Stef (firecat) wrote,
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A true story and an invitation

Someone on my friends list made a friends-locked post asking folks to tell something true and outlandish and unguessable about themselves.

I found myself posting this. Probably because I have lots to do and so I am power-procrastinating. I figured I would repost it here.

I accidentally saw the "1984" commercial for the Macintosh the one and only time it was officially aired, during Superbowl 1984.

I saw it on a 12" black and white TV that my grandmother gave me in the 1960s. In the flat I was living at the time, the TV got channel 7 on every channel.

It's amazing that I saw the ad, because I almost never turned the TV on. Once I received one of those "TV diary" survey things in the mail, where you are supposed to record everything you watch for a week and return it. A week later I drew a line through every day in the diary (meaning I hadn't watched TV for the entire week) and returned it.

A few years later, I moved to Montreal for the summer and brought the TV with me. The customs folks at the border freaked out and thought I was either moving to Montreal permanently or bringing a bunch of stuff to sell. They interviewed me for an hour. I finally convinced them I was only there for the summer, and they let me go, giving me a small slip of paper that said "Welcome to Canada. Please take all your belongings with you when you leave."

I left the TV behind.

So tell me something true and outlandish and unguessable about yourself.
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