austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

No one will be watching us

Inspired by james_nicoll I offer ten common things I've never done:

  1. Had a pet cat or dog.
  2. Seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies.
  3. Gotten drunk.
  4. Watched any of the OJ Simpson car chase/standoff as it happened, nor since in more-than-ten-second clips in news reports.
  5. Owned a Windows-based computer.
  6. Read a Stephen King, Tom Clancy, James Michener, or Harry Potter novel.
  7. Flown through Atlanta, Georgia.
  8. Ridden a horse.
  9. Owned a cell phone.
  10. Seen a whole episode of The Brady Bunch.

That was surprisingly easy, and I've got leftover items like having never bought wine, nor a CD player (I got players with other purchases, like of a computer or a cable subscription), or never seeing a Quiznos commercial. I've also missed things common in a select community, like never re-aligning a Commodore 1541 disk drive, nor buying an X-Men comic book. Just lucky I guess.

Trivia: The 1857 Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable was five-eighths of an inch in diameter, and had 340,500 miles of copper and iron wire, and 300 tons of gutta-percha. Source: A Thread Across The Ocean, John Steele Gordon.

Currently Reading: History of the Second World War, Basil H Liddell-Hart.


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