In 1994 I was working at a college in South Carolina that was part of the Clemson University system. At that time, the Internet was in the early stages. Somehow I found an email group of professors who would play this word game. The winner of the last round would give us a new (IIRC fake) world to write a “definition” for. It was a creative writing game of sorts. I had one of those government paid do nothing jobs. I basically ran a study hall for nurses. It was mind numbingly boring because I could not teach much. They basically just wandered in and out to do their time with the reading specialist. Long portions of my day I would just sit alone in the lab. I was bored to tears and living in a small town. While I did have a good social life, I needed to teach. So they hired to me teach a night class. I think it was a writing class. Ugh.
One day I got in a shit ton of trouble. (SURPRISE). I mean how much trouble could I get in being paid to sit in an empty room all day? As it turns out, I spent hours a day on the Internet. Little did I know that back in 1994 they were paying by bandwidth usage. So, I would log on every morning and log out at night. Apparently, that was very expensive. Ooops.
So why is TT fixated on a story about 1994? Well, while I had that job there was a huge story. A young woman named Susan Smith rolled he car into the lake with her two kids under the age of three drowning them. She was all over TV claiming she was carjacked by a black man and playing victim. But she was convicted of murdering her own kids because her prospective boyfriend did not want kids. It was a huge scandal in the small town I was living in. Everyone was glued to the TV and the Internet. Well today People is reporting, That Susan Smith is having a passionate pen pal relationship with some fool on the outside. Although she is serving life in prison, apparently she is eligible for parole after 30 years. So she could be released in 2024. Surely she will not be allowed out of prison, right? RIGHT?
A few weeks later OJ Simpson went on the run for killing Nicole Simpson. 1994 might not have been the best year, but it sure was interesting.
IN OTHER NEWS: Thanks to those asking about my doctor’s appointment. It was a very traumatic experience, I’ll spare you the details. I’m fine. I’ll be getting caught up on all my old people tests soon. The doctor is calling me for a phone appointment on Wednesday. So far so good. I’m hoping the next appointment is about my mental health. I’m paying an ASSLOAD for health insurance this year. I skipped it for seven years because is an INSANE amount because I smoke. So I am back at Kaiser and they want to run all the tests I have missed over the years that I also have to pay for. UGH. I’m in the bad place. But, otherwise fine.