On Saturday, while doing whatever around the house, I got to hear the entire day's broadcast of the Chili Bowl in Tulsa Oklahoma. What's the Chili Bowl, you ask? It's the biggest race event in Midget cars of the year! 280 drivers, including NASCAR's Tony Stewart (who won), Kasey Kahen, Jason Leffler and JJ Yeley, World of Outlaw's Danny Lasoski, and my cousins Wally and Randi Pankratz, all competed for a chance to win a trophy they call the Driller, and a handful of prize money.
Â But that's beside the point. I listened to the broadcast thanks to Racinboys.com and talked to folks around the country who were also listening, thanks to their forum. At one point I was in a chat room with their webmaster, who was sitting in the press booth at the race, and someone from Danny Lasoski's crew in Missouri, where the crew was hoping to catch their boss winning the race.
As the web guy kept me filled in on where my drivers were during heats when they were far enough back to not get the announcer's attention, I thought, "How cool is this?"
Over the years, I have caught live broadcasts of various NASCAR races when I didn't have cable TV and would have missed them. I have heard other series's races, too, as well as some live Arsenal matches from England. I have participated in world-wide quilting events, web parties or mystery quilt sew-ins where we sew a bit and chat a bit and share photos as we go.Â
One New Year's Day, I got to hang out in a 24-hour party where my quilting friends welcomed in the new year from all around the world.
When I stumbled belatedly across a gab session here on Gather, it struck me just how much I take for granted my Internet access. My world is endless and non-stop. I never have to be alone when watching the world change on TV or listening to it over internet radio. With a little searching, I can connect to others enjoying the same thing.
What events have you joined online? How has the Internet broadened your community?Â