Hi everybody, I'm back. The wedding went well, I was snagged to run the sound equipment as well as making the slideshow. The better I did at one job, the more jobs they gave me!
My slideshow was a bonafide hit, as was my PowerBook. Just showing people the Magnification on the Dock was enough to get oohs and ahhs. I answered their questions as honestly as possible and let them make up their own minds. Five years ago, I would have been one of the crazed zealots who "embellish" the truth to make a sale, but I guess I'm too old for that now. Overall, people were interested, and a few are VERY interested (unfortunately the most interested was a nearly-homeless 20-something jazz musician who loved GarageBand), but most people still think WinTel is "good enough" and are thus not interested. Amazingly enough, a cousin of the Bride was a physicist (the only person in history that I've met who got the joke on my OpenBSD t-shirt) and he is running Slack on his home PC and Suse and RedHat at the University, and he was explaining the Gnu Project to a fellow geek, an environmentalist who works for the government, and that looked like a definite "switch". Gnu/Linux has an ethical/emotional/ideological pull to it that other systems don't have. Cool with me, I'm a bit biased towards the *nixes myself, having enjoyed the Windows BlueScreen for years.
I'm finding that it takes about 4 days to unwind from work, to the point where I feel relaxed and at ease. Taking just a Friday off doesn't really do me any good stress-wise.
A six hour drive gives you a lot of time to think -- especially when you've forgotten all your tapes and CDs at home and the radio keeps fuzzing out every 20 minutes. Like my friend Sam the Butcher, I am trying to get my life together -- it was never really "apart" in the first place, but it can definitely be better. Life is short. I only have one life--that I can prove, anyway. Anything more is icing on the cake, but I figure I'd better get to work in making this life the best it can be.
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