FLVS in the Days of Dial-Up Internet

It was August of 2000. As my friends who taught in a brick-and-mortar classroom got up at 6 a.m. to face their first day, I was starting my first day as a virtual school teacher.

I was one of three Personal Fitness teachers and together we were going to change the face of how people thought of PE online. My routine was easy and executed with timely precision.

At 7:30 a.m., I would head into the 10×10 office on the 2nd floor of my townhome and turn on my hefty 20-pound Gateway tower desktop.  I’d walk downstairs to start my coffee pot which would then kick off my second routine of connecting to the internet.  At around 7:36 a.m. (when the Gateway had started up and launched one desktop application), I’d click through a series of applications to get my internet connected. Once I heard the initial double click of the phone line, I knew the connection was underway and I’d have about three minutes to walk back downstairs where half of my hot pot of coffee was almost ready.

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