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June 30, 2003

A FRIEND TO MAN?

It turns out there is a fly out there that causes lumpy squirrels.

(Thanks to Isabelle Briand)

(And, yes, this blog is well aware that "Lumpy Squirrels" would be a good name for a rock band)

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Re: Sly's predicament... I like Peri AND El's advice.. having a similar situation... I would add this though...

1) Talk to him.
2) Go for drinks, find out what the story is now.. if he's available etc etc etc.
3) If *sparks* are present, and there are no impediments (ie S.O.'s and/or kids, sudden switches in sexuality, or a recent calling to the preisthood), jump his bones as per El's suggestion.
4) If no sparks are present, continue w/ Peri's suggestion, catch-up on each others lives, then go home to respective homes alone, happy to know that things have changed.

*wondering why Di is hiding from Sly*

Umm... if she's offering paddles, woudln't you be first in line?!?!?!

*ducks*


*gooses*

*realizes she never finished the Saga of the "similar Situation" for El*

*Adds to list of things to do with newly aquired Free time*

Yesterday, I was blushing at inappropriate times due to that STOOOPID dream. This afternoon, I’m acting like a distracted idiot because of an unfortunate encounter at lunch.

My phone has been ringing – but not HIM. (Good!) (Darn!) It’s from people who were on the elevator who wanted to know if something was wrong. Apparently, my face was white, I had difficulty breathing and I wasn’t answering questions. I honestly don’t remember the elevator ride.

Everyone is probably going to chalk up my erratic behavior to some “woman thing”.

Seeing him would be sooooo bad. I don’t care if he’s changed. I haven’t.

Whatever. Is 1:00 too early to start Friday Happy Hour?

I need more chocolate.

I have deadlines to meet. I have to get past this.

Is this a good time to start smoking again?

My chest hurts.

DAMN

*smooch to Just for making everyone smile with great links*

I think Val Kilmer is good-looking but not as good looking as Val Kilmer thinks of himself - really!! hmmmph
Now, he should just learn to be modest and humble like Antonio! *snork*

What is wrong with just sex, then So Long and Thanks for All The Fish!!! I hope this doesn't come as a shock to all the male MOATies, but women can just have sex for the sake of sex - at least that's what I've read in Cosmopolitan!

*loves sly a cigarette and a Hershey Bar*

Now, Tamara-rhymes-with-camera, whaddayamean 'aunt'? Just how old are you? Just because I have a birthday coming up next week doesn't mean I couldn't show you a good time!

*hides behind hammock with pride still intact*

*sigh*

Sometimes "just ... sex for the sake of sex" is just what the Dr. ordered.


Hmm... I wonder what the MOAT MD would say to this...

Awww El. :) It was nothing. REALLY... its not like I'm actually going to *WERK* today!!! ;)

DHL delivery truck in driveway !!!!!

Flat panel monitor arrives!
Cute Guy's in 8-5 conferennce today! Bummer!

Sorry D'Art! I don't know what I was thinking! I meant to say UNCLE! A dirty, dirty step-uncle! From a family I was adopted into!

BRING IT, BABY!

*goes to comfort Val after El insulted him*


:)


Don't wait up for me ya'll !

Ele, you don't need any Cute Guys to help you set up that thing.

Let me see that box.

No comment.

*snork*

Yes comment.

Maybe comment?

*****************************************************

Pseudo-comment.

*finds assortment of vibrators and other sex toys*

No, Ele, not that box! The other one!

HEY!!! That's WOLFIE'S toybox and she was letting me BORROW it!!!

*runs to fetch the forklift to haul toybox back into the shadows*

*sets up camera to watch D'Art bringing it*

Hey! Who got my delivery from Girlchiks Gotta Have Toys Too??

Ty Tamara. Can I get in on the whole D'art bringing it action?

Geez, you guys are posting maniacs today! I guess because this is MOAT 21, it's officially "legal" today.

Well, he hasn't agreed to anything yet?...

*hi-jacks forklift with toybox on it*

*peels rubber towards the dark corner of the Moat*

There's cuffs in there someplace.. did he really need to be totally agreeable?

Strong cuffs?

Steel. And shiny
*grins* My very own something shiny

*puts up roadblock in front of "dark corner of the Moat"*


*realizes the Moat has LOTS of Dark Corners*


*installs Road Blocks in front of each one*

Don't worry Wolfie!! I'll get yer toybox back!

*hoping there is a reward for return of said toybox*

Reward.. hmmm.. lemme see...
How bout a fleshpile on the next male Moatie to show up?
And free use of the toyboxs contents? Is that suitable?

Marvin - you are adorable and you made me smile - and I love the T-shirt - Do they sell it on some "rock" site?

*hee, hee, i said rock*

But the monitor is still in the box.

Still - reward acceptable. :)

*runs back in*

*pant pant*

Fleshpile!? I'm here!

*looks at clock*

Shoot! I have to go do geological stuff, and I won't be back until tomorrow! :(!!!!!

Just take it as read that I'm here ;)

*slinks sadly and slowly away*

*Lecherous leer*
Wooohooo.. our firstest victim. Back up the toybox over here please.

How long is "tomorrow" on a geological time scale? He might not be back for awhile...

Mike - so are you volunteering??? We need a waiver signed by Mad for permission to fleshpile you w/o her present if you are....

Wolfie - Yall do realize, that should anyone be curious enough to really try and find us, it's as easy as joining the Ygroup

Actually it's even easier than that. Just Google some variation of the following

[ dave barry weblog [your MOAT nickname] ]

You will get some hits, and some will eventually come to the MOAT. That's breadcrumbs enough for me to throw any thoughts of privacy out the window.


And Sly - go with your heart on the "ex flame".

You never really know......you might really HAVE changed. Maybe just a smidge?

This may seem juvenile sly, but these lyrics just jumped into my head while I sat here typing this. Forgive me if it seems to take your situation to trivially, I don't mean that at all:

==========================

And So It Goes
by Billy Joel

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That's if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

========================================

*watching the shadows to see if anything interesting happens*

*watching the non-shadows too cause things happen there*

I think I played And So It Goes earlier today. Should have waited.

Susan,
I have an idea. Since all your radio equipment is in stereo (you only broadcast in mono since you are an AM station), have the computer guy link it in stereo when he is uping the number of users. Our local AM station is broadcasting in stereo over the local cable network. That when we listen to your broadcast it will sound much better.

Susan, I have a better idea, or rather a
request... Seeing as how for one reason or
another I can't ever seem to stream your station,
could you be a dear and play a Fleetwood Mac song
each day?

Any song by Fleetwood will do. Just one a day.
Then when I read your playlist, I'll feel like
I've contributed or something.

Yeah. Thats it. I'll feel like I'm part of the
group again!

BigD...the majority of our equipment is stereo, but the main board in the control room is mono...so although things may start out stereo, it ends up mono.

And who knows how we'll sound this afternoon...remote broadcast (on cell phone) for the Relay for Life.

They still make stuff in mono? Or is it old? Just wondering, that is all.

Di, I'd be happy to get some Fleetwood Mac in...but if you happened to manage to get on at some other point I could probably play one for you.

Same for everyone, really. I have more leeway in the noon hour to play things that might not be in the regular rotation, and say who it's for. Other times of the day, I might not always be able to say who it's for, but within reason I can put something in...especially if it's a case of not being able to listen at noon because of your time differences.

BigD...you assume that our control board is new or something. It has been here, in use, just short of forever. We did finally get a new board in the production room...but it is set up in mono.

*zips in*

For Di:

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Yesterday's Gove, Yesterday's Gone

*sways to Eleanor's melodic voice*

*falls off step*

Ouch!

Susan - It's my work 'puter police. They have some sort of a block up that won't let me stream your station. I've never heard your voice, I've never been able to tune in and boost your ratings.

*sobbing*

I'm a Loser!!

{{{Di}}}

I can't remember...can you get online at home? I tend to be here at all kinds of odd hours....

*goes to find "Don't Stop" 'cause it's stuck in my head now*

Thank you all for your suggestions.

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

Brat! You have no idea how spooky that is. Trivialize? Hardly!

That song was somewhat my theme song after the ex and I split, mainly because of the above lyrics.

Soon after I met HIM, I told him that I had been keeping my heart locked up very tightly and hidden away inside of me in a secret room so it wouldn’t get bruised anymore, but I was wanting to love again. So, I let HIM in.

Big Mistake.

To sum it up, in a Dickensian way, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And, thankfully, it ended.

There is no question of contact -- drinks, talks, sex, etc. -- with him EVER. Today’s encounter was purely accidental. And, I haven’t changed that much that I can handle anymore encounters.

And as far as the suggestions re sex without strings (silly or not) – I’m just not wired that way. Sometimes, I wish I were. But one thing I’ve learned in life, I have to be true to me. And, I know that for me, if I did that, I would be the one hurting me. I ain’t gonna do that.

And my heart? Locked up in that room, wrapped up nice and tight.

Learning to trust again is a bitch.

Bless you, sly. Like I said before, join the club.

Finally, this work day is over! And now I'm on 2 weeks holiday! Yay for me!

I'm going to have a good time for the next 2 weeks and then I'm going to quit smoking. For real and for true and forever this time. The cost is just too much for my part-time income. Do you guys know that smokes are about $11 a pack in Canada? I roll my own and that is quite a bit cheaper but still too much. The price goes up every few months, too, as they add more taxes. Effective May 1, my workplace is closing the smoking room and will no longer allow anyone to smoke outside the building either. Smokers are allowed on the roof now. I'm not going to the roof because I know me and smoking will kill me REALLY fast in that case.

oh fercryingoutloud!!

I just read over that last post of mine.

How melodramatic and self-absorbed can one get on a Friday afternoon!!!

WHERE'S THE DELETE KEY WHEN I NEED IT!

Move along.....
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nothing here....
.
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.ignore her
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she's not right.......

Everyone have a great weekend!!

Slyeyes ---- OUT!

{{{Susan}}}

Thank you! Fleetwood is my all time favorite band. Their songs can either make or break my mood. And, I do have net access at home, but I'm always doing work (which = logging onto the network which = no access to your station due to work 'puter police).

*le'sigh*

One day. Someday.

*refuses to ignore Slyeyes*
*tries not to cry*

*zips in*

For Di:

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Yesterday's Gove, Yesterday's Gone

Eleanor, I will be sending you out a little package tomorrow. I will leave it up to you to distribute them to anyone who wants a bit of MOAT memorabilia.

Of course, I came up with a really cute back to back K and E logo that should go in the blank space at the top of the cards AFTER I printed and packaged these ones, but I can't do anything about that until I go back to work. I'll send you the new and improved version in May, if you want.

A double post 30 minutes apart! very proud! The phone rang - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Thank you, Peri - I'll look forward to the re-issue in May.

Speaking sending things out...I am still working on copies of the MOATaversary lunch hour. Some days the computer works, some days it doesn't.

All is quiet here, except for the remote, so I'm going (fingers crossed) to see if I can get it to work.

Speaking OF sending, that would be...

Enjoy your well-deserved holiday Peri and good luck for quitting smoking! (I've been through that... too bad it lasted only one year, but I smoke MUCH less now so it was a big improvement, and I'll try again when the right time comes)

{{{Sly}}}

I'll be in Amsterdam until Monday evening then I'll have to catch up so I won't post before long :-)
Have a nice week-end everyone!

Thanks, Marie. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I know I'm an addictive personality. I did finally manage to exorcise the gambling demon (and believe me there was a LOT of pain there!) but this one I just can't seem to get on top of. It's so stupid but it keeps getting the better of me. So it'll be OK if I'm a total crabby bitch, right? You guys can kinda shake me off when I'm being bitter and mouthy and sarcastic and mean?

*quickly passes through the new MadMadMoat*

*Grabs a fresh diaper, makes a bottle, pops cork on wine bottle, gathers up dirty laundry, chugs straight from wine bottle, unloads dishwashers, chugs again, snags vacuum cleaner, rips off a hunk of sharp cheddar, picks up pacifer, gropes all the bloglettes, and takes a long pull on the way back to the basement*

Whew!!

And I thought I wasn't going to wrok today?!?!?
(Peri- sign me up for whenever you need me, I'm all yours, n I'll try not to pee in the sink anymore ;)

(Eadn, Graz, Lee, VOl, I could e-mail but not til Monday)

[[[burp]]]

'scuse me.

And believe me, I will be sarcastic and mean. It would probably be better if I stayed off the MOAT entirely for awhile but how many addictions can you expect me to give up at once? I already know I'll have to stop drinking coffee and alcohol. Those are the 2 irresistable tiggers for me. If I have to leave the MOAT I'll go crazy(er)!

*grabs Peri so she can't leave*

I'm wroking right now. To 'Loverboy'.

(Thanks, Mr Fisher. You may live to regret that kind offer.)

Peri -
I'm right with ya there babe. :) (on the addictive personality, too!)

Although, I can blame the crabby bitch thing on my pregnancy *shrug* ... doesn't make it any easier...

I'm determined this time to make it stick... good news, when I smell cigarettes now its more likely to make me nauseous than to crave one....

There are times though that I just think how great just one drag would be. I've still got a tendency to feel guilty over smoking all through my last pregnancy tho, so I WONT on this one... and it seems to be working!
(NOT that I'm suggesting getting preggers as a stop smoking aid!! :) )

This is basically a long post just to say - CONGRATS on trying to quit, and when you do if you ever want to vent and have free rein to be a crab or a bitch or anything you want to be, you've got my email addy!!

Peri- Don't stop drinking, I didn't and it's been 4 years now. Cut out one thing at a time, at your own pace, you've overcome the gambling, so there's your proof, plus I also recommend simulposts.

Oh hey, would ya lookie there. You are welcome.

(Wolfie we may need the toybox soon, as soon as it's after dark that is)

Fish - thanks for mentioning those names... I forgot I had Lee's contact info... just shot him an email.

Any new baby pics ???? I'm sooo about to be in your shoes again... I got exhausted just reading your post!!!


*tosses Susan a roll of Duck Tape to keep Peri here*

*misses Federal Duck*
That drive by quacking yesterday just made it worse!!!!


Ok... I've been trying to leave for over an hour now!!! How come ALL DAY I've been tired and quiet and BLAH but as soon as I was going to leave work early my fingers decide to be chatty and I'm not AS tired????

*sigh*

c'est la vie...

Ya'll cats have a great weekend! With the new Moat I might actually be able to get on from home on sunday... if I don't - play nice and talk at ya Monday!!!


*zombie walking to car to go play in traffic*


*thinking of the bed that is only an hour drive away*


*zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*

Peri it's OK if you're a bitch ;-) we understand. I escaped that part when I quitted (sp?) thanks to a medicine (Zyban) that has an action on the brain to lessen the need to smoke and allows you to remain calm, it worked very well for me, you have to take it the first 2 months ie when it's the hardest. So no willpower to be proud of for me. But I know people who tried to take it and had to stop because of secondary effects so I seemed to have been lucky.

Funny (kinda) thing: the doctor who helped me quit smoking was very frightening, telling me about all the minutes of my life that were taken away with every cigarette etc... and I thought I have to succeed because he'll be so mad at me if I don't. Six months later I was reading his obituary in the newspaper (heart attack). My first thought was "you can die too young even if you don't smoke". Then maybe knowing that I could not go to him for help when I was tempted accelerated my relapse.

Bangi I know it's a terrible thing *feels ashamed* and I'll swear I'll quit as soon as I'm strong enough again and in the meantime I'll continue to try and reduce the number (yesterday I had my first cigarette at 5pm - then only 1 other that day)

Going to bed now, have to wake up very early to catch train to Amsterdam!

PS EL
Are you getting any of my emails ??? I've gotten a couple from you... but no replies to my replies... just wondering if my email program is being psycho again.

*shrug*

Later!!!

Peri it's OK if you're a bitch ;-) we understand. I escaped that part when I quitted (sp?) thanks to a medicine (Zyban) that has an action on the brain to lessen the need to smoke and allows you to remain calm, it worked very well for me, you have to take it the first 2 months ie when it's the hardest. So no willpower to be proud of for me. But I know people who tried to take it and had to stop because of secondary effects so I seemed to have been lucky.

Funny (kinda) thing: the doctor who helped me quit smoking was very frightening, telling me about all the minutes of my life that were taken away with every cigarette etc... and I thought I have to succeed because he'll be so mad at me if I don't. Six months later I was reading his obituary in the newspaper (heart attack). My first thought was "you can die too young even if you don't smoke". Then maybe knowing that I could not go to him for help when I was tempted accelerated my relapse.

Bangi I know it's a terrible thing *feels ashamed* and I'll swear I'll quit as soon as I'm strong enough again and in the meantime I'll continue to try and reduce the number (yesterday I had my first cigarette at 5pm - then only 1 other that day)

Going to bed now, have to wake up very early to catch train to Amsterdam!

My first double post :-(

Sorry it was so long, just my luck!

I've been down the quit smoking path so often it's a major highway now. I know the potholes. I moved my vacation up just to accomodate this, because of the smoking room at work closing. I cannot have a cup of coffee or a drink without a cigarette. And, oy vey, I smoked while I was pregnant. Jamie was 8 lbs at birth and is now up to my shoulder, and I'm 6' tall. She's pretty much as tall as Zoodle (who didn't react at all to my little munchkin jabs awhile back). All this is just justification, I know. Of course she suffers from my smoke, probably more than me. I'm going to get so much fatter, I'll probably feel suicidal. Long term, I have to think long term....

(Thanks, everybody. I knew my MOATies would be there for me :))

Everyone going to Amsterdam except me...I'll just have to wait and see my sister's pictures.

On the subject of sending things...things are working at the moment (knocking on wood)...I hope to have them ready by next Friday or so to send out. I have a few addresses...I may have a few others that were emailed and now I can't find the email...I need addresses for Kibby, Slyeyes, Eleanor, Rita, and Kaf. It seems like I remember seeing some of those, but I can't find them now. I just looked through my emails again but didn't notice them leaping out at me.

And if anyone else has decided they'd like a copy, just let me know.

Oh, and Marie...I would LOVE to do the Zyban thing, but...When I was in my early 20s, I started having petit mal seizures. Out of the blue and for no reason. They went away again after 2 or 3 years but they have prevented me from ever using that drug. Too bad.

I do have addresses for Jeff, the Fishairs, Marie, and Joshkr. Was there anyone else, not mentioned in these two lists, that I forgot? I think I caught everyone, but I don't want to leave anyone out.

And Peri, I never started smoking so I don't have to quit, but my thoughts will be with you.

Where's Lab Specimen? No posts from him on this thread yet. I know it's only a day old but he's someone I need to be here, to let me know that all is right with the world. Someone did email him, right?

Lab is in Memphis; he'll be back some time next week. I did email him, yes.

Peri, all is right with the world, fear not.

*knows he's no Lab Specimen*

Oh, yes, of course he is. I knew that. It's just my age and my paralyzers creeping up on me.

*but tries anyway*

The singing of the national anthem...not a clear signal.

However it cleared up just in time for the mention of ramparts.

Of course.

And not too overdone a rendition either.

UIYH6JUJJ, UJYHJMJIOP,H56456DF DAVEBARRYRULZ7979 j n g ji nghgsw34a3

(lil fish says hello)

I'm sorry if I was kind of elitist earlier when I suggested moving without crumbs and saying that new folks should be by invite only. I'm not really like that. I get a little territorial about the MOAT and I feel like I have to protect us. I'm wrong about that and I really do know it. None of would be here if we weren't an open society. If someone is a Dave Barry fan it automatically means they have something the rest of us would appreciate. There are not a lot of people in the world who get the absurd side of life and I should welcome all who went so far as to find him and participate in his mayhem. I also know that anything I've ever said here is fodder for whoever finds it. So, in that case, why do I get worried about who might see? There's no reason! So, I throw off my cloak of suspicion and unease and welcome all who may be lead here!

(That feels so good! I just can't tell you.)

*streaks through the MOAT, feathers flailing wildly*

It's a Fly-By Quacking!

I wish I could hang around longer today, I miss you guys like a diabetic cop misses donuts.

*sigh*

I still keep up with the Yahoo group posts as much as possible, so I can get my MOAT fix somehow.

*group noogie*

Wheeeeeee!

D'Art, I should have clarified earlier - when you are here, I also feel that things are OK. I am a terrible sentimentalist and so I am so thrilled that you have come back as a regular commenter. I especially appreciate that your posts are subtly witty and appropos, as they always have been. I didn't get upset that you weren't here, because you were - in your usual stylish fashion.

Wheeeeeeeeeeee! Hi Fed!

And hi to lil fish too.

But under certain conditions, a burrito http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/burrito_lockdown">it IS a weapon

Take two.

But under certain conditions, a buritto
IS a weapon

*obviosly still stressed*

Oh, sly, why can't you see that you're being stressed by a memory, not a here-and-now fact.

*sadly puts away the 'Cap of Omnicience' and gives slyeyes a big (((hug))))*

Chanelling Rita:

I'll see you guys soon--tell everyone I said HI!

Love, rita

Thanks, Peri.

*brushes duck feathers off her shoulders*

Good luck on the cold turkey thing. You know we're here for you.

Wanna burrito?

****sigh****

I should have been gone by 6pm. That is not happening.

And I like when I tell someone what we need to record and it is completly ignored.

*hoping I didn't already hit post, so this doesn't double post*

**sigh of relief**

Done. Finally.

Not that I want to leave the MOAT. However dinner is sounding good, if I only knew what it was going to be.

The laundry doesn't sound good though.

However I may be able to get some photos from last weekend on the Y. So that would be a good thing.


It's FRIDAY!

Don't eat laundry for dinner.

Does that mean I shouldn't throw my dinner in the washer, too?

I'm goin' to the Getty! Neener neener neeener!

Um, carry on.

Peri--I'm so glad to see you are not disturbed by the breadcrumbs that were left in the last moat. I was worried about that! Don't want to add to your stress level.

I feel better if the moat is open. First, I feel guilty about closing a door that was not open when I arrived.

Second, you never know what cool person is going to show up next! There are so many great people, but they come and go according to work and personal lives... some turnover is natural and good, IMO.

Anyhow, just wanted to thank you for that reassuring post. I hope others are not upset...

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