[Coco] Status of the CoCo Lounge
glenvdb at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 2 23:06:28 EDT 2007
LOL, how true, in a "perfect" world, I would have a small house (800 square
foot) on a big farm with a huge "30,000 square foot Shop" for all my coco
From: coco-bounces at maltedmedia.com [mailto:coco-bounces at maltedmedia.com] On
Behalf Of Roger Taylor
Sent: October 2, 2007 6:48 PM
To: CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts
Subject: Re: [Coco] Status of the CoCo Lounge
At 04:26 PM 10/2/2007, you wrote:
>Well Mark, it has been like living in a warehouse, literally. Boxes and
>Coco parts strewed everywhere and in my closet , boxes piled to the
>roof. I could not even have people come over for the last year, as
>there was no place even to sit, as my living room was just covered in
>boxes. I had only the couch and this computer to sit at and a path cleared
so I could watch the TV.
>Its probably for the best that I was single at this time.
Ah ha! The reason throws itself at us. :) I'm actually laughing, not at
you ofcourse, but at how this happens to all computer buffs. I was married
from 1997 to 2001 and I watched my CoCo cluttered bachelor apartment dwindle
into "my corner of the bedroom". One of the bedrooms was my office but it
soon became my daughter's room, and over time the wife just didn't approve
of my lab slash apartment, even if that part was behind closed doors in two
rooms. when I was single I used to keep those doors closed when I had a lot
of company over, but sometimes somebody would accidentally
end up in my CoCo zone and I'd hear things like "Whoa!!". Ofcourse,
that could have been the large poster I had on the wall of a bikini-clad
beach babe. :) Next to it was a huge map of the U.S.
where I thumbtacked the locations of my Projector-3 customers, but I doubt
that the map had the same effect on the eyes.
Those were the days. Actually, now I'm single again, but a full time dad,
so I can't have the posters, but the room I'm in now (the CoCo3.com room) :)
has become a semi-lab just from be walking in and out of the room. I walk
in, I bring more stuff, I can't find a place for it, it goes on the floor or
I shift stuff around to the point where I start making temporary tables out
of boxes, filing cabines, work benches, etc. When does it end. One day
maybe I'll build me what I started just before my divorce, a backyard lab...
a portable 16x20 shop with a wrap-around worktable big enough to hold
anything. I had everything but the siding on it, and ended up selling it to
the landlord for peanuts since I couldn't bring it with
me. Darnit. Anyway, I've organized this room more over the past
few weeks and have set up my work bench for building CoCo gadgets and
projects, repairing CoCos, etc. This will also be my PCB etching table
soon, I'm sure.
Back to the married thing... I can picture your wife or girlfriend walking
in for the first time, and tripping over the cord from a floppy drive case
and then having to walk through a maze of CoCo's set out for decoration. :)
Then she says, "if I'm moving in here...
this has got to go!". Priceless.
What they don't know is that people always go back to what they're familiar
with, so over time I'd expect you to (for the love of the CoCo world), just
start periodically placing decorations about the place, like 1 every month,
starting with a CoCo service manual mounted in a picture frame, then onto
things like sitting a CoCo smack on top of the entertainment center so
you'll know everything's...... "OK" from time to time. ;)
You know you can't leave us, Glen. You can clean up the place, but once a
CoCoNut, always a CoCoNut.
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