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February 28, 2010
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There I was.  Doesn't some comedian start his routine that way, before launching into some inane story?  I heard it somewhere, on the radio one time perhaps, maybe someone told me about it.  I don't remember, and it's not exactly important in this case anyway.  What is important was WHERE I was, because, it has been quite a day.  To say the least.  Where I was, was a train as a matter of fact.  There are still a few places in this country where such a comparatively peaceful method of transportation is preferred.  For one thing, there was no way I was driving half way across the country in a car.  And flying, right out obviously.  Sarah recognizes the danger they pose, how just one can bring down even the mightiest Boeing can produce.  But they can't take down a passenger train, not without effort great enough for me to spot their machinations.  

She understands, I hope, and has put up with me wonderfully throughout this whole journey.  Almost a pilgrimage I'd say.  Before we even left California I made her take me someplace to go shopping.  Two times in a week, that's a pace I've never set before; especially for clothes.  But no way in hell was I going to go see Jeanie in the state I was in, no, neither fitting nor proper.  So I bought a dress.  Yes.  A dress.  So what if it rhymes, it doesn't make me feel any less ridiculous.  I haven't even worn a SKIRT since '83!  Well, I don't look to stupid I guess.  Sarah helped dress me up, though I did feel a bit like a paper doll, so no, I doubt I look stupid.  Uncomfortable, probably.

How to confront.... certain issues weighed heavily on my mind.  Still does as a matter of fact, even though I've been assured I shouldn't be worried.  Somehow I doubt they quite get it.  Most of those who reside at the farm, no, no, Sarah's been correcting me to no end.  It's an apple orchard.  Which to be honest sounds a lot better than a farm; I remember orchards for some reason.  Hm, something to ask Jeanie tomorrow, perhaps she knows.  Most of those who live at the orchard are, not exactly my kind of people.  To say the least.  By this time I suppose I, sympathize with them, being left behind by most of the populace as the world races ahead to the future, but, I can't quite bring myself to see them as equals.  That's my own problem though, if is indeed a problem, and I must at least learn to get along with them.  I respect some of them, highly even.  Amiga, well, she's certainly a good person for starting, and running this whole place.  Strong too to keep it up with all the different conflicting personalities and, other things.  Can't say as I'm the biggest authority on, um, Benjy Rajeet (maybe?) affairs.   

Watching the countryside roll by out of a good piece of heavyweight passenger equipment usually comforts me, but this time nothing could really help.  It was early morning; our ETA was about eight in the morning so naturally Sarah was asleep.  But not me, I was just sitting there starring at the dark forest thinking deep thoughts.  Not too deep though, when your mind wanders all over the world you can't think too seriously about anything for long.  Jeanie wasn't dead.  She'd been alone for decades before being found in some attic, Sarah hadn't been too specific no doubt to prevent my retaliation but who exactly would I retaliate against, and fortune alone had saved her.

And where was I this whole time? Moping, feeling sorry for myself, and writing my best friend off as a lost cause.  Times had changed.  She had other friends, better friends who cared for her more then I had.  They'd rescued her, given her a new home and been there for her.  More then I'd done.  So selfish of me, not to look beyond my own interests for long enough to even try to find her.  I'd even chickened out of saying goodbye to her in person.  Should she refuse to see me, I'd understand, I'd understand if she never wanted to speak to me again.  I'd never come back if that's what she wanted me to do, it was only fair.  That was still ahead though, and I tried to sleep.
Look at that, I finally got around to writing this arc! Hopefully I won't let you down. Actually, there really aren't a whole lot of author's notes to go here.... it's pretty straightforward for once though as always ask if you do have a question.

Though I do recommend reading *BellaCielo's UNIX fan fiction (specifically here [link]) or the OSC wiki ([link] and [link]) to get a better idea of what the Binteji Reinmei is.


Check out [link] or :icondeviantos-tans: for more way better OS-tan stuff.
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DarthAIlven Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Hehe, I'm happy that this is continued!
Sorry btw for not commenting it right away. :)
I must say, SAGE's apprehension would have been at least close to truth if the person mentioned was GENIAC-chan! So yes, she is worked up for no reason.
And SAGE-san actually HAS sympathy towards vintage-tans and looking forward to get along with them :)
Told you she is actually nice girl! she just hides it well :lol:
cptlfrghtr Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
S'alright, I'm equally sorry for taking so long to reply.

Well, GENIAC is very forgiving, I doubt SAGE really needs to fret this much. Of course, it is SAGE we're talking about...

Vaugely, I'd say there are some she'd be at least civil to (Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arthur) and a couple she genuinely likes (EXEC, GENIAC, DTSS).

She has her moments :)
BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Binteji Renmei: it's only accessible by 56k modem, er... narrow gauge rail. Fufufu, SAGE thinks Apple /// is afraid of flying because of birdstrikes when she OBVIOUSLY doesn't want to get on a plane because a few have crashed on her Island. XD

D'awww, ///-tan took SAGE-tan shopping and got her all dolled up! They've the most adowable friendship in all of OS-tandom. :aww:

Was SAGE an apple picker at some point?! :V Not her kind of people, that's rich. And everybody hearts Miggy for some reason, even she and Unix-sama are good friends.

I've never really thought about how tragic GENIAC-chan's whole backstory was until now. Being abandoned and all, yeah, that is pretty rough. SAGE's apprehension is understandable, but she seems to be forgetting (wait that didn't sound right) how sweet dear little GENIAC is. :3
cptlfrghtr Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
See, there was actually a reason for me to put off writing this. Now I know just enough about the BR setting to screw up the details :la: Hey that second one got back in the air! Eventually....

I'm not sure about that, but what would SAGE do without ///-tan?

No, but she may or may not have spent time in the orchards of Western Mass at one point. Wut? I don't know what it is, but that seems to be the case. She's the one person I can't think of that anyone hates.

SAGE may just be letting her imagination run wild, since I don't really think GENIAC herself can totally comprehend what happened. Oh totally, she's working herself into a stew for no reason. Besides the raging self confidence issues ^^;
BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, all of our OS-tan artwork is based on a process of symbiosis and we all work of the inspiration of one another... I don't think there's such a thing as screwing up the details, since those details are neither written in stone nor universally agreed upon. ;P

Dunno, but she wouldn't be able to dress up nicely, that's for sure. :V

Orchards of Western Mass? You mean SAGE went Westa Wistah and lived to tell the tale?! :ohnoes: Like the Pillars of Hercules in Antiquity, in Bostonian culture Wistah (Wusstah, in their dialect) stands as the boundary of civilization and the known world. Of course, this is compounded by the fact that the Eastern and Western Massachusettsans are culturally disparate rivals. Miggy's a'ight but I'm afraid I'm not particularly fond of the Amiga computer (it could be the only OS/computers I've never wanted to work with/wish I had been around to see).

Yeah, I don't think GENIAC really knew what happened either. Poor SAGE, didn't she ever hear that too much stress can wreak havoc with a person's memory? Self confidence issues ftw. >O<;
cptlfrghtr Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
I know, I know but I'm feel sorta like the RCA TSOS of OSC, there's such a good system assembled before me that I want to be interoperable with it.... if that made anysense, I win.

Fa sure.

Oh my yes, they still whisper tales of the strange woman from back east who spread tales of fire and brimstone amongst the unclean! So like how Northern VA views the rest of the state? Meh, other then the IBM PC, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, and TRS-80 there really aren't any 80's computers I'm interested in. Amiga-tan just looks sweet.

Wreak havoc with what? Self confidence hooray:la:
BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations, that made perfect sense! :dummy: Actually, I felt the exact same way when I first discovered OS-tans and OSC... it seemed like everyone had already thought of EVERYTHING and that I'd never be able to find a place for my own creations but I wanted to.

Bwahaha. Something like that... I'm a bit fuzzy on my knowledge of Virginia regionalisms, but I do know that Northern VA is the metropolitan centre of the state and the wealthiest region I'm not entirely fond of micros either, but I'm partial to the Apples/Macs of the time, C64 and ZX Spectrum. Unnervingly so!

Memo-- oh, I see what you did there. Self confidence is greatly overrated (and this is coming from a neurotic). xD
cptlfrghtr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
And here we are today *backlight cuts on for dramatic illumination* Bringing you the customer the best service possible.

Well, not really metropolitan, Richmond-Hampton Roads-Norfolk still holds that title. It's all suburbs up there, then the Northern Neck. Basically the further east and south you go the more resentment builds. Perhaps she has some sort of dark plan....

;) When I find some, I'll let you know my opinion. Much rather'd have cake.
BellaCielo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, I see. Is the culture of the Northern Neck more akin to that of Maryland and Delaware, while the Southeast is a little more... Southern?

Amiga-tan plans to shower the world with love and happiness, bwhahaha~

Not unless I find some first! Cake I have in spades thought, I'm eating some now! :iconisaydanceplz:
cptlfrghtr Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Sorta, it's definitely bay country. Not so much Deleware though. Southwest is, I botched my directions somehow ^^; Down their in the Roanoke-Danville-Plateau area is where a lot of mining and tobacco farming is done.

You're on! So do I, and pudding chocolate dessert stuff!
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