Tuesday, December 19, 2006

It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's SUPERDONUT!!

Not bird, nor plane, nor even frog; it's just little old him-- SUPERDONUT! References to Underdog aside, it was a great internet moment the other day when I opened my inbox and found a message from an old friend: Chris, who went by the nickname SuperDonut on IRC. There are some people in our lives who are pure joy. The Donut, to my great relief, remains just as bone-deep cheerful and grin-inspiring as ever.

I met him around the time Ahmed and I were beginning our lives as a couple. In his recent letter he caught me up on his life, which seems to be progressing with the same unshakable optimism I always associated with Donut. He'd had a terrible November, yet cheerfully let me know it had all come out for the best, including a new car and apartment. I love that about SuperDonut. Catastrophe was nothing more than a big, boingy springboard to something new, something better.

And this is the absolute best thing the internet has brought us. I love blogging. I love downloading music and free software. I love YouTube, and forums, and chat, and surfing on the waves of Google to places not-dreamed-of by myself, Horatio, or anyone else. But the best thing about the internet is how it connects people who are physically apart from one another. Ahmed's family in England can reach across an ocean instantly. My relatives and friends in Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Alaska, and anywhere else they've landed can always email me, visit me on my chat haunt (the Sceptics' Tank), or get in touch in a million ways. I can send photographs, get video, even talk on the telephone at my computer.

And I can reconnect with a wonderful guy named Chris, a guy I will always think of as SuperDonut. He has never once failed to put a big, huge grin on my face. Technology is a wonderful thing. It brings information, it brings access to so many things... and it brings joy when we least expect it.

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R.G. ALEXANDER said...

I know what you mean :} I love the internet.
And I'm really glad you got to touch base with SuperDonut.

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Anonymous said...

I agree it has made the world a much smaller place - to be able to reach across miles in an instant - such a blessing. Glad you were able to connect with an old friend. I love it when that happens.

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

It's wonderful to be able to catch up with someone you haven't heard from in a while. Happy Holidays, Chrissy!

Annalee Blysse said...

I got an e-mail like that from my brother's old girlfriend about a week ago. We don't live in the same state, so we don't get the chance to talk much. Lost touch with her online when she switched jobs. Hope you have a great holiday.

Chrissy said...

Three cheers for technology and thanks to everyone who chimed in!

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