Not feeling nostalgic per se, but inspired by Daniel Burka’s tweet from earlier today, I dove into the Wayback machine and went hunting for some of my earliest website designs and writing. Embarrassing in a way, but still fun to read.

Here is my post celebrating one year in America on December 5th 2001:

Almost A Year [ Living In America ]

A few more days and I will be here in seattle, WA, USA for a whole year.
It definitely evokes emotions. Not just because the holiday season is in full swing and I miss the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt.
The longer I’m here, the more I realize that I have no chance of escape.
Memories of Germany fading away.
Well, not for you, you will always be able to tell, hey that funny guy with that accent, yeah and I still do things different.

But slowly I my chameleon skin is turning from black-red-gold to red-white and blue.

You get tired of always be different, be that guy who does things different. Hey I want a TV, wanna watch some american national broadcast. Let me go shopping in supremely and eat junk food all days.
You see, the stereotypes are still there, I’m still German.
An alien, living in a foreign country, speaking a different language.
But let me look back:
A year ago arrived in this country, got a job, started a life.
I love it! I do. Never would I have thought that I would enjoy my work so much, would have so many opportunities to grow and expand at my work.

Seattle is a beautiful city, I still wanna cry when I look at the high-risers and remember my child hood dreams.
I find time to explore the city and the neighborhoods around seattle. I’m close to getting a car. The people are the same, here, in germany, in africa. You find friends, companions, people you wanna share a time of your life and you meet people you wish you would’ve never met.
Family shines in a different light here. I enjoy getting to know Trixy’s family and getting comfortable with the differences.

It was an awesome year, and now I’m waiting for the first snow that shut down the city, cause nobody has winter tires on their cars nor knows how to drive in a weather like this with all those hills and bridges…
mathias – looking back at the year [] [live life loud] []

Two thousand and One I wrote this. This December will mark my fifteenth anniversary in the country. Too early to think about, but this needs to be commemorated, celebrated, marked with a special occasion of sort.

And yes, I am blogging at LiveLifeLoud since 2000. Thank you for noticing. Back then I owned the dot net domain which I since dropped in favor of the dot com.