Badcomputer : Part Of The Problem Since 1976

This post if about my friend Darren. I’ve never met my buddy Darren in real life. I met him online through his geocities page (that was a long time ago) and I really like the custom design he had on it. From then we started exchanging mails & the occasional chat. We exchanged our life stories. He was born the same year as me and I stole borrowed his infamous line “Part of the problem since 1976”. He told me about his then girlfriend/wife and his son, a now 8 year old boy named Dylan. When I first read about how he met his ex, I was jealous as they seemed so perfect.

Darren had an active life – he was from Penticton, BC (Canada) and lived in Edmonton for a while, where he met his now ex. He was a Linux programmer (he even helped out my cousin Shalini via email on her college project on Linux and did more than I would expected for a person he has never met or talked to), created websites and a chef. I remember something about a chef’s job in BC during the summer while taking a break from his freelance programming. He plays guitar & bass and we share a taste for the music that cinematic post-roc band Godspeed You Black Emperor! Of all the bands in the world!!

dive bomber online the duchess movie We kept in touch over the years but I lost contact with him here and there. The last gap (till a few days ago) was quite long and also going by the inactivity on his website, I actually though that I would never hear from him again. But then I saw a comment on one of my blog posts and I immediately emailed him to find out how he had been doing. I got a reply today. Darren has traveled extensively throughout Canada. He now has a steady gig as a truck driver and based outta Edmonton, Alberta due to the fact that his son lives there and in order to be with him, Darren had to move from his hometown. He is a bit bummed out that he has to be on the road for the holidays and is going to be far away from his family on Christmas.

It was great to hear from him again. I remember calling him up one night about 3 years ago and talking to him. That was the day that I had learned about him splitting up with his ex and that she had moved to Edmonton. I knew he was missing his son. I’m glad that he gets to see him more often now. I wish him well and hope that he settled down soon and finds happiness. Seasons greetings to you Darren, even if you are on the road.

Darren aka badcomputer.org

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