acoralsea

life is like the tide…it comes and goes on its own time

acoralsea

Hermosa Beach, CA 1963
just another kid on the Strand
been there, done that
skateboards by Hobie
life’s a beach

many moons ago, i was born and raised where the mountains meet the sea…

a quarter century ago, or so, i envisioned my dream job taking me back to the beach…it can happen, as long as I can find the magic wifi in the sky…and my laptop is no bigger than my favorite pen pad…

it can happen…

this is my story and i’m sticking to it…

where the mountains meet the sea

acoralsea first entered online communities by joining a yahoo chat room back in the dark ages. when it became apparent that mostly pre-adolescents and perverts prevailed, she found suite 101 and mining.com. searching for engaging exchange with intelligent adult women, she came across women.com, where she thought she had found a band of gypsies by their manner of speech. so many acronyms!

soon tiring of their bedroom fiction, acoralsea found a fireside chat, complete with flickering fireplace, where a nice group of like minds swapped funny stories between recipies. that was august, 1996 and iVillage (formerly The Women’s Network) was still new and fresh.

before long, messageboards and chat rooms spurred web logs (blogs), and acoralsea delved into radio userland’s new technology. not completely satisfied with what was available at the time, she even began developing her own portal, encouraged by a young asian college student in canada she ‘met’ online who was doing the same. he sold his information portal, a collection of links and tutorials created by others cleverly drawn to his site, for a sum reportedly in the $10Mil range, while acoralsea focused her attention on raising her progeny. when she congratulated the young man on his good fortune, expressing her frustration at her lack of progress, he made a simple statement that will remain in her heart for the rest of her life:

I’m just a kid in school and can work 24×7 on whatever I want;
you’re a mom and have to work 24×7 on your kids

and so she did, spending free time filling her passion for blending creativity with technical challenge by delving deeper into the sea of web development and design, becoming a paid community moderator, teaching online classes for the local college. it became her new career, far different from the elite, glamourous field in which she began, but a lot more fun…although it would have been more fun to have finished her fledgling portal and sold it for a tidy $10Mil or so…

well, now acoralsea is a manager in IT with a large company, responsible for their enterprise web portals, but still has the dream…

she will, someday, return to the beach, perhaps even to where the mountains meet the sea…

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