I started in 1968 when computers went ca-chug ca-chug ca-chug (IBM 1401) and I went zooooooooooooooom. When I retired in 2004 I went ca-chug ca-chug and the computers were going zooooooooom. On my last job I wrote systems for the Pasco County Criminal Justice in COBOL. I'm proud to say that those systems run 24/7 with very few problems. I always looked at our job as programmers as being authors. Our names are on them and will stay for a long time. One system I wrote had 240,000 lines of code. I think that was the one that burned me out and made me go ca-chug ca-chug. I don't miss it a bit though the money was pretty good.
Journalling and improving recall are sometimes all that is necessary. Talking about it to keep your mind on it helps a lot too, I find. (I've got that part down, sometimes I'm accused of talking about nothing else!) But I do have other interests too! It's just with dreaming, you can have so much (free) fun. :)
Yea, I'm kind of obsessed with the dreaming--I found out about it almost three years ago, and been working on it every since. Stop by the site if you feel like it--it's pretty small, mostly just a few of us who keep dream journals there, but we try to have some work-shop type activities and experiments going on. Actually, that place is partly why I was looking somewhere else to hang out some--my dreamer friends are cool, but they tends towards being more or less supernatural-oriented, and I get into it with them occasionally. That's not why I want to be there, so I need to just leave it alone sometimes. But definitely stop by MM if you get bored with real life and want a little escapism! ;)
Thanks for the welcome. I spent 7 years at the U. of Chicago and traveled to Champaign-Urbana from time to time, so I've seen a little of Central Illinois. Worst memory: stopped on a hot summer day on a Greyhound bus in downtown Kankakee with a large guy next to me asleep and leaning on my shoulder, no air conditioning, and a view of Christmas lights still hanging over the main street.
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