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
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
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,
East Coast Swing.
We are attempting to learn the Rhumba.
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
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. :-)
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.
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.