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Eight Things About Me

Melinda Snodgrass has "tagged" me, she informs me. And now I must reveal eight things about myself. Presumably eight things that I haven't revealed before, or at least not widely, or else what fun would it be?

So... eight things about me that most of you would probably never suspect.

1) The first vote I ever cast was for a Republican, New Jersey's distinguished senior senator and favorite son, Clifford B. Case.

2) I had a crew cut all through junior high, high school, and most of college.

3) My favorite guilty pleasure movie is SUMMER LOVERS. I want to go to the island of Santorini and have a menage a trois with Darryl Hannah and Valerie Quinessen.

4) When I was in my twenties people used to tell me I looked like Kris Kristofferson. Now they tell me I look like Jerry Garcia. And he's dead. I don't like this trend.

5) I like writing when it's going well, but I LOVE having written.

6) My favorite song is Kris Kristofferson's "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33." (See him busted on the sidewalk in his jacket and his jeans, wearing yesterday's misfortunes like a smile). I am also very fond of "Me and Bobby McGee" and "To Beat the Devil" and "Silver" and a lot of Kris's other songs. Maybe that's why I was pleased when people said I looked like him.

7) I have never been defeated at RISK when I have the red army. Never. And I started playing RISK in grade school. Foemen tremble when I rattle my dice. Except when they make me play green or black or some other color. Then I am merely mortal.

8) Windows sucks. I use it, under protest, for the internet, but all my fiction is written on a DOS machine, using WordStar 4.0. I'm a word guy. When I want to copy something, I like to type "copy." When I want to delete it, I like to type "delete." I don't like puzzling out these stupid little cartoons they call icons, or dragging them around with a mouse. The day WordStar 4.0 stops working is the day I retire.

So there you have it. My revelations.

And now, if I understand the rules of this "game of eight" correctly, I must tag someone else, just as Melinda tagged me. Let me look around. Hmmmmm, who... ah...

STEVE LEIGH! You're tagged!


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May. 18th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
All hail WordStar!!!
May. 18th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
You do not look like Jerry Garcia.

I think you're gonna be challenged indefinitely now for RISK tournaments :D

May. 18th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
From this Wikipedia article, WordStar really seems to have a very strong, dedicated following. But how long will WordStar 4.0 run? Apparently, it should work in Vista, but not in full-screen without installing XP video drivers or, alternatively, using a DOS emulator like DOSBox (which is, frankly, a really weird way to go about things -- but it would basically let you use WordStar on any operating system, including Macs and Linux).

Even if ultimately WordStar 4.0 becomes impossible to run without far more effort than it's worth, there's some "heirs to WordStar" around, from programs like Write&Set, a WordStar emulator for Microsoft Word, and so on.
May. 18th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
In my limited experience, NOTHING works in Vista.
(no subject) - the_lady_snow - May. 20th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC) - Expand
virtualization - trutwijd - May. 18th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
You're still using DOS! My DOS failed in 2000, when the current date became illegal for its date-recognition algorithm! You must be one of the blessed ones. But I did discover:

(a) Linux has a good DOS emulator (better than XP, I'm told!)
(b) Linux has a text-based web browser (lynx). Of course, you won't get pictures or video in text mode.
(c) Linux can be installed without uninstalling Windows or Dos if there's enough disk space available.
May. 18th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
All true. I run all my computers on various flavors of Linux - but as mentioned in a previous post I use virtualization tools like VirtualBox to load up Windows when needed.

elinks (http://elinks.or.cz/) beats lynx in console-based browsing.
May. 18th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Methinks I need to investigate this 'RISK'.
May. 18th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Wordstar! Woot! I remember writing movie review with a buddy for the college paper over at his place using his Heathkit H/89 and Wordstar. Then I used an even older version when I worked as a reporter at a local radio station. I still miss Wordstar in some ways. I *loved* watching the paragraphs reform and realign when you did an edit.
May. 18th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
ahahaha I was wondering if and when you were going to get in on the action. But I would not have pegged you as a Kris Kristofferson fan. (for some reason, I thought it'd be Johnny Cash, Bob Wills and Hank Williams -- that'll learn me!)
May. 18th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more of Bob Dylan... For some reason the lyrics in some of his songs made me think that...
May. 18th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
1) Same here. I was a senior in high school and I voted for Bob Dole. I don't remember why.... I still like to tell people that I've not voted for the same party in any of the three presidential elections I've been able to vote in.

4 & 6) I'm not familiar with Mr Kristofferson's work, but he currently lives in my hometown. I see him buying groceries sometimes when I'm home.

5) Yeah, me too. Even if all I write is fanfic, there's a certain satisfaction in a job well done, especially when someone tells you it's good.

8) I hate Windows too. But then, I have always been a Mac user.

I don't know why I felt the need to respond to this, just that aside from really loving your writing, you seem like an interesting a fun guy. Anyway, hope the writing continues to go well!
May. 18th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
At least you didn't vote for Jesse Ventura like I did. *shudders*
May. 18th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
No! You missed me!

Oh, OK... !) I actually had a menage a trois with Darryl Hannah and Valerie Quinessen on Santorini...

Hmmm, I guess I'll have to go put together a post.
May. 18th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
I, sadly, don't know what either of these people look like. It makes me wonder if I'm outing myself as very young, but I'm not.

You know, I've never lost the Game of Thrones card game while playing Lannister. Although I suspect it's because typically I wind up playing against two other people, and they're best and messing up everyone else. I kinda suspect they'd get squashed pretty fast in a one-on-one game. But I always lose at risk, no matter what color I play.

Out of curiosity, and I know you may not have time to answer (though if you do it would just make my day)... have you ever gotten comments on your work that tear it apart in a way that just makes no sense? I mean, like the person just utterly didn't understand what you were trying to accomplish in any way whatsoever? I experienced this for the first time with a story of mine (it's in my journal, and I'm trying to tell myself it must happen to everyone.
May. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Darryl Hannah played Elle Driver in Kill Bill; you might have seen her in that.
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May. 18th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
Ohhh Janis Joplin! Awesome choice!

And I don't know...I might be able to beat you at RISK, but I'm always the red team too, so we'd have to duke it out to see who gets to be red.
May. 18th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I only played risk with two buddies and my personal strategy was to get them pissed off at each other (a talent I have) so they would attack each other even when their prudent move was to attack me. Eventually one would get knocked out of the game and I typically had an easy go of finishing off the other.

Nice post, hope you are enjoying the start to summer.
May. 18th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Well Done, George,

And you didn't manage to upset any of your readers the way I did. Damn those potatoes! Damn them! They are even more evil then I suspected.

I would like to second or third the various folks who suggested you switch to Mac. Since I've made the switch I've been a much happier human. And Pages is working wonderfully for me. We don't want you to retire.

May. 18th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Tagged
Oh, you did it and tagged George, and he replied. Cool!

I admit it's my fault. I tagged Melinda on my blog and asked her to tag George. *grin*

May. 18th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
I love that song!
Me and Bobby McGee! With that said, i'm awful at risk. So awful in fact, I generally refuse to play it...
May. 18th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
I have the worst possible luck with Risk, and I exclusively play the red army. I once rolled seven ones in a row in the Middle Earth version, decimating my troops and the iron grip on the countries I controlled. The tears flowed as easily as the blood did on the battlefield! It also probably got the board a bit soggy.

DOS is still very much a win. I keep telling myself I need to build a legacy box just for that (Primarily so I can play my copy of Wing Commander 3 again, I think.) I'm not much of a Mac fan at all, but I've been playing with Linux more and more as of late. At the risk of possible beatings, Ubuntu Linux seems very stable and possible for normal human consumption without a mega-huge learning curve. That, and if one really pines for the command line word-processing, it has vi. Of course, that's also in Mac OS X and nearly every other UNIX-type OS. :O
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