I wonder if I should trade in Outlook Express for Thunderbird, too? I think I'll leave that decision for a while. Baby steps...Besides, I've got enough new stuff to play around with: I've just installed Adobe Photoshop and downloaded The GIMP, and I'm hoping to find some time this weekend to check out both these packages and see what they can be used for.
This morning, my PC Shield told me the free trial period had come to an end and if I wanted further protection against virusses, I'd better purchase the package right away. This got my dander up, and so I've ignored its invitation and downloaded and installed AVG instead. And boy, did that installation do a thorough job! I'm pleased to say that the previous package does seem to have done a good job: there were no virusses found on my computer anywhere! Almost makes me feel bad about replacing it...
Another thing that's making me feel slightly uncomfortable is the growing realisation that my flist has become steadily more unwieldy over the months. Perhaps I should create a friends of friends list, or quit a few communities, or unfriend some people who I hope won't care or notice, even...I'll definitely give the matter some thought (and then, knowing me, will probably end up not doing a damn thing about it)::sigh::
I'll end this post with a bit of memage -- I hate to do this to you, but this one has been sitting on my hard drive for long enough now, and I kinda like it:
Nicked from hils, who nicked it from superplin
What year was it?
When I left school or when I started? I left in 1982/83, and I started in 1974/75...I think.
What were your three favorite bands?
When I started secondary school, I was an avid Queen and David Bowie-fan, and I also liked The Rolling Stones. Then punk came along and all of a sudden there were countless local bands as well as internationally (in)famous ones. Of the latter, the usual suspects topped my list: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Iggy Pop. A little after punk came ska, and I liked The Specials most especially. Elvis Costello & UB40 were new, too. I discovered The Cure and J.J. Cale in 1978, and I also got heavily into Japan roundabout this time (or maybe a little later). By the end of my schooldays, I had more favourite bands and artists than I could count on my fingers and toes, and travelled everywhere to see them.
What was your favorite outfit?
From the morning I woke up with breasts, anything baggy and shapeless for my tops. Tight jeans and my father's shirts, of which I used to cut the collar off and hem it (crookedly) in red and green thread or yarn, and Allstars on my feet. I'd wear my sweaters inside out, and wear tuxedo jackets over them.
Although all through school, I mostly wore jeans or cords, I remember one outfit that I felt particularly happy to be girly in: it consisted of an ochre wide-sleeved top, a red and ochre patterned wraparound skirt, and high-heeled red canvas boots.
What was up with your hair?
Long, and shaggy; long and back-combed (Bananarama-style); long and permed; and finally, long, pulled back in a single plait -- a style later copied by Sade. I wore it like that all through uni, too.
Who were your best friends?
People with the silliest nicknames: Daisy Bell, Panique and Shprotzsch, e.g. I bumped into the latter again a couple of years ago. He now went by his real name, Jeroen.
What did you do after school?
Mostly, I'd hang with my mates, doing nothing in particular. Just go round their houses (with an alcoholic dad, I never wanted them to come round mine; although sometimes I couldn't avoid it and if he happened to be home, I'd die of shame) and play records, go to the beach and bum around, or go into town and drink buckets of tea and coffee. We also experimented with drugs a bit, pass the dutchie from the left hand side...we were such innocents then!
Where did you work?
I had a Saturday job at the perfume counter in the poshest department store in town. They made me wear a dress!
Did you take the bus?
In Holland? No, you take the bike to school!
Who did you have a crush on?
I don't think I had any real crushes of my own...for some reason, I was always crushed on, which I found hugely embarrassing.
Did you fight with your parents?
No more than usual. I've always sort of just got on with things.
Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?
See my earlier reply re: crushes. I just didn't have any.
Did you smoke cigarettes?
Yes. I quit smoking in 1987.
Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?
Lockers aren't all that common in Dutch schools. There weren't any in any of the schools I attended....so yes, we lugged our books with us. And backpacks hadn't been invented yet -- so it was a leather schoolbag for the first form and various more trendy bags throughout the rest of our schooldays.
Did you have a 'clique'?
I suppose...We just thought of ourselves as a group of friends, though.
Did you have "The Max" like Zach Kelly and Slater?
Apparently, this question references a diner in an American TV series. Of course, we didn't have a diner, but we did have a place nearby where they served sandwiches and drinks (everything from ordinary tea & coffee to spirits and 'slemp', an old-Dutch concoction of tea, wine, cinnamon, sugar and grated orange peel) and where I spent most of my schoolweek playing on the pinball machine -- yes, I was the original pinball wizard!
Admit it, were you popular?
Not at first, no. But fairly popular by the time I left, and dead popular at uni.
Who did you want to be just like?
No one. Though I did try to apply my makeup like Siouxsie once or twice.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A hugely successful artist (painter or sculptor). Failing that, a diplomat -- the idea of foreign postings appealed to me.
Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?
Married, with kids and a car.