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Connected via TCP
Vance: Hello. Ignore my ICQ message.
MichaelC: I will! Hi vance.
Ying-Lan: Just deleted it.
Vance: Sorry. I was engrossed in a CAD program I just got.
MichaelC: CAD programs are HARD!
Ying-Lan: I like to watch TV... Bad habit!
Vance: I'm designing a resource center. This one is easy.
Ying-Lan: What is CAD?
MichaelC: CAD = copmputer aided design
Vance: Computer assisted design. I've set off dimensions of our room and I'm putting in furniture, shelves, etc. and then I walk around it.
MichaelC: They are used for architecture.
Vance: Yeah, and in my case, interior design.
MichaelC: Can you upload the finished product to the web?
MichaelC: ...might be interesting!
Vance: I don't know. It would be fun. To play with the program my son designed a space that looks just like our home.
Vance: We can walk around our house and you think, wow, you're right there.
MichaelC: I've had a go at using them - yes fun.
Vance: Anyway, it must be fun, because for 15 minutes I forgot I was supposed to be here.
MichaelC: Do you really think watching TV is a bad habit Ying?
Vance: So what have you been talking about?
Ying-Lan: I think it is.
Vance: You learn English from TV, don't you?
MichaelC: So why do you do it?!
Vance: I watch news on tv.
MichaelC: I watch news and sport.
Ying-Lan: But It is hard to learn English by watching TV.. So many words I don't know.
Vance: TV and radio is the hardest part of becoming fluent in a foreign language.
MichaelC: In my opinion too much TV is watched in my house - but not by me!
Vance: Who watches it in your house? Kids?
MichaelC: Yeh - I have 2 kids who are addicts, And my wife is a bit of aTV/video junkie too......
MichaelC: ....but our eldest son has to do ti at the moment....
Vance: My wife watches it with the kids.
MichaelC: ...he works in a video shop and he has to know about new movies to recommend things to customers.
MichaelC: I'd rather be on the Net!
MichaelC: I might just have a look inside this building here.....brb
Vance: Shall we go there YL?
Vance: I'm not getting graphics again.
MichaelC: Wow! A big hall!
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Vance: You'll have to describe it to me. That's a good job for YL.
MichaelC: Well Ying - how would you describe this room?
Ying-Lan: Got it... It is hard.. It is a beautiful hall.
Ying-Lan: You can watch the blue sky through the top window.
Vance: hmm any paintings? ... oh, now I'm getting a download ...
MichaelC: Very wide and high. The top windows are called skylights.
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Ying-Lan: There are some Bush on the both side.
MichaelC: No paintings.
Ying-Lan: There are two ladder to go up to the upstairs.
Vance: Now I've got it!
MichaelC: Inside they are called stairs Ying.
Vance: And staircases going ... somewhere ???? ...
MichaelC: Shall we go up the stairs?
Vance: Let's see what happens. Following?
Vance: es una officina aqui!
Vance: But (as usual) I can't see it. I'll have to wait for the download.
Vance: Here it comes.
Ying-Lan: What a beautiful office!
MichaelC: Very cosy! Palace is amazing!
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MichaelC: The computer is a gate to another world....
Vance: Ah, nice office
MichaelC: The computer here on the table I mean.
Vance: Shall we see what's there?
MichaelC: Does this look like your office Vance?
Vance: No, not at all. Mine is larger for one thing (three people there)
MichaelC: If you go I'll follow....you coming Ying?
Vance: ok, into the computer .... aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh (disappears)
MichaelC: Let's go!
MichaelC: Nothing happens!
Vance: It's just launched a browser
MichaelC: We're stuck here!
MichaelC: It didn't launch a browser for me.
Ying-Lan: you mean that we can not go to..
Vance: oh, well, nicely done ...
MichaelC: Yes Ying.
MichaelC: So you now see mexico.com Vance?
Vance: Good for language practice. I can use it. I'll be in Venezuela in a couple of weeks.
MichaelC: What will you do there?
Vance: I'm planning to get robbed. After that, depends on what I've got left.
Vance: Of course that was the plan for South Africa, and it didn't happen.
Ying-Lan: You plan to be robbed by someone?
Vance: Venezuela has a lot of thieves, so I read.
Ying-Lan: Don't think like that...
MichaelC: Maybe you don't look like a victim?
Vance: One scam is done by cab drivers at the airport.
Ying-Lan: Enjoy your Tralve.
Vance: I'm always concerned about it, and maybe being aware helps prevent it.
Vance: Like in South Africa, I didn't go into Johanesburg AT ALL.
Vance: And what I heard on the radio while I was driving made me think that was a good decision.
MichaelC: I was only robbed once when travelling. Someone stole my travellers cheques from my hotel room in Sri Lanka.
Vance: Most other places I feel safe, except in big cities.
MichaelC: I thnk the world is essentially a safe place.
Vance: I was robbed on a beach in Mexico. They threw sand in the tent and got me out of it, then took the tent and everything in it.
MichaelC: Ying - is Taiwan safe for travellers do you think?
Ying-Lan: Did you call police?
Vance: I had to hitchhike from Vera Cruz to Mexico City in my bare feet and shorts.
MichaelC: Glad you had the shorts!
Vance: No point in calling the police. I didn't have any bribe money left.
Ying-Lan: I think it is safe for travelling.
Vance: It was the second time I was robbed in Mexico.
Vance: And I LOVE the country. Great place and great people.
MichaelC: I have always felt very safe in Asia. Safer than most places.
Ying-Lan: But there was a terrible case here several years ago.
MichaelC: What was that?
Ying-Lan: A Japanese gril was murdered by a driver of taxi.
Ying-Lan: It was the worse one I have heard ...
Vance: In America, Europeans were being killed in their rental cars by Americans recently.
Vance: In Miami.
MichaelC: Well it happens everywhere. Similar things have happened here.
Vance: Of course it's worse in schools. You can visit the country, just don't go to school there.
MichaelC: But not often. you mean American schools Vance?
Vance: Yeah, American schools have lots of shooting incidents these days. I'm happy to keep my kids out of them.
MichaelC: That's what I thought you were referring to. The country's gone mad.
Vance: Funny, I never had any problems growing up there. And most places seem quite safe.
Ying-Lan: Some poeple are nuts.
Vance: California was fine as far as I could tell.
Vance: Australia seems like a mellow place to me. I never notice any problem there. Seems safe.
MichaelC: Just tried to tell maggie where we are....
Ying-Lan: You know... it is always an accident! Man was killed by traffic accident
Vance: Should we go back to the portal?
MichaelC: Australia is mellow but we have the isolated incident.
Vance: happens everywhere
Vance: Let's go back out one and find Maggi and go up the other stairs.
Vance: Shall we?
MichaelC: Well I just told her how to get here....
MichaelC: ....let's see if she can find us!
Vance: MC, while we're waiting, I need your institution affiliation
Vance: It's for a presentation we're doing at the next TESOL Conference, YL.
Vance: MC is going to TRY to come to Vancouver for it.
Charles: Hello, everyone...
Vance: MAD can't come to Vancouver, but she'll try to make the presentation virtually.
Charles: Hello, everyone...
Vance: Hi Charles.
Vance: And bye ...
MichaelC: Hello Charles. Bye Charles.
Vance: There she is. Howdy.
Maggi: It's dark in here!
MichaelC: Vance - my affiliation is (Hi Maggie- you did it!).....
Ying-Lan: Go to Vvancouver! It sounds good idea.
Vance: Right MC, like name of college or some such.
MichaelC: Affiliation: Douglas Mawson Institute of TAFE. TAFE =.....
Maggi: Don't I always...:-)
MichaelC: Technical and Further Education.
Vance: good enough
Maggi: Whose office is this?
Vance: It's OURS!
MichaelC: We don't know. We gatecrashed!
Maggi: for shame
Ying-Lan: We occupy it.
MichaelC: let's put EFI signs up on the walls!
Vance: And before we leave we're gonna wreck it!
Maggi: nice sofa
Maggi: Hi mc
Vance: Soft, huh?
MichaelC: Trash the joint! (hi Maggie)
Maggi: mADE MC SINK EVEN MORE
Vance: YL, you can come to the presentation too if you want.
Maggi: not nice to wreck a p4erfectly good office.
Vance: We already have wrecked it. It was much nicer when we got here.
Maggi: Vance has the best chair...
Ying-Lan: You mean to to Vancouver to join the presentation.
MichaelC: Funny about that!
Vance: Join me if you like
Maggi: I was quicker than your invite...
Vance: Yes, YL. If you can't come in person, you can join us online
MichaelC: Now if I had a lying down avatar...
Ying-Lan: When! Next April?
Maggi: I have one on the other computer
Vance: It's in April I think, and it's on a Friday, at this time plus 12 hours. Can you manage that?
Maggi: female though
Maggi: April is good for me
Vance: I've just discovered that when I talk, I can obliterate Maggi. Watch!
Vance: Kewl, huh!
Maggi: but she comes back again
Ying-Lan: I think I will be on line with you.
Maggi: let me obliterate you then
MichaelC: And can she obliterate you?
Ying-Lan: Twelve hours.
Vance: I'm not obliterated I don't think ...
Vance: Behave yourself!
Vance: Look, I can throw my voice.
Vance: I can make my voice sound just like Maggi's. Listen ...
Maggi: Cn't quite cover you
Vance: cool, huh?
MichaelC: My speakers are on....
Maggi: always wanted a deeper voice
Vance: My name is Maggi and I'm nuts!
Maggi: we know that already
Vance: I'm as crazy as they come.
Maggi: tell us something new
Maggi: if the shoe fits wear it
Vance: Something tells me this is not going to look right in the log.
Maggi: no visuals
Vance: It's a case of "you had to be there"
Maggi: who left the beer?
MichaelC: You might have to add some stage directions!
MichaelC: The beer's mine.
Maggi: cheers then
Maggi: one too many?
Maggi: mind your manners...there are women present
MichaelC: ah...that's better. Excuse me.
Maggi: thanks for the chair Vance
Maggi: did I get too heavy?
Vance: Now, YL, yes, the presentation is on a Friday 3:30 Vancouver time, which is 11:30 Saturday night gmt (I'think)
Maggi: well we have time to sort that out...
Maggi: ....hopefully all our computers will work.
Ying-Lan: Is it only on Saturday?
Ying-Lan: How long will you be there?
Ying-Lan: How long will you have been there?
MichaelC: It seems I'm always the one who has to go...I need to plan my woeking week before I go to bed........
Vance: Taipei will be 7:30 in the morning? (is it 8:30 p.m there now, YL)?
MichaelC: (sorry for covering you YL!)
Maggi: I do my best work then
Ying-Lan: It is close
Vance: VERY good correction, YL! I will have been there for almost a week by then.
Ying-Lan: It is 8:24 p.m.
Maggi: and under pressure...at the last minute...
MichaelC: Take care all - have fun wrecking the office.
Maggi: enjoy mc
Maggi: I'll finish your beer
Vance: Hey, how did Maggi get the good chair? Leaving, MC?
MichaelC: By the way maggie - you can have my beer.
Ying-Lan: Do you plan to go to travel or only for the presenation.
Maggi: you left the3 chair Vance
Vance: I'm going mainly for the conference but I also hope to go skiing in the area.
MichaelC: Yeh - I have to get to bed early. And still have some things to do.
Maggi: Slaap lekker!
MichaelC: So, bye!!!!!!!!!
Vance: OK, MC. Thanks for covering for us first 15 min of class.
Vance: So, moved in yet, HEY, He's back !
MichaelC: This is the other office!
Maggi: parting is such sweet sorrow
MichaelC: Up the other stairs!
Vance: Oh, tried the other stairs.
Vance: Now we know.
Ying-Lan: He's gone.
Maggi: beer's gone too!
Vance: how's the moving going?
Maggi: it isn't going as planned
Maggi: I've got to shake some people here
Vance: What do you mean?
Maggi: The stove is not connected because the cable was too short but the guy never came back.
Ying-Lan: Shake some people?
Maggi: Yesterday I flooded my bathroom downstairs from the washer...
Vance: She means she has to grab them by the shoulders and shake them into action.
Vance: (in a manner of speaking)
Vance: That's one way to clean it, Maggi.
Maggi: have to find someone who can put a hole in stainless steel to hook up the faucet for the sink and dishwasher..
Maggi: ,,,this before I put the old ones out Wed and can't cook.
Ying-Lan: Are you trouble with you new house?
Vance: moving is a pain
Maggi: this is a major pain but I am trying to keep cool...
Vance: (just grabbed the log, I think ...)
Maggi: at least you didn't grab anything else :-)
Vance: Ah, got it. Now I can relax again.
Maggi: So...how are things in Taiwan Ying...?
Ying-Lan: What do you want to know?
Maggi: how you are...
Ying-Lan: They are busy with President Candidature next year.
Vance: Are you interested in the politics of your country, YL?
Ying-Lan: I am fine... I found an excellent doctor.
Maggi: who is they?
Ying-Lan: I fell much better.
Vance: that's good ... liver problem, right?
Maggi: what was wrong Ying?
Ying-Lan: Everyone... we read those message in newsapaper everyday.
Ying-Lan: I got some problem with my liver.
Maggi: Mine is probasbly shot too...
Maggi: what did they do for you?
Ying-Lan: Actually, another doctor just told me my WBC and RBC is below the normal.
Vance: anemic ... (Felix on his way)
Ying-Lan: Actually, The excellent doctor is 80 years old.
Ying-Lan: He is an Chinese herb Doctor.
Maggi: what is WBC and RBC?
Ying-Lan: Do you know platelet?
Vance: Hi Felix .. white and red blood count ...
Ying-Lan: There are thee actor in blood.
Maggi: on a stage? LOL
Maggi: Hi Felix!
Ying-Lan: I got the blood test before I found the old doctor.
Felix: Hi there
Maggi: Come sit next to me...the chair is very comfortable...:-)
Felix: What are you talking about?
Vance: Sorry, I thought the phone was ringing.
Maggi: wrong number
Maggi: white and red blood cells
Ying-Lan: hi. Felix...
Felix: It's been a long time I don't make any tests
Ying-Lan: What's kind of test you take?
Felix: me ying/
Maggi: I had one last year just to check that the chlamydia didn't come back.
Ying-Lan: Felix , we were talkinn about sick.
Maggi: being sick
Ying-Lan: being sick.
Ying-Lan: I got blood test in Hosptial.
Felix: Being sick is a hassle. Nowadays they (the scientists) change a lot what is good or not for health.. One day this is good, the next isn't
Ying-Lan: But the old doctor found my disease before I got the result of the blood test.
Felix: And what is your disease ying?
Ying-Lan: Just like hepatitis!
Ying-Lan: and anemia
Felix: Beets are good for anemia
Vance: So the treatment seems to be working?
Felix: You have to each sweets to combat the hepatitis
Felix: to eayt
Felix: to eat
Felix: beets or radishes... not sure... (Which one can you produce sugar from?????)
Vance: Didn't the dotors prescribe a treatment for your disease?
Maggi: treatment is what they do to cure you.
Ying-Lan: Oh... the treatment works.
Felix: Hey... Is this a Brazilian community??
Maggi: I think so Felix
Ying-Lan: I felt better after I took the Chinese herb medicine.
Felix: At least the words are in portuguese (atrás=back)
Ying-Lan: Actually, I have been taking his treatment for over 3 weeks...
Ying-Lan: I feel better than before.
Felix: Maggi, by the way, do you still get English-to-go lessons? I have all of them.. Every week I copy the new one.
Vance: I wish they had good herbal doctors here, though they do have Chinese clinics here, a couple of them in Abu Dhabi.
Felix: We have good "homeopatas" here in Brazil
Ying-Lan: Do you notice... the old doctore is 80 years old.
Ying-Lan: I can not believe that when I saw him.
Maggi: Yes Felix I do...
Ying-Lan: He is health.
Felix: heathy or healthy?? what is the correct spelling?
Vance: heal -- health --- healthy
Ying-Lan: What is the English-to-go lessions?
Felix: go to www.english-to-go.com they have lessons to be printed for a class English
Maggi: I use them sometimes
Ying-Lan: ARe they good?
Ying-Lan: Very good?
Felix: Yes, they are Ying
Felix: The newest one is about X-mas
Ying-Lan: Vance, I am thinking about Talking to you on line.
Ying-Lan: X' mas
Ying-Lan: That would be interesting?
Vance: talking online? Do you mean with Media Ring?
Felix: no Vance.. only printed lessons.
Ying-Lan: I hope to study with you by Media Ring next year.
Ying-Lan: I want to do it after I pass the test.
Vance: I'd like to try Interspace and Net Meeting as well.
Ying-Lan: Net meeting?
Felix: I use Netmeeting...... But it load your computer a lot.
Felix: I prefer Iphone
Maggi: getting to be a virtual virtuoso eh Vance?
Vance: I wonder if we can use iphone here. Some of these are blocked by our communications monopoly.
Vance: I'll be in the states next month. Maybe we can try some of these.
Felix: of all the programs I had used, Iphone is the best
Vance: Hey, YOU can call ME in the states. You can call anywhere in the states for free.
Felix: How Vance?
Vance: I'm trying to think of the name of the software ... I've got it at home.
Felix: Using Media Ring?
Vance: But it's easy. You just register and then call. We were using it here till Etisalat cut it off.
Vance: Totally free.
Maggi: that's a deal
Vance: Yeah, it was free. Only online time. Just like a phone. You can call PHONES in the states, not just computers.
Felix: As soon as you got the name of it give it to us.
Maggi: I'm hungry...
Felix: Maybe it's applied for Canada too.. I have friends there..
Ying-Lan: maggi, do you buy food?
Felix: So am I Maggi.
Vance: I'm looking it up now.
Maggi: not today Ying...nothing is open on Sunday.
Maggi: But I have food downstairs
Ying-Lan: It is a problem in Europe.
Maggi: you learn to live with it
Vance: Here it is: http://www.dialpad.com
Felix: I love the disk-stuff, you can order them and stay confortably at home.... Awsome!
Maggi: They believe here there should be one day for the family.
Felix: And they are right Maggi.. By the way, does anyone here know anything about RPG game?
Ying-Lan: If you have nothing in your fri... where you can find the food?
Maggi: Shopping online is great but here there is data protection and most are not so sure about using a credit card.
Felix: At a friend's house Ying.. :o))))
Maggi: Or a gas station
Maggi: or go to a restaurant
Felix: I didnt meant shopping online.. But ordering it by phone.. When the food arrives you have in cash
Felix: I didnt mean
Felix: you pay in cash...
Ying-Lan: Felix.. that's a good idea to go to friend's house.
Felix: At least you can save on your food..
Maggi: and hope the friend went shopping
Ying-Lan: Actually, I forgot the word... fri.
Ying-Lan: It is a machine to save the food being cold.
Maggi: Hello Vance!
Felix: Fri is short for Friday
Ying-Lan: oh yes.
Maggi: we just say fridge
Maggi: let's put Vance in one...LOL
Felix: much shorter uh?
Vance: hey, I heard that
Maggi: you and Vance are not really smiling Felix...
Felix: Maggi, guess what I am thinking about starting a German course next year.. not online... But in the city I'll work in
Maggi: Ask me if you need help..
Ying-Lan: It is hard!
Felix: Of course I will do it
Maggi: come on Vance..don't be a sourpuss
Maggi: look at his face
Maggi: looks like he ate a lemon
Maggi: pucker power
Vance: How's that?
Ying-Lan: It is cute.
Maggi: now he lost his teeth
Ying-Lan: I want to go.
Ying-Lan: see you next week.
Felix: see ya Ying
Maggi: Bye Ying!
Felix: Where is Mc??
Felix: correcting.. Where is the busy man?
Maggi: mc hd to get some work done before he we4nt to bed
Felix: knock knock knock
Vance: Bye YL
Felix: anybody home?
Maggi: who is there?
Vance: See you next week. I've got to go too.
Maggi: well...party's over
Vance: knock knock
Felix: ok.. time for everyone to go.. See ya around
Maggi: boo who
Maggi: well you needn't cry about it
Felix: bye all
Vance: boo constrictor grrrrrr (squeeze)
Maggi: bye Felix
Vance: bye everyone
Maggi: I like that
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