rich-c: hi Rich Dr.D.: Hello Richard. Dr.D.: Dug out from snow I hope? Or not so much to dig out from? rich-c: hey, what do you know - actually stayed connected for a whole sentence Dr.D.: Haha Dr.D.: I am convinced it is your firewall somehow. rich-c: didnt have that much, though walking to the plaza this afternoon was indiscreet
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changed username to BobS rich-c: hi Roberto Dr.D.: Hi Harvie and BobS now. BobS: allo all Harvie: Hi Bob, Doc rich-c: no, I had my cane and watched my step Dr.D.: That is good. rich-c: but unplowed sidewalks wre a hazard Dr.D.: It snowed all night when the chat ended last week. rich-c: driving was a bit of a challenge; the residue left by the plows had thawed and frozen Dr.D.: Woke up to driveway plowed shut and 3 feet deep. rich-c: ah yes, the dreaded Lake Effect Dr.D.: About a foot in the back, with standing water under the ice crust and then wet snow on top. Dr.D.: It rained, sleeted, and snowed in alternation. rich-c: the doctors have fits when elderly gentlemen with heart problems try shovelling snow Dr.D.: It took all 6 of us 2.5 hours to dig it out. Harvie: Ours should be gone by the weekend Dr.D.: And I would agree with the medicos about that, Richard. Dr.D.: It has been low 40s F here all day today and the worst of the ice in the driveway has melted. rich-c: yes, they';re talking temperatures of 10 or 11 (50 or 52) Dr.D.: The end of the driveway from the street back to the sidewalk took me over an hour of hacking with the shovel. rich-c: we're either side of freezing but going up Dr.D.: It was almost solid ice. Dr.D.: I needed a pickaxe. Dr.D.: But it was a good workout, and all the girls helped. rich-c: our gardeners also do some snow clearing; they showed up when needed Dr.D.: Joan and Elanor might have had the worst of it, the very back was about 4 inches of standing water. rich-c: you really got a major dose this time, Rich Dr.D.: Which of course froze solid later in the day when temps fell into the 20s F. rich-c: how about you, Bob - how did you fare? Dr.D.: But we got through it...had no problems driving in or out on Christmas. Dr.D.: Speaking of which, belated Merry Christmas to all :-) rich-c: we didnt have to go out on Christmas, Pam came here Dr.D.: Though I did mail it to the list. BobS: only got about 3 inches I think rich-c: yes, we saw, even though our ISP has been plagued by a dodgy router upstream Dr.D.: We stayed at home Christmas Day until about 1:30 PM. Harvie: Same back at ya Doc BobS: was very manageable Dr.D.: Then packed up and drove 90 minutes east to my stepsister's. rich-c: yes, you got off easy this time, Bonb Dr.D.: We were there until about 9:30 PM. BobS: yes we did, but winter is almost over ya know...so we are ok Dr.D.: Almost over, ha, not here in Cleveland...it will be winter until March. rich-c: you are going to regret that statement, Slopsema - JP was listening Dr.D.: And really, I can't complain about it. Harvie: It's only 8 days old Bob BobS: YIKES Dr.D.: haha Harvie the Astronomer. BobS: oops rich-c: (JP - Iupiter Pluvius) Dr.D.: The girls built a snowman and a snow fort this afternoon in the back yard. Dr.D.: Going to work this morning, I wanted to stay and play in the snow, warm and perfect packing. rich-c: yes, kids get to enjoy the snow - they'll think there isn't enough Dr.D.: Hehe Dr.D.: I have some good deep-snow memories from my boyhood.
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changed username to Pamela rich-c: hi daughter Pamela: Greetings Harvie: Hi Pam Dr.D.: A Christmas Day to New Year's Day week spent with my grandparents, going out every night in the snow with a lantern for walks in the woods or along the railroad tracks. Dr.D.: Hello Pamela. Dr.D.: Merry Christmas. rich-c: while I remember - don't forget to send me the text of that BSOD Pamela: Merry Christmas, Rich Pamela: Bob, Harvie - Merry Christmas Pamela: I'll have to search for it Dad - send me an e-mail, okay?
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changed username to judy Dr.D.: Ah. Did something die in Windows? Pamela: Seasons Greetings, Judy Dr.D.: Hello Judy. Dr.D.: Merry Christmas. judy: hi, everyone Pamela: not recently Rich
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changed username to rich-1 Pamela: that didn't take long, Dad BobS: XMAS greetings,,,,,,,kids, it is almost NEW YEAR'S Pamela: I know : ) Dr.D.: Well, Xmas happened after the last chat. rich-1: oh, that was Judy coming in did it to me - hi Judy BobS: ok Dr.D.: Yes, Pam's 1-year-anniversary coming up. judy: did everyone have a Merry Christmas? Dr.D.: Pre-emptive Happy Anniversary, Pam! Pamela: boy, does that sound strange. I said that today for the first time.
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Harvie confirmed ban BobS: one year......how time flies Dr.D.: Pre-emptive? :-) Pamela: it's hard to believe judy: sorry about that Rich rich-1: just two more days rich-1: it's OK judy, I'm used to it
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changed username to Erin Pamela: Hi, Rin rich-1: yes, you did have your hands full Harvie: Hello red Erin: allo allo rich-1: hello Erin Pamela: are you ready to come home? BobS: yo Rin !!!!!! judy: hi, Erin rich-1: back in the city, I see Erin: howdy y'all rich-1: your brother is driving my wife nuts Erin: I guess I'm ready to go home...but it's been a good visit Erin: with the birdy pics? Pamela: you mean Garth? Dr.D.: <back from answering phone> rich-1: yes, she's been wearing out teh bird books and internet trying to get an ID Dr.D.: Hi Ms. Rin. Erin: Allo Doctore Erin: wow.... Pamela: when did the pics finally come through Dad? Dr.D.: You are trying to ID a bird? rich-1: there just doesn't seem to be anything around that has those field marks Dr.D.: <Christina says hi BTW> Erin: yeah...we have a photo from a bird that was hanging out at the feeder Xmas day Erin: hi Christina rich-1: either yesterday or day before, Pam, don't remember Pamela: hey Christina, Seasons Greetings Dr.D.: <she was on the phone, hung up now> rich-1: merry christmas (a bit late) Christina Dr.D.: <she went to a movie and was phoning to say she was going to a friend's house> Erin: wow...we had a special guest indeed then Dr.D.: So what was this bird? Erin: that;'s what we're tryin g to figure out Dr.D.: Snail-darter? Dr.D.: Passenger pigeon? Pamela: that's the problem, Rich - we can't ID it Dr.D.: Dodo? rich-1: I think even with a logner telephoto and higher resolution we'd still be stuck Erin: hehe Erin: maybe Dr.D.: What color is it? Erin: it was very cute Dr.D.: How big. Erin: it had a snow white breast Dr.D.: Is the photo on a webpage somewhere for inspection? Erin: with a gold and brown necklace rich-1: nearest similar bird is a Eurasian snow bunting Dr.D.: I think we have a Petersen's Guide lying about somewhere. Erin: gold edging on the wings Erin: I could send you the pic Rich if you like Dr.D.: I am no ornithologist. rich-1: send all three, Erin, he still won't find it Erin: well...just to look at the pretty birdy Erin: he did this cute little butt wiggle into the ground every so often Dr.D.: What kind of beak? Seed-eater, insect-eater? rich-1: both Frances and I have been through teh National Geographic one, also a couple of others we have lying around Pamela: Rin, you want me to meet you at the subway tomorrow night, right? Erin: if you're available to that would be awesome rich-1: seed eater Pamela: of course - I'm not going to make you try to lug your suitcase home on TTC at that hour Pamela: is your phone charged? Erin: you're awesome Pammie :-) Erin: yepper Pamela: so, give me a call when you're leaving Union station, and I'll aim for about half an hour after that Erin: very cool! Dr.D.: Hmm, seed-eaters with white chest and gold. Erin: thanks I will Dr.D.: Does not ring a bell with anything I have seen before. Pamela: I'll pick you up at the south end of Wilson, where the stairs are
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Erin confirmed ban Pamela: sound good? rich-2: wonder how many I'll get up to tonight? 8-( Erin: sounds excellent to me Dr.D.: If it was snow white, might be a bird that is a seasonal albino...that should help to ID it. Pamela: all I have to do is remember to borrow R's metropass to get into the parking lot : ) rich-2: anyway, Rich, the bird has an unusually white breast Dr.D.: Maybe it belongs further north and got blown south. rich-2: yellow wingbards Erin: I sent you 2 pics of it Rich Dr.D.: Could it be an albino form of goldfinch? rich-2: as mentioned, looks like a relative of a snow bunting Erin: Pam have you seen it? rich-2: havent checked the world book yet Pamela: nope, the pics hadn't come through by the time I left on Christmas day rich-2: no, wings are brown, breast white with chestnut.red sides Erin: I'll send em to ya rich-2: sort of like a chestnut-sided warbler that way Pamela: 'kay. Although I don't know if I'll be of any help, as we don't have a bird book Erin: it's okay at least you'll get to see the pretty birdy rich-2: you're still in Windsor, are you, Rin? Erin: I am ...til tomorrow rich-2: do you have the bird pictures to hand, then? Dr.D.: What is the weather like in Windsor? More like BobS's mild winter weather? Pamela: what is the current temp, anyway? BobS: welll ya BobS: gonna stay above freezing here thru sat am and then drop below w/ chance of freezing rain Erin: it's not bad, it's 2 C Erin: I have current access to the pics Uncle R Pamela: says it's 1 C according to the TV Erin: well television lies Dr.D.: They have shown up in my mailbox...now I have to figure out how to process attachments. Pamela: and we're supposed to get freezing drizzle over night - yuck Erin: oooo....yes...my apologies Erin: yuckers indeed judy: yes, our kind of weather, the pits, but I guess it could be worse Dr.D.: Okay, I got them out of the E-mail and SFTPed back home here. Dr.D.: In my considered scientific opinion... Dr.D.: ...it's a bird. Erin: LOL Erin: it's a cute birdy Dr.D.: I dunno what it really is, I'd call it a chickadee. BobS: well ya........... Pamela: I was just gonna say that rich-2: it's OK Rin I have sent him teh pictures now - that's why I was quiet Dr.D.: I know cardinals, and bluejays, and crows, and starlings, and pigeons... rich-2: no, chickadees don't have that necklace Dr.D.: Maybe it's a 3-Mile-Island chickadee :-) Harvie: Maybe it was airbrushed rich rich-2: nope, body shape is wrong, and Cynthis says it's very timid, which chikadees sure aren't Dr.D.: Doctored photograph? Who took the pictures? Erin: my brother rich-2: Erin's brother, Grane I think Pamela: brb, gonna say good night to Russell Erin: we all sat around in the living room and saw the bird and Garth decided to get the digital Erin: NITE RUSSELL Dr.D.: Bye Russell, Happy Pre-Emptive Anniversary. rich-2: I was able to enlarge them quite a bit in Irfanview but not much help - weak light, poor resolution Dr.D.: Richard has a sense of humor...the Subject of his E-mail, "giving you the bird" rich-2: ;-) Erin: the camera adjusted a lot...the light reflecting of the snow and all...we're lucky we got anything Erin: hehe rich-2: it does show the field marks quite cledarly - and if there's anything in North America to match it, we can't find it Erin: wow judy: is it a nuthatch? judy: they have a white breast rich-2: even checked teh Eurasian birds that occasionally show up in the Aleutians rich-2: nope, not a nuthatch Dr.D.: getting the bird now Erin: oh well, I guess...our special Xmas birdy :-) rich-2: besides, a nuthatch would not use a feeder, and has an insectivore beak BobS: hey doc, I can GIVE you the bird........... Erin: hehe Dr.D.: Yes Bob?
(I'm sorry, Dr.D., but I can't do that.) Dr.D.: But you just said you CAN. BobS: but you woyuldn't see it !!!!!!! Dr.D.: That is a contradiction...you have thus failed to fulfill your prime directive...and must turn yourself off. Q.E.D. BobS: so I could use ANY bird Dr.D.: Roast turkey or goose would be nice :-) BobS: aw......... Pamela: he's cooking his own goose, thank you Erin: :-) Dr.D.: I am? Pamela: no, Bob is Dr.D.: Goose is good eating. rich-2: well, one of you is 8-) judy: no, goose or turkey being done here Pamela: I'll stick with the turkey, thank you Dr.D.: We had one for Christmas once just to do it. judy: all though he could have taken it to work yesterday and fried it in the apartment Erin: gobble gobble rich-2: we had a very good turkey for Xmas (and Boxing Day, and...) Dr.D.: Put it up on stilts so it can drain, and it is very good eating. Dr.D.: <looking a Richard's bird photos now> Pamela: oh, Dad, tell Mom thank you - the amount of turkey she gave me was just right for my purposes and we had a lovely lunch on Sunday rich-2: traditionally, goose is more commmon for Christmas than turkey in most of teh world judy: they had a fire, he has been working there the last couple of days, every time he comes in he has to change his clothes and they have to go to the washer judy: what a smell rich-2: I'll pass on teh wrod, Pam Pamela: I'll just bet, Judy judy: been awful Pamela: is there anything more pervasive than the smell of smoke? judy: don't think so BobS: never had goose, only heard that it tastes greasy rich-2: damn little, though I'll bet Harvie could offer a few suggestions BobS: no Pam Dr.D.: It has lots of fat, but that is why you drain it. Dr.D.: It is a very clear white fat. rich-2: all birds can be fat - you should have seen teh drippings from our turkey Dr.D.: I like dark meat anyway. Harvie: Yes, the places I work can execise the olfactories Pamela: shocking, Harvie - I had no idea (sarcasm floats around the room) rich-2: that was especiallly good about our turkey - narrow breast, lots of dark meat Dr.D.: Fire is a bad smell, yes, it never comes out of stuff that you can't wash :-( rich-2: Pam, when I got dropped earlier, I was mentioning that I was at the glorified pawn shop Pamela: and what did you find, Dad? judy: very true, don't envy the people that live there, not a pleasant thing rich-2: they have a lot of DVDs including teh first Harry Potter and LOTR rich-2: didn't ask teh prices Pamela: got em Pamela: have you stuck your nose in the second hand DVD shop at Lawrence Square yet? Dr.D.: They are probably region 9, Antarctica, and won't play on a North American DVD player. rich-2: I know, I've borrowed them, but if you know anyone... rich-2: no, as you know I am very picky about my DVDs Dr.D.: Though I discovered online a hack for our player that makes it region free :-) Dr.D.: You enter a 6-digit code via the remote with the drawer open...and it responds "Ok". Pamela: I try not to go into Lawrence Plaza, Dad. It's worth your life to drive around there sometimes. rich-2: yes, there's lots of those around - and I play them on the computer anyway rich-2: go in on Saturday, or anytime after Shabbas sundown rich-2: which reminds me, I met Mrs. Schwartz in teh bank today - she was asking about you Pamela: at least there's a back entrance into Lawrence Square that I can sneak into and out of Pamela: Oh, how is she? And what was she asking? rich-2: yes, but teh back parking lot is as full ass the front one
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changed username to rich-3 Dr.D.: Another brace of Clees Pamela: I wondered if you got dumped. Did you get my last question? rich-3: getting quite expert at this, aren't I?
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Erin confirmed ban rich-3: not sure, Pam - anyway I told her about your committing matrim,ony BobS: you are AWESOME richard....pretty soon we won BobS: t even know you are gone rich-3: she was pleased to hear it
Dr.D. confirmed ban rich-3: you know she lives in that condo where the libreary used to be? Pamela: you know, I detect the rumblings of a proud papa : ) Pamela: Yes, I knew that's where she had moved to Pamela: how is she, and how are Debbie and Rachel? rich-3: she was bragging about Rochelle's four daughters; the eldest now has her PhD but I don't know in what subject Pamela: sorry, folks, I know this is all background noise for you Pamela: Rochelle, sorry rich-3: didn't get that far, Pam Pamela: Dad, have you heard from Rita recently? rich-3: no but I sent her teh usual Xmas card and she usually reacts to that after a while Erin: did you hear that the quake changed the tilt of the earth's axis Dr.D.: I read that. Erin: 2.5 cm Pamela: I didn't know that, Rin Erin: and changed the speed rich-3: that I missed although it apparently had some effect on teh rotation Pamela: where did you find that out? Erin: Mom just told me Dr.D.: She caused the earthquake! Dr.D.: She set the dials on her machine and bang it happened. rich-3: what really shocked me is that they said Sumatra has moved 30 meters to teh southwest - 30 meters!!! Dr.D.: Yes, the plate shifted. Dr.D.: This is why we need an asteroid deflector...even if it falls in the ocean, the effects are still devastating. rich-3: yes, but normally the shift is in inches (Pam, remember teh earthquake trail at Point Reyes?) Harvie: Is she with S.P.E.C.T.R.E. or S.M.E.R.S.H. ? :) Pamela: that's more than four times the distance of the Frisco quake of '06 Dr.D.: K.A.O.S. Pamela: that was only 16 feet if I remember correctly Dr.D.: We of course are C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Erin: sigh, 80,000 dead so far Pamela: yes, they are speculating a final toll of more than 100,000 rich-3: if that fence offset was indicative, teh shift in teh San Francisco quake was "only" aboput a meter Dr.D.: Yes :-( rich-3: yes, the newspapers here are competing to see who can justify teh highest figure Pamela: we'll have to get out the slides and look Dad - I'm pretty sure it was about 16 feet Dr.D.: Travel slides? IIRC your Dad's computer room is full of them on shelves, Pam. rich-3: hey, one meter is plenty impressive Pamela: you remember correctly Rich Pamela: and we took a LOT of pictures on the California trip rich-3: yes, about 8000 - and Pam, you forgot to take teh flower print home Pamela: (smacks forehead) D'oh! rich-3: no comment Pamela: are you home on Friday Dad? rich-3: yes, you want to come by? rich-3: after all, that's your anniversary Pamela: I'm trying the hair appointment thing again, but later in the afternoon. Maybe I'll come by on my way. Dr.D.: I have all my Grampa D's slides...lots of me and my sisters when we were little. rich-3: hey, come later and bring Russell, and we'll let him taste that nice REisling Dr.D.: All Kodachrome, all beautiful color after all these years. Pamela: I'll bounce it off him and see what he says Dad Pamela: it could make for a busy evening rich-3: OK - I know you enjoyed your glass Pamela: which reminds me - Rin, have you any decisions about what you want to do on Friday night? Dr.D.: I presume that Reisling = ethanol? Pamela: yes, Rich Erin: ummm Pamela: LOL Dr.D.: German ethanol. rich-3: sorry, Riesling, and yes, it's a variety of white grape, for which Germany is famous but which actually does better in Ontario Erin: I dunno yet Pammie Dr.D.: gimme Kool-Aid :-) rich-3: to each his own, Rich Erin: grape Kool-Aid? ;-) rich-3: not sure we want to go there Pamela: blue Kool Aid! Dr.D.: Theta Chi here makes a beverage that they call "Blue", it is non-alcoholic. Dr.D.: Some kind of blue Kool-Aid with 7-up and ginger ale. Dr.D.: It is really good...but it is very blue...makes your tongue blue. rich-3: even the thought makes my stomach revolt
(Pamela gives rich-3 a nice tall frosty Guinness) rich-3: which might be just as well considering the sugar content Dr.D.: As does the thought of wine to me, Richard :-) Pamela: diff'rent strokes Dad rich-3: besides, I've just been told to go fetch my Guiness - brb Pamela: hee hee hee Dr.D.: I am eating a Christmas cookie that I decorated myself. Pamela: oooh, cookies Dr.D.: It is a Christmas Gollum. Erin: LOL Dr.D.: All white frosting. Harvie: I must say goodnight folks (arthritis kicking up) Dr.D.: Nite Harvie Dr.D.: Green star eyes rich-3: ahhh, that's much better Erin: nite Harvie Pamela: Good night Harvie, and Happy New Year judy: night Harvie, hope you are feeling better soon and have a happy new year Erin: brb Dr.D.: Brown eyebrows, mouth, strands of hair, and loincloth made from individual extruded bits of chocolate sprinkle, painstakingly hand-placed. rich-3: OK Harvie, take care with that arthritis - it's a beast, I know too well Harvie: Happy New year to all Dr.D.: Red mouth of same. Dr.D.: And a yellow Precious in his right hand.
Harvie left chat session rich-3: Happy New Yessar to you too, Harvie rich-3: I'm waiting for Russell to sate himself on the LOTR 3 so I can borrow it Dr.D.: The girls have been watching it. Pamela: he hasn't watched it yet Dad - he'll probably do so while I'm out on Friday or Monday Dr.D.: We just bought it outright the week before Christmas after asking if anyone had already bought it as a present for someone else. rich-3: no rush Pam - the world won't end Dr.D.: <just ate Gollum's head> rich-3: just nicked my hand with my fingernail Pamela: we didn't get the extended, 4 disc set this time Pamela: ouch, Dad rich-3: yes, I have to get some cotton to stop the bleeding since it wont stop on its own Pamela: 'kay Pamela: you know it's time to trim your nails when . . . Dr.D.: right, you are on coumadin. Pamela: so Rich, what did Santa bring you? Dr.D.: Let me see: rich-3: the irony is I did just trim my nails yesterday Dr.D.: new briefcase (hinges on old one died too many times and the repairs broke) Dr.D.: new billfold Dr.D.: some PJs Dr.D.: couple sweaters Dr.D.: can of cashews and can of peanuts Dr.D.: 2-DVD set of 1960s "Thunderbirds" SuperMarionation movies Dr.D.: Glass checkers/chess set Dr.D.: bag of peanut M&Ms rich-3: those can be pretty Erin: hey I got those too rich-3: those can be tasty Dr.D.: M&Ms? Erin: yep....peanut and regular Dr.D.: or checkers/chess set? rich-3: well, here they are called Smarties Pamela: can't get peanut Smarties, Dad rich-3: chess set pretty, M&M tasty Dr.D.: haha Pamela: and I prefer M&M's anyway - better chocolate Dr.D.: reverse is not good for digestion or playing Pamela: no, because how long would it be till someone ate your knight? rich-3: I wouldn't know, never eat them (or any candy to speak of) Dr.D.: My first chess set was home-made...I used coins, one side heads the other side tails. Pamela: and what did Santa grace the Slopsema household with? Dr.D.: My second one was also home-made: out of clothespins. rich-3: when I was in grade 8 we had a teacher who w2as a chess nut - had all of us making our own chess sts Erin: a chesnut? Dr.D.: One stained brown, the other left plain and varnished with nail polish! Erin: (a thankyou) Pamela: groan, Erin rich-3: our grade 8 sets used thread spools - nail polish bottle tops wre miters for teh bishops Erin: hehehehehehehe Dr.D.: <rim shot> Dr.D.: <or is that Rin shot?> Erin: :-) BobS: new gas grill for eats.......some warm slippers for cold nights......... BobS: clothes - always rich-3: different size spools indicated different pieces; for larger pieces spools wre combined Dr.D.: I made mine out of round wooden clothespins. Pamela: ooh, nice Bob. Have you tried the grill yet? Dr.D.: Cut off short, pawns. BobS: nope Dr.D.: Cut off longer, with one saw cut through head, bishop. BobS: used the old one the other night becasue it had been too cold to put the new one together Dr.D.: Same as bishop but with 2 cuts at right angles, queen. rich-3: well, with this tropical weather we have coming, take it out on teh patioi and break it in ;-) BobS: it iws out there now Pamela: Barbeque at Bob's on Monday! BobS: YUP judy: I got opal earrings and pendant, clothes, snowbabies, cooling racks, coasters BobS: come on down !!!!!!! Dr.D.: Same as bishop, but add (by gluing) the head and partial neck of another clothespin, the neck cross-cut for a crown, king. rich-3: well, actual;ly the heat wave comes Friday BobS: good 'cause I am taking Fri off I hope judy: that is a good start to what I got, had a good Christmas Pamela: sounds like a lot of work went into it Rich Erin: do you still have it Rich? Dr.D.: Cut off head, leave 2 cut-off tines sticking up (though trimmed), rook. rich-3: where are you off to, Bob? Dr.D.: Same as rook, but only one tine up, knight. Dr.D.: Yes I do, Erin. Erin: cool judy: we aren't going anywhere, just sticking around, not working Dr.D.: I was proud of it :-) Pamela: I'll have to bring my kitty sculpture over on Friday and get a picture, Dad rich-3: so you should be, Rich BobS: nowhere, just NOT working Pamela: we can e-mail it to everyone for a laugh Dr.D.: Kitty sculpture? rich-3: did you get that kitty Christmas picture, Pam? judy: sent Ryan home tonight to his hamster, which was his big gift Pamela: yes it was a gift from a girlfriend and it's hysterical Pamela: what picture Dad? rich-3: so bring it over when you come for teh picture and get your mother to take a shot rich-3: the flower Pamela: I'll try to remember Dr.D.: I am thinking kitty sculpture = sculpture done by the kitty rich-3: no, although she Pamela: no kitty sculpture = sculpture in the form of kitty Dr.D.: And I know of only one kind of such kitty sculpture :-) Pamela: eww! rich-3: no, al;though she's got some of that too - on the furniture :-) Pamela: that's fur Dr.D.: Litter mountains. Pamela: you'll get a kick out of the sculpture Dr.D.: What is the cat doing? Erin: How's Schiefer, Pam? Pamela: he's standing in "let's play" mode - front legs bent, hind end up, his head is slightly tilted to one side and his tail is on a spring so if you touch it, it wiggles back and forth Pamela: big, outsize paws rich-3: with any luck we'll have a picture ready for Friday night Pamela: she's fine, Rin. Russell was down there earlier and I'll go down before bedtime Pamela: I was with her for an hour last night Erin: okay :-) Erin: good :-) Dr.D.: Hope she didn't leave Rin any artworks. Pamela: none rich-3: yet Dr.D.: Well-trained cat. Dr.D.: haha Richard Erin: she's my good kitty Dr.D.: "Happy New Year from the Kitty" Pamela: she is a good kitty, just wants company rich-3: what'e teh name of your bad kitty, Rin? Pamela: FC Erin: she's never bad Erin: but sometimes she's my Nippy Nutbar Pamela: she hasn't pulled that trick all week Erin rich-3: if you have a good one don't you need a bad one to make a comparison? Erin: wow...she must be depressed Pamela: all she has to do is look at Willow Dr.D.: FC? Pamela: don't ask, Rich Dr.D.: It must be off-colour. Erin: it is rich-3: likely Erin: C = cat though Pamela: naw, she's fine - happily wiggling around in my lap whenever I sit down Dr.D.: Tsk-Tsk Pamela: hey, I didn't come up with it - that's a quote Dr.D.: F = feline Dr.D.: Quote from whom? Rin? judy: night all , have a happy new year Erin: happy new year Judy Pamela: g'nite Judy - Happy New Year to you Dr.D.: Good night, Judy, and H.N.Y. to you too. rich-3: OK Judy, take care, enjoy your rest, see you next year!!!
judy left chat session Pamela: no, I had a friend who had a particularly annoying cat Pamela: nicknamed it FC as a kitten, and it stuck rich-3: there's another kind? Dr.D.: hehe
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changed username to Guy B. Dr.D.: I have known nice cats, but many more non-nice ones than nice. Pamela: yes Dad although it may not seem like it sometimes Pamela: hello Guy! Dr.D.: Must just be my bad luck. Erin: hi Guy rich-3: 'bout time you got here, Guy ;-) Dr.D.: Hello Guy, Merry belated Christmas. BobS: Hi Guy Guy B.: Greetings, sorry I'm late. Went out to dinner with Jeanene and her girlfriend's daughter. rich-3: figured you were chasing teh ladies, as usual ;-) Guy B.: Well, not exactly. rich-3: but close enough ;-) Pamela: how was your Christmas, Guy? rich-3: anyway, how was dinner and did you go anyplace special? Guy B.: TGI Friday's. Pamela: yum! Guy B.: Better than I expected. rich-3: they're a little noisy for us old folks, but teh food is good Guy B.: Jeanene got a new 27" TV from her brother and nephew. Dr.D.: We have those here, haven't been to one for a while. Pamela: I love Friday's rich-3: that sounds good, Guy - sure she'll enjoy it Pamela: one of those places I wish they'd import up here Dr.D.: Do you have local equivalents? Pamela: well yes and no rich-3: I recall we used to have TGIFs here Pamela: if we did, it never got advertised rich-3: it was downtown, near St. Lawrwence market, did quite well for a while Guy B.: And what about the after Christmas bargains. Oh, boy. Got some stuff for next year. rich-3: what did you find, Guy? Guy B.: Ok, next week or so. I' Guy B.: I'll be making an annoucement about Adamcon 18. rich-3: I think there's going to be some seriously neat stuff around in January - February in computers Dr.D.: We haven't gotten to 17 yet :-) Pamela: we have Kelsey's, and Montana's, and Jack Astors, and Casey's Guy B.: I know Dr. D. But, I thought I keep you in suspense. rich-3: not to mention The Keg Pamela: oh yes Pamela: Outback Jacks, Le Biftecque Pamela: Applebee's Guy B.: Well, seems old computers are not going to die yet over here. Dr.D.: Gang, I need to go get the girls in bed...they are tearing up the place upstairs.
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changed username to rich-4 Pamela: okay Rich - good night and Happy New Year to you Dr.D.: So I think I am going to logout for tonight. Pamela: and to all your family Dr.D.: Happy Anniversary Pam. Guy B.: Well, you what to do Dr D. Have a Happy New Year and see you next week. Pamela: thanks : ) Erin: Happy New year Rich Dr.D.: Next Wednesday... BobS: nite doc say HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of them Dr.D.: Thanks all. rich-4: happy New Year, Rich, to you and yours Dr.D.: I shall do so, Bob. Dr.D.: So for the last time in 2004, hailing frequencies closed from Starbase Cleveland. Dr.D.: <poof>
Dr.D. left chat session rich-4: yes, even if he turns up Saturday, thyat's 2005 Guy B.: Boy, I can't believe my last vacation day is tomorrow. Pamela: time flies, Guy rich-4: but then, Guy, you'd rather not believe it anyway, right? Erin: did you have to work today Pam?
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Pamela confirmed ban Pamela: yup, and tomorrow
Erin confirmed ban Pamela: I'm off Friday, and back in on Monday Erin: but off Friday? rich-4: but Friday is your lieu day? Erin: ok Guy B.: I know. I'm getting paid tomorrow instead of Friday. Which is good. Pamela: yes
BobS confirmed ban rich-4: getting paid early is always good, Guy Guy B.: Especially when the bills are due. Pamela: somewhere in there I have to do some laundry BobS: gonna call it quits here too people.....too tired rich-4: and especially tight after Christmas BobS: and it IS almost quitin time' Erin: alrighty Bobs...good night and happy new year Pamela: we understand Bob. Happy New Year to you all Guy B.: Ok Bob. Wish you and Judy Happy New Year. BobS: happy new year to ya'll and see ya later, eh????? rich-4: getting around thast time, Bob - happy new year and see you next year!
BobS left chat session Guy B.: And now there are four. Erin: well folks I think I'm gonna call it a night Erin: It's been a busy week and day rich-4: yeme, I'm preoccupied with laptop computersd Pamela: okay Rin. If your train is late, give me a call and let me know okay? Guy B.: Happy New Year Erin and I Erin: I will Pammie and thanks! Pamela: night sweetie. rich-4: OK Erin, have a safe trip tomorrow Guy B.: I'm glad we met this year. See you next week. Erin: nite nite Erin: Thanks Guy you too :-) Erin: <kablooie>
Erin left chat session Pamela: that's new Pamela: Guy, I hate to love ya and leave ya but I still have to go down and check on Rin's cat so I'd better head out. rich-4: anyway, Guy, I need a new power supply for the laptop - current one died )cord break)\ Guy B.: She always full of surprises, isn't she? Pamela: yup : ) rich-4: night daughter, keep us posted omn your plans
moved to room Meeting Place Pamela: I will Dad, probably tomorrow evening if I can get any sense from Russell rich-4: OK, we'll hope for teh best Pamela: and I'll call before heading out to get Rin from the station Guy B.: I just got the power supply for this ProStar notebook today. Going to try it out and see if the notebook comes up. Pamela: I'm outta here. Happy New Year, Guy! rich-4: well I've found one thorough eBay but the seller is slow responding Guy B.: Bye Pam, Happy New Year. Pamela: night all. Pamela: kerpoof!
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changed username to Daniel B rich-4: but I plan it will be the last item I buy for the Dell rich-4: bonsoir, Daniel - tu es en retard Daniel B: Sorry to be very late, I fogot about the chat. Well, it's the holidays. rich-4: quite, especially when it's cold and dark Guy B.: Hi Daniel. Seems most of us are calling it the night. rich-4: yes, we're sort of down to teh last febut do you have any news for us, Daniel? Daniel B: news? well, I tried the links you give to me by emails and the games available to download are full of spyware. Guy B.: Well folks, I'm going to call it the night. Happy New Year to all and see you next week. rich-4: oh dear; I thought you might find them useful as contacts but obviously not Daniel B: I had to clean up my computer by using two anti-spyware tools. rich-4: night Guy and happy New Year Daniel B: goodnight Guy Guy B.: Poof
Guy B. left chat session rich-4: didn't AdAware or Spybot cathc them on teh downloads? rich-4: I thought those two gave a warning during teh download? rich-4: test Daniel B: Well, I don'T know wich version of adaware and spybot you use but I had to do a full scan to find 6 spywares the installer Daniel B: example, pac mania - christmas edition, all the spyware are in the installer. Daniel B: only a funny cookie is detected with a normal smart spyware scan. rich-4: I tend to avoid site with known spyware; I am not sure where I got those recommendations'the main point of interest was that they are games programmers rich-4: but obviously they are not people you might want to contact or work with Daniel B: actually, I think I should try to find a job for the new year. :-/ rich-4: I saw an article that said Electronic Arts wre setting up a shop in Montreal rich-4: and the inplication was they felt they needed a place to attact French-language programmers Daniel B: To attract french-language programmers? It's me! rich-4: the theme of teh article seemed to be they wre short on games=capable programmers Daniel B: yoohoo! I'm here! rich-4: and they felt they were not acquiring the available talent in French rich-4: don't be too positiv e, news repots aren't always reliable rich-4: but they are a big outfit thaqt needs talent so you could always ask Daniel B: I know nothing about 3d games programming but I know a lot about videogames programming. rich-4: I'm sure you could learn whatever is necessary, and would have a head start Daniel B: thanks for the info, I will check about it. rich-4: if EA go through with it, some non-Canadian outfits are likely to follow rich-4: they learned there's a lot of talent up here when Microsoft started hiring half teh graduating classes at Waterloo rich-4: I gather they still do rich-4: But - it's getting late and I have a bunch of stuff needs doing before bedtime Daniel B: I don't want to keep you awake because of me, thanks again Daniel B: about the info, happy holidays Daniel B: joyeuses fetes Daniel B: talk to you next time Daniel B: not saturday Daniel B: bye rich-4: thanks Daniel, see you next year - un nouvel an hereux pour vous, j'espere rich-4: au revoir
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