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September 16th, 2003
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here's a meme for you
This occurred to me last night while driving home. It may have circulated around here before, but if so, I don't remember it.

Add a comment to this journal telling me what you remember about first meeting me (online most certainly counts; if you have a choice between online and in person, I'll request the most amusing :-) I'll respond to each comment with my memories of you.

And, of course, if you like it, try it in your own journal.

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From:technoboggan
Date:September 16th, 2003 04:36 am (UTC)
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I first met you here, in my home, I think. You came down with Chuck to stay, and although we didn't talk much, you were good company. :)
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
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Ah, yes, that road trip. I remember chiefly feeling an enormous sensation of relief. Listening to Chuck talk about you would cause anyone to expect a goddess walking, and instead I found someone warm, welcoming, interesting, and intensely real.

Thank you again.
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From:tersa
Date:September 16th, 2003 04:54 am (UTC)
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I don't remember my impressions of meeting you at first online, except that you obviously had that kind of goddess-like aura on Pern at the time.

I *do* remember, when I finally met you RL, thinking, "Wow, she's actually a nice person." Which is meant in the best possible way. :)
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)
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You know, I don't remember you online on Pern. Garou, of course. I expect the first in-person meeting would be at caredhel's and forkmonkey's.

I can still be amused by the adventure of running ducting to the dryer at the Hollenbeck house...
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From:tahnan
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
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I have no strong memories of meeting you online. In person, I remember meeting you at Graham and Cari's, I believe, and I was surprised at how...approachable you were, I think. Friendly, which, like Tersa's comment, is meant in the best possible way ("Victim of the Myth").

I also recall saying the word "Dramamine" offhandedly and then looking horrified that I'd said it, and surprised and relieved when you burst out laughing.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:03 am (UTC)
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My earliest recollection of you is probably that phone call with you and me and Cyllan, where your RL name was finally revealed. Intimacy indeed!

I'm sorry to say I don't remember why 'Dramamine' was funny, but laughter is always good. :-)

P.S. 'Dorothy.'
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From:ivpiter
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:25 am (UTC)
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I know I met you online way before I met you offline. Which was at the DC Pern MUSH gathering of 92? 93? And of course the drive from DC to Stillwater. Much good music, especially Siberry!

The biggest problem is that that's the only time I've met you.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:02 pm (UTC)
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You know, I barely remember that part of the drive. Of course I remember the Gather. You were being tall and quiet. Not apparently shy or cowed or anything like that, just quiet.
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From:bryant
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:30 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure I first met you on Garou, but I have no real memories of that. I remember talking to you early on @ TooMUSH, a bit warily. I've known too many self-proclaimed god/goddesses in my time, and there was this Ambar reputation, so I wasn't sure if you were going to be one of those people who talked themselves up or what.

(Answer: "or what." You've never struck me as modest, but you also back it up.)
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC)
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I think it might have been Dinomu* drive-bys at first, actually. But my reaction was similar: "Oh, so *that's* the legendary Garrett. Well, let's see."

(It has not been entirely porcupines, neither roses, but I'm glad to know you. I'm even glad to have worked with you, which I can say for far fewer people.)
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From:lyonesse
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:30 am (UTC)
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i met you in the infamous room 666 full of lasers and pillows and blinky xmas lights and much joy. you took me home with you afterwards. i have looked upon you with amazement and delight ever since :)
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:47 am (UTC)
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And you were the most amazing tiny fierce thing and we had that wacky coincidence with the roomie and you somehow thought I was fascinating.

Not the first time, but my favorite, was sitting in Lobby 7 playing bamboo flute and dulcimer. (And?)
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
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Well, let me help: it could not have been before the summer of 1986, because that's the summer I spent in NJ being introduced to sex and the Soup Kitchen.

Later, yes, EECS and mit-eddie and 55 Grove St. I still use that bookcase you sold me when you moved out...
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From:rmd
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:38 am (UTC)
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oh dear. i don't quite recall offhand meeting you online. and i don't remember if it was the first time i met you in person, but the first time i *remember* meeting you in person was just before you started a certain mailing list. i think we were eating chinese food somewhere - maybe mary's, maybe not.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 05:45 am (UTC)
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I am fairly sure we met in person before we met online (bandykin aside!) but for me you are inextricably mixed up with the aforementioned summer of 1986, which is when I met a *whole* bunch of people who fascinated me, and somehow haven't thrown me out yet. (As if elbows could stir itself to collective action anyway. :-)
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From:willowisp
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)

Janelle/C'vin/Cat/etc

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I first met you as Weyrwoman Ambar, rider of Kyriath, on Pern NC. Since I impressed at Ista and never really interacted with you I don't know that you'll remember me. I will note that I was terrfied of you and Amberyl for the longest time. Meeting Amby in real life helped lessen that. I haven't met you in real life and am still wary of offending you, but I also have realized that paging you with cat questions (especially when my suicidal kitty had found yet another means of ending it all), even when your status is "Page me and DIE", is usually safe.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Janelle/C'vin/Cat/etc

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These days, my ire and four bucks will get you a frappuchino at Starbuck's. So I wouldn't worry so much.

I don't so much remember you IC from Pern as from the Pern room on Too.
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From:eichin
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:58 am (UTC)

ancient history

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I remember dealing with one of the "chipmunk" machines in the 6.001 lab, that had been left running some program or other, and the disk in the drive was labelled "ambar"... which I recalled having seen over on Athena side, and made the connection... someone from the lab ended up talking to you about it (I don't recall it actually getting you in *trouble* or anything :) but it did mean I paid more attention to you being around after that :)
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 07:25 am (UTC)

Re: ancient history

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This may be the hack I pulled with my 6.001 tutorial partner. Our tutor told us how to put the chipmunks in a loop, and we decided, being fully equipped with the idiocy of freshmen, that it would be fun to lock up the entire lab.

I suspect .no one. who was on staff has forgiven me that one. :-)
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From:flit
Date:September 16th, 2003 07:02 am (UTC)
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Doh, I can't remember where I met you. I'm bad that way.

Perhaps I have always known you?
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
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I think there were two redheaded Gretchens hanging around kabuki-west in the 1987-1988 timeframe, and you were one.

But that could be a false memory. Perhaps I have always known you.
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From:evilhat
Date:September 16th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC)
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Bibble bibble bibble pink stone Macy's!
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC)
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Oh GOD yes. Getting lost on tavella's directions...

But mostly I remember you staring warily at me at the '92 DC gather, as if I might swallow you whole if you weren't careful. :-)
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From:gregbo
Date:September 16th, 2003 09:10 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure when I met you online. I knew who you were from seeing you logged in on MIT and Bell Labs machines. I have a couple of in-person memories; one when I interviewed at Oracle and you were in the room, and another where I was standing somewhere on Bryant St in PA with some other people and you came up and joined us. You gave me a really great hug. :) I'm not sure what the order of those in-person events were, but I think they occurred sometime around 1988.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 10:05 am (UTC)
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Wow, you know, I have No Memory of you interviewing at Oracle at all.

Kind of like flit, you seem always to have been here.
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From:spenceraloysius
Date:September 16th, 2003 10:19 am (UTC)
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I heard about you for months before we actually spoke since you paged bumblepudding a lot on Pern. I still remember the description you gave of yourself when you drove down with Amberyl, and Emily (or is it Jennifer or Ellen? I can't remember) from Boston via Philly. You described yourself as the large, red-headed farmer's wife.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Well, and was it reasonably accurate?

I remember being a little apprehensive about how well we'd get along in person, and really delighted that you were a lot of fun.
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From:chrysoula
Date:September 16th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
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Online, on GarouMUSH, I remember... Smoke? showing up in the lounge one day, and of course I was impressionable and you were /legendary admin Ambar/.

That may not count as meeting... I think we met in person at Graham and Cari's, where we plotted downfalls?

But one of my clearest memories (all my long-term memories are usually vague) is when Kirby and Ray and I found Eliot the orange kitten.
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From:ambar
Date:September 16th, 2003 06:23 pm (UTC)
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You're right, I remember Eliot the orange kitten, and all his many fleas.

He became one of Kirby's parents' farm cats, yes?
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