Donna Crawford
Redondo Beach, California


I was born in North Carolina and lived there until I was about 2 or so.  My father was in the military, so we moved every year or two.  We lived up and down the east coast, in Arkansas, Germany and Kansas, before he retired in 1980.  I attended Manhattan High School (in Kansas) and college and law school at the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks!!).

I've lived in Alabama, Georgia, Texas and California since leaving my parents' home.  I currently live in California with my husband Kirk (even while we were on our RTW, we considered California as home). My family and friends are scattered all over the place, as you can imagine.

My husband and I are highly involved with our church, locally. I have lots of hobbies, including cooking, HAM radio, reading, travelling, bzflag, and sports/outdoor activities. Although I love to watch Jayhawk Basketball, I generally prefer to participate. Some of my favorites are beach volleyball, scuba diving, cycling, rowing, swimming, snow skiing, tramping, surfing, off-roading, etc.

My travels over the last few years have taken me to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and most recently, on a 15-country, 1-year round-the-world trip.

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Thursday, September 28


Girls & the Internet

I had a rather annoying experience on irc yesterday. I had been sent to visit a specific channel to get some help. Upon arriving there, I discovered it was huge! Almost 900 people at any given time. This is not the kind of place I like seeking help. So, I have been sitting there quietly for 4 days, trying to get the "lay of the land".

Last night, I was installing some software and had to reboot my machine. Upon arriving back on this channel where I had been sitting quietly, this happened:

Sep 27 22:18:33 Guy 1 "SportChick" in a Linux distribution channel? Anyone see the irony of an athletically oriented female name present in a Linux channel?
Sep 27 22:18:47 Guy 1 not being chauvinistic, just...observant.
Sep 27 22:18:56 SportChick Guy 1: :p
Sep 27 22:18:57 Guy 2 "SportChick" is a guy posing as a girl to get other guys to help him more quickly.
Sep 27 22:19:13 * Guy 2 is now known as hotbabe892
Sep 27 22:19:18 hotbabe892 Hi boys ;)
Sep 27 22:19:20 Guy 1 Guy 2 observance countered with inference.
Sep 27 22:19:23 SportChick clearly you haven't been paying attention
Sep 27 22:19:23 Guy 1 nice.
Sep 27 22:19:40 Guy 1 SportChick I just got her.e
Sep 27 22:19:54 hotbabe892 One of you manly guys want to help little 'ol me with some Ubuntu? ;);)

This morning, laughing upon hearing of my "adventure", my friend Dennis sent me this hilarious link about "Girls and the Internet".

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Well, as a general rule guys are anoying and dumb. But that takes the cake! But that also is a condition of irc etc. which is sad but the way things are.

/me notices that his name (tokimi) is a female japanese name....


nice post donnachan
You know the old saying:
Welcome to IRC: where the men are men, the women are men, and the little girls are FBI agents.
Good post. I liked the linked story too. When are you going to try WOW?
It works both ways... for months I thought Solarisis on bzflag was a girl. Boy was I wrong!
I have my own interesting story about that. On the NeoPets chatboards, even though the person's gender was printed right under the avatar on every post, everyone always referred to me as "she". Literally always; I kept count for months without a single person calling me male, and I was on the chatboard lots. It became an inside joke amongst my friends. xD

I am (apparently) woman, hear me roar.
Hah, jayne just shared this link with me...
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