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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!

Comments

stephen_dedman
May. 18th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
You use WordStar? Voluntarily?

I can only hope it's greatly improved from the version I used in the 1980s.
thudthwacker
May. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Well, the man did specify he was using WordStar 4 for DOS, which according to this page was released in 1987. So, jah, very possibly the one you were using in the 80's.
depleater
May. 18th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC)
I don't (and have never) used WordStar myself, but this essay explains a little about the Zen of WordStar, and why the author considers it a superior option for creative writing.

I thought the commenting feature was pretty nice, actually - a line starting with two periods, eg. ".. something something" is not included in the printout. There's probably a lot of ways to do that with modern word processors, but the simplicity of that solution appeals to me.

I think anyone that uses old-school text editors like vi or emacs for writing (eg. Neal Stephenson) would probably also appreciate the philosophy of avoiding menus and icons and checkboxes and just focussing on the text :).

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