Thursday, July 18, 2013

Flash from the Past

I was just talking to my sister about kids and electronics these days (don't get me started), and I remembered my dad buying a Commodore 64 computer.

He got a magazine that had programming for different games and things you could do, and in the back was the code that you typed in. I typed 80 wpm because of my high school Typing 1 and 2 classes (even took Shorthand 1 and 2 - I was all set for secretaryin'!), so he'd ask me to type everything in for him, then we'd play the games.

If there was a glitch, which was kind of frequent when they went to binary code, which was all 1's and 0's, he'd sit next to me and read it line by line while I looked for my error. It was pretty cool to watch a game come to life just because you typed thousands of 0's and 1's.

On a different track, have you read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini? They're fantastic, right? Depressing, but ultimately fantastic. Well, I'm reading And the Mountains Echoed, which is his latest book.

People, I'm talking DEPRESSING. And it's one hit after another. At least with The Kite Runner, it's the 2 boys, and the awful thing happens, and then this is how life moves on. Well with this one, an awful thing happens in the first 10 pages. Then a different awful thing happens in the next 30 pages. Then somebody else's life is ruined. It's just one thing after another. The big difference is that you move on quickly to another character, so BAM, they're devastated, then we move on to see how that affected everybody else. I'm about three quarters done with it, so I'll see if we circle around to the beginning, which is what I think happens.

It better end on a good note, or I'm going to need some Lexapro....which I thought I was going to need anyway this weekend for some reason, but my mood has lifted to the point of mania. Wonder if I'm manic-depressive? What did you say? No, I'm not hearing voices...wait, was that you talking?


gwensews said...

You're probably on a high after surviving that hellish vacation!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Got THAT right!

Pam said...

Concur with Kiterunner! So funny -- my mother made me take typing (thank goodness!!). I started a new book - The Cuckoo's Calling - by Robert Galbraith (really JK Rowling) - - it's a mystery and I must admit, a page turner!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

And now they take typing in elementary school because of the computering they have to do! I heard about that book - hope it lives up to the hype!