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changed username to George rich-c: hello george George: Hi Rich rich-c: how are things in Philly tonight? George: fine rich-c: good to hear it - getting any rain lately? George: just a little rich-c: in your case, every little bit helps rich-c: we've had some snow over the last 36 hours rich-c: but it has pretty well melted away George: we need 9 inches George: of rain that is rich-c: well, the low that gave us the snow may give you a bit of what you need rich-c: we are west of you and teh fronts are curved so we get the weather first George: where is the reast of the gang? rich-c: oh, it's only ten past - I get the feeling sometimes they aen't good at reading a clock rich-c: besides, I tend to be a pretty punctual person rich-c: while we're alone - ran across something you might find interesting George: ok rich-c: it's a program - a freebie rich-c: essentially it's an office suite, though it doesn't have a database George: ok rich-c: but then the spreadsheet will cover most database functions anyway rich-c: but it has two flexible word processors, a neat zip tool, address book and stuff George: what is it? rich-c: on preliminary look it is very user-friendly rich-c: as I say, it's an office suite - did I mention the presentation module? rich-c: anyway, it is a bit over 4 megabytes as a download rich-c: that's tolerable though long on a dialup line, easy on DSL George: i'm not too good at office software rich-c: you can get it at: www.e-press.com George: ok rich-c: you needn't be - but it will make your word processing a real cinch rich-c: I like it better already than Notepad or Wordpad rich-c: and I think you might like some of the other stuff too - did I mention the bookkeeping unit? George: not yet rich-c: well, it's there too if you'd like to do some rough and ready budgeting or expense tracking
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changed username to Guy B. rich-c: hello there Guy George: Hi Guy rich-c: anyway, George, download it, take a look at it, and tell us what you think next week George: i will Guy B.: Greetings! I'm on the P133 and restoring programs on the Athlon. So, I'll be doing two things tonight. rich-c: how's Chicago - clear but cold? Guy B.: We has some snow flurries flying earlier tonight and yes. It's cold, but the weekend we could see 60's by Sunday. rich-c: got the Direct Cable Connection going, have you, Guy? rich-c: though those flurries would have cleared you by now, Guy, you're well west of us Guy B.: No, I'm reinstalling programs on the Athlon, I had to reinstall everything again after Control Panel got messed up. George: it went from 75 here a 2pm. to 45 now rich-c: how on earth does one mess up Control Panel? rich-c: looks like George just got our cold front - now for teh first installment of the 9" of rain he needs George: i messed up my control panel by deleting everything rich-c: yeah, that will do it, George rich-c: I'm not even going to ask why you did Guy B.: Boy, the messes we run into. George: that was when i first had my computer rich-c: OK - I keep forgetting you wren't brought up the Adam way like we were George: the screensaver caught me by surprise rich-c: yes, that can happen rich-c: I've learned teh first thing you do when you get a new program is see what's on all the drop-down menus George: i thought it was a malfunction rich-c: then, click on "options" or "preferences" for everything and s3e what you can change rich-c: that, George, is known as jumping to a confusion George: yes rich-c: one thing we learned about computers in our early days is they are The Enemy rich-c: you must stalk them, spy on them, prod them around the edges to see what they do George: why do we use them then? rich-c: and when they react to you with hostility, freeze rich-c: like horses - they can kick or bite the life out of you rich-c: but learn to harness them and man, can you go places and do things George: there was just a long delay before my text came through
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changed username to BobS rich-c: that is your ISPs fault; I am getting virtually no buffer delay rich-c: hello Robert BobS: OK mateys.......I IS here!!!!! BobS: sceery huh??????
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changed username to amanda slopsema rich-c: oh, we were just discussing how to deal with a recalcitrant computer BobS: hiya George!!!!!! Guy B.: Hi Bob rich-c: not of course that there is any other kind BobS: that is why I am late..... amanda slopsema: hi dad BobS: DAMN things BobS: hi dude rich-c: well, Mandy, hello there BobS: found a spot in favorites for the adm huh???? amanda slopsema: hi rich Guy B.: Hi Mandy! rich-c: don't hear from your corner of the Slopsema family much amanda slopsema: yes i did, pretty cool huh amanda slopsema: no, it is pretty busy with a 15 month old BobS: sold a computer tonight, got another up from the basement and the darn disk drive won't work BobS: Doug's line is busy.........took it apart and I can;'t see what is wrong rich-c: 3-1/2 or 5.25? BobS: 3.5" BobS: even tried a different drive rich-c: is it firmly on the pins at both ends? rich-c: and is it on the A clip, not the B Guy B.: Mandy, how is your baby doing? BobS: yup. pulled the cable out amanda slopsema: good, walking all over the place and he is working on starting to talk BobS: it is on the twisted end of the cabel BobS: HI Guy Guy B.: Wonderful, he's about a year old now, right? rich-c: I can never remember whether the A position is before or after the twist amanda slopsema: I'll be bringing him by convention this year so every one can see him. He is now 15-months ols BobS: it was working when we built the computer Guy B.: Wow, how big is he? rich-c: you didn't disable the drive in setup or something, did you? BobS: niope checked that out
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changed username to Judy rich-c: hello judy amanda slopsema: he is between 20 and 15 pounds and is about up to my knee amanda slopsema: hi mom BobS: even disabled it int he bois then enabled it Guy B.: Hi Judy Judy: Hi, GUy George: Hi Judy rich-c: well, looks like the problem isn't there, then Judy: hi, Mandy Guy B.: He's getting big. I wouldn't be surprised that he will be as tall as you when he gets older. BobS: just have to deep six the sucker till Doug has a n idea Judy: HI, George BobS: hey, GUESS WHAT?????????? rich-c: wouldn't be one of the old switchable drives set to 720K, would it? Guy B.: What??? BobS: NOPE amanda slopsema: I'm thinking he will probably be closer to Dad or Doug's height BobS: one IBMpower supply wil power 3 ADAM's rich-c: depends on the age of the power supply BobS: matter of fact, one compaq supply HAS to have 3 ADAM's onboard to even startup George: i have a 720k drive rich-c: but Adam is only 80 watts max and most of that is the printer Guy B.: No doubt! Especially how tall they are. Are you in school? BobS: right Rich........3 ADAM's is roughly equivelent to a 40 meg ide hd for power amanda slopsema: No, I am work iwth State Farm Insurance in one of the agents office rich-c: sheesh! I hate to ask what my 40 gig hd might draw BobS: probably no more than a 40 meg drive Guy B.: That's good. What do you do? Help with claims from the agents? rich-c: actually, not so, because it's fast - ATA133, I think - and 7200 rpm so drinks more George: i'm still below 10 gig hd amanda slopsema: Write policies, service the customers, take claim reports, answer phone calls. I basically do it all. rich-c: so what, George? that's more than you'll ever need rich-c: the only reason I have a 40 is because it was about the smallest around when my computer was assembled BobS: heck Geo, the biggest thing I have is a 4 gig Guy B.: And it''s keeping you busy. Does mom watch the baby while you're at work? rich-c: my laptop only has 2,1 gig and it's not half used George: i don't expect a big software bunle though amanda slopsema: Mom watches him 2 days a week every other week. Other than that he is in daycare which is right next door to my office. amanda slopsema: Mom, Cindy bought me a box of diapers for $20 at Meijers rich-c: unless your a games nut or fanatic pirate, a couple of gigs is more than enough BobS: she knows cuase she told ME BobS: heck I only have about 1.5 gigs used and I got nuthin else to put on........... George: i'm an mp3 junkie rich-c: my old 166, I did put an 8.4 gig in, but even at the end it was not a third used rich-c: oh well, mp3 users need terabytes of drive Guy B.: That's perfect. Glad everything is working out for you. amanda slopsema: Thanks. It is really different being a mother, but I absolutely love it! rich-c: and yes Mandy, we're paying attention to you too in the crosstalk Guy B.: Ok, gang. I'm getting there on the Athlon. I've reinstalled Netzero and and new version was installed on the P133 and it runs. rich-c: brb BobS: THAT is what the hd space is used for in a LOT of puters....MP3's rich-c: just got a hellish cramp in my right thigh - had to get up and wqalk aroundx George: i use winmx rich-c: why use hard disc space when CDs are so easy to burn and so cheap? rich-c: I've just discovered you can even set up CD-Rs for multi-session (though not multi-use) George: i use it for rare recordings or not released on cd rich-c: well given the way your computers lose data, Geogre, you should get a CD burner to preserve stuff Guy B.: Mandy, have one other question for you. Has the father seen your child? amanda slopsema: He did a few times right after Ryan was born but never touched, talked or touched Ryan. Now he wants nothing to do with Ryan. His loss rich-c: very much his loss George: i burn to mp3 format the cdplayesr are starting to use it rich-c: luckily Ryan has good grandparents and uncle so he'll be OK rich-c: yes. Geroge, what CD burning software do you have? amanda slopsema: Yes, he has we have the best family. I know that if it weren't for my family I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have in life. rich-c: Ryan needs a strong, steady male presence - fortunately your father and brother can do that excellently Judy: and you are doing good BobS: ya think>>>>>>>> Guy B.: That's too bad. He's going to miss out on his som growing up. But, I'm glad everything is turning out good for you. My niece, Michele was in the same situation as you and now she's married and has another child. So, I have a great niece and nephew. And you know, she's done a wonderful job on raising her kids. George: it came with my HP 9700i MY CD
(BobS reboots rich-c's computer remotely.) rich-c: (ZONK) George: and ROXIO BobS: did win98 restart ok???? amanda slopsema: Yes , I they really are. Ryan is starting to call grandpa, "papa" rich-c: I have the Adaptec programs - one useful feature, you don't have to burn once then you've used it up BobS: just depends on what ya buy!!! rich-c: OK, Roxio I think is the Adaptec one - Direct CD? Judy: did Ryan get a cold from me Guy B.: That reminds me of my cousins calling my late grandfather that. George: right now i'm only using Cd-Rs rich-c: anyway it can format a write-only disc so if you don't fill it you can go back and add to it rich-c: you lose over 200 meg of capacity doing so, but that's better than losing 700 meg by doing one small burn Guy B.: Yes, that's the one Rich amanda slopsema: No, he doesn't seem to have a cold. George: aol cds use less than 15 meg BobS: why does ya lose 200 megs?????? Judy: that's good rich-c: it does a special type of format - ISO 9660 I think - amanda slopsema: He hasn't come up with a name for mom yet but I know that is coming soon. Right now he more or less calls her mama just like he does me rich-c: it somehow convinces the drive and CD that the burn didn't end and can be taken up where it was interrupted rich-c: of course what's burned is burned and can never be erased rich-c: and I don't know if it can save things in a buffer underrun BobS: way to fancyu and techie for me rich-c: Mandy, for now why don't you just teach him "Nana" rich-c: oh, it's got to be pretty simple if I can understand it, Bob amanda slopsema: I am working on teaching him a lot of things. I am not to worried if he call grandma, mama. As long as it doesn't bother her, which I am pretty sure that it doesn't BobS: ya think???????? rich-c: trust me BobS: BUT, BUT you are THE guru............. BobS: you adn Guy jump in and do more than I want to do aloner......... rich-c: yeah, of Ignorance! Judy: no that won't bother me BobS: all I gotta do is touch the suker and it pukes
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changed username to Pamela amanda slopsema: I didn't think it would bother you mom Pamela: Hi, all George: Hi Pam rich-c: bout time you got here, daughter Guy B.: Hi Pam Pamela: Sorry, had to watch West Wing amanda slopsema: Should I start calling you grandma to make up for the fact that Ryan doesn't call you it????? rich-c: new episode tonight? Pamela: yes, and it was goooood! BobS: ABOUYT TIME pamela Pamela: sorry Bob BobS: and ya should bee TOOOOO Judy: Hi, Pam Pamela: Hi Judy Pamela: Hi George Pamela: Hi Pamela: Amanda, nice to meet you Judy: how is life up there amanda slopsema: You to, I am Bob and Judy's youngest daughter Pamela: Busy on Wednesday nights! Pamela: I am Rich C's daughter George: i'm no relation Pamela: And they say families don't do anything together any more Pamela: George, you've been adopted into the ADAM community Pamela: Hi, Guy BobS: too bad Geo............want to be asopted by rich uncle RICH Judy: yes, we are all family Pamela: (did I get everyone?) George: but i'm stuck in Philly Pamela: Sorry, I have dibs on him Pamela: since the community is worldwide, that's not a problem George BobS: thereis plenty of Rich adn Frances to go arounsd hon.......... rich-c: well, the rest of us are scattered all over Guy B.: Just for those who came in late. I'm reinstalling programs on the Athlon while I'm on the P133. Just about done. Virucide 2001 is being installed now. rich-c: after all, Ron is in Comox, British Columbia and James is in Japan Pamela: As an only chilld, I don't share very well Pamela: Just whom are you referring to, Guy? amanda slopsema: I wish I could say that but unfortunately I got stuck on the end of three children!!!! Pamela: And how's it going? Guy B.: I have two computers up Pam! BobS: too bad you are all far flung to the far corners of Grand Rapids..............
(BobS winks) rich-c: I tried a freebie antivirus called AVG on the laptop rich-c: it seems to work well Pamela: Not my choice, Amanda but I must say being an only had and has its perks BobS: sure, like being the only one around to get yelled at eh????????? Pamela: and the only one to pay attention to Judy: but having a sister has perks too rich-c: if you want to try it, Guy, it's at www.grisoft.com amanda slopsema: Yeah probably, but I have the advantage of have 2 very cute nephews. Guy B.: What's there Rich? Pamela: Well, I adopted mine instead - I have three best friends Judy: one of which has been sick rich-c: the AVG antivirus, Guy Pamela: oh dear, who's sick? Judy: Josh Pamela: poor darling Judy: had a fever rich-c: what's his problem, Judy? amanda slopsema: How was he feeling today. I haven't talked to Sherri since this morning? Judy: was very good though Pamela: Amanda, are you going to be around to show them off this summer? Judy: still had a fever this morning, but seemed to be feeling better Judy: took long naps rich-c: with babaies, fevers can mean everything or nothing amanda slopsema: My son will be visiting convention and I am sure my sister will take my nephew over. Either that Meeka, Mom or I will steal them one day. rich-c: Pam, there was an ambulance at Eiras' this morning Pamela: how old are the boys Judy? Pamela: ohmigod, really? do you know why? Judy: yes, Rich but whatever they have I get rich-c: I think it was for Gabriel Pamela: Have you heard anything further? rich-c: no, haven't seen much activity there since Judy: Josh is going to be 3 and Michael is 1 1/2, and Ryan is just over 1 rich-c: but they didn't seem in a hurry when they took him away, so I reckon he was stable amanda slopsema: Sherri's boys are 3 and 18 months (Josh and MIchael respectively) and my son is 15 months (Ryan) Pamela: If you hear anything further Dad, let me know, okay? amanda slopsema: Well mom I guess you got to answer that before I did rich-c: of course, Pam Judy: I type faster than you??? Pamela: that's quite a handful however you slice it Judy: they are great!!!! George: i don't type i peck Judy: getting easier rich-c: well, Gabriel has been going downhill pretty fast of late Pamela: I haven't heard anything and Liz didn't say anything the last time I saw her, nor did Danny rich-c: that's OK, George, my technique is search, discover, and land Pamela: practice makes perfect, Judy
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changed username to Amanda Amanda: Okay, I am back. Computer kicked me off for a minute there. Pamela: How rude! Amanda: Type faster than me mom. ha ha!!!!!!! rich-c: never know if it's your computer, your ISP, or the chat server Pamela: What I want to know is how did Ron learn to type so fast? Judy: well come back, was it a nice trip, Mandy rich-c: if the chat server goes down we do have a backup to switch to BobS: same ips i got......matter of fact, same account Amanda: Well I gotta go now cause I have to go to bed to ready for Ryan to get me up bright and early. Talk to you all later!!! Pamela: Amanda, do you live with Bob and Judy? rich-c: maybe they found out there was a network at your address Judy: well, I answered first Judy: and was eating too rich-c: good having you by, Amanda. Come again soon Amanda: No Pam, I just got my own apartment a couple of weeks ago. Before that I did live with mom and dad though. Pamela: Nice to see you Amanda - we look forward to putting a face to the "voice" Pamela: Oooh, moving, what fun! Amanda: I wish it was fun. Talk to you all later. BobS: ALWAYS........
Amanda left chat session Judy: bye, dear, kiss Ryan in the morning for me Pamela: You know sarcasm when you see it rich-c: yes, moving is so much fun Frances hasn't got over our last move yet - and that was 37 years ago BobS: OH, why didn't ya say that Pamela: almost 38, Dad rich-c: picky, picky Pamela: Darn tootin Pamela: If I have to count, so do you Judy: we have been moving the kids and that is enough, don't want to move for a long time rich-c: I'm not sure if we ever did get everything unpacked rich-c: but then, the darker corners of our basement are legendary Pamela: we moved my sister in law in November, then moved furniture a couple of weeks ago, then again last Saturday, and finally once more on Sunday Judy: than you get rid of it Pamela: Reminded me of why I don't plan to move again for the next 20 years or so rich-c: throwing things out is one of my less developed skills Judy: that sounds like to much moving to me Pamela: And I'm sure we haven't unpacked everything yet Judy: a pack rat Pamela: I'd noticed, Dad George: i'm having a chocolate attack Pamela: mmmm, chocolate Judy: Bob was too, candy kisses was his answer rich-c: reminds me - time for my daily chocolate-coated ginger balls - brb George: it just got to me BobS: make it Mackinaw Island fudge please.........PULEEZE Pamela: That's why I'm going to inherit a basement full of ADAMS, Judy Guy B.: Athlon is done for the time being. Will try using Netzero later. Pamela: mmm, fudge Pamela: I sense a craving coming on Judy: we have one of those too, the basement full BobS: ya know, I thought I had a BUNCH of them, but I will have to unpack some boxes to get a dozen for convention George: chocolate mints Guy B.: Oh uh! Keep the fudge out of sight. Pamela: stop it George, you're making me hungry BobS: OR Hershey kisses Judy: and how is Guy doing Pamela: alright, someone pass them this way BobS: Guy, how is the diet progressing??????? BobS: willpower,,,,,,,,,,,got noe BobS: none Guy B.: Well gang, I was one pound short of 20 lbs. Pamela: Was??? George: i'm fat BobS: COOL!!!!!!!! Judy: good for you rich-c: yes, George, but you have an excuse BobS: you only wiegh 19 pounds?????????? HELP!!!!!! Pamela: Dad, are you still eating those things? I gave them to you at Christmas! BobS: po guy, wastin' away he is Pamela: quick, send him some fudge rich-c: I've been nursing the supply, but they're almost all gone now Judy: what are they??? Pamela: Well, keep them going till Fathers day, and I'll see what I can do about replacing them rich-c: Belgian chocolate coating over ginger Guy B.: No, I've lost 19 lbs. Pamela: Chocolate covered ginger Judy rich-c: my favourite fruits Pamela: He loves it and I try to get him some for Christmas BobS: OH, that is SURELY different. was worried about there boy............ George: my mom and dad didn't give me any good genes BobS: heck Ryan is only a year old, and he weighs more than 19 pounds.......
(BobS winks) Guy B.: Even my in-laws are asking me what I'm doing. rich-c: well, George, next time round you'll have to make a better pick of ancestors Pamela: I think Guy's bones weigh more than that Judy: no, that is about what Ryan weights
(Guy B. laughs heartily) Pamela: In laws? Is there something you're not telling us Guy? Judy: what are you doing to loose, Guy Pamela: Or am I being picky George: i think i'm too inbred to Guy B.: My in-laws from my ex's side of the family. Pamela: ex-in-laws - gotcha BobS: gettin kind of detailed for ya dear??????? Guy B.: They still consider me family. BobS: gotta keep your mind on the caht ya know Pamela: That's sweet Pamela: Judy, can you reach Bob? rich-c: there are advantages to keeping partings amicable even if they are necessary Judy: yes, I can BobS: HEY, I'm sweet TOO Pamela: Okay, reach over and bop him okay? BobS: HELLP Judy: done Pamela: thank you George: i share the same cousins on both sides of the family Judy: my pleasure
(rich-c reboots BobS's computer remotely.) Pamela: Is marrying a first cousin legal in PA? BobS: OH, oh.........does tha mean your family tree does not fork George?????? Pamela: You rule, Dad BobS: bott,,,,,,booot,,,,,,,,bototo........OUCH George: i don't know BobS: some states it is legal, some not Pamela: Seems to me that Roland and I checked that out once - we were about 11 at the time Pamela: Bob, gotta watch out for those boots Guy B.: Got Abby in two very cute positions. She got a new toy for Easter. A small squeky rabbit. rich-c: huh! Knew you liked him, but obviously I missed something Pamela: C'mon, Dad we were kids! rich-c: yes, I know Pamela: Guy, has it ever occurred to you that that dog is spoiled? Guy B.: She's been spoiled since she was a pup. BobS: RIGHT ON Pam Pamela: BTW it is legal in Ontario BobS: that DAWG thinks she is an people Judy: at least he knows he has spoiled the dog Guy B.: She's nudging me right now. Pamela: Bob, do you know any pets that don't think they're people? rich-c: Inky? Pamela: and Willow rich-c: they are very sure they are cats BobS: no, but that is NO excuse for Abby's behavior Pamela: Cut me some slack though, I didn't have pets till I was 23 Pamela: no, they are very sure they are people in cat skin Pamela: who speak a foreign language Guy B.: And one cat likes Abby. That's Zoe, Jeanene's cat. George: i have 3 parakeets rich-c: at least when people food is on the table Pamela: and when they're sleeping on the bed, or sitting in my seat, or trying to drink from the sink tap Pamela: you get the idea Judy: we have a grandson that speaks in a foreign language Pamela: George, why parakeets? Guy B.: At least Abby doesn't get much of that. But, she loves certain veggies. Carrots and brocceli are her favorites. Pamela: You'll get the translation program soon enough Judy rich-c: why not? low maintenance, cute George: i need something to love Pamela: no, I meant as opposed to budgies or a parrot or cockatiel Judy: not sure, we think that Michael is talking some other language Pamela: it's never been proven Judy Pamela: and the scary thing is, other babies understand them George: i mean budgies rich-c: budgies are a variety of parakeet; the others are too high maintenance Judy: you should hear it Pamela: I have - Megan's starting to speak it now George: the little ones Judy: he just talks away, not a word do you understand Guy B.: Ok, folks. Got to read the e-mail. So, I'll see you all next week. Satruday's out. I'm going into work. Got a break last week. Judy: isn't that something rich-c: see you next week, Guy Judy: Bye, Guy Pamela: Okay Guy - have a good nite and keep up the good work Pamela: in all aspects Guy B.: Thanks Pam. See you all next week.
Guy B. left chat session George: bye Guy BobS: nite Guy BobS: shoot gone aleready Pamela: George, how did you acquire the birds? rich-c: Pam, have the latest Toronto Computes for you - came out today Pamela: ie did you go out and buy them or were they gifts George: i got two from woolworths Pamela: Dad, keep the papers for now - I haven't had time to read them in ages and all they end up doing is lining the recycling box rich-c: well, if you're thinking upgrade, you'll need them Pamela: Although i suppose I could send them to George to line the birdcage! George: they had babies and the mother died Pamela: We won't upgrade for ages yet Pamela: gotta pay for a certain convention first Pamela: so now you have Papa and two kids, George? George: yes rich-c: you still have a Woolworth's in Philadelphia? Pamela: Pretty impressive - I've heard it's hard to raise live babies BobS: and ya BETTER NOT FORGET that Pamela.......got your room all reserve4d ya know Pamela: danke George: no they went out of business a while back rich-c: yes, how about that - George is a successful budgie breeder rich-c: I though I was the only one in this group old enough to remember Woolworths Pamela: there you go George - your ticket to the big leagues - budgie breeding George: it was a nervous time Pamela: I remember Woolworths Dad rich-c: he probably couldn't bear to sell them, Pam George: the two babies look good now Pamela: so don't go all senior on us BobS: oh no......Judy actually worked for Woolworth's shen we were first married before Sherri was born BobS: and they were still going strong when she left Pamela: Is Sherrie the oldest? rich-c: well, they're still around but went to Woolco then Foot Locker and now they're something else BobS: yup........31 this year rich-c: Pam's grandmother was 99 yesterday Pamela: Actually, I think they finally went under Dad - cos Walmart bought out a lot of their locations George: the officemax just closed Judy: how is she doing, Pam? Pamela: Yes, I was walking around all day yesterday going "my grandmother just turned 99!" - people are very impressed rich-c: no, that was K-mart. Pam, and Zellers bought the others BobS: how is grandma doing, status quo??????? BobS: still kickin and happy???? George: they used to have good memmory Pamela: not well Judy - physically declining and memory and sense of place is gone BobS: slowly fading into the sunset.......... Pamela: That wasn't Kmart Dad rich-c: let's just say there's ripe old age, and then there's over-ripe old age Judy: that is to bad Pamela: she is sliding very slowly down a long, shallow curve Pamela: she doesn't know any of us any more, even my mother Judy: that is hard to watch, for the family George: i'm 41 and i'm still green rich-c: yes, I think it was the stress from that that caused Frances' TIA at New Yesrs Pamela: Age is a state of mind - I don't ever plan to grow up Pamela: George, you're the same age as my husband and that's a good place to be BobS: see George??????? be like Pam, be a kid for life!!!!!!!!!!!! Pamela: absolutely Pamela: Despite my parents best efforts Judy: that is something you have no control over, Pam George: ok Pamela: what growing up? George: yes Pamela: theres a big difference between becoming an adult and growing up Judy: no, just getting older, it just happens Pamela: I did the former but not the latter rich-c: it has its conveniences - I just don't rmember what they are George: i wanna go to toys-r-us Pamela: I'm a toys r us kid rich-c: me, I was brought up on FAO Schwartz Judy: we have to go there for a birthday present for Josh, will be 3 Sunday Pamela: now that sounds like a place I'd like to spend a couple of days in Pamela: you know,, I spend as much on us in that place as I do on our various small relatives Pamela: Hey Dad, did I tell you we're getting a Business Depot? BobS: and just WHAT are you buying fore you and Russell George: i still play with choo choo trains rich-c: thought it was teh video game stores you wre keeping in business Pamela: mostly puzzles, Bob BobS: VEEDEOOOOOO rich-c: where will it be? BobS: get the puzzles at the dollar store BobS: or goodwill Pamela: naw, they're expensive - we limit those to one or two a year Pamela: At Crossroads, in behind the Canadian Tire where the Computer City used to be Pamela: Puzz 3D, Bob George: our dollar lands went out of business BobS: heck, i don't even like FALT puzzles Pamela: you know which ones I'm talking about, Bob? rich-c: you've got to admit they have talent, Bob Judy: the hard ones BobS: yes I does BobS: i am not a BARBARIAN ya know rich-c: they can live with 3-D puzzles and two cats in the same apartment George: wow BobS: George, the dollar stores are getting like gas staions around here BobS: lots of ''em Pamela: So far we've built Camelot, Chenanceau, Dracula's castle, a couple of Victorian houses, a corner store BobS: BUT, gang, we goota leave and knock the peasants of the castle walls before we bed...... rich-c: in Canada of course they're dollar-sixty stores (plus tax) Pamela: let's see, a covered bridge, the Eiffel Tower Judy: goodnite all
moved to room Meeting Place rich-c: nite Judy
(BobS smiles) rich-c: ditto your Old Man Pamela: good nite you too
changed username to Ron Pamela: sorry, two Pamela: Hi, Ron George: nite Judy BobS: ok will stay for Ronald Ron: That's my story and I'm sticking to it rich-c: hey look, Ron's here Pamela: Just in time to say good nite to bob and Judy BobS: HIya Ronald Judy: hi, ron, Bye ron rich-c: no wonder Bob left Ron: nite Bob, nite Judy... sorry I'm late, Hope you are both wel BobS: i is stlll here Ron: l
Judy left chat session Ron: alo BobS: spit it out son!!!!!!! Pamela: speak! Pamela: unto the ether! BobS: whale got his tongue Ron: :) Pamela: better rich-c: must be on the Mac Ron: ya..... no keyboard Pamela: ?? George: what is a Mac? BobS: how the heck you gonna talk then??????? BobS: Macincrash Ron: gotta find a way of fitting the ADAM keyboard to the iMac Pamela: as in Macintosh, George BobS: by APPLE rich-c: Apple Macintosh, George Ron: think different Ron: if you think at all Pamela: Ron likes being different George: oh, one of those Ron: true Pamela: thanks Coach Ron: I now have a penguin on top of my imac Ron: must send a pic Pamela: I have a hedgehog, a crab and a snail rich-c: named Tux, I presume George: i never worked with one of those Ron: last night the Mac group went on a field trip 30 miles north to a school in a neighbouring community Ron: a sea of imacs Pamela: Is it a Beanie, Ron? Ron: computer lab made up all of imacs Ron: actually this penguin is wearing a toque Pamela: like Dr. D's rich-c: pretty to look at - what do they work on? Pamela: aaahh, a Canadian penguin Pamela: the Coke penguin? Ron: all networked using Novell Ron: Actually I have 3 such penguins rich-c: does that mean Tux is a Red Hat penguin? Ron: each has a computer to sit upon BobS: cute ron rich-c: whT SITSON THE OTHER 23? rich-c: oops, sorry for shouting Ron: one has a green toque, one an orange, and the third a red George: i took linux off Ron: the latter is Red Hat Pamela: (Pamela hits Dads caps key remotely) Ron: am beginning to like Linux to the point where I'm thinking of taking everything else off George: i can't make it work Ron: I have some help from my friends Pamela: I don't know, is that cheating? rich-c: I'm tempted but I'd need a support club Ron: www.valleylinks.net/NILUG George: all i could do is play freecell Pamela: a very good way to pass the time, George Pamela: my favourite Ron: Well, I'm no expert, but things are getting better rich-c: yes, I'm now up to an 87% success rate rich-c: I'm trying to work it up to 90% Ron: interesting Pamela: just checked - I'm at 75% rich-c: need more practice, daughteer BobS: any warm weather coming our way Ron???????? Pamela: 648 won, 216 lost Pamela: 30,000 to go rich-c: I was using the old Win 3.1 version Ron: still not completely spring yet, but last two days have been delightfully sunny Pamela: there's no difference, I don't htink rich-c: but for some reeason when I installed Star Office, it crashed Freecell Ron: Sunday afternoon I raked up last year's leaves BobS: still got snow flurries here and temps just above freezing Pamela: you're about 6 monts late Ron rich-c: so now I have to use the Win98 flavour Ron: what, me rush? rich-c: it's for sissies - has a n undo Pamela: never BobS: and have the neighbors have a heart attack form the quickness?????????? NAW Ron: today primula got planted. Ron: they grow or they're dead meat Pamela: that's pretty much a sure thing, Ron Ron: they have been warned
(BobS groans loudly) rich-c: we have all our gold crocuses up, a few white and purple Pamela: any daffodils yet? Ron: yes, the daffies are out rich-c: sprouting, but a long way to go BobS: well got to head off for the flat slab kids.......se ya next week!!!!!! Pamela: gotta get me some of those, they smell sooooo good rich-c: nite Bob Ron: thanks fer hangin on Bob BobS: say Hi to Frances, and mum, and Russell and your puters Geo Pamela: g'nite Bob Pamela: send notes to Ron Pamela: will do Bob BobS: HIYO sliver ..........onshore!!!!!!! Ron: I can kill just about anything green. no matter how hardy it is George: nite Bob
BobS left chat session Pamela: well that was different Pamela: Bob's new signature sign off Ron: onshore!!!?? rich-c: grounded? Pamela: ?? George: i'm out in space Ron: Son Jeff was here on the weekend Ron: new car rich-c: great - how's he doing? Ron: ....welll a newer car Ron: very well, thanks Pamela: newer than what? Ron: Newer than the 1990 Geo Storm Pamela: ah Pamela: and this one is? rich-c: what is the new one? Ron: which got creamed on the south side of Vancouver by a UBC student driving without insurance Ron: making a left turn into oncoming traffic Ron: which happened to be Jeff rich-c: hope he wasn't in it at the time Ron: Nobody hurt except the Storm rich-c: oops rich-c: I'd expect the other car to be fairly terminal too Pamela: Jeff's insured in Alberta, isnt' he? Ron: to make the thing really complicated, this young lady was on a student visa from California Ron: nope... BC Pamela: so he got to deal with ICBC - how fun rich-c: yes, but BC has no fault, doesn't it? George: news says poor people are more likely to die Ron: so the people's insurance co. sent Jeff a cheque for 4 grand Ron: and wrote off the Storm rich-c: for a 90 Geo Storm that doesn't sound bad Pamela: must have been in good shape Ron: re no-fault - yes Ron: actually it was Pamela: I must admit, ICBC has been fairly good to us Ron: so now it's been replaced by a 1999 Olds Aleiro Ron: 6 cyl - loaded Pamela: but I have yet to figure out how they come by their premiums rich-c: well, moving up in the world Pamela: nice car Ron: sure was rich-c: does he have a penchant for orphaned makes? Pamela: not orphaned yet, Dad Pamela: Geo yes, Olds no
moved to room Meeting Place Pamela: Die of what George? Ron: I read nothing but ill about the Olds - that model anyway Ron: So he'll probably be ok Ron: They might have repaired the Storm, but they couldn't find parts for it
changed username to rich-c Ron: anyway.... that's news from the west rich-c: sorry, got bumped - buffer overload, maybe Pamela: what did you miss? Ron: me too I think for a minute or two rich-c: anyway, Ron, GM has officially announced the end of Oldsmobile Pamela: you guys were coming in fine till Dad disappeared Ron: Yeah, I think I heard that somewhere rich-c: damn disgrace - there's a century of history to that name Ron: Not sure that Jeff's aware of it Pamela: that doesn't mean that it won't get resurrected somewhere down the line rich-c: well, now they're just Chevys anyway, so parts wont be an issue Ron: we all know that just because a company stops manuracturing a product Ron: doesn't necessarily mean nuttin Pamela: exactly rich-c: well, tell DeSoto and Plymouth and Nash and Hudson Ron: speaking of which Pamela: and on that note, i think it's time I went to bed Ron: saw a mint Studebaker today rich-c: ok Pamela, nite-nite, sleep tight Ron: looked like about 1958 - 1960 Pamela: won't let the bedbugs bite Ron: nite..... guess it's getting late rich-c: that was after the Loewy design era, then Pamela: see you next week everyone - Dad, will probably talk to you over the weekend. Ron: i dunno my cars too well, but it had fins Pamela: bonsoir! rich-c: OK Pam will await it Ron: ni ni
Pamela left chat session rich-c: yes, that would put it in that time period Ron: thot so rich-c: just about when they took over Packard in a bid to survive Ron: aha rich-c: it was a couple of years before that that they put out the Starlight coupe, arguably the best-looking Studie ever Ron: cars out here tend to last longer Ron: we have an active vintage group here in the Valley rich-c: yes, here my Mercury is old enough to attract attention, and it's only a 73 Ron: I guess eh? rich-c: actually, my old 68 Zodiac is still around, but in other ownership Ron: as in Consul, Zephyr, Zodiac? Ron: British Ford? rich-c: bingo - or Z-cars, if you're a Brit telly fan Ron: Dad bought a 1958 Consul before leaving Ottawa for overseas Ron: Took delivery of it in London rich-c: nice car - 3 litre V-6, all independent suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes - neat for 68 Ron: the 6 would make all the difference rich-c: yes, it was a quite advanced Herron head design, with Webber carburetor Ron: aha Ron: means nothing to me my son, but assume that to be cutting edge stuff rich-c: the buyer now also own the only other 68 Zodiac in North America, and a 67 Zephyr Ron: cool rich-c: and yes, for the time it was a well advanced specification Ron: Consul was never the same after Dad inadvertently backed it into the Pacific Ocean rich-c: the next project is to get a V-8 stuffed into the truck Ron: the boat he was towing ---- long story rich-c: yes- cars do strange things with trailers behind Ron: exactly rich-c: it's an issue with which I have some familiarity Ron: would have been bad enough, but what made it worse Ron: was that the Base Commander from CFB Comox was looking on rich-c: OOPS! Ron: gotta give him credit... he was right there to help[ Ron: I ended up with the Consul as a second car Ron: which took care of my trips back and forth to work on shift work rich-c: this was before they moved you to Ottawa? Ron: before I moved to Ottawa. Was here with the Coast Guard before I started climbing the ladder.... 1971/73 Ron: the folks went from Ottawa, overseas, then here to Comox Ron: I am a forces brat rich-c: given the state of the corrosion-resistance art in 1958, I'm surprised it survived the ocean dip Ron: that was rather remarkable really. We hosed her down pretty well, but still.... you're right. rich-c: well, some days you get luckier than others Ron: ya rich-c: anyway, getting near midnight here, so I'm going to have to pack it in Ron: yup. appreciate the chat.. rich-c: glad you made it, despite the meetings Ron: always hope there'll still be someone around when I get free here Ron: some nights I get back earlier than others rich-c: we're looking forward to having you full-time Ron: g'nite sir Ron: soon... rich-c: nite Ron, nite George Ron: nite George (ifn's you still there) rich-c: au revoir
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