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November 26th, 2008

8 random things about me

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1. I've lived in the same house for almost 20 years, and still owe almost as much on it as it's worth.

2. I've been writing fiction for over 35 years -- and have never had a single word published, partially due to several despairing bouts in which I gave up on sending my stuff out.

3. My girlfriends is less than half my age (but a little bit smarter).

4. I love show tunes, and yet am heterosexual.

5. I have a poorly maintained collection of toy fire trucks, mostly HO scale ("Matchbox" size.)

7. I've written some version of myself into most of my fiction, although I'm often unrecognizable by the time I finish creating the character.

8. I'm a Christian who stopped going to church largely because there were always a few intolerant and hypocritical people who were making the rest of us look bad -- and who often thought they were in charge.

I'm tagging nobody, 'cause I don't do that -- but everyone's welcome to join in.

Writer's Block: 9/11

What were you doing on September 11th, 2001? How do the events of that day hold meaning for you now?


My girlfriend at the time was a 911 call taker for the New York Fire Department. Not knowing exactly where she was based, I spent most of the day trying to get in touch with her cell phone -- but her cell phone tower was on top of one of the Towers.

I remember turning on the TV not long after I got home, just for background noise as I got ready for bed. An announcer was saying that one of the towers was burning and another had just been hit by a plane, and I remember thinking what a horrible coincidence that was -- some TV news plane must have been circling around the fire when it hit the other Tower.

My fire department got placed on standby, as did every other department in the country, so I spent most of the day at the station, staring at the TV.

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