I, amongst a lot of other bloggers have been
awarded a Versatile blogger’s Award
1. Acknowledge the award givers.
2. State 7 random / unknown facts about yourself.
Not much is not known about me around these parts – even things I don’t know about myself are public knowledge I believe. Isn’t the rumour mill a wonderful thing? LOL
So… for newer peeps who haven’t read as far back, (on Letterdash/24), here are some lesser-known facts I think, (I googled myself actually LOL) in chronological (yearly) order.
- My original professional career was… (I’m chuckling here), Optometrist. Qualified nogal. But after lecturing to final year students for a few years, in Visual Perception and Remedial Education, I got a bit bored and went back to Uni to study Datametrics and Computer Programming (in those days, called BASIC) – I used the old original Apple in those days, before the rest of the world boycotted us.
- In 1991 I began my “online career” with Beltel on the Telkom network in CHATNET and FROGG channels with the user nick of Moonbeam. Still friendly with most of the peeps circa 1991 in real life and we have both Chatnet and Frogg pages on Facebook.
- I was a founding member of PRETNET (Pretoria Education Network) in 1995 – we initiated the connection of all schools to the World Wide Web in South Africa, including rural schools which we linked via cell phones and generators. My students (Carmel Pretoria) were the first group in South Africa to link up and interact with online projects with schools around the world – mainly the USA at the time.
- In 1996 we, as the Pretnet committee sent 2 highschool students from Eersterus and Mamelodi (Chris and Ruth), to Holland to sail on the boat, the Zeester, around Holland running the Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes Anti Racism tour. I started #za on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) to run discussions with school students around the globe, every afternoon at 4 pm with Chris and Ruth – which I moderated.
- A report I wrote after the Magenta Anti Racism Tour in Holland in 1996, was published in the I*EARN yearbook “An End to Intolerance” in 1997 – in the USA.
- The price of immigration weighs heavily on South Africans and the split family syndrome that my family lives with particularly, is the bain of my life. It’s a hefty price to pay for our children’s safety. I cry almost every day (alone) because I miss my children and grandchildren angelpies so very much. I thank my lucky stars I have my son close by – but that’s also a worry in this ZA climate!
- Although I’m a good listener, I have a saturation point. I don’t tolerate fools, pettiness and continual miserable peeps easily. Life is hard enough and I’ve lost too many family members and friends at a young age, and seen too much tragedy to allow [much] more than a minute of it “slip by”.
3. Award 10/12 bloggers, who deserve the award “Versatile Blogger” – so I’ve tagged the following peeps – if you’ve been tagged already.. then great – double for your trouble :)