#026: No internet: Playing Hockey in 1997 & Living in a Bubble

Outdoor ice hockey was my life in 1997

Outdoor ice hockey was my life in 1997

In autumn of 1997 I lived in Ottawa, Canada and I never experienced using the internet.

I remember looking forward to playing ice hockey everyday after school at a rink that looked just like the above photo.

Getting on the cool outdoor ice in -10 celsius temperatures right after the zamboni laid a new sheet of ice was equivalent to being first in the middle school lunch line.

Strapping on skates, making moves, and scoring goals was “the life”.

On Saturday nights we watched Hockey Night in Canada with my friend Baj. He lives a few houses down in a townhome community. Summer time was street hockey and Nintendo64.

Wintertime was ice hockey and more Nintendo64.

This is where a Canadian team would be on Canadian national TV playing a home game. We loved seeing a Canadian team beat an American team. We always felt we were the underdog.

Downtown Ottawa is home to the  largest  naturally frozen skating rink in the world. It’s around 4.8 miles long. It’s open every year between  January to late February or early March  and attracts 20,000 visitors.

Downtown Ottawa is home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. It’s around 4.8 miles long. It’s open every year between January to late February or early March and attracts 20,000 visitors.


1997 was a time of limited information for me.

No cellphones with the latest up to the minute news.

No downloadable music.

No streaming music.

No research from Google search.

No videos on YouTube.

I got news on my favorite teams, the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Raptors, from TV.

I would check the NHL standings to see who’s leading the division.

I listened to the hockey post game show on AM radio to hear how the General Manager needs to fire the coach.

That’s all I knew. That was my little world. If there was anything new going on in the world, we would get it through these filters on corporate radio, TV or newspaper.

If the Titanic sank today, this is what we would be doing.

If the Titanic sank today, this is what we would be doing.

I lived in a bubble in 1997 and I loved it.

1997 was also the first year my dad found this new thing.

They called it dial-up internet. 

See Part 2: To be continued... 

 

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