Pia's Worlds - sometimes I wonder why one world is not enough? It never has been enough for me to just be involved with one thing; I get curious about something and want to explore it and learn the why or the how.
So this is a place where I can explore my curiosities, my passions, my interests, and share a little. My family is first in my life and my children are my life. We are close whether we are physically close or far apart and I still feel I want to scratch someone's eyes out when a child of mine is hurt ...
Books! Books have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Trekking to the library when I was 7, 8, 9, 10 and ever since, carrying home as many books as they would let me borrow. Children were only allowed to borrow 3 books, but could borrow as many plays as they wanted I found, so I would get my 3 books and then as many books with plays in them as I could carry. Reading was my escape and the characters of many books became more real to me than the members of my own family.
These days I work with rare books and fine art in an old adobe building which is a national landmark. I began my rare books career in San Francisco in the early 70s at John Howell-Books and am eternally grateful to the employment agency that sent me there "because I was as odd in my skills as the request for an employee who spoke languages and knew literature and liked people ..."
One day in the early 80s I walked into a computer store and asked the salesman to help me. He pointed me to a computer and said "play with that" and walked away. I was so turned off by his chauvinistic attitude, as I saw it, that I thought to myself "when I break this it will serve you right!". To my surprise I did not break anything and I actually figured out how to write a couple of paragraphs and I also doodled ... I bought my first Mac and have never looked back.
I love the elegance of code, especially when I understand it :)! "Fiddling" with originally Tango, then Lasso, now php, Joomla, FileMaker Pro and various other software is exciting, and can be so frustrating, but, oh so rewarding, when I make it work! To have one little blank space defy me or having a single quote instead of a double sneaking in ... Like this website which is a Joomla effort on my part and is a learning experience. Probably will always be a work in progress ...
Bono the Lion King
Bono is the most curious cat we have ever had; he is truly inquisitive and intelligent. What other cat do you know that can open an 11 foot tall door on his own? He looks like a little lion to me, all honey coloured and hazel eyes with the dark pupil. Rolls over and wants to be petted one second and lies in waiting to attack Oscar the next.
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