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The definition of stupid sentimentality - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
The definition of stupid sentimentality
Well, I finally joined the 21st century and got off the dial-up. Which means I'm going to discontinue my AOL, since I'm subscribing to Comcast and won't be able to afford both once the initial incentive deal runs out. Which means giving up an e-mail address I've had since the mid-nineties.

And I'm maudlin about the concept.

I can take the name on gmail, same as I did with fernwithy, and I almost certainly will, but... but... I've "lived" there forever! It's been there through five addresses in three different states (and two time zones)! Whatever am I to do? I have to change things! This is against my nature!

:is stupid:

I feel a bit...: weird weird

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chibisophia From: chibisophia Date: January 10th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
...I thought AOL let you keep your e-mail address? I know you can sign up for one for free, so I would assume you would keep the e-mail addy even without paying...? 0.o

(Sorry if this is a useless comment...I've never used AOL. ^^;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 10th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh. That never even occurred to me. :) It was definitely an all-paid service when I first signed up.
volandum From: volandum Date: January 10th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
shezan From: shezan Date: January 10th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cab you sign for a free aol address now? How?
chibisophia From: chibisophia Date: January 10th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Click here for a free one; I think you can sign up there. (If that link doesn't work, google "AOL mail") So long as you have (or create) a screen name I think you can use it for free.

Although perhaps I'm wrong; I just tried to log into it, and I notice the one domain given to me is @aim.com, not @aol.com. :/ Perhap's thats only because I tried logging in with my AIM name, though...?
volandum From: volandum Date: January 10th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
midnitemaraud_r From: midnitemaraud_r Date: January 10th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if it makes you feel any better, I felt the same exact way. I had my aol address for a decade, and everyone I'd ever known online knew me by that name. I had it before you needed numbers in your username! :) It was really really hard to give it up, and I kept it for a couple of years after I got my cable modem - using it as my primary email because I don't like Outlook. Even after I started using Gmail, I kept it for a bit, not wanting to let go that piece of what felt like an extension of myself.

So I know exactly how you feel. I finally did get rid of it @ two months ago when I got a new (used but better) computer and wiped all of the AOL programs off my old harddrive. (AOL itself wouldn't uninstall either, which really pissed me off) I know how you feel though. It's like amputating a limb or giving up a beloved security blanket.
darkthirty From: darkthirty Date: January 10th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
But, but.. well, you'll no longer be AOL, which was always a sideways gloss on the www anyway. This is something to be happy about.
sabrinanymph From: sabrinanymph Date: January 10th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I understand the feeling. I still have my AOL one because my Father hasn't discontinued AOL, but someday if they ever get broadband out to our house, I'm certain he will at which point my email I've had since I was like sixteen or so, will be gone and that will be rather sad.

shezan From: shezan Date: January 10th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why don't you take the cheapest AOL option, whichever that it these days, in which you bring your own provider? You'd be paying a few bucks for your address, entirely worth it.
crazyrach From: crazyrach Date: January 10th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think my mom pays $5 a month to have 3 (or 5) hours of AOL dialup, plus she gets to keep her email and everything. It's also good if you go somewhere that doesn't have highspeed and you need to get online with a modem (if that happens anymore)
From: ehann Date: January 10th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck cancelling the AOL. They hung up on me twice before I called back screaming for the supervisor. Once I told the original guy I wanted to cancel, he tried to talk me out of it, going so far as to yell at me and then hang up on me.

I hate AOL. Can you tell? :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 11th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I looked into this recently - my mom will soon be getting broadband and will need to be weaned from AOL.

For $3 per month you can keep your AOL email addy and have it forwarded to your new address. I figured that even if she needs a year to transition it would be worth the cost. And that is cheaper than the limited dial-up option, IIRC.

Paying for AOL on top of the paying the broadband ISP is really expensive - AOL actually charges more if you access via broadband than if you use dial-up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Being sentimental is not stupid!

I so know how you feel. I've had my hotmail account forever, but it got to the point that it had so much spam that I couldn't use it. I still kept it, and now that they've improved spam and added space, it's still useable for those "I don't really want to give out my regular address" uses. I just couldn't let go. It was my first e-mail address.

Another thing I got attached to was my first credit card I got in college. I cried the day I cut it up 'cause it was a student credit card and i've grown up and needed more options. Silly, but still it was my first. I did get a card from the same bank, at least kept the loyalty that way.

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