A Brief History B4 I Found BBC
| In November of 2002, I was trying to locate the "Starship Titanic" on the web and found this site. To my dismay, I also learned that our dear Douglas had passed away. I decided to stay and share whatever I could with the rest of y'all hoopy galactic travelers. My contributions thus far include an Article in the Edited Guide, detailing the rules for a dice game called Zonk!, and a varied selection of poetry on my H2G2 Personal Space, as well a few stories in My Portfolio on this site.
In 2012, I started participating in National Novel Writing Month. It's a yearly challenge to write 50,000 Words in 30 Days with 0 Excuses. It sets a deadline to get you off your 'but' to WRITE, and wait until afterward to do all the editing and tidying up. In 2017, I availed myself of the technology of Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. In this new age, I discovered I could make my dream come true…of producing stories and novels to send out into the World for those who love to read. If you're inclined to delve deeper into what I have to offer, you can find out more at my Author's Blog.
Your Humble Researcher was born in the West German town of Wiesbaden, then became the adopted son of an American military man and his native German wife. I grew up in the USA on the Gulf Coast; first in Florida, then in Mississippi. A nerd by nature, I still managed to have friends throughout the school social structure. I was captivated by Douglas Adams' writings when a close friend of mine introduced me to them in our teenage years. I graduated High School (a few months later than most--don't ask!) with a modicum of my gray matter exercised and no real direction set for my adult life and livelihood.
Joining the US Air Force seemed like a reasonable alternative to little or no pay. I enlisted and enjoyed a 20-year career working on Telephone Switching Systems and Computers, traveling to exotic corners of the Galaxy such as: Florida (motorcycling), Germany (Volksmarching), Texas (water skiing), Florida (dodging hurricanes), and Iceland (hand me a blanket!). Somewhere in there (during the TX years, I think), I stumbled across the BBC audio broadcasts, and (later, during the FL reprise) bought the HHGTTG compilation and fell in love with the story all over again.
|After I retired, I worked for Marconi Communications (the US appendage of the British company) until a round of lay-offs hit our department. It took almost a year before I got back into another career commensurate with my training, working at a nuclear power plant. (No, I don't glow in the dark, even after 20 years.) I’ve held several positions since then, ranging from Nuclear Utility Worker (glorified groundskeeper and janitor), to RadChem Helper (assisting the Technicians to mitigate the spread of radiological contamination), to training for six months to become an Assistant Equipment Operator (responsible for the daily running and oversight of power plant systems), to coming back to the Plant Helper department (building scaffolds, doing snow removal and groundskeeping, pickup and delivery of parts, and--once again--janitorial duties). I waited eight years for a career as an Instruments and Controls Technician, maintaining electronic and pneumatic control equipment critical to Plant operational safety functions, and trained for 2-1/2 years. At one point, I failed a ground-fault troubleshooting exercise and washed out of the program. So…back to Maintenance Support as a Plant Helper. Less stress, a variety of jobs, and I get to continue as a "Jack-of-all-Trades and Master of None." Perhaps this ~is~ my niche…|
Time/Space Continuum Wormhole Effect
The gangplank of the Heart of Gold starship stands open, beckoning you to embark. With its Infinite Improbablity Drive, what better way to track down Arthur Dent's and Tricia McMillan's slightly misplaced daughter. There may be many side-trips and odd stops along the way. And beware. "Here there be Tygers!" (with a cross-reference to Ray Bradbury, SF author)
Of all the places I’ve visited on H2G2, LIL'S ATELIER has always had the most consistently enlightening and entertaining conversations and interactions. If you’re looking for a laid-back place to hang out--with wonderful camaraderie, impeccable netiquette, and sumptuous virtual cuisine--then pull up a cushion in the Salon and join in the chat. You may even want to explore the other rooms and add to the character of the place [with Asteroid Lil’s approval] by installing furnishings to meet another lifestyle need. Be aware that Crater Labs, Inc., is just below the Atelier and some of the quirky adventures Afgncaap5 finds himself embroiled in have a tendency to insinuate themselves upstairs. It keeps things hopping.
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