You are very proud to announce that you still have an AOL address. Yet often, you feel a wee bit embarrassed when quoting it. Whether it be inside the Apple store, or online with J. Crew–or any of the other hip companies, so to speak. (you actually DO have a gmail address, but you often forget to check it). Your offspring have told you that Google has SO much more to offer, but, still and yet, you do love the big visual kick you get out of AOL every morning. You don’t read the colorful spread of Baby Boomer material, but you still prefer the format.
You became cognizant of the whole antiquated AOL-thingy when: Your sister-in-law–an architect in New York–said, after you shared aol email addresses–“I guess this really ages us, doesn’t it?” The answer is: yepper, it does.
But who was there, with us, from the get-go, during the whole advent of the internet? AOL. You remember going to see the movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” and you had absolutely no earthly idea what they were talking about. There was some tiny mailbox flag going up and down and they were typing back and forth to each other, on a screen–the likes of which you had never viewed before in your life, except on your word processor. The major difference was that someone else could read it-–via cyberspace; there was a connection.
AOL has changed over the many years. You enjoyed the earlier format much better; it was simpler and to the point. But you go, AOL. Congratulations for being one of the first….and last. And long may your little mailbox flag wave.