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My XD38 introduction mail


I'm new here, and I'm one of your standard odd
writer/geek types. I'm majoring in computer science in
college, taking care of my virtual nephew after
school, working your standard
boring-job-with-loopholes (I write while at work), and
spending most of my free time on Livejournal.

Some highlights of my XD38 (does that sound like a bra
size to anyone else?) -ness:

* replacing the water pump in my mother's Saab with
the car manual and no previous car repair experience
* Understanding a particular program design on a
near-instinctive level but not having the words to
convey it to lesser mortals; explanation to same
required much use of whiteboard markers, arrows and
exclamation points, frantic gesticulation, and a
somersault (in computer lab at school)
* I like both Macs and PCs, and am at least relatively
comfortable in Windows and Linux.

* I write constantly.
* In the past, I have painted.
* I have dabbled in calligraphy.
* I make afghans.
* I draw wacky workplace cartoons.

* Large Livejournal friend/friend of lists, many of
other actual or possible XD38 types.
* Friends with Real Grown-Ups, and being seen as older
than I am
* Still able to talk with children down to the age of
6 fairly sensibly
* Two adult roommates, one child roommate.

Meaning of Life
* Yep.

Et cetera
* Explosive.

So, yeah. Hi!

(There's an Az-the-Elder on at least two mailing lists
I'm on; I'm Azure, she's Azalais, and it's sometimes
confusing to sort out between Azz and Az.)

Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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