Katie had this ready to go for me on Saturday. However, I don’t know what all the terms are on WordPress. So sadly, it meant this wouldn’t post for her until I reviewed it. That was so NOT my intention. So without further ado, I present Katie from Chicken Noodle Gravy. I hope that you enjoy this post as much as I did!
So, here you are again. You’re an intelligent and witty reader of One Mixed Bag. You’ve come to expect a certain standard of excellence when you click on that little old lady with her bright pink rollers and her wild blue bag. And here you are again, expecting that same standard of excellent and getting me instead. I’m Katie, and I write a little wanna-be blog called Chicken Noodle Gravy. While Bernie’s off playing in some park called Yellowstone (never heard of it but whatever), I’m picking up her slack guest-blogging. It’s quite the honor to get to guest post on this blog, and you’ll be happy to know that I’m going to use this opportunity for good and not evil. In fact, I’m going to write on a topic that is near to both mine and Bernie’s heart, a topic that should entertain and dazzle. Brace yourself.
As you may or may not be aware, Bernie and I both met our husbands online. I know, right? It’s such a fun coincidence. If you’re so inclined and want to read two awesome stories, you can read about our conquests here, here, and here. Another fun coincidence Bernie and I share? We both used IRC while capturing wooing our future husbands. Now, you, intelligent and witty reader of One Mixed Bag, may be unfamiliar with IRC and its mysterious meaning, and I, not-so-intelligent and largely humorless writer of Chicken Noodle Gravy, am here to enlighten you.
IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, and it can be most simply described as a chat room. And yet, IRC is so much more. My best memories from IRC revolve around some of its automated features. The IRC channel that I was a part of had the best Uno! game on the planet. I wasted countless hours playing Uno! with the channel’s “bot.” IRC bots are like people but more interesting. They are a scripted presence, an Artificial Intelligence if you will, that lurk on the IRC channels and actually interact with users when spoken to. You could feed the bot hilarious questions like, “Do you like bunny rabbits?” And it would answer with such intelligent and insightful responses as “Yes, I like them well.” It was pretty groundbreaking stuff…and you probably had to be there for it to be funny.
In addition to the compelling interaction with the bots, I had dozens of fun conversations with actual people (I think) using IRC, but what was more entertaining than participating and chatting on the channel was lurking. That’s when you could witness the conversations and bizarre behavior of others. I remember one conversation in particular that revolved around female vikings that got really in depth and scientific. Then there was the time a whole group of people were making up titles for adult movie musicals. I’ll spare you some hilarious (and inappropriate) examples.
My online relationship soon became a real-life relationship, and IRC eventually dropped off the face of my planet. After all, it’s kind of awkward chatting online with your significant other when they’re sitting in the room with you. But Internet Relay Chat still exists and seems to have a pretty large user base. You can download an IRC client here and share in the joy of this prehistoric older version of social networking. I highly recommend it. Who knows? You may find someone as fascinating as myself or Bernie to chat with.