by Hermionie Miranda
I didn’t get to come on during Sunday and Monday (August 19th and 20th), because on Sunday I had a holiday and visited quite a few people, and then had visitors myself. I didn’t get a single MINUTE to myself that day! And then the festivities carried themselves on to Monday, where I had guests come over, and then I was whisked off to a relative’s house. I was devastatingly bored there, too. I had literally *no one* to talk to. And I couldn’t help but miss IRC more then. If I was on IRC, I wouldn’t be bored! I’d be surrounded by tons of people to talk to. The people I see on IRC are easier to talk to for me than some of my cousins, including the cousins I happened to visit on Monday.
Also there’s the whole missing-big-things-that-happened-while-you-were-gone thing. When I finally came on Tuesday evening (August 21st), I discovered I had quite some catching up to do! For instance, Allyson Celestra (Aly on IRC) came to me saying this in a p2p**, barely minutes after I came on:
“OMG HERMS I WANTED TO TELL YOU LOTS OF THINGS ABOUT MY FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL AND PEOPLE AND STUFF BUT YOU WEREN'T ON SO I WAS LIKE FJKDSFJLDSJFLSDFJ”, said Aly.
My point is, IRC gets addictive quite easily. I can’t imagine my HOL experience without it. I made so many new friends after joining HOL, and it was all thanks to IRC. Some of the friends I made on IRC even know me better than some of my real-life friends! IRC is something I especially look forward to when I’m having a bad day, and need something to cheer me up. I can end up bursting in laughter from a hilarious IRC conversation.
I spend a lot of time on IRC, and it’s led me to join my house cheer squad, the Cheerie-Os. IRC has its own time in my schedule for almost every day. So even a day without the people kind of hurts, because, well, I miss them!
IRC’s given me a chance to grow close to so many people who I can’t imagine not hearing from for a day. So, if there are any new HOLers reading this, give IRC a chance! You will make lifelong friends. You can become an HOL Quidditch player, or a house cheerleader. Sometimes IRC can cause drama, but in my opinion, there are more good parts to IRC than bad. Although, when it comes to my addiction to it, it’s hard to choose if my addiction is good or bad. I guess it varies, depending on the time. But no matter what, I find it fun. And in life, you should have fun. Lots of it.
**quote used with permission