These are exciting times. I would love to live long enough to see a practical application of some life-based computer project. I think that my first computer was a $1000 machine I bought in 1976 which used a television as a monitor and cassette tape player as a hard disk and I am astounded that I may miss a bacteria based computer. I’m not spoiled. No sir!
A team of US scientists have engineered bacteria that could solve complex mathematical problems faster than anything made from silicon.
Bacterial computers can crack mathematical problems | Science | guardian.co.uk
I just read an article in my local newspaper (sorry there links seem to expire). It seems American Cowboy Magazine has named 20 cities which are most favorable to the Cowboy lifestyle. “Stephenville has been named one of the best places to live in the west,” according to the newspaper. I’m kind of bucking the trend or maybe there is a shift as we completely leave manufacturing and embark on a the true information age. I moved from the city to the country. I grew up in a suburb of New Orleans where it is difficult to tell when you move across a political line. I moved around the North East and wound up in Dallas, TX. Now I live outside of Stephenville, TX. Population 15,000. Give or take a hundred or so. If I need to get to the bank across town and I hit every light, it will take about 20 minutes and I’ll barely go over 40mph. I love it here! I can understand why cowboys like it here too.
  1. Did you date someone from your school?
    No way. I would have had to talk to a girl first.
  2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
    No. It was an all boys Catholic school back then. I doubt very many of the students married each other.
  3. Did you car pool to school?
    No. I took the public bus then transferred to the street car. It took about an hour to get to school if the buses were running on time. I rode my bicycle a few times.
  4. What kind of car did you have?
    Dad wouldn’t let me drive until I was 18. I think I avoided a lot of accidents by waiting. Thanks, Dad.
  5. What kind of car do you have now?
    A two-tone brown 1979 Ford F150. My last car was a two-tone blue 1979 Ford F150.
  6. Its Saturday night…Where are you now?
    In front of my computer.
  7. It is Saturday night in high school …?
    In front of my computer. (Wait. There may be a pattern here.)
  8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
    Bus boy / Dishwasher.
  9. What kind of job do you do now?
    Job? Seriously? People still have those? Why?
  10. Were you a party animal?
    Nope. I would have had to be invited to parties. Which would probably mean that I would have had to talk to a girl.
  11. Were you considered a flirt?
    Not in high school. I would have had to talk to a girl!
  12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
    No. I lettered in Drama though.
  13. Were you a nerd?
    Absolutely. I was also a jock. I lettered in basketball.
  14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
    No. I was a really good kid. I was a hall monitor. :)
  15. Can you sing the fight song?
    I have been asked not to ever sing again by local law enforcement. Okay, technically it wasn’t a request. They were a lot of papers, a judge, restraints and quite a bit of moaning. I’d rather not speak of it. Thanks for bringing it up. :(
  16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?
    • Mrs. Chestnut (First grade teacher. I’m told she was also my first crush.),
    • Mrs. Poulan (She was hotter than her hot daughters.),
    • The extremely attractive young woman who taught typing and liked to wear tight skirts to work (I am certain none of us ever looked at our keyboards).
    • Brother John (Brother John was cool. I threw him in so you wouldn’t think I had a one-track mind.).
  17. Where did you sit during lunch?
    In front of the school on St. Charles Street. It was just two of us. My friend would often have fake epileptic fits when the Street Car passed by. It was really fun to watch. (But, of course, I completely disapprove of his actions.)
  18. What was your school’s full name?
    De La Salle
  19. When did you graduate?
  20. What was your school mascot?
    A Cavalier. Curiously, some people have said I have a cavalier attitude.
  21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
    Yes, but only if I could talk to girls.
  22. Did you have fun at Prom?
    I didn’t go. To get a date I would have had to talk to a girl first.
  23. Do you still talk to the person(s)?
    You seem to be miss-understanding this concept about talking to a girl.
  24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
  25. Do you still talk to people from school?
    As a single guy I tend to avoid speaking to students.
  26. School Colors?
    Yes. We had school colors. That’s strange. I’d would have thought you’d ask which school colors we had. [shrug]
  27. What celebrities came from your high school?
    Beats me. Ask them.
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