Open Thread - Thurs 20 Jan 2022 - Hello!
I am very humbled and honored to be taking on the Open Thread for Thursday slot from Dawn's Meta. I am quite sad that her current circumstances and travails forced this to happen, as I loved her Homesteading in France posts. They inspired me to start thinking about moving overseas myself!
And so, I, will attempt to fill her shoes, as much as I am able.
First: Who the heck am I? Well, I'm Sima, a long time lurker. I've been a member here since mid March 2016. I read almost every post, and am here almost every day. But I lurk, or I should say, lurked. Everyone here is so smart and on top of things, that I seldom felt I had anything of value to add.
Recently I've had some changes in my life that have freed up time, so I volunteered to do a thread if needed. JtC took me up on that offer, and here I am!
Briefly, I grew up in what became Silicon Valley, CA, left there when I was 23 or so. I finished college (degree in Sub-Atomic Physics and General Engineering, which totally didn't suit me!) before I left. I lived in Philadephia and its environs while going to Grad School for 5 or so years. I lived in northern England for several years, while studying the archaeology of the Roman army and getting a degree from Newcastle University. Living there turned me into, what would be called in the USA, a dirty socialist. I'm proud of that! After coming back from the UK I moved to the PacNW (other side of Puget Sound from Seattle) and started a micro farm. My husband and I ran an organic CSA from the farm for 15-20 years up until about 5 years ago. During that time I finally got my PhD from Penn (Anthropology - Archaeology - specialty is the Roman army). I dabble in history, was in the SCA for a long time, and still do archaeology, although it's all computer oriented for me now. The dirt digging I do is on the farm and in the garden.
I love computers and contributed a very small amount to starting RedHat, now Fedora, Linux and the Gnome desktop. I still write webpages now and then. I adore research, on anything. Everything is interesting if you dive deep enough!
So, thanks for reading and here's the open thread! Dive in!