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Maggi: how are you today?
Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance
Maggi: Hi Vance!
Vance: Whew, I made it
Ying-Lan: I got a flu. I am very weak now.
Ying-Lan: I slept all the day.
Vance: No wonder we haven't heard from you lately
Maggi: Eat garlic Ying.
Ying-Lan: I can not do anthing except stayed at my bed.
Vance: What have you been talking about?
Maggi: Nothing yet...Ying just got here.
Vance: I had to switch off and restart my computer.
Ying-Lan: ^You mean you will leave?
Ying-Lan: ^And come back soon.
Vance: No, I had to do that before I got here.
Vance: It took me 15 min. to log on.
Ying-Lan: ^Is it ok of your computer now?
Vance: Yes, it's ok now.
Maggi: I had no problem for a change...:-)
Ying-Lan: I just arrived here
Ying-Lan: ^What do you mean? maggi, it is a joke?
Vance: I'm excited about something
Ying-Lan: Excited what?
Maggi: ? Give...
Vance: I've been looking at maps of mountain ski areas in Tyrol
Vance: It's in Austria 120 km south of Munich
Ying-Lan: Why did you look for the map of sky?
Maggi: There are quite a few in the St.Johann area.
Vance: Since I live in a desert country, I get excited about going skiing.
Ying-Lan: ^You will go there to take your vacation.
Vance: I'm going to a conference in New York on March 4
Ying-Lan: What kind of conference?
Vance: It's a conference about language teaching. I will present a demonstration about the webheads.
Ying-Lan: ^That's great!
Vance: I'm checking the time. It would be even greater if you could be at the Palace at the time. One minute ...
Vance: Internet Fair in the Electronic Village from 4:00-5:45 pm
Vance: That's 16:00 New York time ... ?? (scratch, scratch)
Ying-Lan: Could you tell me what time is it in Taiwan?
Vance: On Wed March 1
Maggi: 6 hrs. later here...
Vance: Sorry, March 10
Vance: I'll try to just go on the Palace as I'm doing now.
Vance: Michael C has said he'd be there
Vance: What time is that for you, YL?
Ying-Lan: I have no idea about the time.
Maggi: No problem for me...
Ying-Lan: I think 12 hour late here.
Vance: Taipei is GMT plus 8
Ying-Lan: It is might to early for me.
Maggi: EEeee...middle of the night then!
Ying-Lan: ^Tell me what time is it in Taiwan?
Vance: New York is GMT - 4, so that's 4 in the morning in Taipei.
Vance: Is that a good time for you? (ha ha!)
Vance: I wouldn't get up for it if I were you.
Ying-Lan: I probably in my dream at the time.
Ying-Lan: ^It is very hard for me to wake up so early.
Vance: I couldn't do that. Better to sleep.
Ying-Lan: How to meet you at that time?
Maggi: I wouldn't get up...I'd just stay up!
Ying-Lan: Is ti the same to stay here?
Ying-Lan: Is it the same way to stay here?
Vance: If you were there, you would just go online the same way.
Vance: But you never know, maybe there could be a connection problem ...
Vance: I might not be there. It's not worth it to inconvenience yourself.
Vance: Another thing I'm excited about ...
Vance: I might meet Maggi in Frankfurt !!!??
Ying-Lan: ^What are you excited?
Vance: I've been checking the train schedules on German Railroad.
Ying-Lan: ^You will go to europe after vising New York?
Maggi: it won't be THAT exciting! :-)
Vance: No, on the way ...
Ying-Lan: ^You plan to go to across the land of Euope by train instead of take a plane.
Vance: I have to fly through Frankfurt, so I'll travel by train to Austria, a 7 hour trip.
Vance: I have some friends in Nurnberg. I might drop in on them.
Ying-Lan: ^You will be in New York after skiing.
Vance: Right, after skiing.
Ying-Lan: ^How long have you been on your vacation?
Vance: How long do I have for vacation?
Maggi: Will you be because he hasn't gone yet...
Ying-Lan: I used the wrong grammar.
Vance: My weekend is Thu/Fri, Sat/Sun weekend in Europe, and Mon/Tue travel days before the conference, so I have 6 days.
Ying-Lan: How long will you take your vacation?
Ying-Lan: Sounds nice.
Vance: I will take 6 days for my vacation.
Vance: But it's not a vacation, really.
Ying-Lan: You will go alone?
Vance: I will be in Europe alone but my son will fly to New York and camp out in my hotel room.
Ying-Lan: You son who lives in California?
Vance: Yes, he's never been to New York City before.
Maggi: Be sure the mini bar is stocked with snacks...
Vance: No way, I'll stock up at the deli.
Vance: He's been trained to stay out of mini bars in upscale hotels.
Maggi: That's a good place to start...
Vance: The mini bar?
Maggi: no...the deli's
Ying-Lan: ^New York is a big city ... why do you call her as "Big Apple"?
Maggi: ...best in the world
Vance: Good question!
Maggi: Has to do with jazz Ying...
Maggi: or at least one story does...
Vance: Does it?
Ying-Lan: Has to do with Jazz?
Ying-Lan: one story?
Maggi: Yes...remember I was born in New York...
Maggi: yes, there are a couple, but Jazz in the 20's is the most favored...
Vance: I'm searching "big apple etymology" on http://www.google.com/
Ying-Lan: ^But I can not find any relationship between Jazz and big apple?
Maggi: The Jazz players refered to a job in NYC as the big Apple...more money...
Vance: One site says New York was the big apple for jazz player, and other towns were "little apples"
Vance: I'm doing an altavista search on +"big apple" +etymology
Ying-Lan: ^Big apple is mean to make a lot of fortune?
Maggi: the bigger the better I guess...
Ying-Lan: ^Big apple means to make a lot of fortune.
Ying-Lan: ^There are full of hope and happyness for American. Right?
Maggi: You mean the American Dream Ying?
Ying-Lan: ^No, I just though why you called New York city as big apple... Do you think that Big apple is full of hope and happyness for American?
Vance: Not if you've ever been to New York ...
Ying-Lan: I have never been New York city.
Maggi: It does have its good side too:-)
Vance: Next year the conference is in Vancouver!
Vance: Do you know New York well Maggi?
Maggi: Vancouver is beautiful, but just as expensive, if not more than N
Maggi: NYC...yes, I do
Vance: Have you lived there or just visited?
Ying-Lan: ^Maggi, are you proud of to be a citizen of New York?
Maggi: I am not of citizen
Ying-Lan: ^But you borned and lived in New York before.
Vance: Are you a citizen of Germany?
Ying-Lan: Do you like New York city?
Maggi: No, not unless I give up being American...can't do that.
Maggi: Now the Kurds have pretty much destroyed the dual citizenship
Maggi: I love New York City...to visit...my uncle still lives there...
Vance: I'm going to slip away. I've agreed to go play squash.
Ying-Lan: Is it time to leave?
Vance: Not really, but someone invited me for a game.
Maggi: ok...think Michael is coming...?
Vance: Would you mind if I accepted?
Ying-Lan: It is o.k.
Maggi: good for your health:-)
Ying-Lan: Btw. my homestay grandmother was passed away.
Vance: It was nice to see you again after so many weeks .. oh, sorry to hear that.
Vance: We got your email.
Ying-Lan: I am sorry for the bad news.
Ying-Lan: but death is a part of our life
Maggi: I have to write an intro...sorry Ying to hear about the death.
Ying-Lan: It is ok
Maggi: A new beginning perhaps...
Vance: If you write the family in Vancouver, just write from your heart.
Ying-Lan: I could do it.
Ying-Lan: It is very hard fo me to write these words in English.
Maggi: You are doing just fine!
Ying-Lan: Even in Chinese.
Vance: It's hard to write them in English too.
Vance: Just write from the heart.
Ying-Lan: Thanks vance.
Vance: Felix is at Carnival today. He's at the beach and sends his regards.
Vance: He'll be here next Sunday.
Vance: And I've got to run or I'll miss my game.
Vance: Take care of your flu, YL.
Ying-Lan: It will be more moise here :-)
Ying-Lan: I will do.
Vance: I'll email you Maggi regarding your advice. I'm looking over the train schedules.
Maggi: Good luck Vance...:-)
Vance: OK. Bye then ...
Ying-Lan: Now, is it time to say bye.
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