#FF — Launchpad


PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

As a 12-year-old riding in the back seat of the family Chevrolet, she often passed the tallest building in their town. Craning her neck up, she dreamed one day she would work there, considering it the pinnacle of success in her rustic ignorance.

Between then and her dream realized was a world of restriction, hard work, and purpose. One day a silvered disk labeled “AOL” arrived by mail that linked her computer via phone line to a thing they called the internet.

The launchpad to a “world wide web” blasted her far from the tiny office in the clouds.

[99 words]

It’s been a fun year of writing 100 words of fiction with you each week in 2020.

Friday Fictioneers, onward to a shining 2021!

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the enduring host of Friday Fictioneers.

 

41 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Must give that web thingy a go

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  2. Dora says:

    Nicely dreamed and written, Lisa!

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  3. Sadje says:

    Wonderful ending!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      From one cybernaut to another, thank you 🙂

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Yea that internet thing might just take off one day.

    Great song and I’m ready for the New Year.

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  5. draliman says:

    Not so important any longer, big office buildings. I remember “back in the day” when we used to get discs through the door to sign up for an “internet connection” 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You’re older than you look 🙂

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  6. pennygadd51 says:

    Nice use of the prompt. Boy, was the internet slow in those days!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes and the sounds it made! Happy New Year back at ya!

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  7. liz young says:

    The top of a tall building is the last place I’d choose to work!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Our “tall” building in town is 6 stories, so not so bad lol

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  8. memadtwo says:

    We need to keep remembering the good parts of the internet so we can support them while we try to figure out what to do about the not-so-wonderful parts. (K)

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  9. granonine says:

    A nicely refreshing, positive spin. Good one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Linda.

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  10. I wonder where we’ll be when today’s 12-year-olds climb the career ladder!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Best not to think about it, Keith 😦

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  11. Great story Ms.Jadeli. How quickly things change.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much GiN!

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  12. Happy New Year! It has been fun reading each other’s stories this year. You are so right about the Internet. For all the bad parts of it, it has allowed us access to the whole world as well. I keep thinking how much worse this pandemic would have been if we had all be stuck inside without the Internet to escape through.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well said, David. Happy New Year!

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  13. plaridel says:

    it makes me wonder now what i’d do without the internet. happy holidays! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wouldn’t be who I am if I hadn’t gotten on the web.

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    2. msjadeli says:

      p.s. Happy Holidays!

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  14. Dear Lisa,

    Ah that silver disc. Suddenly the world seemed a little smaller, didn’t it? Dial up and AOL chat rooms were only the beginning. Whodathunk it would be nostalgia? LOVE your story and the George Harrison video.
    A Happy, SAFE, HEALTHY and peaceful new year to you and yours. Thank you for being part of Friday Fictioneers.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, exactly on all. So glad you enjoyed this week’s offerings. I appreciate your kindness today and each week. Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2021.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  15. Michael Humphris says:

    Best wishes for the new year, as for silver disks I would love writers to get them like musicians.

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  16. Dale says:

    This was wonderful, Lisa. Who could have thought we would have the world at our fingertips, one day?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Dale and agreed!

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  17. Good story, took me back to early internet use – using an address book for web addresses . And to Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of a co-operative free not for profit world wide web. Not quite how it turned out ! Can’t imagine life without it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, WWM.

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  18. Oh, this is so good! The internet definitely redefined our idea of “aiming high”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Eugi, thank you 🙂 Yes it did!

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Ah! A new crazy world begins

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I call it Cyberia and it’s been a long strange visit!

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  20. magarisa says:

    Wonderful storytelling, Li!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Adele 🙂

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