In the early days of the Internet before there was text-messaging with cell phones or video-conferencing with Skype there were chat rooms.Most were set up so users could visit on a particular subject such as music or movies or pets or whatever.We met in an AOL chatroom in the “Friends” category, bonding over a shared interest in baseball and the inspiration for his screenname; I’d impressed him by referencing the lyrics to “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow.” Every day (except Monday and Wednesday, when I had Hebrew school), between pm and pm, I’d grab the Compaq laptop from my parents’ room, zip past my babysitter watching General Hospital, and log onto AOL to see if Frank Zappy was on my buddy list.
(For the next few years, I thought “cum” was a synonym for “penis,” in large part due to Frank Zappy’s sloppy syntax.) I don’t remember being sexually aroused by my relationship with Frank Zappy, so much as I was just fascinated by anything vaguely related to sex at the time.
I probably got a similar thrill from watching my Sims family make woo-hoo.
For years, I didn’t tell a soul about my relationship with Frank Zappy, assuming they would think he was a pedophile and I a snaggle-toothed sex maniac.
But I later discovered that I was not the only pre-adolescent haunting the AOL adult chatrooms.
And to be honest, I don’t think he knew what he was saying either.
He wasn’t particularly imaginative, or even literate.She walked across my keyboard and accidentally started a chat room. I had no idea anyone actually ended up going there." But the story becomes even more bizarre: Zeena had been doing some online flirting and suspected her flirtee of doing some flirting on the side.The cat had actually invited Zeena's guy and the other woman into this chat room (well, it invited everyone on Zeena's Buddy List who was currently online) and they were going crazy wondering why Zeena would invite them both into this room and then disappear. Yes, I realize this all sounds pretty unremarkable in todays world of camera-phone "sexting" where people sometimes send inappropriate photos of themselves to others (which is a foolhardy and dangerous thing to do) but it was pretty exciting back then when it was the newest and hottest computer technology.I heard later that the room lasted for about six hours with lots of different people coming and going everyone except Zeena.Well, the next morning I spotted Zeena online and immediately IM'd her to ask why she'd invited all these people into a private room and then disappeared. Several others have also asked where I was." "But I didn't do it it was my kitty.Most teens of the early AOL chatroom era, or the mid-to-late-1990s, experimented with cybersex or had their sexual initiations online, in chatrooms with names like “Bored housewives over 30” or “Naughty wellhung surfer boys 18 .” In 1996, AOL had 5 million subscribers; by 2002, it had 25 million and was the biggest dial-up service in the country.