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

April 18, 1999

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*** Welcome to Virtual School House Vance!

Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance

Vance: hi

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

Ying-Lan: hi

Ying-Lan: Vance

Vance: Hi Ying Lan.

Ying-Lan: So, you just want to stay here only 30 minutes tonight!

Vance: Did I say that? No, 11:30 to 13:00, an hour and 30 minutes.

Ying-Lan: I am sorry, I probably misunstood it.

Vance: The usual time. It's just that if people come at 13:00 then I really need to go.

Vance: So how are you today?

Ying-Lan: oOOOOhhhh , yes

Ying-Lan: ^I was bad on the test in this morning.

Ying-Lan: ^To be honest, I did not read so hard,,,,, The truth, I did not read these books.

Vance: What test was that?

Ying-Lan: ^You asked me what is the test?

Vance: Yes. Maybe you told us, but I forgot.

Vance: Was it TOEFL?

Ying-Lan: ^I attended a course by mailling. It is about my job... l

Ying-Lan: ^You know I work at a bank.

Vance: So you don't think you did so well? But maybe you'll be surprised to find you did well.

Ying-Lan: ^I will pass a test next year

Ying-Lan: ^You are kidding.

Ying-Lan: ^What I have been at home, I only read these episodes of "Ally Mcbeal" and listened to these tape which I recoreded.

Ying-Lan: ^What I have been at home, I only read these episodes of "Ally Mcbeal" and listened to these tapes which I recoreded.

Vance: Do you mean at home you have only been watching tv instead of studying for your test?

Ying-Lan: ^I like "Ally" very much. I don't undestand what they said. I recoreded it when it played on TV.

Ying-Lan: ^You got it.

Ying-Lan: ^I was silly.

Ying-Lan: ^I am always silly.

Vance: Can you get closed caption tv?

Ying-Lan: ^I can read closed caption in Chinese.

Ying-Lan: ^But I want to understand what they said in English.

Ying-Lan: ^I spent a lot of time to research these scripts by Internet.

Vance: Are the Ally episodes with close-caption?

Vance: Did you find any?

Vance: Any scripts?

Ying-Lan: ^These episodes are the summary of the TV shows.

Ying-Lan: ^Have you watched the "Ally Mcbeal"?

Vance: No, never. I don't watch much tv. Except the news. And every night I watch Seinfeld. I like Seinfeld. Do you know that one

Ying-Lan: ^When I looked for the scripts of Ally, I have found some interesting web site.

Vance: Oh good, what was the web site?

Ying-Lan: ^Seinfeld, I read the word on "TV scripts project" .

Ying-Lan: ^They have the scripts of Seinfeld.

Ying-Lan: ^There is no "Ally"'s scripts.

Vance: Do you remember the url for the web site?

Ying-Lan: ^I wrote a email to ask the webmaster... he gave me a wonderful reply.

Vance: What did he say?

Ying-Lan: ^Vance, I sent it by icq. But I have to open it, Can you wait?

Ying-Lan: ^My icq is out of order now.

Maggi: @64,64 !It's Maggi

Ying-Lan: Maybe I have to cut the line to restart my computer.

Vance: Well, just paste it into the Palace dialog screen.

Maggi: Sorry Ying!

Vance: Hi Maggi. My you're looking tanned today. Wow, where've you been, to the beach??

Maggi: yes...on my cyber island! :-)

Vance: So it's virtual tanning .. wow

Ying-Lan: ^Here it is.

Maggi: nifty huh?

Ying-Lan: ^Here you are.

Ying-Lan: ^Hi, maggi

Vance: Got it, the TV script project. Neat.

Maggi: Hi Ying...sorry I landed on you:-)

Ying-Lan: ^Why were you saying "sorry"?

Ying-Lan: ^it is o.k. Don't mention it.

Vance: Maggi, that's a web site where you can get tv scripts, like Seinfeld (but not Ally McBall)

Maggi: oh...great students can watch it in German and compare the English.

Ying-Lan: ^He told me an other web site There are 10 Ally McBeal for sale.

Maggi: Felix said he should make it today.,..didn't stay up all night again.

Ying-Lan: ^But I have not decided to buy them.

Maggi: Are you at work Vance?

Ying-Lan: ^Beceause these scripts will be delivery by mail... it is a little expensive.

Maggi: How's the spring weather your side of the world Ying?

Maggi: I know...the post office needs to make some money too!

Ying-Lan: ^But I have found so many web sibe which supply free movie scripts like this one

Ying-Lan: ^But I have found so many web sites which supply free movie scripts like this one

Ying-Lan: ^I have some DVD like "The mask" , "Seven" and "Little buddha".

Vance: Yeah, I'm at work. I'm busy cutting yl's websites and pasting them to an email message to our teachers.

Maggi: oh...ever the busy body...LOL

Vance: Our teachers eat these sites up. I've got a short list already. I'll point you to it ...

Ying-Lan: ^I have downloaded the scripts of "The mask" and "Seven".

Ying-Lan: ^What is it?

Maggi: How long are they to download Ying?

Ying-Lan: ^You mean "Time"...

Maggi: yes, time...

Ying-Lan: ^How long did I downloaded these cripts?

Maggi: How long did it take for you to download them, yes?

Maggi: Does Michael still have a class on Sunday too?

Ying-Lan: ^I am not sure.. But I remember ... It took 15 minustes to download the "Seven". But I downloaded the mask only 5 minutes... It has been zipped.

Maggi: I have a zip file too.

Ying-Lan: ^Maggi, Have you watched the "Ally Mcbeal" in U.S.A.?

Maggi: With ISDN some things really zip along...

Maggi: No...who is she?

Maggi: I don't watch much TV.

Ying-Lan: ^It is TV shows made by the Fox/

Maggi: It might be on here if it isn't brand new.

Ying-Lan: ^Comedy

Ying-Lan: ^Brand?

Maggi: I usually only watch a film with my son when he sayws I need to see it.

Ying-Lan: ^OOH, I see. You protect him...

Vance: Comedy = funny, or happy ending

Maggi: brand new means the first is really new.

Ying-Lan: ^You son is under 18.

Vance: brand = mark or name brand; "Brand new" means so new it still has the name brand on it.

Maggi: no, I let him watch whatever he wants...

Maggi: if I find it questionable I watch it with him.

Vance: My scripts are at

Ying-Lan: ^What is it?

Vance: I think I may move them. I had trouble finding them.

Maggi: even soft porn shows.

Vance: The questionable stuff is undoubtedly the most fun to watch.

Maggi: it sure is!

Ying-Lan: ^I am here now.

Vance: Where?

Ying-Lan: ^I mean this url.

Vance: Oh, my site? OK, let me help you ...

Ying-Lan: ^It is talking about your project?

Ying-Lan: ^Why did you send my URL to your friends?

Vance: No, this is another project. Movie scripts are near the bottom. This page is about where you can get text to analyze.

Ying-Lan: ^I have found it.

Ying-Lan: ^I have been the first one.

Vance: I'm going to send the urls of any movie scripts or tv script sources to our teachers. We use these things here.

Ying-Lan: ^It is great!

Vance: Yeah, if you find any more, let me know, and I'll add them to my list.

Vance: I have a url called funstuff.htm, and I think I'll move these scripts there.

Ying-Lan: ^I have resarched the "Moive Scripts" by There are some good web sites.

Ying-Lan: ^Do you think it is helpful to learn English by watching movies?

Vance: Why don't you email a list of good movie script sites to

Maggi: I think so.

Vance: YES. I think it's an especially good way if you have the script!

Ying-Lan: ^I try...But I have another English test next week.

Vance: Then you'll be watching that much more tv ...

Maggi: I have another opinion about tests.

Ying-Lan: ^That's why I recorded the tape of "Ally Mcbeal".

Ying-Lan: ^maggi, I am here to listen your opinion.

Maggi: Well, to be honest most of them are useless.

Maggi: They only make people panic...cause them suffering...make students resort to memorization...

Maggi: I have to give some too...

Maggi: but I do it differently.

Maggi: At least the company I work for supports me.

Ying-Lan: ^Most of the tests are useful

Maggi: How are they useful Ying...that you remembered something on the test?

Ying-Lan: ^Most of the tests are useful, you said... what were you doing the different?i

Maggi: No, most tests are NOT useful...


Maggi: oops...did not mean to write it big.

Ying-Lan: ^I heard it.

Ying-Lan: ^Useless

Maggi: I test the skills they need to function in English on the job.

Ying-Lan: ^what is it? Can you email the sample?

Maggi: Can they take a telephone message for example.

Ying-Lan: ^Ohhh, yeah!

Maggi: Can they write a proper letter, fax or email.

Maggi: Can they take a visitor to dinner and talk to him.

Ying-Lan: ^Even though the test is useless, I have to pass it to get promotion.

Maggi: or her!

Ying-Lan: ^Like we are talking now.

Maggi: I understand Ying and I think that is unfair.#

Ying-Lan: ^NO way..

Ying-Lan: ^I don

Ying-Lan: ^I do not prepare these test... I can not stand to read those grammer book and test analyize, I prefer to read the episodes of Ally McBeal.. I know I waste too much time to read these.

Ying-Lan: ^I do not prepare these test... I can not stand to read those grammer books and test analyizes, I prefer to read the episodes of Ally McBeal.. I know I waste too much time to read these.

Ying-Lan: ^That's my fault.

Ying-Lan: ^I also read the scripts of movies.

Ying-Lan: ^Am I supid????

Ying-Lan: ^Must be.

Vance: I agree with Maggi. Tests are difficult to write so that they test the skills you are looking for.

Maggi: are NOT stupid!!

Ying-Lan: So what?

Vance: You are obviously not stupid, and you have skills your bank needs, but your bank is not finding out about those skills through the tests they give you.

Maggi: So...what is important is that you can talk to anyone in the world.

Ying-Lan: ^I was so glad.. when I understood some sentences of "Ally".

Maggi: And like Vance says,,,your bank is testing in a way that will not show the skills you really have.

Vance: To pass your bank's test, you have to waste your time doing things you don't like to do and that are not important to you or to your bank.

Ying-Lan: ^Thanks for your kind words.

Maggi: That is what the German's call a Volkserlebnis...

Ying-Lan: ^maggi, what is it?

Maggi: a people's experience

Vance: You are able to improve yourself best by spending time doing what you like to do.

Vance: You LEARN from being here and from reading Ally McBeal scripts.

Maggi: when it is fun you learn more.

Ying-Lan: ^I always think to speak English is more important to pass the test.

Ying-Lan: ^Is it correct ..? I mean the last sentence.

Ying-Lan: ^Grammar...

Maggi: it was perfect

Ying-Lan: ^I always think to speak English is more important to pass the test.

Maggi: than to pass

Vance: more important THAN to pass the test, or more important IN ORDER TO??

Ying-Lan: ^I always think to speak English is more important than to pass the test.

Maggi: taht's it

Vance: Now it's right.

Vance: It probably is, too.

Ying-Lan: ^But my coleaques said "you are mad!"

Vance: He who laughs last laughs best.

Maggi: don't listen to them...what do they know anyway!

Vance: Crazy people will always claim it's YOU who are mad.

Ying-Lan: ^I am always crazy,.. I know that.

Maggi: am I...:-)

Vance: What's wrong with being crazy? Maggi is crazy, totally insane ...

Maggi: see...and Vance still talks to me...

Vance: At least we have that in common.

Ying-Lan: ^I not only want to pass the test but also to speak English fluently

Maggi: practice makes perfect...

Vance: What do you have to know to pass this crazy test?

Ying-Lan: ^There is always a way to make it.

Ying-Lan: ^There is a way to make it.

Maggi: Learn to just do what you need to pass the test.

Ying-Lan: ^To be successful.

Vance: Tests are important. Everyone has to do them, distasteful as they are.

Maggi: I love tests.

Ying-Lan: ^Yes.

Ying-Lan: ^maggi, you love tests?

Maggi: Yep.

Vance: Well, distasteful to some people ...

Ying-Lan: ^Because you are good at doing test?

Maggi: I like to outsmart the person who made the test.

Ying-Lan: ^"outsmart"?

Vance: The trick is to outsmart the person who is GIVING the test.

Vance: = be smarter than

Maggi: beat them at their own game.

Ying-Lan: ^It means "Very smart"?

Maggi: oh no

Maggi: I am not so smart...

Ying-Lan: I am confused it.

Maggi: I just have a great memory

Maggi: and a good feel for what they want...

Maggi: ...and do what they want

Ying-Lan: ^That's smart.

Maggi: maybe

Ying-Lan: ^I need your smart brain.

Maggi: I think it is more just clever

Ying-Lan: ^Maggi, you are smart.

Ying-Lan: ^When you told me you speak good Germany, I have known you are smart.

Maggi: I don't think that is smart...after living here 20 years I should speak it well.

Maggi: Vance speaks more than one language too!

Ying-Lan: ^it is true.

Ying-Lan: ^If you do not want to learn Germany, you could not speak it.

Ying-Lan: ^It doesn't matter of the "Time".

Maggi: German...I wanted to be able to talk to people.

Maggi: That is very motivating...

Maggi: and being a good listener in the beginning helps...

Ying-Lan: ^I know.. some Chineses live in USA, they don't speak Enlish only Chinese.

Maggi: ...and also taking the risk to make a mistake.

Ying-Lan: ^Taking a risk to make mistake

Maggi: learn more from the mistakes sometimes.

Ying-Lan: ^What about this... "I am at home" or "I go home"... with at or without to... what is the difference?

Vance: At is a preposition of place

Maggi: When you are at are there.

Ying-Lan: ^How about this... "I am at home" or "I go home"... with at or without to... what is the difference?

Vance: at that place

Maggi: when you go home you are on your way there.

Maggi: motion

Ying-Lan: ^"I go to school everyday" , " I was at school last Friday".

Ying-Lan: ^I could not say "I go to home"

Maggi: yes

Ying-Lan: ^Why?

Maggi: yes to the first one, no to the second

Ying-Lan: ^"to go to school"... "to go home".

Maggi: you just go home...

Ying-Lan: ^"You just go home"... without to.

Maggi: yes...without to

Vance: right

Ying-Lan: ^"I go to school" with to.

Ying-Lan: ^I know I am right... but why?

Maggi: yes

Maggi: who really cares...just learn the ones that go together

Vance: Yes, to is a preposition of direction in this case, but "go home' is an idiomatic expression, that's just the way we say it.

Maggi: it is easier and you won't be so frustrated

Vance: If you change that expression, you have to use "to", like I will go to my home, or can I go to your home?

Maggi: little children don't ask why, they just learn the way they go together.

Ying-Lan: ^The truth is I have to remember those idoms.

Ying-Lan: ^MMMMany idoms have to remember.

Maggi: Just learn the context you would use them in.

Vance: English is full of such things, but in real life, they don't matter. Have you read Deden's notes to the eclass? Full of mistakes, but completely communicative.

Vance: Deden is a risk taker. Risk takers succeed eventually!

Maggi: That's what I told him too.

Ying-Lan: ^I read it.. but ..

Vance: Did you tell Deden to write to the list?

Vance: or to take risks ..??

Ying-Lan: ^Do he know he made mistakes?

Maggi: Yes..he sent me a message first.

Maggi: Yes, he knows he makes a lot of mistakes.

Vance: Maybe he does, but he doesn't care. He just wants to communicate.

Vance: I respect him very much for that.

Maggi: But he also knows that it is important to try.

Ying-Lan: That's good.

Ying-Lan: ^I envy "Gloria".. she speak good English...

Maggi: She makes mistakes too but it doesn't matter.

Maggi: Hey...the Oz man!

Michael C: Hi Folks!

Vance: ANYbody who tries to speak a foreign language is going to make mistakes. It doesn't matter.

Maggi: Long time no see!

Nadir-Jr: @64,64 !It's Nadir-Jr

Maggi: Hey Tomas!

Nadir-Jr: hi there!!!

Michael C: The Oz Man - I like that!

Maggi: is the farm going?

Ying-Lan: ^I am back.

Vance: Here's Nadir, ... Oh, is Nadir back there?

Ying-Lan: ^Hi, Michaelc.

Ying-Lan: Nadier?

Maggi: aWhat have you been up to Michael...?

Vance: Hi OZ, (easier to write than Michael C)

Maggi: oz is easier to write...

Nadir-Jr: hi there!!!

Nadir-Jr: Hi Vance!

Vance: Ying and Nadir, you're sitting in the same spot.

Michael C: Hi Ying.

Vance: better ...

Ying-Lan: hi]

Michael C: Hello UAE!

Ying-Lan: ^Hi

Ying-Lan: Nadir-Jr... nice to meet you

Ying-Lan: ^Are you a teacher or student?

Nadir-Jr: I'm a stundent

Maggi: He was one of my very first students.

Ying-Lan: ^Michaelc,,, long time no see.

Vance: A friend of Felix's, right?

Nadir-Jr: Are you there Margaret?

Ying-Lan: ^I remember.. he is from Taiwan.

Maggi: Yes I am

Nadir-Jr: yup Vance :))

Ying-Lan: ^Noo...

Maggi: I introduced him to Felix.

Nadir-Jr: By the way, I thought to see him here today...

Michael C: Yes. I've been a bit lazy lately. But I have been enjoying all the webheads mail.

Ying-Lan: ^From Brazil.

Maggi: He said he would come

Vance: me too

Ying-Lan: ^I read your email...

Maggi: no fair being so lazy Oz.

Vance: Felix asked me to wake him up, so I sent him an ICQ message.

Ying-Lan: ^Thanks for your beautiful sound.


Michael C: I actually haven't been lazy - incredibly busy actually.

Nadir-Jr: hehehe I didn't know that he is a lazy man, like me...

Ying-Lan: I know you are busy.

Vance: He's not. He's a lazy man WORSE than you.

Maggi: Aren't all men in Brazil like that LOL :-)

Nadir-Jr: hahahaha

Vance: Well, it IS morning in Brazil, a Sunday morning.

Nadir-Jr: it is my first time using 'palace prog', so I am a little lost here...hehehe

Nadir-Jr: right Vance, it is a cold morning here where I am

Vance: You're doing very well. You're here.

Nadir-Jr: thanks :)

Maggi: you are doing just fine Tomas...

Vance: Where are you exactly, we'll look it up on Mapquest.

Nadir-Jr: I live in southern area...state of Rio Grande do Sul

Nadir-Jr: Passo Fundo city

Maggi: I've been really busy too M...10-12 hr days...and this until the summer.

Michael C: That's too much Maggi.

Maggi: May be...but I just had to buy my son a Roller.

Nadir-Jr: just tell me it possible to read a sentence again, after it have dissapeared?

Maggi: roll it back on the log screen.

Nadir-Jr: humm ok

Vance: Yes, turn on Options / Log Window

Michael C: Maggi - what is a roller?

Maggi: And pay for the driving lessons. A roller is a small motorbike.

Ying-Lan: roller?

Michael C: Oh - OK.

Nadir-Jr: I did it :) thanks

Ying-Lan: small motorcycle?

Maggi: yes...he is only allowed to drive 80 kilometers an hr.

Maggi: up to 125cc.

Maggi: Just press the buttons and check everything out Tomas.

Ying-Lan: ^maggi, you mean you have to work more to save money to buy your son the roller.

Nadir-Jr: ok Maggi :)

Vance: Ying Lan can show you where the avatars are.

Maggi: No, I bought it already for him.

Ying-Lan: ^oh..

Nadir-Jr: roller? what is it?

Maggi: On Friday. But now my account is empty again.

Maggi: a roller is a small motorcycle.

Maggi: So, I have to fill up my account again...since the bank won't do it for me :-)

Ying-Lan: ^click the top bar /Place/ mark this one Props/Avator-Cuz's Cose Original, then you will get some avators.

Nadir-Jr: awww I see...thanks Maggie

Ying-Lan: ^click the top bar /Place/ mark this one Props/Avator-Cuz's Cose Original, then you will get some avatars.

Nadir-Jr: sorry I entered into the house..hehehe

Nadir-Jr: Vance..where are you from?

Maggi: Vance lives in the desert.

Ying-Lan: ^Michaelc, What's going on with you these days?

Maggi: Michael lives down under.

Nadir-Jr: desert?? are you kidding?

Ying-Lan: ^Australia

Vance: I'm from the USA but I live in Abu Dhabi, pretty much in the desert.

Nadir-Jr: awww Australia :))

Michael C: A lot of things Ying. I'm hoping to go to Vietnam in August but I have to do a lot of work before then.

Ying-Lan: ^Michaelc is from Australia

Nadir-Jr: and you Ying?

Michael C: Or they (my work) won't send me. I want to be paid to travel like Vance.

Ying-Lan: ^You have to do your work hard now.

Maggi: How long will you be there Michael?

Michael C: Just 2 weeks initially. But if it goes well it might become a twice a year event.

Maggi: Ying lives in Taiwan.

Ying-Lan: ^Really??? But they invite you to Vietnam

Maggi: Being invited doesn't always mean they pay for your travel.

Michael C: Yes. They want to us to train their teachers and because I have done this kind of work before, and have an ESL background they have asked me to go.

Ying-Lan: ^What doe the "Render up the body" mean?

Ying-Lan: ^Why do they not pay your tickets?

Maggi: In what context Ying?

Michael C: They will pay for my tickets!

Ying-Lan: ^I don't know... a muder drama

Vance: It should mean to produce the body

Ying-Lan: ^A muderer

Ying-Lan: ^may be

Ying-Lan: ^"to be paid".. they paid your travel tickets and hotel...

Ying-Lan: ^Am I wrong?

Nadir-Jr: Vance..I'm quite do you do that? I mean about your picture here...

Michael C: I'm not sure what you mean Ying...

Maggi: it is murder forgot the r...

Vance: Let's see, how did I do that? I can't remember. Can anyone remind me?

Ying-Lan: ^You just said "I want to be paid to travel like Vance." ...

Maggi: I used to know...let's see

Nadir-Jr: lol it's ok Vance...

Vance: I'm looking up Passo Fundo on Mapquest ... we'll think of it ..

Maggi: something about going into the options...resizing

Michael C: Yes - "to be paid" is passive.

Nadir-Jr: oh I'm sorry to disturb you on that Vance

Ying-Lan: ^Maggi, I just the adv. on Internet... said "Render up the body" . it was so fast, I can not remember it.

Vance: Naw, you start with a thumbnail picture and somehow you get it into your briefcase. I can't remember how I did that.

Maggi: It is ok Tomas...Vance can do more than one thing at a time

Michael C: But because I said "I want to be paid" it means it hasn't happened yet.

Ying-Lan: ^Maggi, I just the adv. on Internet... said "Render up the body" . it was so fast, I could remember it.

Vance: If you get paid like me then they have to pay you to go skiing!

Nadir-Jr: ok Vance...perhaps someday I could do that as well...hehehe thanks

Maggi: practice Tomas...that's all...

Vance: Yeah, I'll think of it and put some instructions on the webheads page. Remind me by writing to the eclass.

Ying-Lan: ^Michaelc, you have to pay these travel charge by yourself?

Nadir-Jr: ok I will :)

Maggi: He is trying NOT to have to pay it himself.

Michael C: No Ying. They will pay for me.

Ying-Lan: ^I see.

Vance: I'm looking up Passo Fundo. I've been as far south in Brazil as Paranaqua. South of there is Florianopolis, a place I'd REALLY like to visit, and west of there, Passo Fundo.

Vance: How did we do it, YL?

Michael C: Vance - is there anywhere you haven't been?!

Ying-Lan: ^It must be a beautiful place to visit.

Maggi: I think when I retire I will travel around the world and visit everyone.

Vance: I've never been to Adelaide.

Ying-Lan: good idea, maggi

Maggi: Invite him Michael...

Vance: or Passo Fundo.

Nadir-Jr: hehe Vance...

Michael C: OK Vance You're invited to Adelaide. There - that was easy!

Ying-Lan: ^"That was easy"... past tense.

Maggi: can I come too?

Ying-Lan: ^So, it is not easy now.

Maggi: an idiom Ying...

Michael C: Yes - past tense because I did it. It's finished - I invited him.

Maggi: and it was no skin off his nose LOL

Nadir-Jr: @64,64 !It's Nadir-Jr

Ying-Lan: ^You have invited him to your house...

Michael C: No skin off my nose= it was easy!

Nadir-Jr: i'm back

Michael C: Yes. Ahnd it was easy to do that.

Nadir-Jr: I'm in trouble hee...hehe

Michael C: I think it's almost idiomatic Ying.

Vance: MC, you can't invite just me, not with all these people around. You'll have to have us all.

Ying-Lan: ^or you do not invite him now? I am confused in "past tense" and "have + p.p."

Maggi: At least you are laughing Toams...

Michael C: We sat "that was easy" after we have done something.

Nadir-Jr: my wife and my daughter went to the church..and I need to hold my little son

Maggi: Tomas

Vance: He invited me a moment ago. That's what was easy.

Nadir-Jr: he's 6 months old...I hardly can type now hehe

Michael C: OK - everyone is invited to Adelaide. But I can't put you all up!

Maggi: you have your hands full Tomas...

Ying-Lan: That's was easy.

Ying-Lan: I understand it.

Maggi: So we come in shifts...

Michael C: Not at the same time anyway. (Put someone up = let them stay at your house.)

Vance: We can sleep in shifts.

Maggi: LOL

Nadir-Jr: you are right maggie

Michael C: OK Vance. Sleep, and eat, in shifts.

Maggi: He is growing very fast isn't he Tomas...I remember when he was born.

Maggi: He cried a lot...:-)

Ying-Lan: ^Nadir-jr is felix?

Ying-Lan: ^or his friend?

Maggi: No...Nadir had a baby boy too!

Ying-Lan: ^ohhhhh

Maggi: before Felix did...

Maggi: Can we sleep around the pool Michael...

Ying-Lan: ^Good rememoriz...

Ying-Lan: ^Good rememory...

Michael C: Sure Maggi. (I just closed up the pool for winter today.)

Maggi: good remember something

Nadir-Jr: sorry my silence..i was away

Maggi: ok...then we can sleep in the pool LOL

Ying-Lan: ^Is it Fall ?

Maggi: yes...and if he drained the pool not very warm anymore.

Michael C: Yes it's Fall here - but we call it autumn in Australia (like the English)

Maggi: means I couldn't show off my new tan...

Ying-Lan: ^I am tired...

Michael C: LOL!

Michael C: A European tan.....

Michael C: Does that mean you're going Ying?

Ying-Lan: ^going where?

Vance: I'm tired too. Time for my beer on the balcony.

Nadir-Jr: hehe

Michael C: Leaving the Palace?

Maggi: I am alway tired...:-)

Maggi: Tired of cleaning for example.

Maggi: tired of doing the dishes

Michael C: Beer on the balcony sounds nice Vance. Do you have a balcony at home?

Ying-Lan: ^I want to go.. but I also don't want to miss your converstaion.

Michael C: What's the view like?

Maggi: He probably has one at work too!

Ying-Lan: ^struggle?

Vance: Yeah, I'll have to produce a picture of it ... I can find a picture of the view,

Ying-Lan: ^I fight with my soul now.

Michael C: I'd like to see that.

Ying-Lan: ^What is the laptops?... it is a notebook?

Maggi: a great view of sand no doubt :-)

Michael C: I plan to live in a house with a balcony one day.

Maggi: a computer that is small enough to fit in your lap.

Vance: - there's a view from my balcony in there.

Michael C: Yeh laptop = notebook.

Ying-Lan: thanks

Maggi: I had a balcony when I lived on the first on the ground floor I have the garden.

Nadir-Jr: ^brb

Ying-Lan: ^Do you live at a house or a department? maggi

Ying-Lan: silence

Michael C: Vance - whcih one is the view ffrom the baclony. there are a lot of photos there.

Maggi: I live in a bungalow...all on the ground floor...a department is in a company or large store.

Vance: Under life in Abu Dhabi ...

Ying-Lan: ^Apartment...

Michael C: Under the picture of the yachts?

Ying-Lan: ^What are you doing... looking for Vance' balcony?

Maggi: go further M...damn...what a view!!!!!!!!

Vance: The picture of the yachts is the view looking toward my apt. Down the page is Life in Abu Dhabi and there's a small pic there you can click on to get a bigger one, sunset view.

Michael C: Yes and It hink I've found it. Hang on......

Maggi: invite me Äance!

Maggi: high up are you?=

Vance: 11th floor

Maggi: nice...really nice...

Michael C: Fantastic view! One day we will share a beer there OK?

Vance: I'm only getting 93% of the page in my browser. Anyone else having a problem?

Maggi: Maybe I should think about a stint there.

Vance: And of course you're all invited up for beer.

Michael C: Nope. i got the whole page.

Maggi: No problem here.

Vance: Yeah, YL, we're all up on my balcony now.

Ying-Lan: I am sorry,,,, I have to go now.

Maggi: Ok Ying...have a nice day.

Michael C: I have to go too. I have a new computer to set up.

Maggi: how fast?

Ying-Lan: ^Do you want to say bye-bye now?

Michael C: How fast??

Ying-Lan: fast?? it is more two hours.

Maggi: Sure...we can all say good-bye...

Ying-Lan: see you next time.

Nadir-Jr: sorry i need to kid is driving me crazy here..hehe

Maggi: mHz...silly

Vance: It's been fun. See you next week.

Michael C: Bye Ying. Bye all. Nice to see you all.

Maggi: Hang in there Tomas...

Ying-Lan: Maggi, would you mind to reply my email?

Michael C: Ciao!

Nadir-Jr: bye

Maggi: Sure Ying.

Ying-Lan: ^you have not replied it ...

Maggi: Bye...

Ying-Lan: ^I am waiting ....

Ying-Lan: Thanks very mcuh.

Maggi: I just downloaded my mail for today.

Ying-Lan: ^I sent it to you last week...

Maggi: I answered that one.

Ying-Lan: ^thanks. Vance. I prefer a cup of coffee.

Ying-Lan: or hot water.

Maggi: Oh...thanks for the beer!

Ying-Lan: ^anyways, thanks for the beer.

Maggi: hot water is good for your stomach.

Vance: I'm looking for coffee.

Ying-Lan: Yes

Ying-Lan: see you next week.

Ying-Lan: bye

Maggi: kbye

Vance: bye

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