I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota. The only radio station was a local AM which played oldies from the 50's and 60's. If you were lucky, on a clear night you could pick up the faint whispers of an FM pop music station out of Grand Forks, ND--Magic 96 it was called. Needless to say, my exposure to great amounts of rock music was limited to the selection held at the local Ben Franklin store--Poison was my first taste of hard rock, and I've loved that kind of music (80's hair bands being my favorite) ever since.
This was the genesis of the compact disc. Portable CD players were large boom boxes guys held over their shoulder like a bazooka. And the bigger the better!
My selection of books was also limited to whatever was at the local library. Now, I must admit, there might've been a wider selection, but no one ever showed me where it was so it's possible it never existed--I mean, the section where great tomes of science fiction and fantasy were housed. I read Stephen King and practically memorized the AD&D DM Guide and Player's Handbook. I listen to a lot of podcasts nowadays, and while so many great writers and editors are mentioned, I feel like I'm behind the eight-ball due to my lack of exposure in this field. However, it's a lack of exposure I'm quickly eliminating the more I learn about the field and the who's who.
Today there's no excuse for this lack of exposure. Through the web, there is a vast field of knowledge right at your fingertips. What's your excuse for not learning about your desired field of work?
There is no excuse.
I have no excuses either. I am tearing down the barriers of my limited knowledge--although, isn't all knowledge limited to some degree, as you can't certainly know everything about everything.
And, as an aside, one day . . . I would also love to see my favorite band in concert.
Thanks Bret, Rikki, Bobby, and C.C. for the great tunes. And a special thanks to Bret in his fight to cure diabetes.