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This morning, Juan sent me a link to http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. I looked it over, and at the link where CERN would like to know a bit more about you and why you came to look at their page, I put:

"Romance, actually. My husband sending me this link was like saying "Let me take you back to that little cafe where we used to meet."

I remember Juan telling me about this thing called the WorldWideWeb. Back when it was only CERN's line-mode browser, he said "If someone wraps a GUI around this, it's going to eat the world." A couple of months later, NCSA Mosaic was released, and bore out the prediction. And the week that NCSA Mosaic was released for X Windows, he showed me the Web. (Library of Congress Vatican Exhibition, specifically.)

The first time Juan sang "I married a geek girl, yay yay yay!" was when he got me a birthday present I really liked. He handed me a printout. It was the PairNIC confirmation of a domain he had got. The domain name was one of my nicknames (and eventually my business' name) taken from my login name on the WELL.

"Happy birthday," he said.

I made big startled glad eyes at him.

"Sorry I didn't wrap it," he said, grinning.

I clutched it to my chest and uttered a delighted "Oooo!"

That's when he started dancing around the table singing, "I married a geek girl, yay yay yay!"

And today he took me back to that little cafe we used to go to. Geek romance. Gotta love it. Anyhow, that's what I told CERN.

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