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Chat with Ying Lan, MAD Maggi, Michael C, and Vance

May 9, 1999

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*** Welcome to Virtual School House Vance!

Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance

Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan

Ying-Lan: hi Vance

Ying-Lan: ^Nice a MOTHER'S DAY is!

Ying-Lan: ^This is my family time. My mother's sister with my grandmother (mother's mother) have been in my house now. They are having the dinner now.....

Vance: Hello. I was away for a moment.

Ying-Lan: I guessed it.

Vance: Well, happy mother's day to them.

Ying-Lan: They are happy except me.

Ying-Lan: I am sick again.

Vance: Oh no, again?

Vance: Same thing?

Ying-Lan: Having a cold and feels uncomfortable.

Vance: How is medical care in Taiwan? Do you feel you are seeing the right doctors?

Ying-Lan: ^Soooo, how about you? To go home now for mother day!

Ying-Lan: ^It is not business of docter...

Vance: I will go home to see my wife, who is the mother of my sons, but my own mother is far away. I'll call her.

Ying-Lan: ^I caught a cold... not caused by doctor.

Vance: It sounds like your immunity is down for some reason.

Ying-Lan: ^

Ying-Lan: ^What is innumity?

Ying-Lan: Immunity

Ying-Lan: ^Immunity

Vance: Immune means you can't catch a disease. An immunization is a shot against a disease.

Vance: It sounds like your natural immunity is not working properly.

Ying-Lan: ^But another reason is it is very easy to catch a cold in Taiwan. It was hot in the morning but it is cold in the evening.

Ying-Lan: It is difficult to dress....

Vance: Let's hope that's the reason. But you've had this a long time.

Ying-Lan: ^I know it.

Vance: It's difficult to know what to wear.

Ying-Lan: ^It is difficult what to wear.

Ying-Lan: ^Anyway, Thanks for you attention.

Ying-Lan: ^I will be better, I knew it.

Ying-Lan: ...

Ying-Lan: ^I will be better, I know it.

Vance: I notice you aren't on ICQ, or is there something wrong with my icq?

Ying-Lan: ^NO... Not your computer.. just I closed the icq.

Ying-Lan: ^Exactly, Not I did it. My brother did it.

Vance: To be exact, you didn't do it, your brother did it.

Ying-Lan: ^He said, it took a lot of spaces.

Ying-Lan: ^He said, it took a lot of space..

Vance: I don't see anyone else on ICQ either. ... it took a lot of memory ...

Ying-Lan: ^Have you received any strange information from icq?

Vance: No? What kind of information?

Ying-Lan: ^It was from someone whom you don't now.

Vance: Oh, maybe. Sometimes I hear from people I don't know, but I don't accept from anyone I don't know.

Ying-Lan: I think someone sent the information to look for new friend. .... just for killing the boring time.

Ying-Lan: ^That's I did it.

Vance: Do you mean that you sent information anonymously?

Vance: (anonymous = without anyone knowing who you are)

Ying-Lan: No... I didn't accept the authorization what from unknown people.

Vance: Oh, ok. I understand.

Ying-Lan: ^To be honest... I sent the infomations one day... I was so bored ... just want to talk to somebody in English.

Ying-Lan: ^Unfortunatly,,,, no boday answered me.

Vance: If you want to contact people in English, we could put our class in touch with another class somewhere.

Ying-Lan: ^What kind of class is?

Ying-Lan: ^But I could come to the palace,,, if I wanted to do.

Ying-Lan: ^I have known another one...

Ying-Lan: ^They chat with students on line every day except the weekend.

Vance: Well, there are several possibilities. Usually they are classes whose students want to contact people in other countries.

Vance: ?

Ying-Lan: ^But they are on salary not like you is a volunteer.

Ying-Lan: ^NO... it is it is peakenglish.

Vance: It's usually done by email. And the classes have real students, so maybe it doesn't matter about the teacher's pay.

Ying-Lan: ^Let me know about another class.

Vance: Peak looks interesting. What have you tried there?

Ying-Lan: ^ I Listen it!

Ying-Lan: ^ I don't feel tired ...

Ying-Lan: ^I just have been their web site twice recently.

Vance: You mean you listen to it and don't get tired of it?

Ying-Lan: ^I just want to listen what you said. I think I speak to much.

Ying-Lan: ^I was so busy to type and could not read your message at the same time.

Vance: Don't you have a log window?

Ying-Lan: ^I have it but it can not open it at the same time.. when I typed.

Ying-Lan: ^I have it but it can not open it at the same time.. when I type.

Vance: What kind of computer do you have?

Ying-Lan: ^I don't know it exactly...

Ying-Lan: ^I think it is too small to load something.

Ying-Lan: ^I have a good bother... who did everything on computer.

Ying-Lan: ^I have a good bother... who do everything on computer.

Vance: Do you know how much RAM you have? Or what kind of processor, like Pentium II, or 486?

Maggi: @64,64 !It's Maggi

Ying-Lan: ^Mat be Pentium two

Ying-Lan: ^Hi, maggi.

Maggi: Hi:-)

Ying-Lan: ^Happy mother day ... You are a great mother ...

Maggi: Is Vance drinking a coconut cocktail?

Vance: Sounds good. I'm running the Palace and ICQ on a pentium ii, but it has 48 k of RAM (my laptop).

Vance: Hi Maggi, happy mother's day.

Maggi: Thank you Ying--

Vance: YL's mother is at her house now.

Ying-Lan: ^But it is getting slow and easy to shut down.

Maggi: Thanks Vance...

Maggi: but every day is a mother's day...-)

Ying-Lan: ^Vance, I live with my parents...

Ying-Lan: ^Good point. maggi.

Ying-Lan: ^That's the same words I thought.

Maggi: I have no complaintsd.

Ying-Lan: ^Every day is mother day.

Maggi: ooops...

Maggi: A mother's day never ends...:-)

Vance: This is a problem for fathers ...

Ying-Lan: yes, it is.

Maggi: sure...look what is happening in Japan

Vance: what?

Maggi: New ads...

Maggi: shows that father's spend an average of only 17 minutes a day with their children.

Ying-Lan: Sorry, I said bye to my aunts and grandmother.

Maggi: Older men are up in arms over the adverts.

Vance: That's not much. Strange existence, drinking in smoky bars with croneys all night.

Maggi: Shows a young dancer with his baby and under it if you don't contribute to the raising of your children you can't call yourself a father.#

Maggi: I think this is true.

Vance: Not an issue in my household, I don't think.

Maggi: How can you call yourself a father if you do nothing.

Vance: Are you speaking about someone in particular?

Maggi: You are a great father Vance.

Maggi: No, I am not ... just generally

Maggi: It is true.

Vance: Seems to have hit a nerve.

Maggi: With the women in Japan yes.

Maggi: They live still in a male-dominated society.

Vance: As a single mother, you must be especially empathetic.

Maggi: I bend over backwards ...

Maggi: like most single parents...

Vance: You're a great MOM!

Maggi: ...we are all too aware of the short comings.

Maggi: Thanks...

Maggi: everything you give comes back to you!

Vance: Everyone has shortcomings. What goes round comes round.

Maggi: True...i

Maggi: I feel sorry for my son's father.

Maggi: He botched it big time.

Vance: Does he visit, contribute?

Maggi: Now it is too late to make amends.

Maggi: No...

Ying-Lan: ^In the far east,,, To raise children was a job for woman. The man didn't do it. But now... some men whom we call as "New good Men" ... the new good men do houseword and take care of their children.

Vance: Bobbi's father abandoned his family, totally gone.

Maggi: It should be that way...children need both their parents.

Ying-Lan: ^In the far east,,, To raise children was a job for woman. The man didn't do it. But now... some men whom we call as "New good Men" ... the new good men do housewor and take care of their children.

Maggi: Then Bobbi knows what I mean.

Vance: housework? wait, how'd housework get in there ...

Maggi: My father couldn't handle it and did the same.

Vance: Just kidding ..

Ying-Lan: ^In the far east,,, To raise children was a job for woman. The man didn't do it. But now... some men whom we call as "New good Men" ... the new good men do housewor and take care of their children.

Ying-Lan: what did you say?

Vance: Yikes, does one of these events in any way trigger the other?

Maggi: Don't tell me you don't know about housework Vance! :-)

Vance: I avoid it when I can. Got to spend time with the kids, you know.

Maggi: So do I...

Vance: What was your question, YL?

Maggi: So my house is not the cleanest.

Ying-Lan: Sorry... I was still talking to one of my aunts... she just gone.

Vance: Neither is ours. Bobbi is an avoider too.

Ying-Lan: Who is boobi

Maggi: Pareto principle...I spend 20% of mine time to get it 80% clean and am satisfied with that.

Vance: Bobbi's my wife,

Ying-Lan: I see... Vance.

Vance: brb

Maggi: Watch the word boobi Ying...

Ying-Lan: ^It is Bobbi.

Ying-Lan: ^I watched it.

Maggi: a boobi is someone in slang who is stupid.

Ying-Lan: Thanks.

Ying-Lan: Really.. soryy Vance... It was a mistake by typing.

Ying-Lan: ^ Forgive me, please :-)

Vance: I hadn't noticed ..

Maggi: wow...

Ying-Lan: Anyway, thanks to mAGGI

Maggi: you had some hair Vance!

Ying-Lan: some hair?

Vance: oh, yeah, I put those pics in an obscure place ... she's looking at Bobbi's page.

Maggi: heehehe

Maggi: I had a wild head of hair then too...I could sit on it.

Vance: Maggi and I were both hippies, YL.

Maggi: the love generation :-)

Vance: It was a great time to be young. Very free.

Ying-Lan: ^vance, what is your net word?

Ying-Lan: ^Steven Vances?

Maggi: it was a great time to sow your wild oats.

Vance: vance stevens

Ying-Lan: sorry.

Vance: You can also use 'webheads'

Vance: also esl_home

Maggi: the sun is shining here!

Ying-Lan: I got it

Vance: You look relaxed. It's shining here too (a bit strongly).

Ying-Lan: ^Vance stenevs.

Vance: Vance Stevens

Maggi: Still have to do my taxes...:-(

Vance: Taxes for which country?

Maggi: Germany

Maggi: I should also file in the Us...

Ying-Lan: ^You are athletics, aren't you?

Maggi: ...but it is just a big fat zero and too many forms to fill out.

Vance: An athlete? Not exactly. How about a sportsman.

Maggi: So, I am behind there.

Ying-Lan: ^A sportman marry the sportwoman.

Maggi: You are both athletic.

Ying-Lan: ^What a great pairs.

Maggi: Yeh...warms the heart doesn't it Ying.

Vance: If he can catch her ... a great couple.

Ying-Lan: a great couple.

Maggi: I think so too.

Ying-Lan: ^Bobbi looks so young.

Vance: We have opposite personalies, which is perfect in a relationship.

Vance: She's about the same age as Maggi.

Maggi: well...sometimes it doesn't work.

Ying-Lan: ^oppiste?

Maggi: Thanks Vance for throwing that my way :-)

Ying-Lan: ^What does not work!

Vance: Opposite means like black and white, hot and cold. But I should say "complementary" instead.

Maggi: opposite personalities.

Michael C: @64,64 !It's Michael C

Maggi: Hi Michael.

Michael C: Hi all!

Vance: Hey, you spilled my drink!

Ying-Lan: ^What is the oppoiste with you and your wife?

Ying-Lan: Hi, Michaelc....

Vance: She's cautious. I'm impetuous. She's sweet. I'm ...

Maggi: don't worry's empty...the coconut is just for show.

Ying-Lan: ^OOOOH, she is sweet, you are not.

Vance: Well, it is now.

Michael C: What coconut?

Maggi: sour is the opposite of sweet...

Ying-Lan: What is sour?

Maggi: you tripped over it maybe...

Ying-Lan: coconut?

Vance: Sweet is like sugar. Sour is like lemon.

Maggi: well, if it isn't a coconut then it looks like a bomb :-)

Michael C: Oh yes I see a bomb.

Maggi: are you a lemon Vance? :-)

Vance: woops, we're moving ...

Ying-Lan: ^I knew it... I just do not understand why you use "sour" to describe some buy.

Michael C: Double ID tonight Vance?

Michael C: Split personality?

Ying-Lan: ^I knew it... I just do not understand why you use "sour" to describe some guy.

Maggi: hehehe

Vance: somebody? Sour is ONE opposite of sweet, but the opposite of a sweet personality is ... (anyone?)

Michael C: Dour?

Maggi: tolerant?

Vance: We could consult an online thesaurus ...

Maggi: dour...that's good MC...hehehe

Maggi: I have one here handy...should I look...

Vance: I'll race you.

Maggi: ...or don't you know what you are Vance? :-)

Maggi: Let him run for it...:-)

Vance: I'm racing to ... how about ...

Maggi: He left the coconut in front of my face...

Ying-Lan: ^Michaelc,, why did you "Double Id tongiyh"?

Vance: (bomb)

Maggi: it means that Vance had more than one avatar.

Michael C: Because Vance has 2 avatars.

Maggi: is it a bomb?

Ying-Lan: ^But Vance, you are absolutly not dour...

Michael C: How can you be sure Ying?!

Maggi: we don't know for sure Ying...

Michael C: Snap Maggie!

Maggi: hehehe

Maggi: thinking along the same lines.

Maggi: ...who has the fastest fingers...!

Ying-Lan: ^I check the dictionayr... dour = hard and cold in one's nature; unfriendly, unsmiling. He is a warm man...

Vance: I gave up on LOTS of reference books, but no thesaurus. Now I'm trying ...

Ying-Lan: ^He is a nice guy not dour.

Maggi: True...but maybe he only shows us one side of it...:-)

Maggi: he certainly has stamina...

Ying-Lan: o.k. maybe....


Michael C: I found 'offensive' as an opposite of sweet.

Vance: This is a great site. Try it.

Maggi: hehehe

Maggi: Vance as offensive...:-)

Michael C: I don't think Vance is offensive....

Ying-Lan: ^That make my crazy... we don

Maggi: You were born in the year of the horse weren't you Vance?

Ying-Lan: ^That make my crazy... we don't know who is good or not on Internet.

Maggi: Vance is the opposite of offensive.

Vance: I thought it was the year of the rat.

Maggi: you are a rat?

Ying-Lan: ^But I choice to trust everyone....first.

Maggi: I'm a drgon.

Ying-Lan: rat?

Maggi: dragon

Ying-Lan: ^I am a dragon, too.

Vance: No, I'm not offensive. YL, how do I know what animal is for the year I was born?

Ying-Lan: ^I am 35...

Michael C: It's true isn't it Ying! You can never be sure about who you meet on the Internet. But is it any different in real life?

Ying-Lan: ^What year were you born?

Maggi: tell us the year you were born and we can tell you Vance.

Vance: disagreeable, unpleasant, displeasing, obnoxious, in addition to repulsive.

Vance: These are opposites of sweet.

Michael C: Or bitter....

Maggi: None of which you are...:-)=

Vance: 1947

Ying-Lan: ^But I could see those faces in the real world.

Maggi: Maybe you should pick another adjective Vance

Michael C: Bitter is probably the best one for personality I think. (Yes - the face does help - especially the eyes!

Maggi: beady eyes you mean MC?

Michael C: Eyes = windows to the soul

Maggi: they are

Michael C: So what's the Internet equivalent?

Maggi: windows to the soul

Ying-Lan: Vance, are you 41 years old now?

Vance: That would explain the dark glasses.

Ying-Lan: ^^^41?

Vance: Almost

Maggi: not if he was born in 47

Michael C: I was thinking the same thing vance!

Vance: ssshhh Maggi

Maggi: sorry...

Ying-Lan: ^In Chinese,,, you are 42.. you are a dog.

Ying-Lan: ^I mean you were born in the Dog year.

Maggi: dog...that is the opposite of sweet!

Vance: Actually, I'm 51, does that make a difference/

Maggi: Not now it doesn't

Michael C: Yeh - it means you're MUCH older than me!

Ying-Lan: you are 51, really?

Vance: Yeah

Ying-Lan: Let me check the book.

Maggi: Look on the bright side...this puts you back to 42

Ying-Lan: ^In Chinese, you are 52... it is a rat.

Maggi: this could push me back to late 30's almost.

Vance: That's what I thought.

* Michael C * Vance - what time GMT does this class officially start?

Vance: Not the first time I've been called a rat.

Ying-Lan: ^We calculate the age including the one year which you were born.

* Vance * 11:30 gmt

Maggi: a rat it is...well that covers the opposite of sweet too.

Ying-Lan: ^I mean the first year...

Vance: I was born in December 1947.

Ying-Lan: ^The new baby is one year old not 0 year-old.

Maggi: When in Dec?

Vance: oh, I get it, so I'm 52.

Maggi: You look like you are sleeping in the second photo...:-)

Ying-Lan: ^What did you mean when in Dec... If the new baby is born in 31th of December... he will be 2 years old in January.

* Michael C * So have you been here 2 hours already today?

Maggi: No I just wanted to know the day he was born.

Ying-Lan: I see.

* Vance * Just over an hour. It's 12:30 gmt now (I think)

Maggi: Michael...WHAT is that

* Michael C * It's now about 13.30 GMT.

Maggi: a goofy face...

Maggi: and the bird is on the roof again...

Michael C: You just noticed Maggie?

Maggi: I was looking somewhere else...

Ying-Lan: ^The bird... must be put by michalec.

Ying-Lan: I guess it.

Michael C: Yes the bird is back.

Michael C: I have my membership back!

Maggi: you have a thing with this bird...:-)

Ying-Lan: Who raise the bird?

Maggi: It is Michael's bird.

Michael C: I like to use it as my calling card.

Maggi: you always leave it behind though!

Michael C: If you see it left behind in the Palace you know I've been here!

Maggi: I already knew I guess it works...:-)

Michael C: See!

Vance: That's a good idea. I've seen it left here before.

Michael C: Now why I want people to know that I've been here I'm not sure!

Maggi: Maybe I should leave something behind...

Michael C: We could all have a calling card.

Ying-Lan: ^But do you sure no any body use the green bird like you?

Maggi: Sometimes I clean up after he has been here!

Michael C: I'm not sure Ying, but I haven't seen anyone else use it.

Vance: A calling card is a good idea. You could create an image and put it in your briefcase and leave it behind.

Ying-Lan: oooh.

Maggi: It is a kind of dorky bird...

Maggi: just k9idding

Michael C: It's not dorky!

Maggi: you use dorky in Oz too!

Ying-Lan: ^Sorry. I have to go now. to get some sleep.

Vance: OK. Nice to see you here.

Michael C: Yes, or more usually, "He's a dork!"

Maggi: Sweet dreams Ying...

Michael C: Good night Ying.

Maggi: Oh we use that too...

Ying-Lan: I will take a look at the whole script at the web head... Vance, you will do it, won't you?

Maggi: Vance will do it..

Vance: Do you mean the log of this chat? Yes, of course.

Maggi: see

Ying-Lan: yes ...

Ying-Lan: so, see you next week.

Ying-Lan: bye

Vance: Bye.

Maggi: bye

Michael C: Bye Ying.

Maggi: Now it is just teachers...

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