Our website, travdes.com was derived from the first half of each of our names (Travis & Desiree). We met on Internet Relay Chat (IRC) in October 1996, in the I Mother Earth chat room #ime on Undernet. I was born and raised in Simcoe, Ontario, and Desiree was born in Nelson, BC, but predominately grew up in Mission. After I (Travis) finished high school, I moved to Mission in August of 1997, and we’ve been together ever since.
Our website has evolved over the years. It started out in October of ’96 as a fan site for I Mother Earth @ http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Alley/7774 . It remained here until early 1998 when we purchased travdes.com (our short names blended), it bounced around different hosts through the years, sometimes on servers at home.
The early years travdes.com housed our IME fan site, Desiree’s Canucks fan page, a Watchmen fan site, and our family portal. Around 2000 or 2001 we bought imeinteractive.com and I started dabbling with php scripting in my spare time. We moved our IME fan site from travdes.com to imeinteractive.com, and shifted our focus interacting with the users and getting them to populate the content for us. This remained active until around 2002, when I was asked to do the backend coding on the official IME site. I took imeinteractive.com offline shortly there after. Around 2003 I switched jobs, and it sucked up all of my spare time, so all of my sites slowly died. Travdes.com went dormant for nearly 10 years (2005-2015), I finally decided to use it for something other then email this year, and brought it back online.
An archive of our entire guestbook from Geocities (1996 to around 1999) can be viewed here.
Unfortunately I didn’t keep an archive of any of our old sites, but I have some thumbs from wayback machine below, it didn’t archive some of the images, thus the broken images: