter sitter" come to the house every day to attend to them! Otherwise, they went on every trip to the ranch, to the get-togethers and other visiting - everywhere. They were equally at home in any of our RVs or "homes". And they rode quietly in the back seat of the car for the actual travels. Good kitties. Much missed.

The Audrey I mentioned in this hub who is quite a swimmer, by the way, also was a single woman with her own little RV at these get togethers. She loved it!

I'm not quite that brave. I don't see myself using mine alone. In fact, next week I have help to take the ones in Del Rio to the ranch for spare lodging down there and probabaly will sell the one that's here in my driveway when I no longer am using it for storage! LOL.

It was a fun phase of life but is no longer part of my scheme of things. My traveling companions are all gone! I'm a different kind of traveler these days. ;-> Still a lot of world to discover though!


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miss_jkim 6 years ago

How fun, it looks like you have some great memories of your George. You two made a lovely couple.

But I must confess, I had a VERY BAD experience with ICQ. . . I was very computer and internet ignorant during the hay

day of ICQ. Well my X-husband was very into it, to the point of staying on it all night, every night. Well to make this the Readers Digest version of the story, my husband of 24 years found a new gal on ICQ, walked in one day and said "I'm leaving"


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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh, Nellieanna, no..no traveling alone for you....I am sure you miss George..a hug..

I myself have no desire to go anywhere anymore. When I was younger I enjoyed riding on the planes but nowadays there is such a long wait and such a hassle with security checks, it must be really really important for me to go.

I have not been on vacation..real vacation where it is not a business trip here and there..for ohh ten years.

I will ask my friend what they are called..the spade plants. I think they are in the cactus family.

I have skype. I only use it for business and only very occasionally for personal stuff.

I do have an addiction to facebook, lol. :-)


SilverGenes 6 years ago

What fun you all had! It sounds like the best of summer camp and little theater with new places to explore with good friends as an added benefit. What wonderful memories - and green curtains, too!

I remember ICQ well and in fact, made some seriously GOOD connections on there. Some are still in my life today and just think, without those kids in Israel, none of it would have happened. Thank you for sharing your memories and reminding me of mine, too :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Miss_jkim - yes - we did have great memories together. He was such a wonderful man. Thank you for the lovely compliment.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Melinda - I flew to California last summer and it was quite an exerience, since all my traveling since the UK many years earlier has been on the ground. All the new regulations and restrictions took a lot of the fun out of it, so I can understand your reticence, but I still love the sense of flying. I really love to fly. And now that I'm more into the new stuff (even new luggage, since my other stuff was too large, too heavy, etc.) - I may do it some more.

I might even drive some places. I really don't mind driving alone - just not into hooking up or otherwise handling an RV or even stayng in one by myself. Anyway places I'd like to visit wouldn't be ideal RV camping places. LOL

My main problem with driving alone anywhere I'm likely to go by car is needing help when I got there - such as the ranch. I will have help on this upcoming trip, but I don't have to drive. Have some sturdy helpers to get the RVs moved & to help me tend to anything needing it at the ranch - which I'm sure will be plenty. This is not likely to be the only trip down there - and it's a 1000 mile round trip. I hadn't been able to get down there sine 2004 due to George's health issues.

I think I signed up for Skype once but not sure on what computer. LOL - I never really used it but people who do love it. I'm on Facebook and have been for a good while. I find so many old friends are on it as well as family. I'm not at all addicted to it, though. I'm afraid I'm not wild about the games on it which seem to have virtually taken over from normal discourse and the things people do write often seem more private than I'd prefer on such an open forum. But I've been able to find people I've lost contact with on there more easily than anywhere else, which is nice!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alexandra - I love your pretty new avatar. I was amused by the one with the Groucho disquise - but you didn't fool me! hahaha!

Yes - those GTGs were loads of fun. You've described it perfectly! Whatever we lacked in talent we made up for in sheer gall and audacity! haha I enjoy the kind of interaction available now online but it was a lot more "real-life" in those earlier places. It's never quite the same online again with someone you've met in person, and in many cases, we met annually!

I found that sample of comic chat on a very up to the minute blog, but the guy was talking about his dad who still has Win95 OS and Comic Chat on it and refuses to move forward from it. I hadn't seen a sample of Comic in sooooooo long!

Yup - those kids from Israel really came up with a winner with ICQ, - and they ran it really well, too.

Glad you stopped by. Fun to plug in to some of those old times. But isn't it a hoot to think of any internet stuff as "old times"? LOL But they REALLY are!!


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Oh my gosh, yes! Back in the early days of Internet - did we ever think we'd actually say that let alone have it be true? LOL. Groucho is back for a day or so now while I work on being more serious. That other one you mentioned is my little girl - not so little now!


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Nellieanna, your reminiscences are a delight to read! Would have loved to watch one of those skits! :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Oh, FP - there were some funny ones over the years and part of what made them so funny was the people who were active at the time. They were characters in the "Pub" and certainly were characters in the skits! I just wish I'd video-taped them. I think someone present probably did. Such fun personalities!! Thanks for coming by and reading it! Hugs!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Nellieanna, What a great adventure and such fond memories. Thank you for sharing those wonderful times as I thoroughly enjoyed reading your hub.


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suny51 6 years ago

Hello Nellianna Ma'm,

I am really impressed and i want to say that even if you were not sure but have written this you took a wonderful decision and write this and I really appreciate you for writing a wonderful hub about your lovely memories.Thanks a lot.

PS-I am not writing the poem here that is all ready and raring to go.


Matt R. 6 years ago

I love the pictures as they offer a glimpse into your life. Sadly I am still a novice at this hub so what can you do huh? I didn't know you had a chat room known as The Garden that is a cool name. Btw Sorry about trying to promote my work on my first comment I was unaware of the rule against it plus it was tacky on my part. Quite sincerely Matt R.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Pamela, thank you, dear lady. I enjoy feeling that you enjoyed it!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suny, thank you! I enjoyed writing it and recalling those fun, silly, wonderful times. Thank you!

But I must chide you about teasing me with this poem you've written and have ready and rarin' to go - but I don't get to see it!! When does a gal get to see it, please? ;-> Surely you're trying to torture me with suspense!


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suny51 6 years ago

Okay mam if you insist

I have one just one wish left,

Oh just how to show my true feelings,

I am lying awake, my eyes wide open,

can't even have a suggesting dream,

I think I am built for love,

my hands to write love,

my ears to listen love,

and my heart to feel love,

hatered turns me off,

I dreemed,

I was flying around on my chair

though you may enjoy this,

but I was shocked,and confused

how could I fly on a chair?

Yes I thought yes,I could,

trying to write a poem,

I would do any thing ,

but any thing.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Matt, hello! You won't be a novice long! Just plunge in and write! You're among friends!!

But, no, I gave the wrong impression, I fear. You see, the "Garden" I referred to was a play on the fact that the old ChatRooms as we knew them, which had a sort of naive, pristine quality about them, became invaded by people outside the MSN members from all over, and they came in with an attitude to destroy the chatroooms as they were, - and ended up doing so. It was done in such a way that the original denizens of the Rooms were driven out somewhat similarly to how Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden, almost in disgrace. Sort of a complicated period when MSN's efforts to fix the problem seemed to backfire.

But I did have a chatroom all along, too. It had a small but active membership & was called "Room With A View". When it had visitors we had somewhat more philosophical discussions than was typical of chat rooms in general, which were more fun-loving and frivolous.

What is this you are talking about? Nothing tacky of the kind that I know of! I have no objection to promoting your own work on here any time. I like to promote others' work!! Did I somehow give the opposite impression? I'm truly sorry if I did!! It was unintentional!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Suny! Thank you for sharing this! It's just beautiful!! That's what poetry IS,~ expressing what you feel in your own words and way. What it is not about is trying to express someone else's feeling in some one else's ways. It's just saying what YOU feel as you feel it.

And reading this poem, one can't help but sense your feelings of frustration as you're tangling with a vague sense that you feel something enormous and wonderful but feel you can't quite express it - - even while you ARE expressing it so well!

And anyone who knows you or has read the way you write of places and things you love, certainly knows you are full of a loving spirit toward all nature and life. You make the places and things you write about shimmer with your own caring about them so much!

I'm quite entranced by the vision of you flying around on your chair! Perhaps your spirit lifted you so immediately that it felt like that as you sat in the chair and wrote out how you felt. It's lovely!! And I thank you for FINALLY letting me share it! - And others will love it too! I'm honored to have it posted here on my hub now!


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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

nice i only wish to have someone, like you and george, to travel and grow old with and love. my grandparents used to travel and bring me with them all the time. I remember them going to branson several times themselves.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Aw - that's such a sweet memory for you! All my grandparents but my Dad's mother had died before I was born, so I missed out on that, but my parents were exciting to be with. I always loved being around older people. George & I did indeed have a lovely life together - and it was a second chance for both of us after some more painful earlier life experiences. And our life together lasted almost 30 years. And I'm still alive.

So don't give up, Nikki! You have lots of time yet & it can be beautiful! :-)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Sounds like lots of fun! Thanks for sharing!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, kaltopsyd! Glad you stopped by and shared in the adventure.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Wow! You are the Norman Rockwell Word-smith! Thanks for sharing the great times... You have mastered the art of being yourself... Great "human interest" hub...


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, this was a lovely look into an interesting part of your life, and I love the picture of you and George on the chair! what a great way to meet up with people, loved it, cheers nell


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

haha - yes, that big char was fun! Thank you, Nell! It was a pleasure to get to meet and mingle with people I "talked" to online all the time. And it was amazing how far many of us traveled to meet like that!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dallas - hehe - that's cute. Yeah - guess I've managed that in all these years. I love it. :->

Funny how that grew out of just being reminded by those geen sheets - I started jotting it down when the weather was still in danger of frost and freezing! When I decided to look at it again to possibly write more about it - that was the result! Thanks for reading and writing your comment. It gave me a nice warm fuzzy feeling for my day!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

On communication - I use Skype all the time I think it magnificent for talking long distance - you have the video and its free! For the hub I thought it was wonderful for the tribute to your George and your great adventures which are so fresh in your mind. This is so touching and I am so happy for your memories. :)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, Billy. The neatest thing about a bunch of years' worth of experiences plus the one in progress is that it yields so much "material" - LOL Sometimes it's hard to know what to choose. I'm serious. But I enjoy choosing things which involve other really outstanding people, and certainly my George qualifies for that amply! I should write a book about his life.

I have written much about him on my website, including about his US Navy experiences in WWII, for instance, as well as others.

http://nellieanna.com/Navy/geoships.html

But of course, it's all merely glimpses of a really outstanding human being with whom I was privileged to share a lot of quality life. No day passes when he's not very much present in my thoughts. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Hugs.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Big adventure! Thanks for revealing Branson and so much. These trips are great instigators of adventure!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yah! If you haven't experienced Branson, you oughta. Well - it's been a number of years, - it may have changed a bit. But it has a Vegas-type quality but more wholesome - you know? It's really a fun place - commercial, of course - but even that is in a rather wholesome way. Thanks, Micky!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Nellieanna, for sharing all these wonderful moments with us. You were a lovely, handsome and wonderful couple. As I always maintain, cameras never lie, and you and George seem such wonderful people. I am so sorry that it couldn't gone forever. At least you have good memories. All the best and thank you again for a lovely read and photos.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

ah - Yes - it would have been wonderful if it could have gone on forever. But it does in its own way. My life is much enriched by his influence and love. He had the cutest twinkle in his eye! ;-)


MsJean 6 years ago

Nellieanna, Thank you for the link describing our chat room and GTG experiencs. It brought tears to my eyes, remembering the good times we had and the good friends we made. Thanks for being a wonderful historian and clever and talented web mistress. Love, Barbara


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks MsJean! It brought tears to my eyes too, especially noticing how many of that number in just that one GTG are no longer alive. I still have some to add to my Remembrance pages, I think. I get information from time to time. But nothing can undo the wonderful times and fun we shared. Very much a part of my beloved past! The present is also full. I thank you for checking this out!! You're welcome to visit any of my hubs. I've posted many of my poems too.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Nellieanne, I couldn’t have pick a better hub to start my day. This was such a nice adventure – sharing that fun-phase in spirit with you. Yes, when we look back, we can clearly see the many ‘phases’ we lived. Oh, and you were/are beautiful, and obviously proud of your George. Looking forward to your next hub!


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martie- you're so gracious! Thank you for the lovely compliments! Oh, yes - George was such a charmer - everyone responded to him. He had a sparkle in his eye which was irresistible! He especially liked to communicate with people 'eyeball-to-eyeball' as he called it and preferred small groups of them to large ones. Nevertheless, he responded to my online friends through me online On IM or in chatrooms he'd carry on a conversation if I'd type his comments. If he typed them, he'd want to deliberate too long & you know how easily an online IM or chat conversation can get lost in any degree of pausing or lengthy silence! His pace just wasn't cyber-paced. LOL. But - wow - in person at get-togethers, - he was in his element! Yes - life is many phases, yet looking back over them, they're all well-woven together as a tapesty, aren't they/ Thanks again for a wonerful comment on my hubs!

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