They Just Keeping Pulling Me In

imgres.jpgThirty-five or more years back I took a huge turn in my life which was quickly spiraling into a non-stop relationship with working long hours, fueled by the smooth oblivion of Old Man Daniels or just about anything that mixed well with Orange Crush.

I was schooled in the study of literature, wrote poetry, and contemplated the gradual diminishing of a mild case of surfer’s knobs. Then in Graduate School my fascination with Restoration drama was pushed aside by an exposure to the early use of computers in a research environment. Later I moved from academia to a more traditional business environment. In the 1960s the game was modeling or duplicating age-old manual processes on the new digital computers: it was fun and challenging.

Somewhere along the line I began to forget the literature—the drama, the poetry, even a occasional novel or two—and spend all my spare time learning computer languages and solving interesting problems with carefully written, elegant algorithms. Those times weren’t all bad and in fact were quite rewarding, but eventually it was wake, work, pass out … every day.

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Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow

imgres.jpgWell, I’m fully moved to Florida and now sitting at a small desk experimenting with a new environment: the desk drawer is much smaller, the side-cabinet is in the other room, I still haven’t found the box which contains the contents of my old desk, including fountain pens, letter openers, eye juice, extra notebooks & writing paper, and, most important, my great big magnifying glass.

But it is gradually working out with me and my dogs living with my daughter’s family and her cats and kids. I’m looking forward to construction of the sunroom addition which will house my built-in desk and bookshelves and just about double my living space.

I notice that there are no alligators in the backyard here but the pygmy mosquitoes more that make up for the danger factor.

I have been allocating a bit more time to cleaning up my Netflix inventory, watching one or two movies each day and following too many television (or Netflix) series. My reading is almost exclusively on my digital devices (iPad and iPhone) since my books are in a couple of dozen sealed boxes with no particular place else to go.

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Southward Ho !

images.jpgDespite all the work I’ve had to put into pre-move activities, I managed to read quite a bit this last month but I probably went outside the published reading pool more than usual. Now since I have less than two weeks before the move and since so many of my books are packed away, I will be re-listing many of the titles from July that I (this time) hope to read in and around the household confusion.

Another factor is that due to construction delays, I will be forced to put almost all of my books in a storage unit until the room and the bookshelves are built. I might not see them again until Christmas.

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