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Five Things

Posted by gsporar on January 7, 2007 at 7:38 PM PST

I had thought by the time it got to me, this whole five things tagging
would have already gone from wired to tired to expired. Perhaps
it has. In any event, Roumen
tagged me so here I am.

  1. The first computer program I ever wrote was in
    RPG. Needless to
    say, this was many years ago. I was taking a vocational data
    processing course in high school. We were taught on an ancient
    UNIVAC system.
    It was a two-year course and we eventually learned
    and COBOL as well.
    They even got us a TRS-80 so that we could
    learn BASIC.

  2. My wife Kelley and I are taking ballroom dance lessons. I doubt
    we will ever look like the folks on
    Dancing With The Stars, but
    it is fun. We sort of know the Foxtrot,
    Waltz, and
    East Coast Swing.
    We are attempting to learn the Rhumba.

  3. The last 'r' in my last name is silent. So it's pronounced
    spore-uh. I have researched
    the church records in my great-grandfather's Croatian home town - the spelling of the name
    was inconsistent back in those days. In some entries it is
    recorded as S-p-o-r-a-r, other
    times S-p-o-r-e-r.

    I could not find any information on the
    'ar' version, but
    according to A Dictionary of Surnames the 'er'
    spelling originated in Germany as a variant of Spohrer. It
    is "an occupational name for a maker of spurs," derived from the
    old German word for spur, which was spor. So apparently, centuries
    ago I had an ancestor who made spurs. Given that a spur is
    an irritant used in an attempt to bring about action, some who
    know me no doubt consider that fitting. :-)

  4. One night each week I volunteer at a local
    public library. I have
    been doing this since 1993. I mostly just do clerical stuff to help
    out the over-worked staff.

  5. Kelley and I climbed a mountain. Well, there were no ice
    axes or ropes involved, so I guess it would be more accurate
    to say we hiked to the summit of a mountain,
    Pikes Peak. The
    head is at 6,600 feet (2,012 meters) and after walking uphill for
    12.6 miles (20.3 kilometers) we made it to the summit at
    14,110 feet (4,301 meters) above sea level. That's an average grade
    of about 11%, which even with all the training we did,
    was no easy feat for a couple of middle-aged
    flatlanders like us.

And now for the next round: I would like to learn five things about
Tom, David, Fabiano, Charlie, and Patrick.