So yesterday I tweeted out a link to a photo gallery from about a decade ago. That photo gallery is of a roadtrip a bunch of us took back in 2001 from Eau Claire to Rhinelander, and it's... well... it's bizarre. It's the sort of thing I would have made a video about six years later, and made stick figures about currently. As I've said elsewhere, it's from the days where Topher was fatter, I was thinner, and Ghaeleon... looked exactly the same.
Seriously, he looks exactly the same.
If you want to check out the gallery (which includes comments from 2001 as well), just direct yourself here. Many of the photos have comments from back then as well, so it's an interesting trip back in time.
In any case, it's one of those moments where I can't help but be amazed at how long I've been actively documenting my life. While earlier generations might have kept diaries or journals, I've maintained a public digital record of my life... as have many others. My entire twenties is online in one way, shape or form and I continue to document my life now that I'm in my thirties. Sometimes I wish I hadn't lost the pre-2001 iterations of my website (which I started back in 1996), but I guess my late teens will just have to be a mystery to future generations.
...they weren't that interesting honestly, so I think we'll be alright.
In any case, reviewing things like this pull strongly on memories I haven't thought about in a long time. Things like eating food in a parking lot with friends in the summertime are such basic moments we take them for granted - but I'm thankful that I can look back at them now.
It does give me the deep urge to go on a road trip though.
For a little more nostalgia, I give you "Blue Screen Fun," which details our love of the default blue signal sent out by late nineties A/V equipment. It features many of the same people from the Road Trip (Ghaleon, Vinnk, Myself, and a fourth person who might have been Cat or Cecil/Steve... but I can't remember), and you can see exactly how epic my hair was when I was twenty.
I've said it on Twitter and I'll say it again. Damn you look so different in those pictures. I need to do some of that stuff so instead of doing the same boring stuff I have been doing the past few years.