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October 23rd, 2003


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05:03 pm - CABBAGE Day
I am 16 years younger than "Weird Al" Yankovic. Works for me.

Chris' Annual Birthday Bonanza Attention Grab Exercise the aftermath edition

When is was your birthday?
Thursday, October 23rd. Today! Now! w00t!

How old are you?
28.

What can I do for you?
Neither cards nor presents, even from real-world friends; neither e-mail nor celebratory comment in your LJ. Instead, I request that you kindly speak to me today.

What, now?
Please press F5 to refresh and see whether this entry says "YES, NOW!" or "NO, NOT AT THE MOMENT!" :-) I've been out to late lunch at a rather good cheap Chinese buffet, hence the delay, and also out to see friends at the local gamers' club. I should be contactable until about silly o'clock in the morning British time (3am British, 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific).

So, assuming I've just hit refresh and am sure I'm looking at the most up-to-date version of this post, right this moment?
No. It isn't my birthday any more. Actually, if you feel like it: yes.

What's the number, then?
That's going to be hidden away for another year. (Or you could always ask me!)

What's this about you paying for the call?
NetPhone2 and pc2call both scrubbed out. If you know of a similar web-to-phone application where I could prepay for a chunk calls and just tell the world the user ID and password, let me know; Net2Phone look reputable, but have a US$10 minimum buyin, which is a good US$5 more than I wanted to spend. There's always AIM or Y!M, for I have a mic, or I can Just Dial out to you for a negligible pittance if you can supply a number and a mutually convenient time to call - no problem at all. Got to speak to you today, though, otherwise It Doesn't Count.

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 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 since last October 23rd / 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. You know what I like from this LiveJournal thing.

Do I need to sing "Happy Birthday" to you?
Definitely not. Unless you want to. (Last year, 2 out of 15 people did.)

Is this for real?
Well, am I for real? No, don't answer that...
Current Mood: celebratory

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From:maggie_malfoy
Date:October 23rd, 2003 09:15 am (UTC)
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*laughs* Very happy birthday, dear! Unfortunately my lobile is dead right now, but possibly later I may call to wish you happy birthday again. Don't you feel special? *giggle*
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 04:10 pm (UTC)
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It's definitely been a very special day. :-)

Thanks for the kind thoughts!
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From:applez
Date:October 23rd, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)

Actually...

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I'm a little surprised you didn't try to turn this into a massive Mornington Crescent game (each person ringing you must submit a station). ;-)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Actually...

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I was idly kicking around thoughts about how this might be turned into a game or similar sort of fun activity. The most promising thought I had was asking each person to nominate a question that I should ask to the next person to call, then getting a chain of questions and answers going. It's a bit derivative, though. :-)

Thanks for the warm wishes!
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From:missingdonut
Date:October 23rd, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday.

(I won't be able to call this year, but I'll hum Happy Birthday and telepathically transport it to you)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Coming in now... landing safely!

Thanks ever so much! :)
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From:sincelastjuly
Date:October 23rd, 2003 10:05 am (UTC)
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ureach.com
toll-free voice mail for us US people who can't call abroad, and you can get the messages via your PC :> :> :>
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 04:58 pm (UTC)

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Great idea! Thanks for thinking of it. Unfortunately, their site doesn't seem to be working properly at the moment - or, at the very least, it's objecting to my browser. Better luck next year, I think.

Thanks for your kind wishes! :-)
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From:glissando
Date:October 23rd, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)
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I'm going out babysitting, adn they have free calls, so expect a chat with me later. I'll just hope that it's during a "yes, now!" time, which I won't be able to verify whilst babysitting.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 05:01 pm (UTC)
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No problem. Thanks for thinking of it, anyway. Some year I'll end up doing something different on my birthday and have folks in rather than going out for the evening - that could be rather fun, too.

I hope to get the chance to speak to you at some point along the line! :-)
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From:brigbother
Date:October 23rd, 2003 10:30 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday Chris!

I might give you a ring later.
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From:brigbother
Date:October 23rd, 2003 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Grr. Really sorry, my sister is downloading something on the phone line. Still, you've got my number if you want a chat, haven't you?

I hope you had a good birthday!
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From:hermorrine
Date:October 23rd, 2003 10:36 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry I won't be able to call - hope lots of others do and you have a great day!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks very much! It's been even more fun than last year's enterprise was!
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From:lambertman
Date:October 23rd, 2003 10:37 am (UTC)
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Happy happy!

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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Joy joy!
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From:debellatrix
Date:October 23rd, 2003 11:49 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday Chris dear!
You don't seem to be available, at the moment, so I'll try back later.
Hope you're having a great day.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:22 pm (UTC)
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It's turning out to be a lot of fun, getting in touch with people to whom I don't speak at all frequently. Thanks for your kind wishes too!
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From:gwendolyngrace
Date:October 23rd, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)

Not at the moment...

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Will try later.

For he's a jolly good fellow,
For he's a jolly good fellow,
For he's a jolly good fellow,
And so say all of us!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Not at the moment...

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Hee - at least I was out playing games at the local club, so that counts as a fine way to spend the evening. Happily, tonight's installment of the ongoing Dungeons & Dragons campaign was fully quorate with one of each. Oh, and Heidi called and we discussed what you two had been discussing, and I'm going to do what she advised. </cryptic>

Thanks for thinking of me, anyway! :)
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From:bateleur
Date:October 23rd, 2003 12:03 pm (UTC)
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Back at about 11pm British time.

D'oh ! Not callable at all between the time I get back from work and when I'm in bed ? Hmf !

In that case...


HAPPY BIRTHDAY !


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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks very much!
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From:tranquillo
Date:October 23rd, 2003 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, Chris! :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Thanks very much, Seri! :)
From:philonightmare
Date:October 23rd, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
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I won't be able to call you after all as I had hoped. Sorry, but all the same, hope everything turned out great, sounds like you're havin' fun so far!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Yep; thanks for thinking of me, anyway. It's turning out really well, thanks! :)
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From:amuzulo
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Feliĉan naskiĝtagon!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:17 pm (UTC)
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And the next person to call me after you did turned out to be jvvw, who could give me it in Chinese too. :-)
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From:dr4b
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Chris, do you think you'll still be awake in about 3 hours? (I'm guessing it's like 11:30pm there now). I just tried calling you from my cellphone but it didn't work, and I'm scared of making an international call from my work phone. I'll be at home in 3 hours or so and could call then, but don't want to if that's too late :(
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC)

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Should be good for another hour or so. :-) (Until, ooh, about 7 Pacific time.)

This is a useless comment unless it gets mailed to you within minutes of me sending it. But hey! :-)
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From:j4
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I've tried calling a few times but I keep getting "the person you have called is on the phone" answerphone thingy and I really really really don't like talking to machines, even more than I don't like phones... and I really have to go to bed now as I have to be in work just before 9am tomorrow. I'm ever so sorry! :-(

(Would a phone call tomorrow night count, or does it have to be on the actual day?)

*hugs* anyway, & I hope you've had a good day, full of fun and friends and fab food and, er, fone-calls. :-)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:47 pm (UTC)
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It'd be great to hear from you whenever's convenient at your end, really. :-) Thanks for the thoughts and for your persistence in keeping trying - sorry that you didn't have luck with getting through to me. I really appreciate it!

Very fun day indeed. Also not short of scampi, thanks to you. (Wonder why scampi?)
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From:len
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!

(Oh, and as a small introduction, I found you through my friendsfriends page and have added you since I find your entries interesting and entertaining. I can also appreciate the "quality, not quantity" statement. So, hello!)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Hello! How kind of you to drop by and pass on your regards; many thanks for the thoughts.

I'll have to rewrite my userinfo soon. After all, I'm a few pounds lighter than I was last year, not to mention a year older!
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From:tartpants
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I am too shy and wall-flowery to actually call (well, that's not quite true, but we'll go with that for the time being), but were I to call, I would say: "In a manner of speaking, and perhaps mostly due to your British accent--though I don't mean to rule out other possibilities--you remind me muchly of my graduate advisor whom I have a spankingly huge secret crush on." Oh, and "happy birthday" would be in order there too.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:51 pm (UTC)
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That sounds like an extremely fine thing to say to me and the thought has come through loud and clearly, no matter what the medium of expression is.

Thanks for the kind wishes!
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From:beingjdc
Date:October 23rd, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Much as it says 'yes, now', it does appear to be rather antisocially late. Not just for you either, anyway, I'm going to bed. Happy Birthday, nice to know someone's still older than me :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Planning to be older than you for a while yet, sir. You should catch up eventually, though - give it time!

Thanks for the kind thoughts! :-)
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From:ericklendl
Date:October 23rd, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Instead, I request that you kindly speak to me today.

Hopefully you'll have noted by now that I've followed the letter - if not the spirit - of your request! That Alf Poier's got a lot to answer for, eh?

*cracks open bottle of something*
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Definitely counts. Really cheered me up (from, admittedly, a very cheerful initial state). People singing on answerphones - and on mp3s - always sounds tremendously entertaining.

I knew I vaguely recognised the tune, but couldn't place it until your clue just then. Should've a capellad the big thrashy bit after the chorus like they do on Buzzcocks, then I'd've got it in an instant :-)
Thanks ever so much - you're a star!
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From:dancingrain
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Bugger, I missed it.
However, I still wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Thanks ever so much. :-) It has turned out to be one!

I still plan to be available by phone for another half-hour or hour or so if you want to call, or to be called. I figure it's still my birthday until I go to bed.
From:2ndavemusic
Date:October 23rd, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC)
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All right, I admit it. That's the lamest phone message I've ever left. Sorry. But, hey, whether or not it's likely, I hope I do talk with you soon. And that the day really was happy.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:October 23rd, 2003 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Eh, it was cool. It did the job admirably and (having met you!) I could picture you saying it clearly. :-) Thanks ever so much for calling; it's turned out to be a great day!
From:kearie
Date:October 23rd, 2003 07:48 pm (UTC)
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Was going to attempt to use the talk feature on AIM but you appear to be not on! Happy Birthday anyway!! (Just pretend that's a boy in the crown in my icon...)
From:kearie
Date:October 23rd, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
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And that it says "King" or "Birthday Boy" on it obviously...forgot what the icon looked like!
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From:bookshop
Date:October 23rd, 2003 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Time Zones defeated me! I'm so sorry Chris, I was all set to call and wish you a happy birthday but I wasn't able to keep checking back for you to post your phone number until I lost all use of the phone for the evening, and I'm just now getting it again. Please forgive me! If you like, could you email me at aromano@indiana.edu and I can try to give you a birthday-postlude call tomorrow??

Happy Belated birthday. :) I hope it was wonderful for you.
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From:vtown
Date:October 24th, 2003 04:39 am (UTC)

Birthday

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I don't know you (only got your link through Nick's LJ), but I'm wishing you a happy (slightly belated) birthday from lovely St. John's, Newfoundland.

Cheers,

Ryan Vickers.
From:themightyuser
Date:October 24th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Birthday

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When you say "Nick" - do you mean me?

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