Hello 2015

Michael Watson mikejw@cruzio.com
Sat, 02 Mar 2002 21:49:49 -0800

I met quite a few artists tonight who are getting by on very little income
and having a great time; one of them drove a cab. I loved your story! I live
for this kind of intesity seeing as how I have been hanging out with
junkies, drunks ,ex crack-whores, and the mentally "different" lately. I can
help a few but more of them help me.


At 05:43 PM 3/2/02 -0600, you wrote:
>Dude.  I drive a cab, and it's the most wonderful thing I've done since I 
>graduated.  I'm -not- a techie, in spirit; I'm a writer and teacher, and 
>this job is a great distancer for me.  I do some tech work in my spare 
>time, but I don't live it, and the driving job has given me lots of time 
>to think about what I really want to do and how I want to do it.  Driving 
>has always been a therapeutic thing for me, though.  Road trips are the 
>best anti-depressant.  And I dunno about the rest of the country, but cab 
>drivers in south MS and LA are making money hand over fist right now!
>Cab Story of the Night: 03/01/02
>This girl Karen sometimes calls me to take her to the store and such.  She 
>has liver cancer, and the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen.  We usually 
>talk about pain and how the doctors in this country are so phobic about 
>addiction that they forget that who they are treating might actually be in 
>enough pain to warrant that addiction.  We also talk about cats.  We love 
>cats.  Anyhow, last night, I get a call from her and she wants me to take 
>her "somewhere over there by the Grand Casino."  So, I'm driving her 
>around and she's looking for a house or a person, and I'm starting to feel 
>like this is a crack run.  (We cabbies have tons of crack runs and there 
>are several way to deal with them.  In most cases, I capitalize on them by 
>charging extra).  So I finally ask her what she's looking for, and those 
>wonderful huge brown eyes spill it all.  Crack.  Okay, so I take her to 
>the place I know of and she does the deal.  Normally, if someone I take on 
>a crack run isn't some hardened junkie, I might try to talk to her about 
>it a little.  I know I am not going to stop these junkies from doing this 
>shit, but still, I feel obligated.  But what do you say to someone who has 
>liver cancer?  "That stuff will kill you?"  No.  I just asked her if it 
>really helped, and she said it helped by just getting her out of her body.  
>for a while.  She bought $200.00 worth last night.  Her doctors give her a 
>prescription for 2 lortabs a day.  Sheeesh.
>Most of the time my Stories of the Night are funny, but many times they 
>are like this.  You get to know the regulars who ride cabs, and sometimes 
>their lives are so painful you can hardly stand it.  In any case, this is 
>much more "real" than any tech work I could do, and "real" is what I'm 
>On Sat, 2 Mar 2002, Michael Watson wrote:
>> I am at a similar turning point in my life and your post has heartened me. I
>> am thinking along the same lines as you. In fact, one of my thoughts has
>> been to drive a cab to pay bills while working on open source code. However,
>> I am really turned off by the rabid anti-microsoft sentiments among some of
>> the open-source programmers. That is all well and good, but it would be
>> extreme ingratitude for me to join the chorus since I am currently living
>> off Microsoft Works money. Many of the programmers at Microsoft are just as
>> passionate about their code as any open source programmer.
>> I recently got a massage and during the massage I shared my recent
>> near-death experience with the therapist. She in turn shared that she felt
>> she was inhabited by personalities from the past. I am trying to keep a much
>> more open mind so I didn't even think to question her reality. Her comment
>> that really struck home to me was "There are many of us who have important
>> things to say but we don't know how to get our message out on the internet".
>> That got me thinking of a direction to go in. Might be a good way to meet
>> women too. :-)
>> Michael
>> At 11:00 AM 3/2/02 -0500, you wrote:
>> >About five years ago I went through a similar period after a good friend
>> >died.  It was a turning point in my life.  I stopped working pure money
>> >jobs and started thinking of a life coding as being the same kind of life
>> >as an artist's.  If that had never happened I would never have achieved
>> >the profound satisfaction I've gotten from open source development,
>> >projects done at my own expense just for the love of it.
>> >
>> >I used the absurd hourly rates from 95-2000 mainly to finance hacking and
>> >music.  ...in a way it bugs me that I didn't use the time to stock up on
>> >cash, but I am overall very happy to have been able to put my career in
>> >service of my life.
>> >
>> >
>> >On Fri, 1 Mar 2002, Michael Watson wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi, this is my first post to this list. I am a technologist whose
focus has
>> >> recently shifted . I am looking for a place to discuss issues related
to my
>> >> new focus. I have spent the last 20 years writing 68K asm/C/C++ code;
I was
>> >> one of the original authors of Microsoft Works for the Mac. Having
>> >> established my street cred, as the hip-hop people would say, I would
like to
>> >> ask if this list is appropriate for what I want to talk about. First
let me
>> >> describe what shifted my focus,
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >http://xent.com/mailman/listinfo/fork
>> >
>> >
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