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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer. It turns out that the perfect state of mind to edit your novel is two years after it's published, ten minutes before you go on stage at a literary festival. At that moment every redundant phrase, each show-off, pointless metaphor, all of the pieces of dead wood, stupidity, vanity, and tedium are distressingly obvious to you.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 9/13/2021

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  08:49 PM

At one point in my commute I have to do a tricky maneuver that takes me from I-90 to I-405 across a couple of lanes and crossing with people trying to exit 405. It's sort of a mess, and you have to, you know, pay attention.

I was negotiating this left merge tonight and was frustrated by a guy in my left rear blind spot who wouldn't speed up, slow down, or change lanes. Just kinda hangin' there. He did finally get a move on and let me move over. As he passed, I glanced over at him, as one does.

Cell phone, right? Good guess, but no. The guy was watching TV. He had a tiny little monitor mounted on his driver-side dash -- about the size of one of those little GPS monitors -- angled toward him, with a little movie-looking thing going on it.

I passed him shortly thereafter, and got another glance, and no doubt about it -- he was watching a show (probably off his iPod). And of course he had a earpiece hanging down to get the audio. And he was laughing.



Dunno, this is a new one to me. Do people -- drivers -- now watch TV when they drive? Coz it's, like, so boring to commute. At least, until you plow into someone.

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