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06:38 pm - Birthday SAQ
Chris M. Dickson's birthday Sufficiently Asked Questions, v 0.000001.00.000.000000.1.0

When?
Wednesday, October 23rd. (Next Wednesday.)

How old?
27.

What can I do for you?
No cards, no presents, no e-mail, no getting away with just an entry in your LJ. Instead, please speak to me on the day itself.

How to speak to me?
I will be publishing a live telephone number on that day on which I can be reached. Alternatively, I will be on Instant Messenger services and will be available for Internet chat through a microphone.

Your real telephone number?
Yes. My downstairs phone number is already on the record, but my upstairs one isn't.

Is this some sort of premium rate phone number scam? Will you make $200 from me when I call?
No. That's what I'm doing instead next year.

I'm too poor to afford a phone call and don't have a microphone on my computer. Will you accept reverse charge ("collect") phone calls?
No, but at least I'll find out you've made one and gratefully assume your best wishes. Alternatively, you could give me your phone number and I could call you.

Do you really want me to call? I hardly know you!
Yes, you. Even if you're reading this on a Friends page, on a Friendsfriends page, on someone else's friends page, on someone else's friendsfriends page or if you just found my journal by pressing the "Random LiveJournal" button, I would love to hear from you. Even if you think I don't know you, feel free to call.

I haven't spoken to you for years / ever before!
Please regard this as sufficient excuse. I will be especially pleased to hear from you.

I've never called anyone who I hardly know in the UK before!
Perhaps you could regard this as sufficient excuse to do so as well.

So I'm calling someone I don't know. What should I say?
Whatever you like. I will keep the call short if you like. You can find out more about me by reading my interests page or the rest of this LiveJournal, for instance.

Do I need to sing "Happy Birthday" to you?
Definitely not. Unless you want to.

Is this for real?
Yes.

Would you do it for me?
I'd like to think I would. Give me the chance and we will see.

How many people do you expect to take you up on this?
I don't know and that's part of the reason why I'm doing this. Maybe eight. If I can get to double figures then I'll be very pleased.

What you say?
You have no chance to survive make your time, but that's not important right now.

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From:leiabelle
Date:October 16th, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC)

all your phone number are belong to us

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Sounds like an interesting plan. *gargles, practices "Happy Birthday"*

You know, if people are calling collect, they could just say "Happy Birthday Chris! from So-and-so" really fast in the time that they give you to say your name and then hang up. That's what I used to do when calling my parents: "Heyit'sErinCallmeback!" And they would, usually. :P
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 16th, 2002 02:45 pm (UTC)

Re: all your phone number are belong to us

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When travelling across the US by Greyhound in '96, I once tried failed collect calls to illustrate my progress from state to state under dubious geographical pseudonyms: Christopher Dallas, Christopher Memphis and so on. Never worked - the operators only passed the "Christopher" part of my name across, alas. I think they're wise to this already.
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From:leiabelle
Date:October 16th, 2002 02:51 pm (UTC)

well that's not any fun

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Stupid phone companies. We're supposed to be more clever than them! Ah well, was worth suggesting at least.
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From:addedentry
Date:October 17th, 2002 05:59 am (UTC)

Hat chat

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1. Is that your birthday hat?

2. Between what times (BST) will you be awake?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 17th, 2002 02:24 pm (UTC)

Wadde hat dudde da

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1. No, 'twas my Whittle hat.

Look out! Here comes a river of money!

2. TBA. Will post or rescind the availability of my telephone number accordingly.

Now that might not exactly work, but it's worth a try.
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From:lambertman
Date:October 20th, 2002 08:52 pm (UTC)
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With microphone and headphones located, I am now ready to give this a shot on Wednesday.

Bear with me, though, as I've always had a bit of trouble understanding you on the phone, and this will be of somewhat less quality. :)
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From:ringbark
Date:October 22nd, 2002 12:51 am (UTC)

For great justice

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Chris,

I plan to call you some time around 7:45am New Zealand time tomorrow, which is 6:45pm Tuesday GMT, 7:45pm BST (whichever is current)
Although it won't be your birthday in England, it will be in New Zealand.
If this time isn't suitable, please reply to this comment at least an hour in advance in that time.

Ian
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 22nd, 2002 06:02 am (UTC)

Take off every zig

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Love the icon :-)

Sorry, I'll be out playing board games this evening, so I wouldn't be in. The time you propose would be excellent 24 hours later if that would be convenient for you, though. It would be cute to get a phone call when it's my birthday in NZ and not yet my birthday in the UK...

That reminds me of one of the things that we did at MSO Worldwide. We celebrated January 1st 2000 being the first day of the millennium of the mind (not withstanding the fact that we knew it wasn't the first day of the "third millennium"). We celebrated January 1st for 48 hours from, I think, 11am or noon GMT on December 31st to 11am or noon GMT on January 2nd, because of exactly that reason.

BST is still in operation.
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From:ringbark
Date:October 22nd, 2002 10:41 am (UTC)

Re: Take off every zig

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On UK Wednesday night/NZ Thursday morning it would be earlier. About 6:15pm BST / 5:15pm GMT. Any good? The time difference between the UK and NZ is the biggest problem in phone conversation and makes email a real boon.
If that time isn't good, how about the original suggestion but 48 hours later, by which time your birthday will be just a distant memory?

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