.Plans were an early form of blogging for some college students, including myself. That was a long time ago. But .plans lasted longer than I thought.
In the days of old, Grinnell College had a Vax computer system. One of the standard commands available on this system was called ‘finger’. This command gave various information about a user, including showing the person’s .plan file. Each user had their own .plan file, which was originally meant for people at companies and elsewhere to post what their work plans were. The .plan file at Grinnell College (and many other places) gained a social aspect however. People started posting notes to their friends, writing stories, or writing whatever else they felt like writing. At Grinnell College, a small group of students called the ‘VAXGods’ wrote and maintained scripts to allow users to automatically keep track of which of their friends had updated their .plan files.
During the summer of 2000, the Vax at Grinnell College was phased out of operation.
Naturally, a few students were upset about being .planless, and created a web-based version. (see link above) Apparently alumni are welcome, but I browsed through the user listing and didn’t recognize anyone. Sigh.
Well, here is what my .plan for the weekend might have looked like yesterday:
Friday night I’m heading to the open mic at Hartford, and will then join everyone for the after-gathering at R’s. Saturday morning I am headed to Hermann where I will spend all day with some writer’s group friends, and will spend the night at a farm in the area. Sunday morning I will drive back, but will stop in Wentzville for RenFaire.
Sounds fun? I thought so.
Last night (Friday) upon exiting Hartford, I got in my car, and it wouldn’t start. I have AAA, but I also had a lot of friends there who are capable with cars, so they jumped it for me. I drove it around for about 20 minutes, and ended up at R’s to join everyone a bit late for the after-gathering. Upon turning off the ignition, I could hear it die. This time I called AAA. I had them jump-start the car rather than tow it. I knew it would just die again, most likely, but I drove it to a Dobbs service station within walking distance of my home. A few months ago they provided a friend who had a flat tire with great customer service prior to a day-trip and I had decided the next time i was in need of some car service I’d use them. I didn’t recall ever using Dobbs prior, but they were convenient for me, and now I knew they were good too.
I walked in my door at about 12:45 am. I walked back to Dobbs this morning. It’s a 30 minute walk. They opened at 7 I managed to get there by 7:45. They asked me for my license plate number. I told them. They plugged it into the computer, and came up with my name. I nodded. I had no recollection ever using Dobbs before. “Yes.” I said, hesitantly. “xxx-xxxx?” they asked, reciting my phone number. “Yes.” I said. “Olds Cutlass?” they asked. “No.” I laughed.
Does anybody reading this remember my Olds Cutlass? I think there might be one or two. As near as I can tell, my family doesn’t read this, so that limits the possibilities. It was a wonderful car. The first car I ever owned. Before that I drove a hand-me-down car from my father which I destroyed in an incident with a fire truck. I had a green light, and I swear I didn’t hear a siren. Anyway…The Olds Cutlass was a beaut. Several years old when I got it, it’s dashboard was completely electronic, and completely dead during the last year or so. “How fast was I going? I don’t know, officer.” How much gas did I have left? I filled up every couple days so it didn’t matter. It even passed inspection!
Anyway, that was 2 cars ago, and I gave the guy at Dobbs my current information. He said he’d call me after they’re done looking at it.
I stopped at St. Louis Bread Co for breakfast on my way home. Had a great spinach and artichoke souffle. 480 cal, 30g fat. 12 points on the WW scale, which is half a day’s worth. But with all the extra stressing and walking I’ve been doing this weekend, I earned it.
So…am I going to make it to Hermann sometime today? Wentzville tomorrow? Will I be bumming a ride with one of my friends to both/either? Stay tuned.
update it’s been an hour since I made the above post.Â Dobbs just called.Â My car should be ready within about 45 minutes.Â I estimate if everything flows smoothly from here, I should be in Hermann by 2 pm.Â Â Slightly shorter day than I planned, but could have been worse.Â And my 3 year old car will have a new battery.