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Hit like a brick. - The Day the LJ Died

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I know where I was. It was a calm afternoon. We couldn't have known.

Sitting at the computer, talking to friends. Checking my mail. I wonder if any of my LJ friends posted....oh no. What's wrong with my browser? Why won't it show Livejournal? It can't be a cache problem, I don't even have a cache anymore! What's going on? NO!

And then there was nothing. It came to me, that instant: it was all gone. What was I supposed to do without it? All my LJ friends, all the news, all the vicarious life-living, all those good naked communities...what was left? I messaged everyone. "LJ is down!" They all knew. But what none of us knew, was how long it would last.

We've seen LJ go down before, seen it not work for a little while. But two days? It was like armageddon. Nothing made sense anymore. What was I supposed to do all day? Check my mail? Done. Now what? Deadjournal, Xanga, Blurty? Of course not. I had no choice. I had to go outside.

I carefully put up an away message. I didn't know quite what to say, so I just said "Out." In retrospect, it was prophetic. It was so cold outside. Somehow, my heating system didn't work out here. I had my jacket on, but I could feel the wind biting through. Where do I go to search interests? This raccoon looks promising. "Ow! It bit me!" I ran back inside.

I was so afraid. Even the TV couldn't comfort me. I just laid down, in a fetal position. I was so frightened.

The next day, we all came together. There must have been 40,000 of us in the chat room. No one knew what was going on. LJ had some updates, but they were cryptic and we didn't know what to make of them. Would it ever come back? Would the world ever be the same? We didn't know...I took a nap. What else could I do?

I awoke in a haze. Hmm, what's on my friends page. Oh. Oh god. It wasn't a dream! I kicked back from the desk in fright. When will I wake up!?

The next morning, our prayers were answered. It worked. My baby was back. Buggy, but kicking. I can't describe how good it felt. I was alive again.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Aerosmith
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Date:January 17th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
That was touching.
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Date:January 17th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
Just don't tell the authorities about that.
Date:January 18th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
That story was heart stopping, I could totally feel your pain.
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Date:January 19th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
The day LJ died, I did something with my life and went outside.
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Date:January 19th, 2005 06:00 am (UTC)
And that gave me ample time to do your mom. I'm still seeing stars.
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