Being 'old', as I was recently reminded, is a privilege not all of us get. I also love talking to much older people than me; I find their stories fascinating - I wonder if, at some point, my stories will be the source of fascination.
Some of the things I remember:
The launch of the ZX81. Sure home computers had been around but you didn't have to build this one yourself.
The invention of the digital watch.
Having a single telephone in the house and the sense of dread it could inspire if it rang after 9pm.
Pizza was an exotic foreign food.
Eating on the street was rude.
Pick 'n' Mix from Woolies.
Getting excited over buying a 28.8K modem - it was twice as fast!
Buying music and having to search shops for good new bands.
Shops were shut on Sundays and there were protests at seven day opening.
The first rap single.
My Dad failing at cooking chicken but eating it anyway and not dying!
My first kiss - not so good Holly.
My second kiss - OMG Dawn!
Discovering what life was all about.
Realising I didn't know shit.
Waking one day and being aware that paying bills was way more important than going for a fun night out. And going out anyway...
Car exhaust was smoky and blue.
Teachers could smack you.
The first CD.
The first .mp3
The death of the video tape.
Having to explain what LOL meant to people on AOL.
The 'Robot' and break dancing.
The list goes on and on. The youth of today do, of course, have a list of their own to look forward to. But that is mine (well... part of it at least). I feel lucky to have lived through it all, even if I didn't manage to do it undamaged. Bring on the 'big' birthday!
On the writing side of things...
My actual output has been quite low for two reasons.
Firstly, I have been editing and proof-reading for my cousin Rob Moran. This is where I would link to his site but he still hasn't got one sorted. Pull your finger out son!
Secondly, I have been putting a lot of work into the forum over at Static Movement. They are the publisher who gave me my first break (following the closure of Lame Goat Press) and it's my way of saying thanks. Depending on when you click this link, the work may be finished or still on-going but there is a hell of a lot going on across there. Give it a read!