Member Rara Avis
Visiting Earth on a Guest Pass
Back in the mists of time, two things happened in a way that feels almost simultaneous but wasn't....
First, an internet capable computer came into my home, via a son's graduation gift.....a Pentium 100 speed merchant, with a monster 1-gig hard drive....how would he ever fill such a huge drive???
Also first, there was a guy named Pat, a poet who saw poet in me even though I hadn't written in two decades, and asked to see my as-yet-nonexistent stuff.....
Talking to Pat shortly after the computer thing, I mentioned that I was going to sign up for an email service in case I ever wanted to send a message to someone from the computer -- all free, amazing what they do these days.....
In the same conversation he'd kidded me about my name....Ratledge had become "Rat Liege, the lord and leader of all rats......"
That night when I came to that dreaded blank on the application screen, there was only one thing I could be....Ratleader!
Most folks who try, assume it's a reference to the Pied Piper, which I don't mind at all....but it was my Pied Pat who did it.
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