Letters, We Get Mail, CDXXX
by Orange

BLOG NOTE: 2018.10.20:

Here we are again. How time flies when you are goofing off. Now it's another "anniversary", and I have 18 years clean and sober and without cigarettes too. How sweet it is. And I can still ride a bicycle without getting all out of breath.

I'm happy to say that at this point, staying sober is not the end-all and be-all of my life. In fact, I often just forget about it because I'm more interested in something else. Lately, it's been DOS. No joke. You know, old DOS like we used to run on our computers 20 years ago. That DOS. I found some old floppies in a box, and discovered that I had bootable MS-DOS 6.22 and also FreeDOS, and I became curious.

I discovered that some guys were maintaining the FreeDOS project, so I downloaded a CD distribution of it, and have been playing with it. It's a real trip down memory lane.

What is outrageous is that I can put the whole FreeDOS system on a little thumb drive, and boot it and run it as if it were a real hard drive. I have a handful of 2GB thumb drives that I got at Goodwill for 99 cents each, and just one of them makes for a huge disk drive for DOS. The largest disk drive that I ever had for DOS was 600 Megabytes, and now just a tiny thumb drive is three times that size. How times have changed.

BLOG NOTE: 2018.11.13:

And now it's 18 years off of cigarettes and tobacco. How sweet it is.

I don't recall having craved a cigarette even once in the last year.

What I recall is moments, especially when riding a bicycle, when I was grateful for the ability to breathe freely and effectively.

BLOG NOTE: 2018.11.18:

The BBC informs me that today is the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown mass suicide/mass murder end of Rev. Jim Jones' cult:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46241372 == BBC article, "Jonestown: Rebuilding my life after surviving the massacre" by a survivor of Jonestown.

January 04, 2016, Monday, :

Canada Goose goslings

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[The story of the birds continues here.]

BLOG NOTE: 2019.03.09:

Okay, now the big one.

Returning to the Air:
The Orange Papers

The Orange Papers is going back online now. I am in the process of uploading and installing everything.

What happened was, my host died. That is, both the man Jeffrey Iddings, who generously hosted the Orange Papers for a few years, and his computer company, both died. When the guy went, so did his computer company. And it happened at the worst possible time for both of us, just as I was moving to another county and temporarily homeless, and without Internet access. Then, when I got a home, it turned out that the only internet access available in that small town was a dishonest cable TV company that tried to cheat me, and I didn't want to deal with them.

But I finally worked my way through the problems, and have a new hosting company in Portland, OR, and am uploading the files now.

And ironically, I am in the middle of another move now, out of McMinnville OR and into the hills above Newberg OR. It looks like it will be fun. Fortunately, I found a way to take the Internet with me: a Netgear "Nighthawk MR1100", which connects to the AT&T wireless network. So whereever there is a cell tower nearby, I can get Internet.

So anyway, the files are uploading now. Alas, this arrangement is far from ideal. The FTP transfers abort after every 10 to 30 megabytes and I have to resume the upload. I have about 2 1/2 Gigabytes to upload to restore the site.

Have a good day.

== Orange (Terrance Hodgins)

Additional note: The static web pages are now up and online. The forum system is not working yet, because I still have to get the program called "drupal" installed and configured correctly, and the MySQL database that it uses restored. Soon.

Also, don't worry about the missing photographs in the last few files of letters. I'm still working on that, and will insert them when I get my hands on them.

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