Made Up Memories #3

Made Up Memory:

I was obsessed from the moment the young new supply teacher showed us the internet for the first time during a Year 10 Grography class in 1997. We were in the hub of modern technology that was C Block computer room. It was stunning. We went to Yahoo, and then to some site that showed us the weather. Wow. I pestered my parents to get us connected, and soon enough we had the fastest connection money could buy. Discovering Napster was a revalation, and the loud humming of my PC became white noise in my room. It was never off, and I’d return home from my regular nights out to find a pile of new music to get through. Incredible.

Joining Uni, I was the coolest kid in my Student Halls from the moment I started sharing my huge music collection on the network. I regularly went to gigs with mates all of whom knew the bands from sharing their music. I met a guy on Napster, and continued our relationship through Soulseek, who mentioned how I could look for jobs in the music industry. It soon paid off, and before long I had my dream job. I’ll never forget that Geography lesson.

The Reality:

I was obsessed from the moment the young new supply teacher showed us the internet for the first time during a Year 10 Grography class in 1997. She was stunning. She went to Yahoo, and then to some site that showed us the weather, buy it took forever to load and there were so many of us crowded around the screen I couldn’t really see anything. I didn’t care though, as she was so hot I wouldn’t look at it even if I could. Wow. My parents got us connected, but my brother was the computer geek so I could never be bothered to try it. I accidentally stumbled across Napster, and though I saw the potential I could never be bothered to wait for an hour to download a mis-labelled mp3. Discovering Championship Manager was a revelation, and the loud humming of my PC became white noise in my room. It was never off, and I’d often return home from my regular nights out at all night Champ Man sessions at Gerry’s house with a pile of new tips to get through. Incredible.

Joining Uni I met Jamie, to me the coolest kid in my Student Halls, especially as I could copy tapes from his huge CD collection. We regularly went to gigs together, but most of the time on our own. The internet was a short 15 minute walk across town, and I’d visit once a week to check my emails. We met a guy in the Louisiana, and continued our relationship at the Fleece, who mentioned how I could look for jobs in the music industry. I soon lost touch with him though, and it was to be 5 years before I could earn a liveable wage in the area of work I wanted to be in. I’ll never forget that Geography supply teacher though.

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