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hutch0
Date: 2007-07-25 23:41
Subject: meanwhile...
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Okay, who's laughing?

More seriously, my ISP's having some problems and I can't send or receive email at the moment. Normal service will be resumed shortly, I hope. Either that or I'll go back to dial-up temporarily.
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SJ
User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-07-26 01:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
But you look so cute!

hehe

S.J.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-07-26 23:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
SJ! Good to see you back, man. I salute you: you're the first person in recorded history (that'll be since 1960) to describe either myself or a representation of me as `cute.'
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-07-26 06:08 (UTC)
Subject: Would I laugh?
Keyword:Duzell3
Bogna would kill me if I tried. :-)
Could the Internet problems be related to the flooding? What we've been hearing sounds downright scary. Good thing you finished your top floor master suite. It may be the only thing left above water.
Concerned hugs,
Jean Marie
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hutch0: Slow Loris
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-07-26 23:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Would I laugh?
Keyword:Slow Loris
Hi, Jean Marie. Bless you, but don't worry; we're on the top two floors of a four-storey house three hundred feet above sea level, halfway up a hill and miles from the nearest body of open water. To flood us out, the whole country would have to be under about half a mile of water.
It's rained and rained and rained here but all the problems are quite a distance north and west of us. You're right, though, it is scary, and it's not just scary because thousands of people in Gloucestershire have the rivers Avon and Severn running through their front rooms, it's scary because we're an industrial nation in the first quarter of the 21st Century and we can't cope. Those thousands of people are going to be without clean drinking water for quite a long while because the flooding overwhelmed the water treatment plants and contaminated them, which seems to me a fairly basic design flaw.
Every time we have some kind of natural over-exuberance - rain, snow, high temperatures - it seems that something fundamental breaks down and compounds the suffering of people who are already suffering quite enough. The government of the day goes into hair-shirt mode and promises changes, but the next disaster that comes along seems to catch them just as flat-footed. I tear my hair sometimes, I really do.
Bogna, incidentally, is in Poland at the moment (where they've been having temperatures in the mid-40s Centigrade) so you can laugh at me all you want.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2007-07-27 04:41 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Would I laugh?
Geez, it sounds like Katrina. Sending good thoughts, regardless.
And, um, I take it 40C equals hot. Never did get the hang of the metric thing. Except for centimeters. Learned the 2.54/inch rule when I lived in Germany. It was the only way I could be sure my handicrafts projects came out right.
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-27 19:46 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Would I laugh?
0C is frozen water, 37C is body temperature.

I don't suspect that Bogna would be upset that females called Ol' Davey Six-Toes cute. She'd probably be relieved that she had people agreeing with her. 8-)

Best wishes to Bogna and her relatives in Poland. It must be devastating the population.

-ojm
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hutch0: Slow Loris
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-07-27 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Would I laugh?
Keyword:Slow Loris
I don't know if there have been deaths, but I'd be surprised if there haven't. It's far worse in places like Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary. The heat's killed more than 500 people in Hungary.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-07-27 21:47 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Would I laugh?
I could never get my head round the Fahrenheit thing, though I spent a Summer at college in Wisconsin. There's no simple way to convert one to the other, either. You've got to multiply by six, divide by four, subtract eight, divide by the square root of pi and then multiply by the number you first thought of, so long as it's equal to or greater than your age. Or something like that.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-07-27 21:50 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Would I laugh?
Sorry about that, Jean Marie; I seem temporarily unable to stick my reply after your post.
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