Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Memory Day: Twenty Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago today, as a thirteen-year-old about to enter the 10th grade, I wrote my first ever journal entry. I would go on to maintain this journal at varying levels of diligence through 2005, but there is a charming naivete in this first year's entries.

*RECORD OF THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES. BRIAN URI *

September 4, 1993 6:10 pm Saturday

This is Brian Uri. I'm writing this file less to keep a record and more because I'm bored. In any case, I will probably forget about this file in a couple of weeks and not write anything else in it. By the way, the reason this file is disguised as a graphics data file is this: if my nosy sister, Ellen, looks through this junk, or my dad is sorting the hard drive and I put any personal info into this file (which I probably won't), they will be less likely to examine this file closely.

I screwed around with the date in the computer so these files look like they haven't been messed with since 1992. If anyone else is reading this, they are either nosy, experienced with DOS Edit, or fifty years have passed and I am a famous person (yeah right). I think that I'll use this file to record my thoughts (kind of like a diary) although I'm still undecided whether or not I should put the secret stuff in. I know a lot of stuff that is either embarrassing to me or other people. Some stuff could also get people into a lot of trouble. Oh well. If I continue to use this on a regular basis, I'll most likely end up leafing through these first few entries and laughing. My mom just made some nasty Tuna Helper junk for dinner so I have to go.

Like any teen with a secret journal, I was overly worried about it being discovered, which is why I named the file "GAME.CGA" and edited it with the MS-DOS text editor (this was before WordPerfect and password-protected files).

In defense of my mom's cooking, I would also like to point out that the very next entry opened with, "The Tuna Helper wasn't THAT bad. It was better than school food."

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