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Surfin' With Chuck and Terry

March 14, 1997

Welcome back to another issue of "Cruisin' With StarText." Terry and I are glad you stopped by. We've got a lot to talk about today and sites to show you on the Web that we hope you'll find interesting. We've got just a bit of news first. For those of you that aren't interested, you can skip this section and get right to the "Netbits" section by clicking on the "NEXT" button that is located at the top or bottom of the page.

Terry and I are both still job hunting. We have decided that we could get used to our current lifestyle very easily. Getting up late, going to movies in the middle of the day, and staying up late. Just basically doing whatever we want to do. We went out shopping yesterday for some items that Terry needs for her new interest, matting and framing. Last year when the State Fair was here, we brought a really neat matting system that we never have used until now. Terry does a lot of needlework and the framing is so expensive. We figured we would be able to save a bunch of money if we did it ourselves. The matting part is quite easy and a bunch of fun. I'm sure when everyone in the family finds out, they'll keep her busy! Too bad I'm not doing as much photography as I used to.

On Sunday, March 2, Terry and I ventured down to the West End for the live presentation of Net Talk Live. It is the first show to be a triple cast, radio, the Net and TV. It is on Sundays from 10:00 pm to midnight. They were having drawings for a bunch of hardware and software. Some pretty neat stuff. Everyone attending also got a CD packed full of all sorts of goodies. I've been wanting to try out Microsoft's Front Page, their web creation program. I've been getting calls for jobs and many have required Front Page experience. On the CD was a registered version of the program, so I figured it was worth it going down to see what was happening. Terry and I thought our chances might be pretty good since it was sort of chilly that day and the event was happening late on a Sunday night. We figured a few hundred would show up since Monday was a work day. Since we weren't working, we didn't have anything to worry about. Boy were we wrong! The Net Talk Live crew handed out over 50,000 tickets and the police estimated that there were around 40,000 plus people in attendance. WOW! We stood in the same place for over 3 hours. We did get the CD and even though we didn't win anything, it was kind of neat.

Please don't forget about the Star SIG meeting coming up at Infomart on March 22. The meeting starts at 9:00 with a bunch of us getting together for coffee around 8:00 downstairs. You never know what to expect from Jim and myself but we always have a good time. This will also be a very special day; I'll be talking more about that later in the column. Also we'll have some exciting news to tell you about concerning the SIG in the next issue of Cruisin'. Sorry but you'll have to come to the meeting or wait for our next issue to find out what going on.

Terry and I've both been interviewing and sending out lots of resumes. In fact Terry had a second interview with the "American Heart Association" over in Dallas. It would be a really neat job, but the drive is long. Oh well nothing is perfect in this world. I had a good interview with an organization that represents the promotional product manufacturers. It would really be a great job. Basically I would encourage their members to sign up for an electronic trade show that the association has on their web site. It is a very stable and well established organization. We'll have to see if I get called in for a 2nd interview. The first of next week, Terry and I both have interviews set up for Monday. Terry has one at an investment firm and I have one at Infomart in Dallas. We'll keep you posted on our progress.

Terry and I are really looking forward to this weekend. There is a special treat in store for us. If you've followed this column over the years you know that Terry and I collect "Pocket Dragons". These are wonderful little creatures that have been created by Real Musgrave. They are wonderful little figurines that are based on the antics of his pets. If you don't have any idea what the heck I'm talking about, visit, The Wishing Well site. They are our main dealer and really neat people. So let's get back to the treat. Last year we formed a local collectors club. We get together every 3 or 4 months to talk and see what is going on with everyone. This Sunday, we have been invited out to Real and Muff's home in Flower Mound. Their home is called "Brae Edenhall" and we've been told that it is a sight to behold. We can't believe that we are actually going to see where these wonderful little creatures come to life. We'll have all of the details of the visit in the next edition of Cruisin'.

For this issue Terry and I've assembled some very interesting and useful sites for you to visit. Some of them are even educational. We're going to start out with our usual "Netbits" followed by reliving some fond memories of an old friend. From there I'll talk about an organization that I've recently become a member of, the "HTML Writers Guild." Finally, Terry and will point you to a really neat site that you've probably heard about in the news lately, "You Can Soar." An historic event is about to take place and we've all been invited along for the ride. In coming crusback/1997 we're going to start a discussion on search engines, what they are and how to use them effectively. We've also had some requests from readers to talk about IRC (Internet Relay Chat). You can look for those topics in the near future. To move on to the "Netbits" section, click on the "NEXT" tag below. We'll see you there!

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