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changed username to MacRonald BobS: ey Ron BobS: HEY MacRonald: Hi all! MacRonald: Am I seeing double? BobS: yes sir it is I in duo MacRonald: two for the price of one MacRonald: Any word on Rich Clee? BobS: not since last week BobS: were you here then ????? BobS: whew, I am one MacRonald: No I missed last week MacRonald: That's better now there's only one of you BobS: ok, they were moving him to a rehab unit, infections were gone BobS: he is in a fulltime back brace and sitting upt o eat MacRonald: ah..... sounds positive BobS: looks positive but may be a few weeks before going home MacRonald: Yeah, I'd imagine BobS: depends on how fast he progresses i would think BobS: but Pam was upbeat and sounded hoperful BobS: so good news......... MacRonald: right BobS: and how are things ont he island? BobS: here.....YUCK BobS: just got snow and really cold weather dropping in on us MacRonald: Was down in Victoria over last weekend with the Camera Club I'm a member of BobS: ya MacRonald: had a great time, but it was sure cool MacRonald: We MacRonald: sunshine, but it's cooler than it should be BobS: we had 70 degrees F here yesterday afternoon and almost blizzard conditions and about 25 degrees F tonnight MacRonald: up and down like a yo-yo BobS: yes, that's it BobS: makes me think we are the US heartland, they tend to have the 75 degree swings, not us MacRonald: Will be going back to Victoria this weekend to. The kids are coming over to my ex's plac MacRonald: e MacRonald: yeah, it's unusual for you eh? BobS: your es...(stephanie ???) lives in Victoria ? BobS: ex MacRonald: No Steph is my sister, she's in Edmonton. Leslie is in Victoria. She MacRonald: She's my ex MacRonald: we get along ok, as long as we don't try to live in the same house BobS: well cool you do get along with her if I remember correctly MacRonald: pretty much BobS: bat you both live on an island and can visit once ina while BobS: but MacRonald: right - we do the "family" thing about 4 times a year BobS: that makes it good for jeff and francesca MacRonald: yes
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changed username to Guy B. BobS: hi guy Guy B.: Greetings!!! MacRonald: yes, from Victoria MacRonald: Hey Guy! Guy B.: What, only two here? MacRonald: three and one half Guy B.: Cold up by you Bob? MacRonald: so how are things in Chicago? Guy B.: Cold, windy and some flurries MacRonald: good ol' midwes MacRonald: midwest BobS: extrememly cold Guy and blizzard conditinso tonight BobS: conditions tonight Guy B.: Whoa, are you getting lake effect snow? BobS: sticking on the ground mon BobS: about an inch or two tonight Guy B.: How much are you expecting? BobS: and yesterday was 70 degrees MacRonald: I'll be right back guys BobS: now highs of just above freezing and lows in the 20's every night Guy B.: That's not so bad, but the wind. Man, I thought I wasn't going to make my train home. Guy B.: Wind kept holding me back almost. BobS: 50 mph at worst here BobS: nasty wind Guy B.: Think we had the same here. I restarted my humidifier again, since I didn't need it the past few days. BobS: and predictions are the same all weekend into next week BobS: by Wed is suppposed to come back up to normal temps Guy B.: Crazy weather here. We had some severe weather hit us last Saturday night. A microburst took nearly an entire roof off an apartment building in Carol Stream. MacRonald: back MacRonald: So where's the crowd tonight? Guy B.: That's what I'm wondering?
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changed username to Pamela MacRonald: Hi Pam Pamela: good evening, all Pamela: sorry I'm late MacRonald: We will forgive you Guy B.: Well, there she is! Pamela: why thak you kind sir Pamela: oops. thank MacRonald: Howa yer dad?
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changed username to Daniel Bienvenu Pamela: if all goes well, they're projecting 1-2 weeks and he can come home Daniel Bienvenu: sorry, I'm very busy ... rush programming for tommorow 9h MacRonald: C'est le vrai M. Bienvenu Pamela: it's okay Daniel MacRonald: ya gotta do what ya gotta do Daniel Bienvenu: bonne nuit! good night! (if I can't talk to you tonight) MacRonald: right.... good you dropped by Pamela: bonne nuit, Daniel MacRonald: work.... the curse of the leisure class Pamela: my last day is tomorrow MacRonald: and then? Pamela: don't know quite how I feel about that yet Pamela: new job starting Tuesday MacRonald: ah BobS: BRB Guy B.: Hi Daniel, didn't see you come in. Pamela: but it's been a week of "new"s MacRonald: yes? Pamela: new car, new job, new glasses : ) MacRonald: what ya drivin? Pamela: 2002 Ford Escape XLT, dark forest green Pamela: you'll see it this summer if all goes well BobS: an d a NEW husband ?????????
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changed username to Guy F. Pamela: nope, I told ya, Bob - just got this one broken in Guy F.: Greetings to everyone... Guy B.: Hey, Mr Foster has returned! Pamela: HI, GUI! MacRonald: Hello Guy Guy B.: How are you Guy? Guy F.: Hi Guy, Hi Pam, Hi Bob, Hi Dan, Hi Ron BobS: HEY GuyF, how's Sandra and the short person ????????? MacRonald: short person (hah!) Guy F.: All is great! Mommy and Tamara are doing great, thanks for asking... We're currently looking at buying a home, so it's taking a lot of our energy. Pamela: I think she still qualifies as long at this stage, Bob : ) MacRonald: that's not all it will take Guy Guy B.: Wow, going to need room for the family. Good to hear. Pamela: where are you looking, Gui? Guy F.: Ron: Well for now, it's energy we need... We must have looked at 30-40 home so far. BobS: naw, Tamara is REAL short compared to all of us MacRonald: I know the process - and yes.... energy you will need! BobS: and will prolly look at manymore, yes???? Pamela: 'specially you, Bob : ) BobS: see, what'd I tell ya Pamela Guy F.: Yes, we will look at lots more, until we find one that fits the bill... We're looking at 2 localities, Chomedey or Dollard-des-Ormeaux Pamela: that's quite a change from last year, Gui - new job, new baby, new house : ) MacRonald: My knowledge of Montreal fades.......... south and east of the city? Guy F.: Homes are still semi-affordable in Montreal, so that's a plus. Yeah, quite a change from last time we met about 18 months or so ago. Pamela: don't buy in Dollard des Ormeaux, Gui, no one can ever figure out where it is : ) Guy F.: Pam: DDO is a nice area, English speaking and luxurious, I'd love to find something there, but it's hard finding a starter home in a good neighborhood. Pamela: so how big are you looking for, and what kind of price range are the ones you're looking at? Guy F.: All under $250K. As for size, many factors come into consideration, but an important factor is that it should have 3 fairly large bedrooms. Pamela: so 3 bed, two bath? MacRonald: gee.... Pamela: depending on where you looked in Toronto, that would run you upwards of $300K Guy F.: TO is expensive. My ideal price range is $210K or so... Will try to find something in that area. MacRonald: try half a million in Vancouver (for a box on a crawl space) Guy F.: Vancouver is crazy in terms of real estate price, very scary. MacRonald: yup Guy F.: Good if you own, bad if you're trying to buy, I guess. Pamela: well, it depends where in Toronto you're looking - if you're in Leaside, or the Beaches, or North Toronto, you could easily run into $700K Pamela: but those are the most desirable neighbourhoods MacRonald: location, location, location Guy F.: Real Estate has been insane for a while now, I'm still wondering whether or not I should wait and see what happens. Pamela: so what haven't you liked about the ones you've already seen, Gui? Guy F.: People are talking about a real estate bubble... Is it getting bigger though and will it ever pop? MacRonald: Guy.... if you're gonna do it, waiting is not an option. Pamela: and are you looking for an older home, or new construction? Guy F.: Pam: Neighborhood, house condition, space, basement, size of rooms, etc, etc... A lot of homes are "ALMOST" perfect, but they just don't click. MacRonald: you'll find it. It's out there Guy Pamela: don't worry, you'll find one that "clicks" eventually Guy F.: Location is also a factor, I don't want to live too far away from Montreal, so I'm stuck with older homes, etc... Yeah, I guess it's like marriage, it ain't perfect, but it clicks. :) MacRonald: brb Pamela: are Chomedy and DDO much of a commute for you? Daniel Bienvenu: I have to focus on my work... sorry. but I have 2 questions Daniel Bienvenu: 1 - Someone talked with Neil? Guy F.: Pam: A bit, but not too much. Guy B.: Guy, do you have a price range set for a house you are looking for? Pamela: not me, Daniel Guy F.: Pam: There are 3 new subway (metro) stations opening in a few months or so in Chomedey Pamela: oh, that's good Guy F.: Guy B: Yeah, max $250 for the IDEAL home... much less if it's less than ideal and I have to renovate, etc... Pamela: so will you drive to the station and take the subway downtown? Guy F.: Pam: Probably just take a bus or if it's nice and warm just bike to the metro station. I love biking!!! Daniel Bienvenu: 2 - When I will have the 8K version of 3 minigames, a first batch of cartridges will be done. Pamela: I've given up on buses around here - I will drive to the subway station and take transit downtown - I start a new job on Tuesday Guy F.: Pam: Really? A new job? Congrats, I remember you said you wanted to change jobs last time we met... BobS: vacationing this week ? Pamela: if I were closer to the subway, I would consider biking too, but it's 8K one way Pamela: no, my last day at the old job is tomorrow, Bob Guy F.: Pam: I bike 10Ks to go to work, takes me 28 mins or so. Pamela: yeah, but if I did it I'd be all sweaty - ick Guy F.: Pam: At first it was real hard, but it kept on getting easier and easier. Guy F.: Pam: Yep, all sweaty and sticky. BobS: well happy last day hon Pamela: plus, on the way to the subway, it's all uphill - BIG hills Pamela: thanks, Bob : ) MacRonald: they should take you to lunch Pamela: I'm gonna be a basket case tomorrow Pamela: I warned everyone I was going to blubber all over them MacRonald: always difficult to say goodbye Pamela: I left my kleenex box on my desk until the last minute for just that reason Guy F.: How long did you work there? And are you getting a $$$ increase by changing jobs? Guy F.: Dan: What's question #3? Pamela: worked there for 2.5 years, and new job is $5K more per annum Pamela: I started at Somerville in August of 2004 Guy F.: Pam: NICE! I got a $5K raise a few weeks ago at work, and it really shows on each pay. Pamela: wow, congrats! Pamela: the nice things about the new job are the salary increase, and benefits from day one - no waiting period Guy F.: Pam: Well, where I work it goes with the experience you have, after 1 year I end up being at the top of the ladder. So I got a $2,50/hr salary increase automatically. It's the last one I'll ever get in my career, I'm already at the top. Pamela: also, 3 weeks vacation right off the top, which I'm entitled to from day one as well (prorated for this year for the time already gone from the year) Guy F.: Pam: I only have 2 weeks, but in 2 years I shall be getting 3. After 5 years I get 1 whole month! Pamela: so this year I'll get 13.5 days of vacation MacRonald: Sounds like they look after you Pam Guy F.: 13.5? Not bad, since you've just changed jobs. Pamela: at the old job, I wouldn't have been qualified for three weeks until I'd completed five years Guy F.: Some employers know how to keep their employees, and others just don't care. Pamela: well, Marsh is a huge company, so their benefits and other things are very progressive Guy F.: It's those little things that make you enjoy your job. BobS: most employers here in the states just don't care Guy F.: Dan: What's #3. Guy F.: Dan: Who's on 3rd? I told you who's on 2nd, but you still haven't told me who's on 3rd. MacRonald: What, Who, I Dunno Pamela: when I left Speedy, I had 4 weeks vacation - I've really missed that extra time in the last couple of years Guy F.: BobS: Speaking of which, did you ever end up finding employment? Pamela: but this will enable me to take a week in Ottawa and still have some time left to play with BobS: am working a total of 32 hrs per week GuyF........got a part time 23 hrs a week job doing maintenance at a senoir home Guy F.: BobS: Very good! I'm glad you found something!!! BobS: so for now, I ma getting by ok, Judy is going back to school to get some certifications to work in a doctors office Pamela: when does she start classes, Bob? BobS: Judy goes Mon & Tues afternoons each week until October to New Horizons Learning Centers for microsoft office certifications and other medical terminology certifications BobS: started 2 days ago Pam Pamela: good : ) Pamela: they should be a breeze for her Pamela: she's extremely computer savvy BobS: Judy says it si FUN, that is what is wierd Guy F.: My wife absolutely does not want to go to work... I wish she did, but it's her choice. Pamela: I believe it - when you are already familiar with computers, learning new stuff can be fun Pamela: how do you cope on just one salary, Gui? Guy F.: Easy, I work overtime, on average 20-25 hrs extra per week, it more than compensates. Pamela: ouch BobS: he makes a LOTS of bucks so that Sandra can stay home Pam Pamela: that's gotta hit you in the tax pocket, though, Gui MacRonald: I honestly don't know how people survive in this day and age Guy F.: Pam: I also have a child, and a wife who doesn't work, so I get back more than if I was single. Pamela: that Pamela: s true Pamela: but the tax on the O/T must be killing you Guy F.: Honestly, ever since women joined the workforce, things haven't been easy for us men.... OK, I'll shut up while I'm ahead. BobS: Ron.........."slowly lowly................" as the worm turns Guy F.: Pam: It all evens up at the end of the year. BobS: good point Guy.....and good observation Pamela: men! I'm surrounded. MacRonald: brb.... gotta go find the plug for this thing Pamela: ah, ain't batteries wonderful Guy F.: It's just that most households I know of, there are 2 salaries coming in, so it's hard to compete with the other families when you only have 1 salary coming in. Sure, I know what you guys will say, who needs to compete? But when you are buying a house, you are competing, you have to flex your muscle dollars, and if you don't have as much as the other couple with 2 incomes, well, you'll miss out on the house. Guy F.: Salaries and the economy is also adjusted to the fact that families have 2 incomes, it's almost necessary these days. Pamela: that's true Gui Pamela: and salaries simply haven't kept up with the cost of living Pamela: we couldn't live on just my income Guy F.: Exacto. In the past 7-8 years, I have seen home prices double, yet salaries, barely increased. Pamela: real estate is the real kicker Guy F.: Pam: Yes, HOUSING. We all need shelter. It's getting more and more expensive for that basic need. Pamela: my parents bought their house in 1964 for $23,500 Pamela: now, it would bring $400K easily Guy F.: Yep, and $23,500 compounded over 43 years will give you a nice total. Guy F.: $23,500 compounded at 5% will yield: MacRonald: I no longer have any wish to own anything Pamela: their income at teh time was about $6400 per annum, or one quarter of the cost of the house MacRonald: been there, and to me it was nothing but trouble Guy F.: $200K at 5% yield Pamela: so allegedly, for the same house now, you should be earning at least $100K Daniel Bienvenu: Guy : sorry, I don't understand the meaning of "who's on 3rd?" Pamela: I earn less than half that Guy F.: At 7.5% yield, it'll give you $526K Guy F.: Dan: Exactly. Who... is on 3rd. The person named "Who". MacRonald: It's an old Abbot and Costello routine Daniel MacRonald: dates back to the '30s Daniel Bienvenu: the joke is who's on 1st, what's on 2nd... or I don't remember my classics Guy F.: Dan: Something like that Daniel. Pamela: "I don't know" is on 3rd Pamela: and after that I lose track Daniel Bienvenu: I think one is "tomorow" MacRonald: left field Daniel Bienvenu: anyway, I'm rushing... MacRonald: or was it shortstop Guy F.: Dan: So what's question #3? You said you have 3 questions I believe... Guy F.: Neil, 8K version of mini games, and.... Guy F.: Answer to #3: No, I will not go on a date with you, thank you very much. Pamela: BTW, I sent an e-mail to Neil last week but didn't get a reply Pamela: Ron, you got him last time. Any chance of repeating that? Guy F.: Yeah, we'd love to start getting details about the Adamcon, we plan on showing up. MacRonald: Never did actually speak to him Pamela. Left a message on his answering machine MacRonald: Frustrating Pamela: at the very least we should have a date set so we can start planning Pamela: well he did show up here after you called him, Ron MacRonald: yes Daniel Bienvenu: I said 2 questions... not 3 ;-) Pamela: maybe if we all bombard him with e-mails, he'll have to show up to respond in self-defence Guy F.: Well, 2 in binary is 11. So you have 9 questions left. MacRonald: We certainly do need to hear from him Guy F.: Ok, it's really 10... how about 8 left. Pamela: well, hopefully I can practice my French on you guys Pamela: which means I need to get a decent textbook with vocabulary and conjugation Guy B.: Well folks. I'm going to call it the night. Happy Easter to All!!! Guy F.: You sure can! I hope the adamcon is not during movign season (beginning of july). Pamela: Happy Easter, Guy MacRonald: and a happy easter to you Guy..... watch out for the chocolate bunny Pamela: (PRIVATE) hugs to you Guy B.: (PRIVATE) Me too! Pamela: the Easter bunny has already laid eggs around here Guy F.: Happy Chocolate Bunny Holiday! Guy B.: Poof
Guy B. left chat session Guy F.: ker? Pamela: no, that Pamela: is my line : ) MacRonald: sugar free low cal bunny Guy F.: haha Pamela: no such animal, Ron : ) Guy F.: easter cat MacRonald: tell me about it Daniel Bienvenu: Tu es coquin ce soir Guy. Pamela: the Superstore was selling Laura Secord chocolate cream eggs - I succumbed Guy F.: I love those cadburry easter eggs. I have a confession to make. Once, I mus thave eaten like 7 or 8 of them in one sitting. MacRonald: can relate to that Guy Daniel Bienvenu: plus que d'habitude Guy F.: Dan: Comme toujours, au travail les gens me trouvent tannat. Guy F.: *tannant MacRonald: I am a binge artist Pamela: I'm a certified chocoholic Gui, and even I couldn't eat that many Guy F.: I wait till AFTER easter and get those eggs at a discount, like 25 cents each. Guy F.: PAM: Then you're not the real deal. Sorry. Guy F.: :) Pamela: if they were solid chocolate, no problem, but even I find the cream filling too sweet Pamela: and I'm the one who takes the corner piece on the birthday cake for the icing Guy F.: I could probably eat 3-4 pounds of that filling. It's the filling I love, not the chocolate. MacRonald: Hand over the chocolate, and nobody will get hurt! Guy F.: Hahaha. Pamela: I've seen t-shirts with that on them Guy F.: Yummm, Cake, Chocolate Cheesecake. MacRonald: Have a friend here in town, who has on her licence plate, "I want chocolate, and I want it now!" Pamela: however, the best one I saw was: Guy F.: BTW, any news from james, heard there was an eartquake in his side of Japan... Pamela: an empty picture frame and the caption: "Baroque: when you are out of Monet" MacRonald: hope he's ok Guy F.: OK, good to hear... Guy F.: These days if the earthquake don't get you, it's the tsunami a few hours later. Pamela: haven't heard anything from him, Guy MacRonald: We're expecting "the big one" here. Tectonic plates grinding it out MacRonald: Vancouver Island might be under water again Guy F.: I think we're safe in Quebec, although we did have a few mild earthquakes... BobS: well kids, time to go ...........GREAT to see you stop in again GuyF.....say HI to Sandra and the baby....... Guy F.: BobS: Sure will Bob, hope to see you at the upcoming adamcon Pamela: goodnight Bob - say hi to Judy for us, and hope you're holding up okay Guy F.: Ker... BobS: will see ya'll next wseek...........tell Richard HI for all of us and hope he keeps on mending MacRonald: be well Mr. S Pamela: I will : ) BobS: ta ta MacRonald: don't do anything I wouldn't do
BobS left chat session Guy F.: I have the urge for a 1 pound hamburger right about now... Hmmm. Pamela: I have one word for you, Guy - LICKS! Guy F.: God damn Passover, I've been hungry ever since it started, yesterday. Pamela: um, what does Passover have to do with it? MacRonald: something to do with not eating Guy F.: During passover you are on a certain diet... MacRonald: no bread Pamela: I didn't realize : ) Guy F.: Exactly no bread, and trust me, for some unknown reason, I've been hungry since yesterday. Pamela: not enough matzoh in the world, right? Guy F.: My wife feels the same way. Guy F.: Not enough Matzoh, indeed, ate like 7-8 of them today at work, with people starring at me funny..\ MacRonald: are you and your wife Jewish, Guy? Guy F.: Yes, we both are. Pamela: ya learn something new . . . : ) MacRonald: right MacRonald: have a friend here who mentioned it to me a few days ago Pamela: so who did Seder this week, Guy? Guy F.: It's basically a holiday to celebrate an event from the old testament. MacRonald: He's not completely orthodox, but he and his wife do observe Passover Guy F.: Pam: No one, I had to work late hours unfortunately. Pamela: : ( Guy F.: Sure, many people like that, not orthodox, but celebrate high holidays. Pamela: it seems that no matter how progressive a family is, Passover, Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur get observed MacRonald: yeah, that's about it Guy F.: Yup, big holidays, Purim too! Guy F.: Pam: How do you know about all those holidays? Pamela: Purim was only a couple of weeks ago, wasn't it? MacRonald: Like me going to church at Christmas and Easter Guy F.: Pam: Working all those hours, I'm out of the loop with anything that is not work. Pamela: I grew up at Bathurst and Lawrence in Toronto - one of the most Orthodox neighbourhoods in the city Guy F.: Pam: Oh OK, most people who aren't jewish do not know those holidays, much less the correct spelling, which of course, you seem to know perfeclt.y Pamela: the high school I went to, although public, had a student body that was about 75% Jewish Guy F.: So you're about 37.5% Jewish then. :) Pamela: only by osmosis Guy F.: hehe MacRonald: brb... Diet Coke is calling me from the fridge Pamela: my main job in high school was babysitting for a pair of Orthodox families Pamela: I learned a lot about Judaism from them Guy F.: Pam: Yeah, seems like you know your stuff. Guy F.: Gefilte Fish? Pamela: ick : ) Guy F.: I hate it too. Guy F.: Nasty slimmy whitefish. Pamela: any fish = ick Guy F.: Salmon is good. Pamela: but gefilte fish, more than most Guy F.: Oy Gevalt. Guy F.: Actually, I'm not one of those Jews. I'm a moroccan Jew, Sepharadic, do you know the difference? Pamela: actually, I think I know more about Judaism than Christianity. My parents were areligious and I wasn't brought up in a faith at all Pamela: I have heard the term Sephardic, but don't know what the difference is Guy F.: It is a name given to Jewish people from Spanish decent, as opposed to the Ashkenazi Jews which originate from Polish decent. Big difference in culture and traditions. Pamela: so how did you end up a bilingual Jew in Montreal? : ) Guy F.: Lots of us here in Montreal actually. Pamela: and do you speak Yiddish? Pamela: or Hebrew? Guy F.: No, Yiddish is part of the Ashkenazi heritage, which I am not part of. Guy F.: Hebrew, yes. Pamela: actually, I think most people speak some Yiddish, again by osmosis MacRonald: Always figured that if you wanted to be completely bilingual with no trace of an accent in either language, you had to get born in Montreal Pamela: after all, who hasn't used some of the terms in their life? Guy F.: Yep. Most Ashkenazi Jews were affected by World War 2, Sepharadic Jews weren't. Guy F.: Yiddish coming from Germany, a mix of English and German. Pamela: anyone who has ever called someone a schmuck has had at least a passing acquaintance with Yiddish : ) MacRonald: Interesting Guy F.: Bleah, my accents are bad in both languages, french people think I'm anglophone, and english people think I'm francophone. Pamela: Interestingly Guy, I don't hear an accent when you speak English MacRonald: no, nor I Guy F.: Some words, if you pay attention. Pamela: I think one would have to listen very carefully Pamela: Unlike Daniel, who is easily identified as Quebecois Guy F.: He's a Quebecer, I'm a french speaking canadian. Pamela: Oui. Pamela: also interestingly, I often hear accents that other people don't. Guy F.: And then there's french-canadians, which is what my father is. So 3 types of french speaking people in Quebec. Pamela: I wish I had kept up my french Guy F.: Yeah, like in all things, practice practice, practice. Guy F.: I wish I could speak spanish, but am too lazy to continue. Pamela: I can only have the most basic, present tense conversation these days. At least I can still ask where the bathroom is : ) Guy F.: my courses. Pamela: have you had any spanish? Guy F.: 1 semester in college, and it's not enough, just barely enough to get by. MacRonald: Was watching the coverage of the Quebec election Monday night. Made me realize how much I've lost. I was able to follow it, but there sure were a lot of blanks Guy F.: with the basics. Daniel Bienvenu: statisticaly : only 10% of english persons in Canada can also speak french. about 45% of french persons in Canada can speak english. lucky to be bilingual Guy F.: I love being bilingual. MacRonald: Need to do some more work on that Pamela: I took french in school from grade four to grade twelve. After five years of french, I started taking Spanish as well Pamela: Spanish came so much more easily because I already had the grounding in French. Guy F.: Quebec is really unique, the more I see other cities/countries, the more I find Quebec interesting how they managed to keep French as a dominant language after all those years, even after being conquered by the english. Pamela: when I think of the jobs I would be qualified for if I was bilingual, it makes me sick Guy F.: Yup, lots of jobs I managed getting thanks to being bilingual. Guy F.: I even got a job once because I was able to speak a 3rd language. Pamela: I'll bet. I have looked at the Ontario government job site and found many jobs I could have done with my eyes closed, but the wanted people who were bilingual Guy F.: Working for Air Canada as a flight attendant, but that was many many many years ago, like 12 years or so. Pamela: how long did you do that for? Pamela: and how did you like it? Guy F.: Not long, just enough to get the job offer and refuse. I had 2 weeks left of CEGEP before graduation and they wanted me to go to Toronto for training and drop my courses, which I couldn't do. Guy F.: I'm glad I sticked with my College, thanks to it, I have a great job now. Pamela: that's nuts. They could have waited two weeks. Guy F.: Apparently not. Pamela: you made the right decision. Pamela: I often wonder how I would have liked college or university, because I hated secondary school. Guy F.: In any case, it would have been weird working with all kinds of beautiful single women, staying over different countries every other day, etc... Hmm, come to think of it, maybe I should have went. Guy F.: I hated Secondary School too.... Hated it with a capital H. Pamela: you grew up in Montreal I gather MacRonald: Beautiful single women? what do you do with them? Guy F.: Ron: Hmm, let me refresh your memory. ;) Pamela: surely it hasn't been that long, Ron : ) MacRonald: :) MacRonald: welllll... Guy F.: You lie to them and play mind games with them in order for them to like you, and when they are vulnerable you ... well, you get the point. MacRonald: and then you buy them a house Pamela: there is a distinct overload of testosterone in this room right now : ) MacRonald: (I'm not bitter) Guy F.: Exactly Ron! ;)O MacRonald: yes Pam Pamela: so, can I tell Russell he has to buy me a house? : ) Daniel Bienvenu: I'm really tired... I will take a nap on my bed soon. checking my emails now. MacRonald: yup Guy F.: Why a nap? Why not jus go to sleep? Daniel Bienvenu: rush not over Guy F.: Rush? Guy F.: You bring your work home? And don't sleep because of work? Daniel Bienvenu: need to finish something in time for the QA tommorow Guy F.: Wow, you sure are dedicated Dan, I really respect that. Guy F.: Hope your employer appreciates it by giving you a decent bonus when the project is done. MacRonald: wow that's dedication Daniel Bienvenu: If only I can be more faster... I'm loosing my legendary fast programming skill. Guy F.: (or abuse/slave work) Pamela: remeber guys, he works from home now Guy F.: Oh, you do??? Guy F.: I didn't know that. Guy F.: I thought you worked a full 10 hrs day, and then brought your work home and continued through the night. Pamela: and apparently I have a case of fimble ningers tonite - can't spell worht a darn - see? MacRonald: work is a 4 letter word Guy F.: I hope you are making a salary in the 6 digits. Daniel Bienvenu: yeah, the company decided that it's ridiculus to pay for 2 places, one in Montreal, one in Quebec. And because we are only 2 in Quebec they close it. Daniel Bienvenu: So, I'm still working for them, but at home Guy F.: Well, at least you can go to work naked, which is a nice perk. Daniel Bienvenu: err... it's too cold here to work naked. Pamela: unless he has a video conference call : ) Guy F.: Daniel: Well, summer is quickly approaching, you should be fine in the hotter months. Daniel Bienvenu: even in Summer it's cold. Guy F.: Well, we'll chip in to get you a heater. Daniel Bienvenu: no, I'm not working in the fridg. Guy F.: hehehe, I guess those boxer shorts are staying on then. Pamela: wouldn't it be easier to just get dressed? Guy F.: Typing/chatting/programming naked is very comfortable... Guy F.: Very natural. Pamela: okay, waaaay too much information :; ) MacRonald: I sit in my jammies until noon. MacRonald: some days Guy F.: There you go, I'm typing in my boxers as we speak... Too comfortable. MacRonald: you want all this detail Pam MacRonald: ?? Pamela: I haven't had one of those days in a very long time. I'm looking forward to it this weekend. Pamela: too late, Ron Pamela: If this devolves into a "what are you wearing" contest, I'm outta here ; ) MacRonald: As for writing programs, if I were to read all the books I have about C C++ C# Python Visual Basic Real Basic, I might write a program or two MacRonald: alas, I will go to my grave not having read those books Guy F.: C# I've been wanting to learn. MacRonald: I have an attention span of 28 seconds Pamela: bring them on the plane trip to Ottawa, Ron MacRonald: right Pamela: at that point you're a captive audience : ) Guy F.: I'm gonzo guys, gotta go to sleep... wake up in 5 hrs. Pamela: glad you came, Guy - it's been too long Guy F.: I'd love to stay and chat about what everyone is wearing, but the witching hour is almost upon me. MacRonald: right Guy. Time to call it a night I think MacRonald: good to talk to ya's all Pamela: yeah, it's almost midnight Guy F.: Yeah, glad I showed up too, it's been a very interesting AdamCon chat this week!!! MacRonald: nite all Guy F.: Hope to see all of you in Ottawa this year... Guy F.: good night all. Pamela: I'll be interested to see if Dad reads the log and what he thinks of it : ) MacRonald: if we ever find out when it is Pamela: gotta start nagging Neil Pamela: I sent him an e-mail last week, it's your turn MacRonald: yes, I'll try get him on the phone in the next day or so MacRonald: nite all Pamela: okay, good luck : ) Pamela: gnite Ron
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