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Pizza? Subs? Sure, I'll help you move!

(Seriously, why didn't you just ask me in person, my phone is more reliable than my net access?)

And, for the benefit of Matt:

kjgl ;oypoiy-9LKv bIytiu/.

Try deciphering, THAT, O tall and scary one!

Richard, "short and stocky"

-- R. A. Randall (, July 26, 1999


Well, if it makes you feel better a more specific e-mail was sent out this weekend to torture those poor souls who had at some point in the past said anything that might possibly be interpreted as "Sure, we'll help you move" (but probably said with "Please, god, don't remember I said that in three months when you're actually moving" in the back of their minds)...

In any case, since you brought it up, and in case anyone else wants to pitch in, here is The Plan:

Matt and I will provide food on the day of the move to everyone who helps us move. Food consists of pizza or subs (or some other main dish, to be decided later), sodas, and some beer. The poor souls who actually move our couch will get first say in the beer issue. There is no need to RSVP for this, but we'd appreciate some warning from out-of-towners who are going to need a place to crash!

Out-of-towners, by the way, should bring sleeping bags and pillows if they have them.

-- The Dragon Herself (, July 26, 1999.



Can we BYOB?

-- Karen O. (, July 26, 1999.

Nope! No one is allowed to bring anything else! Nopenopenope!

Well, okay. If you insist, you can bring your own drinks or snacks or whatever. ::grin::

-- The Dragon Herself (, July 26, 1999.

I'm not real smart, but I can lift heavy things. And you know how I feel about pizza (if you're being democratic.)

BYOB? Bring your own babe? But, Liz, you _know_ I have friends to meet women.


Chief Hamster, Purveyor of fine piranha. Coming soon - Piranhakeets!

-- R. A. Randall (, July 30, 1999.

All right, for the benefit of the deliberately obtuse, Richard, I'll rephrase:

BYOE: Bring Your Own Entertainment. That includes foods, drinks, games, or dates. Note that I said you didn't have to BYOE, though. ::grin::

Oh, and Richard - Yeah, I know that's why you have friends. If it makes you feel better, there will be at least one single, woman at the party. But you'll have to ask her yourself whether she's looking or interested. (Sorry, Karen, but you're on your own! I know what happens when I try to warn Richard away from people!)

-- The Dragon Herself (, July 30, 1999.

Yay! I can go! I can go! My boss gave me the vacation leave I needed, so I'll be driving over 850 miles round trip (and bringing my own beer, to boot) to help you move all your earthly possessions...hmmm. When I put it that way, I have to give you major points for suckering me into this, Liz. ^_^

And just so Liz's last post doesn't go getting Richard's hopes up: no, and no.

-- Karen O. (, August 02, 1999.

re: Karen

Darnit! Darnit! Darnit! Darnit! Darnit! Darnit!

I'll come, anyway. <mope>


-- R. A. Randall (, August 03, 1999.


What happened to my <mope> (mope in brackets if it doesn't work _this_ time)? I put it at the end of my last line.

Richard (Still moping)

-- R. A. Randall (, August 03, 1999.

Richard, HTML tags are surrounded by angle brackets. The browser saw your <mope>, thought it was a tag, so it tried to process it and didn't print it.

Go ahead, ask how I got it to show up in my post. ;-)

-- Matt 'HTML guy' Brooks (, August 03, 1999.

Okay, Richard, I fixed your <mope>s in your previous two posts. You may now commence adoration. ::grin::

Just to clarify, for those of you who didn't know - this forum supports HTML tags. Those of you who are HTML-savvy may therefore use tags to italicize, bold-face, and do anything else that HTML will let you do. Including using HTML codes for things like angle brackets.

For those of you who haven't learned HTML (yet), that simply means, use something besides <angle brackets> to indicate actions.

-- The Dragon Herself (, August 03, 1999.

All right, Mr. "Smart-Ass HTML Guy" *g*,

Since I haven't bothered to read the HTML primer Liz sent me (yet), what is the exclusionary character that tells the system to ignore apparant HTML tags?


I'm not real smart, But I can lift heavy things.

-- R. A. Randall (, August 04, 1999.

There is no exclusionary character. If you type &lt; it parses it as a less-than symbol, and prints a <. &gt; makes a greater-than symbol, >. In my post, I typed &lt;mope&gt;, and it made it into <mope> There's whole bunches of special characters you can make this way. If you right-click on any web page, it'll show you the source HTML file, which I still like to do to see how people did some formatting or whatever.

Anyway, I'll get back to pretending to work. :-)

-- Matt (, August 04, 1999.

I just wanted to clarify something from Liz's journal entry this morning (Aug. 10th).

If Nancy comes to us and says, "Well, we were wrong, and we're going to have to move your closing date," I am not going to try to make her sweat. I'm just not going to let her move the date. I'm planning on throwing the most royal fit since HRH met with her security staff the morning after that guy broke into Buckingham palace and made it to her bedroom where he had a chat with her about this, that and the other before someone showed up.

I'm going to yell, roar, cajole, wheedle, scream, reason and not give a goddamn inch until she gives up and just makes them finish our house on time. The sole concession I'm willing to give is that the landscaping doesn't have to be done by then. Everything else will be done, every t crossed, and every i dotted when we show up to hand them several thousand dollars on August 25th.

I've mentally put together a few points I'd like to try to make, but for the most part, this is going to be a completely impromptu rant that I'll unleash on her if she makes the mistake of trying to move the closing date.

Can you tell I'm a little wound up about this?

-- Matt the Reaver (, August 10, 1999.

I know it's scant reassurance, Brookses, but today while I was catching up on journal entries I read my Dad scraps of your house frustrations. He looked both disgusted (with your builders) and sympathetic (with you guys) ((at least I HOPE that was what those expressions meant, rather than the other way 'round!)), and said that after building two houses and an addition, being a building inspector (at one point in his career), and generally having to interact with these so-and-so's as a surveyor and P.E., he has come to the conclusion that building contractors, as a breed, are a bunch of inveterate liars and will cheat you for everything the contract allows. He also says that, unfortunately, since most ppl only *build* a house once, everyone winds up learning this by experience and the builders basically get away with behaviour like this constantly. So at least you're not alone in this, and you don't have to feel at *all* guilty for whatever abuse you choose to heap on these guys. And next time (if, as you said, there IS a next time), you know to get *everything* in writing ahead of time. And you can warn everyone you know.

-- Karen O. (, August 19, 1999.

ARGH!!!! I'm going to kill someone! Why is it so fucking hard to get a fucking vacation. Why does my fucking advisor have to assume that just because he thinks he mentioned something that it's been done. Why can't the fucking janitors mop up the fucking water that's flooding our fucking lab. ARGH!!!!

-- Jeff (, August 26, 1999.

YEAH!!!! I'm going to be able to make it up after all. See all of you tomorrow.

-- Jeff (, August 26, 1999.

I couldn't make it after all <mope>.


-- R.A. Randall (, August 29, 1999.

I don't know for sure, but that simple message means &*%**^%-8)$6#-=* in groush. Although, I'll bring enough beer for me if you don't mind recruiting me aboard your service.

-- Richard Reaver (, January 16, 2003.

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