in reply to I first became interested in Perl because...
<joke>chicks dig Perl !</joke>
On a serious note, I was working on a crappy VB project, for a crappy employer. The project had no spec written down (and, as is the case when nothing is written down, the spec kept changing). My insane rage fuelled moron boss was unwilling to take control of this. Late one night as he was walking out of the door, he told me to write part of the server side code required for this VB mess, which of course was in Perl. This is why I first became interested in Perl. Having seen how logical Perl was, I got hooked. To me Perl just makes sense.