Right, last one, I swear. Think I've about milked that gag for all it's worth at this point, anyway.
Why I'm Never Signed On to AIM, Exhibit A:
Some Random Guy: who is this?
ahawk31361: Er, does "who" refer to the questioner, or the person being asked?
Some Random Guy: it mean "who are you"
Some Random Guy: means*
ahawk31361: Sorry, distracted. Who's asking? Seeing as, you know, you're asking.
Some Random Guy: im trying to figure why you are on my buddy list
ahawk31361: Ever visit the site http://www.uppity-negro.com?
Some Random Guy: oh yah
Some Random Guy: thats what it is
Some Random Guy: what is that site about
ahawk31361: Women's erotica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Some Random Guy: lol
Some Random Guy: no really
ahawk31361: You think I'm joking?
Some Random Guy: yah
Some Random Guy: u are
Some Random Guy: whats it about
Some Random Guy: im interested, but busy... so could you plz tell me
ahawk31361: Politics and pop culture from a black perspective. More or less. usually less.
Some Random Guy: i have a project for you
Some Random Guy: i want you to find uses of the 'epithet' Uncle Tom in popular culture
Some Random Guy: by blacks or whites
Some Random Guy: Chop Chop!!!
ahawk31361: Think George handled that one recently: http://www.allaboutgeorge.com
Some Random Guy: is this a joke
ahawk31361: Well, no, he linked to an article on the reissue of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
ahawk31361: Few days back. Maybe a week.
Some Random Guy: im trying to write a book on that topic
Some Random Guy: how old are u
Some Random Guy: u are like a 12 yr old huh
I was having a civil conversation with someone else in another window at the same time, but that was probably a figment of Dru's imagination as well.
Michelle has the right approach, I think. Remind me to remove that link from the page at some point.
I'm also probably going to strip all the HTML out of that transcript, or delete this entry entirely. It's a mess in there. . .
Oh, right, Jason, who unlike me realizes that "site design" isn't restricted to choosing one of the default MT templates, mentioned LOL and suchlike recently. And the main reason I don't read the Milestone Yahoo Group is that one of the participants insists on writing like that. Call me old-fashioned, but I don't particularly care for translating that stuff into English in order to read it.