Computing Across America, chapter 41 by Steven K. Roberts Crested Butte, Colorado September 25, 1984 There’s never enough time to do all the things you don’t have to do. Anita Simon It’s startling to stumble depressed into a strange town, expecting nothing, knowing no one, and find there a home. Homes are usually things that…

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Computing Across America, chapter 40 by Steven K. Roberts Crested Butte, Colorado September 3, 1984 Crested Butte is so safe that we have to find ways to put our lives in peril in order to make them worth living. Fritz in Crested Butte Gunnison, Colorado. Through one of those successions of chance encounters that characterizes…

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Computing Across America, chapter 39 by Steven K. Roberts Lake City, ColoradoAugust 25, 1984 SlumgullionPass… sounds like something out of The Hobbit. Kacy Branstetter There’s nothing like pedaling a 200-pound bike over mountains to give one a profound new respect for gravity. I stood at the summit of 11,361-foot Slumgullion pass and looked out into…

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Computing Across America, chapter 38 by Steven K. Roberts Creede, Colorado August 18, 1984 I’ve always got a home in Colorado, no matter where I am or what changes I go through. If passing time leaves me troubled, wond’ring where to go, I know I’ve got a friend in Colorado. Nancy Johnson, Mellow Lady LP…

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Computing Across America, chapter 37 by Steven K. Roberts Santa Fe, New Mexico August 10, 1984 You came saying “show me who you are”; the tourists came saying “show us what you got.” Steve Northup, Time Magazine The shape of the northern horizon kept changing, the storms and mountains sparring with lightning punches as I…

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Computing Across America, chapter 36 by Steven K. Roberts Villanueva, New Mexico July 15, 1984 Wilderness. The word itself is music. Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire We did a little dance, the three of us, a sort of farewell boogie to Texas. I had just passed the 6,000-mile mark, and Jürgen and I were getting along…

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Computing Across America, chapter 35 by Steven K. Roberts Lubbock, Texas July 11, 1984 You’re crazy . . . It’s uphill all the damn way! Oh sure, you’ll go downhill sometimes, but even when you do, you’re gaining elevation. —Advice about West Texas from a fellow in East Texas She woke beside me and stretched,…

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Computing Across America, chapter 34 by Steven K. Roberts Austin, Texas June 27, 1984 *Austinfornia: where hippies and capitalism peacefully merge into oneness and bliss. Caron DuFrane Transitions are usually only recognized as such in retrospect, and I was due for one despite having just emerged from my action-packed New Orleans Sabbatical. A phase shift…

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Computing Across America, chapter 33 by Steven K. Roberts Lake Livingston, Texas May 23, 1984 Thanks for all the excitement! The owner of the Cafe Texan in Huntsville, after I ate lunch there Amazing what a book contract can do to you. In tiny Toomey, on the edge of Texas, I hung up the pay…

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Computing Across America, chapter 32 by Steven K. Roberts Lake Charles, Louisiana May 16, 1984 This chapter captures the moment I first met a Mac. I had seen the Dolphin and Dorado at Xerox PARC during an Artificial Intelligence conference in 1981… as well as the Star for business on display at NCC ’81… but…

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