Dial-Up Internet

September 23, 2009

Dial-Up Internet

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*GROAN….maybe*
I know, high speed internet makes everything better. At least it seems to. Before you’re so quick to write off the dial-up modems of yesteryear think about a few things:
1. The sound of a dial-up modem is beautiful. When “dial-up modem” is youtubed (yes I verbed that) the sound is kitschy and fun. It makes me smile, I bet it makes you smile as well A long time ago before high speed internet we didn’t know about anything better than dial-up. The internet was new and it was slow. There was nothing better and many, including me, were perfectly content waiting five minutes for each page to load.
2. Also at this time, because the internet was so new everything about it was an adventure. It was fun to get online just to get on, back before facebook, myspace, blogs and youtube. Hmm….I wonder what I did online back then. Regardless and irrelevant, when dial-up was still big the internet seemed like an infallible and fun universe. Today there are great things but the (let’s be honest) perceived innocence of the entire thing was joyous and unfortunately gone.
3. TONS OF SEARCH ENGINES! Google is great, Bing is fine. The thing is we all use the same thing, no variation for anyone. When dial-up internet ruled there were what seemed like a billion search engines. Does anyone remember Lycos, Webcrawler, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves? Maybe these are all still there, I know Yahoo is but to be honest, why?
That’s it, no better reasons to rethink dial-up. I’m honestly not even sure if it needs a hyphen.
I gave it a second look and made a case for it but I’m going to still with high speed.
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Caramel Apple Pops

September 18, 2009

Caramel Apple Pops

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Caramel Apple Pops…ahh.

If you’re reading this it is definitely possible that the phrase “caramel apple pop” makes you smile and become instantly immersed in memories of middle or high school. Maybe sucking on the chewy caramel and tangy apple candy in between or in class or maybe at a ballgame or a dance. *smile, tear, play Glory Days*

For those of you (and me) that don’t remember such in-crowd perfectionesque moments from your early adolescence you’re not alone. You may, as I do, remember getting the glorious suckers as a reward for being a huge nerd in English class from your understanding teacher and getting them stuck in your braces. Either way, caramel apple pops can conjure up nostalgic feelings. It ‘s possible that you are too young or too old to share in the nostalgia that is packaged with the suckers in my mind. For that, I apologize and will try to find a better topic next time.

No matter your experiences, caramel apple pops deserve a second look. They are the perfect balance of real caramel and a sour/sweet apple hard candy. They have the ability to remind children of a fun carnival treat and to remind adults of a fun cocktail. They can insight nostalgia or help create new memories….maybe that’s a stretch. Most importantly, they taste good. If you have the opportunity purchase one do, give caramel apple pops a second look