As some of you may know, this week I purchased the domain name
www.darrelsplayground.com , and the site is now officially online!!! Between the Facebook
issues when the Group Formats recently switched over, the fate of MySpace (with or without
Justin Timberlake) being still up in the air, and the crash of our home computer's hard-drive, I decided that I needed another fallback in case something else unexpected were to occur. A friend on mine (Hi Tanya) introduced me to Weebly "Build Your Own Website", and I have used it as a launching pad to create a stand alone (or so I thought) Darrel's Playground.
Whether searching on Google, or even just on Facebook, it isn't that hard to see that very few personal names are entirely unique. I've come across different individuals with the same first, last and middle initial as myself, but know of others who have found people with the same middle name as their own too. However, it did surprise me that even the title Darrel's Playground had more than one match! I came up with the "Darrel's Playground" one day after returning from the school park with Darrel and the girls. Little did I know
that it wasn't so original in the greater scope of things.
A few hours after purchasing the domain name, I went on Google to see if, how and/or where my new website was listed on the database. The majority of those entries were from sites I had posted something in the past, or a reference made to my Darrel by other person I was in contact with. Four of the more interesting other Darrel's Playgrounds I found were:
Darrell's Dream Boundless Playground - Located in Kingsport, Tennessee (Hi Lori), this park is one of over 200 ( www.boundlessplaygrounds.org ) creations scattered throughout North America (there is actually one in Orangeville, not far from where we live). Boundless
Playgrounds hope "to build truly inclusive playgrounds where children — and adults — of all abilities can play and learn together in a fun and welcoming environment....[and to] create a world where ALL children have the opportunity to gain the developmental and health benefits
derived from unstructured play in an inclusive environment." Darrell's Dream opened in
2002, and was named after Darrell Rice, a past local Kiwanis President, who was a driving force behind the structure in Warriors Path State Park.
Darrel's Math Playground - There was several connected webpages that comprise the Math
Playground Network, and Darrel Duenas has one of these sites.
Darrell Brown's Playground - Brown, an acclaimed songwriter and producer released his
"Playground" CD in 2010. In the past he has worked with Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Bon Jovi and Faith Hill. Much of "Playground" has featured in EA's The Sims 3 video game.
Deanna and Darrell's Playground - As this exists only on MySpace (where I first set up
Darrel's webpage), it's kind of odd I have not come across this one before. I know little about
this page, as it is a private account, and only shows a scantily clad couple (Deanna and
Darrell I would assume) in an embrace. Considering MySpace usually monitors such things it probably isn't too risque, but I'll never know regradless.
Since I know that there perhaps could be web-surfers looking for those other sites coming my way, I have relabelled my site "Darrel's Memorial Playground" to hopefully avoid any
confusion. One would hope that this would suggest to such people that it might not be what they were searching for. For now both the Facebook and MySpace accounts will remain open, but I have closed Darrel's 'Believe For Boey' and CarePages webpages. Now that I have
established a more independent base, I should not need to stretch myself out as much.
P.S. On another note, in keeping with tradition, we went to see Transformers 3: Dark of the
Moon during its opening weekend a few days ago. The first movie will always have a special place for me and my time with Darrel. Unfortunately, this film, much like Revenge of the
Fallen, was a disappointment for me. I've always been more about a strong storyline than
the kind of 'Bay'hem and destruction Michael Bay is famous for. The addition of 3D was
a nice touch, but it just wasn't enough to impress me. It was Less 'than meets the eye".
I don't think I've mentioned on here yet, but Darrel's dog Lady is currently very pregnant, and should be having puppies by the end of the month. Even though I never was a 'dog person', Darrel asked for one after he was diagnosed back in the Fall 2005, and Lady arrived shortly after that. I'm sure he would have loved to have seen this moment...and all the others leading up to it and afterwards as well.