Well, let's start with the trivial. Google was incorporated 20 years ago today on September 4, 1998. And the fact that it hadn't been incorporated and wasn't well known or known at all is the very reason (Google meetups hadn't been invented yet) I was in a Yahoo chat room that morning waiting for my web guru who was in Huntington Beach, CA to post some links for me to look at. We met in a chat room to be able to talk in live time while I looked at my (almost live) site and chatted about the changes. For those of you in your 20's and 30's who are wondering why we weren't on the phone... back in the day, you used to pay for long distance telephone calls by the minute. I had a phone bill in 2000 that was more than $1000 for one month. Nope, not kidding.
But on this particular morning around 10 am in Georgia in the preassigned chat room some random people showed up. And one of them commented on something I typed and an on line argument ensued. Then along showed up "Redbrchta" in the chat room and he told the guy who was arguing with me that he was as dumb as a box of rocks. He then asked "where are you?" I answered "central Georgia", and asked "where are you?" He was in Germany.
However he didn't let the 5 time zones for the Atlantic ocean that was between us discourage him from "courting me". We emailed, we chatted, we wrote letters and he mailed me beautiful post cards from London, Italy, and Germany. It would be two years and nine days before I ever got my lay eyes on my Donald. He was leaving the Army and had a layover in Atlanta (only about an hour and 15 minutes from my house, so I drove up to Hartsfield to have coffee with him. We also had our first kiss that day. Three months later he packed up all his belongings and moved to "central Georgia" into a garage apartment and we began to date.
Three years, nine months and twenty-five days after that first meeting we were married. And here we are with our happily ever after some 16 years later.
Other things that happened to happen that day too.... a recent past client who stopped by the office has been married 31 years today.... one of my agents moved from Florida to Georgia 26 years ago today....
Oh and Alan May and I both joined Active Rain ten years ago today.
Lots of good things have happened on September 4th.