Introducing Also Ran 1

Now that I've reached 80, I've decided to change my name. I'm using the name AlsoRan80 now and you can find me by clicking here. I'll leave the old Also Ran 1 page here as a record.

I spent a happy first week learning the ropes, and sharing some of my thoughts with you - and getting super super replied. And then, wham! bam! I clicked the last icon on the toolbar and gone forever (so I thought) were my new friends, and latest outside intellectual stimulation. Thank goodness I have managed to return, although with a different research number (still the same me!!) and I am debating whether I can call myself Also Ran1 as my new nickname? Hope so. As you can gather, I am a rather befuddled septugenarian, trying to keep up with the techonological revolution, and having some problems!!. But (as an excuse I fear) I wonder how many of you have worked on the old-fashioned computers where one had to insert cards (no chips available then) and how many of you saw the first autogyro (old name for helicopter) flying at Le Touquet in 1933? Well I did, and still marvel at the strange craft that rose vertically into the air.

I have many interests, work hard although confined to a wheelchair, and have lots of friends. I am inclined to get quite obsessive about overcoming difficulties and had a dreadful time trying to restablish connections with h2g2. I fear that if it happens again I shall have to call it a day because at my stage of life I simply do not have the time to spend trying to get something which should be relatively uncomplicated, right. In fact time at my stage of life is the most precious commodity I have and I still have so much to do.

I was a mature student in the seventies and managed to graduate with a Masters degree in the Sociology of Law. I loved research and spent hours in the various libraries of the universities and town I was living in, trying, as a phenomenologist, to offer some ray of hope to what seemed to be an insoluble social problem. My other interests are music, gardening, and watching skiing and political debats on TV. I do hope that I shall be able to restablish contact with the Dancer, the Paper Lady and Mr. Lurcher who were very kind and helpful to me last week. Well, I hope that I manage to do it this time. A bientot.

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