Well, I've gotten a flood of mail about my previous column concerning my utterly incompetent lawn care. I'm gratified to report that I am not alone.
A sample: "If it weren't for neighbors, I wouldn't cut my grass at all." This is the observation of an honest man.
Another: "We bulldoze the land, already teeming with native life. We impose the landscape of Back East. Then we dump toxic chemicals onto the transposed, mismatched flora to kill all the things that grow here naturally. For God's sake, why?"
For many people, reading is a solitary activity. It's time exempt from the pressures of society.
On the other hand, over the past several years, I've noticed the remarkable growth of book clubs, particularly in Douglas County. What's behind that?
Last week, for the first time in some 20 years, I went to my place of work, and it was NOT a library. It was a very odd feeling. It all started back when we were doing the library's 2001 budget. It had become very obvious that our business operations, ably led by Karen Hudson, were too small. We now have an annual budget of some $10.2 million - more than two people crammed into one office were really able to stay on top of.
Last week, I talked about my analysis of my computer needs. I confess that I had an ulterior motive. Apple has just come out with a new operating system, called OS X (oh-ess-ten). I was trying to figure out if, or when, I should make the move.
I've made the platform move five times now. My first computer used the CP/M operating system. My next machine used MS-DOS. Then, at work, I used Windows, which I hated. Then I used a program called GeoWorks, with its own operating system. Finally, I jumped onto the Apple Macintosh.