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oh_lucky_me



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, but they are amazing at looking busy. It must be some sort of gift that they can look too busy to even answer a simple question, but actually do practically nothing the entire day, except - look busy.
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carnac



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2004 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Testing avatar to see if it works. Excuse me, please.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are the geckos in Oman on steroids now? I don't remember them being quite this aggressive. Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is Abu Gecko. Ordinary geckos control the mosquitoes and flies. Abu Gecko keeps the wadi cats under control. (and a few stray wild dogs, too!) Confused
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes, the wadi cats and the jebel dogs. I thought controlling them was the main activity of the Omani police - at least that was true on the SQU campus. Shocked

I must check with my friends still there and find out if this new species bothers them when they walk around the campus at night. Smile

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carnac



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I was able to measure one the other day - only five inches tall when he stretched for a bite of roast goat. Cute! Nearly lost a finger, though. They usually lurk under parked cars. Oh, and trash bins, you see a lot of them around the bins, waiting for the cats.
At night, when you hear the never-ending screeching outside, you may think that it's the mating calls of the cats. Wrong. It's Abu Gecko and his kin having fun with the cats. My avatar is Abu Gecko of that Ilk. A Scottish-Omani gecko.
Perhaps I will design a tartan for him. "'Tis a braw bonnie kitty we'll have for supper, th'nicht!"
The worst is when they get hairballs from eating the cats. Really disgusting, let me tell you! Ugh!!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A thought: What if we were to collect 50 or so Abu Geckos and sneak them into an incompetent school administrator's office some dark night, waiting for morning? Now, if they get hairballs from eating cats, what will they get from eating an administrator?
Hmmm. The mind boggles.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some may suggest that we have waaaay too much free time. Smile It seems our imaginations have an even larger range than the average gecko.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
Some may suggest that we have waaaay too much free time. Smile It seems our imaginations have an even larger range than the average gecko.

VS

Some may go jump in a deep lake. Personally, I'm down to only 35 contact hours a week (from 45), plus administrative stuff for another 2-4 hours a day not counting weekends, plus research for someday (sigh) PhD, plus the usual homework teachers assign themselves.
Make that a deep swamp.
Some dweeb called it "multi-tasking". I call it insanity, but it helps the days go by.
So some may take a pointed, circularly-designed, expanding inclined plane and auto-insert it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

35 contact hours per week?? at one job?? The highest I ever had was 20 and I felt it was abusive. Smile I wouldn't have even considered a place that required more than 20 - wouldn't want to raise their expectations.

um... have them jump in a lake? (kinda rare in the gulf) Why don't you just sic Abu Gecko on them.

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carnac



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The load is self-inflicted. Duty,Honor, Country, Masochism, Protestant work ethic.
Leaving this thread, thanks very much for comments,bye.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good idea (the leaving, not necessarily the tendency to overwork) Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Requiescat in Pacem. Confused
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