October 18, 2006
I rejoined ICQ again today with this description: "I'm an old American who believes it important to get to know people in other countries."
I really DO believe this. I've learned that without investigation we gain false impressions of others. For example. I'd always thought of Russians as mostly dull gray depressed people like the WW2 newsreel images of the old Babushkas sweeping the streets and pushing wheelbarrows full of bombed rubble.
Now, two of my best friends are bright, colorful Russians, indistinguishable physically and mentally from many Americans I happily know.
Ah, another wonderful miracle of this computer age!