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I have a favorite fork. It's a one-of-a-kind sort of fork of the type you
end up with going to garage sales and such. I also have a favorite spoon,
also unique.

I like the pattern of the handle on the fork. I also like the very long
prongs on the rather narrow head.

I like the spoon because it is wide like a tablespoon, but smaller like
a teaspoon. Which makes it great for both stirring and eating things like
soup.

I have matched silverware, but when I reach into that drawer the first
thing I look for is the special fork. I think my BFF Julie is kind of the
opposite way about things like that. If she had a bunch of mixed type
forks in her drawer, she's the type of person that would enjoy closing her
eyes and reaching down in and surprising herself with what type of fork
came out.

Julie told me not too long ago that there were two things that she thought
kind of odd about me when she first started going with me. The first was
that I would lock my front door when I went down the one flight of steps
to the mailbox to get my mail. The other thing that she thought odd was a
piece of "really cool" (my words) software that I insisted on showing her
called The Practical Antenna Handbook. The software on the CD-ROM
allowed you to choose from a wide variety of antenna types and tweek them
according to what frequency you desired to use. Then the software would
automatically compute the lengths of the antenna sections for that frequency.

Now in my defence, having lived on my own in an apartment since I was
in my late teens, I had to be sure to lock my door when I left the
apartment. Bad things can happen in the Big City if you don't lock your
door when you leave. For example, you can return to find all of your
stuff gone. So for me locking the door became automatic. It wasn't
something I thought about after a good number of years, I just did it.
That's the reason I would lock my door when I went the ten feet to get
the mail — I just didn't even think about it, I did it unconsciously.

As for the antenna software, I was in the second semester of my return to
college at that point and during that time, before I came to my senses,
I was pre-engineering. So I had picked up the antenna software because I
really did think it was cool. But perhaps it wasn't all that interesting
to everyone, I will admit that.

Okay, maybe I am a bit weird. Or a large part Virgo. But I liked my antenna
software. And I like my fork and spoon too, and I'm sticking with them.

Next month, maybe I'll write a dozen paragraphs or so about my favorite
necktie. Because that's a topic that really does need to be gone into at
length, what with all the terrible neckties out there these days.


from The Practical Antenna Handbook.