Fan Mail

I do get mail occasionally. Most of it is spam, asking me to buy some mailing list, or a tummy-cizer, or something with lots of XXX, !!!, or $$$ in them. But out of the personal mail from strangers, I get some good pieces of mail, some not so good. Here are some letters (minus the ones that point out my frequent spelling and grammar errors), as they were written and sent to me, both good and bad. If your letter is here, and you would like it removed, just ask!


On Jan 12, Paul said:

> Hi there,
> I came upon your web site by chance & have just read about what happened
> to you at school (the wrestling).  You must be a very strong person to
> have overcome all this crap.  If it was me, it would still be bothering
> me.
> I cannot help feeling that it is a great shame more was not done at the
> time, I mean against the school and or individual.  I understand that
> you were young, so really it was down to your parents.  I am full of
> admiration for the pragmatic view you seem to take of it all.

Punkie: Yes, it does seem like it's overwhelming, and I think it still bothers me to a point, but part of the healing comes from doing this web site. It usually means, "I am tried of telling this story, look, here's a URL, you can read it if you want to."

That which does not kill us makes us stronger, right? That's what they tell me, anyway. Sometimes I feel battles in my life are so hard because I am still working on the battlefield of my past life (meaning childhood), so in my spare time, I try and work it out. The first 18 uears of my life were messed up, and now I am 33, so I figure I have until age 36 (2 x 18) to fix it. Well, it's a goal anyway.

I only get one shot at this life, so I guess to graduate at the end, I have to fix it. Maybe it's a test of some sort.

Thank you for your kind words. :)

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On Jan 16, Rebekah said:

> Your stories are hilarious!  I went to McLean and Longfellow (total
> hellholes) and I found your site on a google search.  I was
> wondering...... for your babysitting story, are you SURE that 
> Joel and Elliot aren't their real names?  

Punkie: Yes, I am sure. I change some names and incriminating details in these stories for various security reasons, both mine and the people they have in them. I picked the names "Joel" and "Elliot" because they seemed like reasonable Jewish names, and I figured if I made them too ethnic, like "Schlomo" and "Saul," someone would SWEAR I was talking about some real people named Schlomo and Saul. Or claiming I say Jewish families have violent kids (which is so, so far off mark).

You know, I get so much mail saying Longfellow and McLean High were so terrible, I wonder if I should offer up a support group? "I was traumatized by Mrs. Brown's Wigs" or something. :-D

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On Jan 17, Aet said:

You just kept asking more and more questions on topic of an uneventful
life, even tipping into some issues I consider not understandable for
Americans (well, one can call the breakdown of the Soviet Union a break
of routine), so eventually I decided it would be better to write to you
instead of trying to try to include all into an answer on a board.

As during nineteen nineties I used often to ponder over relativity of
perceptions ( most profound of those being sharing a hospital room with
a Russian woman in 1990 and hearing her tell to her newborn boy: "What a
difficult times you are born into!" I was next to her in space, but my
girl was born into hopeful, exiting times instead ...).

You see, as a child I sometimes felt jealous of all those people who
were born during those interesting (chinese wisdom was not known to me
then...), heroic times, like the Great October Revolution or II World
War, while I was saddled with mundanity. Then,when the breakdown of the
Soviet Union happened and I spent most of that time home with my babies,
I understood that mundane life has to be lived all times. One gets used
to changes - be it rationing consumer goods or introduction to

Oh, and I did feel weird for a long time after realizing that the state
I was born in has become a history. Not just history, but a nightmare,
so that feeling nostalgia for it was not acceptable, yet my youth had
happened then ( I have encountered same kind of confusion in writings of
some Russian poets, whose sweet youth happened on battlefields - they
felt ashamed to feel nostalgia for something as horrible as war).

So I can recall my life as uneventful or as eventful, just like I want

And I see Soviet Union as my bell peppers. May-be I chose to visit those
American Internet places exactly because for a while I needed to shout :
"You can never comprehend this, but I have actually experienced bell
peppers!" ... and only recently this feeling has abated and at times I
even think of not mentioning bell peppers at all.

Punkie: You bring up some good points, and I am glad you decided to write me this, even though Hissyfit died a few months ago.

Being an American, I don't truly know what kind of hell you are going through. I could go on about how it will all work out, but history in your region has never been kind to the people who live in it. Reality in these kind of conditions are really screwed up. You have at least two sides who will see it differently, and then another side how other people see what's going on.

I used to know this Turkish guy. He told me, growing up in Turkey, he was told in school that Greeks are not humans, but half-breeds of devils, and that they eat babies, have glowing eyes that can see in the dark, and are responsible for most evildoings in the world. He believed this until he moved to America when he was 25. His perception of Greeks radically changed because America afforded him the opportunity to see how Greek and Turks work with a common struggle; that is, the struggle of being an immigrant. He deduced that Greeks were really no different than Turks, but his relatives in Turkey still truly believe that Greeks are not human.

My personal perception of a lot of the problems in Central Europe and the Middle East are due in part to centuries of warfare over viable resources (farming and grazing land, then later, oil). When some superpower takes over a region, like the USSR did with Yugoslavia and some of the Satellite countries (Latvia, Lithuania, and so on), they never actually solved anything, but kept it under the lid. Then when the USSR fell apart, the old battles that were simmering all this time boiled over again.

There is only one way, I think, to fix this whole problem: massive education. Start with the basics, like reading and writing, math and world history, health and social sciences. The biggest hurdle will be shattering the reality that the people on one side of the mountain aren't malicious baby-killers as your grandmother had always said. The trust is so hard to build, and so easy to destroy.

Nostalgia is one of the biggest walls. See, in America, we have a saying, "Remember the Alamo!" which is based on a fort we lost in a war with the Mexicans in 1836. We lost three great men in that battle, two of them legendary heros on their own (Davy Crockett and James Bowie). Now, while we no longer think the Mexicans are evil, that saying is still used to mean "Never give up, great Americans lost their lives defending the Alamo, let's succeed in their honor!" The anti-Mexican sentiment is gone, but the saying still survives in 2002.

The Great October Revolution was only back in 1927. It was the greatest victory ever recorded by the working class at that time, the labor parties and other generally oppressed people were led by the working class and their vanguard, the Bolshevik Party (please excuse my misspelling, it's been a while since I have studied Marxism). You can't forget a thing like that very easily, but is the reality of what happened truly clear? To the idealistic communists, it was an overthrow the bourgeoise (sp?) and the land-owners, brought power of the working people, and built a completely new society, in which there is no exploitation of man by his fellow man... in theory. But if this were so, I would fully expect the Soviet Union to be alive and strong today (maybe having socialism issues like France, but France is still going). I personally think it was a bunch of people, sick of the oppression, ruled by incompetent ninnies, who still remembered the overthrow of the Czarist rule a few decades back. But no one was watching the watchmen, so to speak, and the same corrupt politicians just changed sides, and ended up doing what they always did: vy for money and power. George Orwell wrote "Animal Farm" based on that very fact. It's a human instinct, which is why capitalism does so well (although, it screws you over if you are not tough enough, which is why we have laws in America about monopolies). I don't think the USSR fell because it was evil, I just think it was mismanaged and lost focus on what the Great October Revolution was really all about.

But, no matter what I think, I understand that as schoolkids under communist rule, you were probably told the Great October Revolution was really the most wonderful thing ever. And its success fueled the Chinese Revolution and probably a lot of other smaller, lesser-known revolutions. But were these really great times to live? As you mentioned, Russian poets felt ashamed to feel nostalgia for something as horrible as war. Over 20 million people were left dead and over 1700 cities destroyed when it was all over. Of course, that's nothing compared to Czarist rule and the previous fascist state, but as you probably know, war is hell no matter the cause you are fighting for.

So reality is formed at a young age. The Great October Revolution was totally great, and Greeks eat babies. When you are living under a system were personal growth is stifled by war and chaos, you will cling to absolutes. Black and white, no time to think about grays. When your village was attacked by the people on the other side of the mountain, you don't think that they have babies, kids happily running around, and they want to just have a good life like you do. They bombed your city. Bomb them back! Bomb them harder! What will they do? I think we all know that this kind of thing never ends without a horrible price paid on both sides.

There are a lot of stories about two enemies forced to survive together in some hostile environment. The moral is usually, "We're all the same underneath." This is the kind of education I want everyone to have, and yet it's one of the hardest roads to follow, the bitterest pill to swallow. That's what's so terrible about war: it removes our basic humanity; the ability to recognize thoughts other than our own. That is what reality is, a response to perceived stimulus. In order to have a different response, we need to change our perceptions, which is within our grasp, but so many fail, or even worse, never even try.

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On Jan 31, Robert said:

 Punky, Grig, maybe I'll just call you Sir,
         I just read your travelogue of the beautiful Salem
 Massachusetts.  It seems you had a fairly good time and I'm glad for
 you.  I live in Danvers which is the next town to the west and am often
 in Salem.  I like the city very much not only for its charm but for its
 history.  Unfortunately, like most tourists, you were duped.  The town
 of Danvers used to be called Salem Village and is where the actual
 "Witch Trials" began.  As a matter of fact I live a mere two minutes
 walk from the foundation of the house where the sisters and their black
 slave lived.  It's not much but a hole in the ground but it is where all
 the hysteria started.  The church where the Parson involved in these
 trials preached is across the street from me.  It has been completely
 rebuilt but remains on the original site. I'm not sure when but a long
 time ago the town of Salem Village changed its name to Danvers
 specifically so it would not be remembered as the place where these
 horrific events happened.  Someone in the town of Salem decided that it
 would be a good way to draw tourism and they let many believe that is
 where it all happened.  Certainly the executions took place in Salem at
 a place called Gallows Hill but only because that is where all
 executions at that time took place.  I believe the actual trials were
 also in Danvers (Salem Village).
 PS: Salem is rich in the history of the early sailing ships and their
 exploits in the trade industry during the formation of this nation.  I
 find this much more interesting than witches.  I would suggest the
 Peabody Museum as a start for your next visit.

Punkie: A friend of mine had a saying which I ended up stealing, "Don't call me 'Sir,' I work for a living." Punkie or Grig is always fine.

Thanks for your info. I must admit, we were being all touristy, without care of real historical accuracy. I am sure a lot of stuff recreated in Williamsburg didn't all happen there, either. Isn't it funny how history changes over time for such mundane reasons as business? You can visit Hersheypark, but they never mention the fact ol' Milton Hershey made a labor town designed to keep his workers poor and dependent on the factory through "co-op" stores.

Well, I like the chocolate anyway.

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On Feb 11, Danny said:

Wow. Yet another losser punkass 
kid with a webpage. I am not 
impressed. Which is worse, the
fact someone like you takes the
time to write such drevel or
the fact that people read it.


Punkie: Hmmm... what is worse, the fact I was flamed, or the fact someone actually took the effort flame my page? Thanks for caring enough to send me your letter.

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On Feb 21, Kathy said:

> hey, I got a kick out of your 'Flakes' writings.  I found it while
> looking the net over for something totally unrelated, like Tarot card
> meetings or conventions. I guess there was a reference to tarot cards in
> the writings.  I totally agree about the flakey people around.  it is
> stomach wrenching to say the least.  it gets worse too.  I'll save my
> own experiences for another time.

Punkie: Thanks! :)

I have to update that page someday. I have a lot more stuff to add. The tarot card reference might be that I was doing a reading for some party where the people left before I got there and didn't tell me where they were going.

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On Feb 25, Phil VanTee said:

Thank you for ordering my CD!  If you have time, please tell me where you heard of me.

Punkie: [being a smart ass]

Mr. Van Tee,

I got your album today, and you requested where I heard of you.

Well, I was on a fishing trawler in the Pacific, when we landed in a really seedy port somewhere just South of Singapore. I was gambling with some local outside of a abandoned warehouse. I had drunk some sort of homemade rum, passed out, and woke up next to a toilet in some tiny little cement building where they were cock fighting. I was feeling really bad, my wallet was gone, I didn't know where I was or how I got there, and I didn't even know what day it was. I was wearing a shirt that I know I never owned, and my shoes were gone. I stumbled down the muddy roads that made up this shanty town where no one spoke English, just some mixture of Greek and Portuguese. I managed to find the mayor, who also happened to own the town's only Pub and Laundromat. He laughed a toothless smile at me, called me "gringo," and before I knew it, I was in some sort of prison cell with two other drunken corpses that smelled of rum and broken dreams. For days, we were forced to drink some sort of watery banana gruel that tasted like a salty soap. I knew my ship had left without me by now, and I had nowhere to go. Just when things seemed the darkest, on the radio they were playing, "Greatest Hits of the American Capitalist Bastards," which seemed to be a mixture of bad Elvis covers and bluegrass. One of them was your song, "Open Up the Window," which was explained by the DJ in broken English as an "example of piggish American greed." I made this song my anthem, and when one of the drunks died, I used his belt buckle to scrape around the cell bars until one night, I was able to weaken them enough to escape. I hid in the jungle, being eaten alive by biting flies and centipedes as long as a child's arm. I sustained on local roots and occasional garbage scraps until I snuck aboard a steamer tramp named, "The Kevin Marie." From there I made my way to New Zealand, where I made contact with the American Embassy, and I was back home in a matter of days.

Okay, that was a total lie. But boy, it sounded inspiring, didn't it? Truth is, I was in Nepal, where my airplane had crashed into the mountains, when a Yeti by the name of Robert... okay, that, too is a lie.

Okay... now for the real thing. I was suffering the wilds of analyst reports at work, and to keep sane, I played an episode of the Doctor Demento show, available off his website. There I heard, "Squirt Gun," and nearly laughed myself to the point of consciousness. It sat in my head for days that turned into weeks, singing something under my breath about "Squishy Squishy." The good Doctor had mentioned your website, and I finally looked it up, and just the phrase, "the singalong part is: 'Squishy, squishy!'" hooked me. Just $13 for a CD that supports a small artist. I couldn't resist.

Thank heavens for small artists. Much better than the big guys with all the money. Keep up the good work!

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On Mar 04, Jacob said:

> I am desperately attempting to find a giant stuffed lobster such as the
> one pictured on your website--but so far I've had little luck.  Is 
> there any hope of your doing a total stranger a favor and checking 
> the label to see if it says who the manufacturer is?  I'd much 
> appreciate it.

Punkie: I'd love to help you out, but the lobster I have is made by "Angelitos" out of El Salvador, and the company went under in 1996, I think. It's too bad, because the woman who made them was trying to get her village to make a viable trade instead of running guns and drugs. I used to get their catalog with the stories in it. They used to have huge stuffed palm trees, sea animals, giant food, and so on. Really well-made stuff, really unique.

Your best bet from here on is to look on the web. There are a lot of places that sell "Giant Stuffed Animals" on it, but looking under "stuffed lobster" takes me to a lot of places in Maine, so you may have trouble there. "No, I want to display it, not eat it."

If size is not an issue, I found these links for smaller stuffed lobsters, like here: (12 inches long). Also try places like Ebay, or make a call to the people at and see if they know a supplier. They may be able to special order you one, or at least know where you can start.

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On Mar 10, Jane said:

> I love your squid link.  I find everything about squid
> to be fascinating and amusing.
> I'm coming back again when I have more time.
> Discovery Channel is promoting a show with teaser
> about "capture of the giant squid"
> Would we have heard before this if that had happened?

Punkie: The show was a dissapointment. The guy captured what he assumed were "baby giant squids," but they all died on the ship before he could get them to an aquarium.

I have always been fascinated by "sea monsters." The arciteuthis (giant squid) is very interesting because we know they exist, but no one has really ever seen one alive (except one guy who *thought* he did one night, because it glowed slightly). The sea is so vast and unexplored, and it's easier to get to than, say, the moon. Man, there could be mile-long serpents under there and no one would know.

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On Mar 15, Hubert said:

 I am the sailor from Poland, and this year I want to sail on my sailboat
( 7,5 m. length, 1,5 m. draught) to the end of Bothnia Bay, and next on the
rivers Lule, or Torne to the arctic circle. But I don't know if it is
possible. Please help me and sent some informations about navigation
conditions on the rivers Lule, or Torne. Especially: are this rivers
navigationable for boat like my, are there any navigational charts, and the
most important - it possible to sail on the river Lule, or Torne to the
arctic circle ( or to the Voullerim city) by boat with 1,5 m. draught, and
are there any dykes, dams, or
sluices for boats.

Sorry for problems, and thanks for Your time.

Punkie: These are good questions, but you should probably contact the Swedish embassy in Poland to get better answers. They'll have maps and might find someone who has done sailing in just such a boat.

My guess is sailing to the Arctic circle upriver will be impossible. I know the Lule river has several dams, and the ones I have seen have no way for boats to cross upriver. The Torne river I have no idea.

If you do travel up that way, send me some pictures, though! The midnight sun can give some of the most spectacular colors in the sky.

Lycka till!

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On Apr 11, Kenneth said:

I liked reading your page on baby naming. It was very clear and succinct. It
covered probably all of my concerns I have with naming a new child. Thank
you. I having been having trouble finding info about people not liking their
names when they get older. Most advice is from people who "think" they know
what they are talking about. They are making recommendations but don't have
to live with any of the repercussions. I think you got at all that. Thanks.

Punkie: No problem. Glad to have helped. What name did you pick?

[Ed Note: He picked "Komomo," means "little peach" in Japanese.]

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On Apr 22, Mark said:

I have been reading your posts on 3WA and you are one funny guy!
I saw you at con a few years ago, when you were giving a talk on
human deception and how it seems to be a social malady, 
specially in the technical industry.  It got me thinking alot 
about how some people have been interacting at work here.

I work at a late night call center like you do.  The night shift
is always different than the day shift people.  It seems that the
night shift people tend to be more honest than the day shift. 
Why do you think that is?

Punkie: I can't really tell you without knowing the whole story. For the record, I *used* to work at a call center, first with the 3pm - 12am shift, then I worked as a call center programmer on call for 24/7. I am not sure what con you saw me at, and how long ago it was, but a few years ago I used to run an international crisis desk for a large ISP, so I was probably speaking about the people I worked with then. I said it then, and I say it now, some of those people were the coolest people on this planet Earth. They did goof off and fall asleep at 3am sometimes, but when the chips were down, they sprang to action. That ISP is still in business thanks in part to them!

Were they *better* than the day shift? Not really. We had a few flakes, but for the most part, we had it all together. So I wouldn't even know how the lying relates in comparison, but I know the people asleep in their chairs probably denied that, if asked (and sometimes bosses don't care as long as the work is done, and done well). I can tell you that other NOCs we worked with had liars like nothing else. Fairfax UUNet, for instance, hired warm bodies to stall and hopefully frustrate anyone calling them to ask about an outage.

You: How come the guys in Perth can't see anything in California?
FUU: We don't have anything in Perth.
You: Really? The IP address at [ip.address] says
FUU: Oh, that Perth.
You: People in SF can't see Australia at all.
FUU: The uh... trans-atlantic cable is flapping.
You: Don't you mean the trans-*pacific*?
FUU: Uh, yeah, sure. That one.
You: Which route? The Chilean or Singapore route?
FUU: Uh. Um. The first one.
You: That was a trick question, there is no Chilean trans-pac--
FUU: Hold please.... [click].... [dialtone]
I hated those guys. Ask me someday about how they tried to convince me there was no Sydney in Australia, but there was a Salzberg and Vienna.

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On Apr 23, Mandarin said:

I was just at your site looking at information about
The Walrus and I must say by far your site is the best
comedically. But I hate to ask this, and I'm tired of
looking all over the place and I think I know the
answer to this, but....Are walrus penises made out of
ivory? Or better yet, is it the tusks that are made
out of ivory? (Please say it's the tusks.) I ask this
because one day in my biology class we got on the
subject of...whales and my friend started talking
about walruses. She said she lived in Alaska and that
in an Eskimo village they sold Walrus penises for
decoration. I have an extremely strong doubt that this
is true but she was dead serious and she got the whole
class talking about it. Even the teacher decided to
look it up on the internet. So from your great and
um...immense knowledge of this animal, can you please
tell me what it is? I have the feeling I made an ass
of myself but that is ok, i just have to know. 

Punkie: The questions I get... oy. :) Yes, it is called an "oosik," which is a bone that helps the bull walrus get his penis into the dark folds of the cow's vagina. Man, it's not pretty, but it works.

  • Photos of oosik...

    It comes from two words, "Ew, sick!" said by me, while doing this reply. :)

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    On Apr 26, Hans said:

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, I have been to many 
    of the places you visited too. You may want 
    to learn some Swedish to help with your next 
    trip to Sweden. There is a class in Northern 
    Virgina called Swedish School (som heter Svensk 
    Skolan). Also, you can take a class through the 
    USDA Graduate School in the evenings. You will 
    gain a greater appreciation for your Swedish heritage.

    Punkie: Hey, thanks for that suggestion. I looked up their web site, and I may take some classes next year.


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    On May 24, Pablo said:

    --- Pablo  wrote:
    > Greetings!!!
    > You said in your FAQ that you liked Spit and Snot, a really old band in
    > which Björk was the drummer. Do you have any MP3 of it? I collect any
    > music related to Björk, but I just can't find anything about 3 bands she
    > had on the very early years (197-1980). I mean, if you have anything
    > about the bands Spit and Snot, Exodus or Jam80 in which she took part, I
    > would be eternally thanked to you.
    > In exchange, if you need anything from her, send me a email and I send
    > it to you. I have all Tappi Tíkarass musics I could find and that are
    > listed on her Discography. Also I have a LOT of Sugarcubes and can help
    > you to find other old stuff, which I believe you love.

    Punkie: Sadly, I don't have anything past the Sugarcubes. I scanned Gnutella networks, and again, only back to the Sugarcubes. I recall one of my friends had an album of the group that she got while she lived in the UK. It sounded a lot like the Sex Pistols, and we liked her a lot. That's how I later found the Sugarcubes. There was an old SNL performance in 1988 (?) or so which you can see the Sugarcubes, and her very distinctive voice, that plays on Comedy Central (if you get it on Cable TV wherever you are).

    I am sure if you scour some Icelandic stores (perhaps online), you might find some. Check also stores in the UK, some may be able to do some custom search work for you. I am almost certain that the albums would be in 33.3 vinyl format, and would be a bit pricey. It's been nearly 22 years since I last heard Björk Gudmundsdóttir's teen voice, but I doubt I would pay $$$ for a beat up album.

    You might want to start with Google...

    Hope this helps!

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    On Jun 12, Benjamin said:

    Well, I was searching for Punk Hair styles.  I just got my hair 
    dyed a blueish purple today, and I want a new way to wear it.  
    I've been wearing it as just a normal part, but that's boring 
    when you have BLUE hair.  lol.  So, i read ur definition on 
    what a punk is, and I liked it tons, and would like permission 
    to link you to my site [please send what link you want me to 
    use].  I do consider myself a punk cuz, well, I make most of my 
    clothes, and look for out of style, or just change the clothes i 
    do have. =)  i want to be different.  [Quick story...right now] 
    I was haning with Summer [another punk] and Josh [a wannabe prep] 
    and Josh goes "Everyone keeps looking at us!" and Summer and I 
    both go "DUH!".  [Another quick story] After I got my hair dyed 
    today we went into Ponderosa and old people kept looking at me!  
    It was great....
    okay, done with taht.  So yeah, my hair is pretty long, down to my 
    upperlip, so if you ahve any suggestions on what to do with it, 
    please reply.  

    Punkie: You certainly may link to my site, but as for your hair... wear it like you want. I would hate to pick for you, because what if my opinion sucks? My advice would be practical, like keep it clean, free of split ends. Of course, I LOVE 80's frizzy hair, and blue frizzy hair would be even better, but that may not work for you.

    They have this saying, "Hair frames your face." That may be true, that may not. The best coloring is where it looks like you took some time, like there was this one girl I saw the other day who had pink hair, but the tips were black and the roots were while, and it looked pretty cool, like a punk candy corn. Of course, I didn't say that, because she probably wouldn't have taken it as a compliment. I tend not to like bad dye jobs on some person's head that hasn't been washed since the Clinton Administration. I want a hairdo to look like someone spent some time and though into it as opposed to those who dye their hair green to "rebel," like a bazillion other "rebels."

    See the local punk comminuty, and get a scope of what you like. Check out some magazines, too. It will give you ideas.

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    On Jun 23, ZombyGrl said:

    Hi, I was doing a web search for safety leashes for children when I 
    came across your editorial. I used to think leashes were for dogs, 
    not children. But after spending the day in the mall with a very 
    active, and fast 1yr old, who doesn't enjoy spending long periods 
    of time in the stroller, I realized I needed one. I don't want one 
    so I can ignore him, but for the added safety, and comfort for him. 
    Try holding your arm up, and see how long until it starts to hurt. 
    This is how a small child can feel after holding hands with someone 
    much taller then them. And even when you're holding their hand, they 
    can be fast, and get away. God forbid they get away as you're walking 
    past stairs, or a very crowded place. These wrist to wrist leashes 
    shouldn't take the place of parenting, nothing is better then a watchful 
    eye. But don't knock the product, when used properly it can be great 
    for the child & parent. It's the parents like the one you described, 
    who'd rather ignore they're child then discipline them. Once he is old 
    enough to learn he can't wander off, or old enough to hold my hand with 
    out stretching his little arm, I'll be using the wrist to wrist method. 
    I guess to each his own, I just thought I'd share how I felt coming from 
    a different view point.

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    On Jun 28, Michael said:

    > You are such a smart guy. I have known subnetting the hardway for years
    > until I came across you site. Thanks. It is the simplest and most
    > understandable site about subnetting ever to surface the planet earth.
    > Please send me more on subnetting or anything you have.

    Punkie: I don't have anything at the moment, but that you for your complement! I still have yet to pass my CCNA exam, though... :(

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