things I’m missing
30 August, 2006
I’ve been using the handle “techne” online for over 10 years. I picked it in the days of Mosaic and gopher, to give you an idea; a few months later the big purple N came on the scene. (I had another handle for the first few months/year of my internet life, which I will not share with you while I am sober.) I learned “techne” from Plato’s Republic, and was attracted to the concept (there’s a link explaining it to the right, if you are interested). It’s been a handle, a login, an email address…but when I developed this online blogging and Flickring self, it became a name. This has been a bit odd to get used to, for some reason. For one, I never, ever capitalized it before. So I always get this “Who? Oh. Heh.” when I see references to “Techne,” not to mention “Dr. T.” Not that any of you should stop calling me this or stop capitalizing it or anything. I mostly just wonder, when did we stop thinking in terms of handles? How did I miss the change?
I have always held that every car needs to have in its trunk a blanket and a frisbee. This weekend was a perfect example of why: I own no beach-visiting items of any kind, and these did well in the pinch. But as I wistfully watched people flying kites in the strong ocean wind, I wondered why I had never added a kite to the list. What else? Should I move my little cooler to the trunk of my car, too?
I recently went to Hooters for the first time in my life. Reaganite was shocked. “You’ve never been to Hooters?!” “Nope,” I said. “Here I am, almost 30 years old, and I’ve never been to Hooters.” I was being a wee bit sarcastic. But it made me wonder what I could say that about non-sarcastically. So, readers, please finish this sentence, and give me a list of stuff to do in the next few weeks before my birthday strikes: “30 years old, and I’ve never…..” (As for WHY I went to Hooters this time, well…it was after seeing Snakes on a Plane. ’nuff said.)