Introducing MCDQ

Welcome to my site. My name is really not Marc C. DuQuesne but he is a character from one of my favorite old sci-fi novels so I am using it as my ID. If you recognize the character it probably means you spend too many nights reading old paperback pulp fiction as I do.

I have lots of other interests as well as science fiction. One is Western-style Square Dancing. I hope to eventually write some contributions to the Guide about this hobby that I have pursued since 1969. I also play and enjoy lots of computer games and puzzles of all kinds. Some of my favorites are the Wizardry series, Civilization and Railroad Tycoon and I would enjoy trading tips or swapping stories on any of these.

Lately, I have been consumed by a new puzzle from Japan that is called "Paint by Numbers". It has nothing to do with the "sad clown with the numbers on his face" that you probably painted long ago. I will try and discuss this at a later time too, but I have found when I talk about this I get excited, and my audience (or victim, depending on who you ask) tends to get a strange glassy-eyed look.

I love looking at stained glass and all sorts of glass art. I am hoping to travel to Norfolk, VA soon to visit the Chrysler Museum there which is supposed to have some very fine pieces.

One of my twin daughters is attending Old Dominion University in Norfolk, which is in the far southeast corner of Virginia. Her twin is attending Radford University in Radford, VA, a small town in the far southwestern part of the surprisingly large state of Virginia. I and my wife Julia live in Northern Virginia, in a small suburb of Washington, DC known as Herndon. Which is why I have ridden almost every mile of Interstate Highway that exists in this state within the last 3 months. I have an older son who, unfortunately, lives much closer --- on my sofa. But he promises to move out soon...Yeah, right.

I commute to and work in Washington, DC on a daily basis. Yes, I see the Pentagon every day and it makes me sad every damn time. I hope to be able to throw off this melancholy someday soon. Please God, let it be soon.

Sorry about that. Seems you can't go for more than a couple of minutes without remembering. I certainly can't. Anyway let me wrap this up with an invitation to any and all who read this. Let's talk. We are all in this together and the only way we are going to get out of this is to make connections and share the burden.



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