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  • devilchicken
    We'll get to that later
    • Nov 2004
    • 2814

    Excuses, excuses...

    Sadly I don't think I'm going to be able to make a contribution to this first issue. The desire is strong, but the flesh is weak and the time is non-existent.

    The month has run away from me and is now starting to look frighteningly bus. Not only am I starting a new job - but my wife and I got 'the' letter we'd been waiting for from US Immigration. So lots of paperwork to go through and square away before we get interrogated on the 27th.

    I work kinda slow (actually very slow) so I guess I'll have to work on my piece for consideration for the next edition.
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!
  • A_Non_Ymous
    • Jul 2004
    • 2659

    #2
    Contribute something when you're able. Even a small set of verses would be better than nothing.

    LSN

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    • L'Etranger
      Veteran Moorcockista
      • Dec 2003
      • 4772

      #3
      Re: Excuses, excuses...

      Originally posted by devilchicken
      Sadly I don't think I'm going to be able to make a contribution to this first issue. The desire is strong, but the flesh is weak and the time is non-existent.

      The month has run away from me and is now starting to look frighteningly bus. Not only am I starting a new job - but my wife and I got 'the' letter we'd been waiting for from US Immigration. So lots of paperwork to go through and square away before we get interrogated on the 27th.

      I work kinda slow (actually very slow) so I guess I'll have to work on my piece for consideration for the next edition.
      Wouldn't it make things a lot easier if you just returned the blooming letter? Are you sure you want all this? Hasn't this forum put some sense in to your mind?
      But GOOD LUCK in any case!

      (Better not to answer this one, Immigration (or someone who can read there) might be eavesdropping ...!
      Google ergo sum

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      • devilchicken
        We'll get to that later
        • Nov 2004
        • 2814

        #4
        Wouldn't it make things a lot easier if you just returned the blooming letter? Are you sure you want all this? Hasn't this forum put some sense in to your mind? Wink
        But GOOD LUCK in any case!

        (Better not to answer this one, Immigration (or someone who can read there) might be eavesdropping ...!
        If you've ever seen the movie 'Greencard', you'll know what I can expect. Intense personal questioning about mine and my wife's habits. Add to that the paperwork has to be in 'exact' order, anything missing or not quite right and it can cause a delay. Plus they can cancel my work authorisation which would screw up my new job. Nice eh?

        I think Immigration are the closest thing the US has to a Gestapo style secret police - everyone's afraid of them but they're career bureaucrats at heart. The worst monster of all...
        Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

        Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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        • devilchicken
          We'll get to that later
          • Nov 2004
          • 2814

          #5
          Contribute something when you're able. Even a small set of verses would be better than nothing.
          Poetry isn't really my bag - or more specifically I haven't done much of it since I left school.

          I'm more into prose fiction - I had a couple ideas for short stories all mapped, but it just comes down to the time of actually doing the work. Writing is actually stress relieving, so perhaps I should be working it into my life about now :D
          Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

          Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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          • Doc
            Doc
            Eternal Champion
            • Jan 2004
            • 3630

            #6
            Good luck with your interview. My most memorable interview with the federal government was when I served as a character reference for a friend who was applying for top secret clearance. The guy who interviewed my was the most frightenly humorless person I've ever met, and the vacant look in his eyes still creeps me out.

            Of course immigration officials should be a little better...

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            • mordenkainen
              Eternal Companion
              • Dec 2004
              • 829

              #7
              should they?

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              • Whiskers
                flying cat
                • Nov 2003
                • 1950

                #8
                Originally posted by devilchicken
                Wouldn't it make things a lot easier if you just returned the blooming letter? Are you sure you want all this? Hasn't this forum put some sense in to your mind? Wink
                But GOOD LUCK in any case!

                (Better not to answer this one, Immigration (or someone who can read there) might be eavesdropping ...!
                If you've ever seen the movie 'Greencard', you'll know what I can expect. Intense personal questioning about mine and my wife's habits. Add to that the paperwork has to be in 'exact' order, anything missing or not quite right and it can cause a delay. Plus they can cancel my work authorisation which would screw up my new job. Nice eh?

                I think Immigration are the closest thing the US has to a Gestapo style secret police - everyone's afraid of them but they're career bureaucrats at heart. The worst monster of all...
                Greencard's interview is not an accurate representation in my experience. That was 15 years ago and things may have changed. Hint: take passports with you.
                The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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                • xidrep
                  Champion of the Balance
                  • Nov 2004
                  • 1783

                  #9
                  Fear not, Devilchicken! PX2 (+) is open and waiting...don't bust a gut!

                  L'Etranger, have you turned into an Aye-Aye???

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                  • L'Etranger
                    Veteran Moorcockista
                    • Dec 2003
                    • 4772

                    #10
                    Yes, strange fate, but helpful at night, Perdix. Of course, YOU would know what it is amnd Bristol Zoo isn't too far from your town, isn't it?
                    Couldn't resist using the picture.
                    Google ergo sum

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                    • mordenkainen
                      Eternal Companion
                      • Dec 2004
                      • 829

                      #11
                      Interesting choice!
                      In Madagascar meeting an aye-aye is a bad omen - you can ward it off by killing the poor thing :(
                      It's become almost impossible to see one in its natural habitat....

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                      • L'Etranger
                        Veteran Moorcockista
                        • Dec 2003
                        • 4772

                        #12
                        The entire picture as found on BBC
                        http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/4...59_aya_aye.jpg



                        If it weren't BBC I'd have taken it for something fabricated!
                        Google ergo sum

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                        • A_Non_Ymous
                          • Jul 2004
                          • 2659

                          #13
                          Originally posted by mordenkainen
                          Interesting choice!
                          In Madagascar meeting an aye-aye is a bad omen - you can ward it off by killing the poor thing :(
                          It's become almost impossible to see one in its natural habitat....
                          As I recall, mordenkainen, you lived at one time on La Rأ©union. That's not all that far from Madagascar. Ever see one of these little beasts on a visit?

                          Gazing at the photograph that L'Etranger so kindly provided, I was reminded of some of the engineers I've worked with over the years. I feel I finally know their genus and species.

                          LSN

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                          • mordenkainen
                            Eternal Companion
                            • Dec 2004
                            • 829

                            #14
                            Originally posted by L_Stearns_Newburg
                            As I recall, mordenkainen, you lived at on time on La Rأ©union. That's not all that far from Madagascar. Ever see one of these little beasts on a visit?
                            yup. ina zoo.

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                            • devilchicken
                              We'll get to that later
                              • Nov 2004
                              • 2814

                              #15
                              Greencard's interview is not an accurate representation in my experience. That was 15 years ago and things may have changed. Hint: take passports with you.
                              Well that was sort of an exaggeration - in reality I think the interview should be fairly straightforward, so long as all the paperwork is accounted for.

                              They do ask some personal questions - how in depth they go is determined by the 'impression' the interviewing officer has of the couple in question. The interview letter I got states that the interview is videotaped - basically anything you say can and will be used against you at a later date...

                              Unfortunately they didn't do us the courtesy of giving us a decent interview time - so my wife and I have to be in downtown LA by 6:30am - when the crazies are still out....
                              Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

                              Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!

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