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Wanye
March 20 2009 08:48AM

"Ha-whattttttt???"

- Li’l Jon of the East side boyz

Did we do some sort of Quantum Leap type interdimensional travel when we were buckled at the hockey game on St. Patty’s day? Was this really our beloved local hockey squadron in action? Did Sam Gagner really have a hat trick to go along with his five points? Did “The Other Ales” have a 4 point night too? Did the mighty Oil really lay an 8-1 fruit booting to the dastardly Avalanche?

Great beard of Thor that was a hockey match. We aren’t nearly confident enough in this roster right now to draw any conclusions that would apply to the remainder of the season and we don’t want to jinx anything by being overly “optimistic.” But well done lads. Underpaid athletes getting ‘er done for the love of the sport really brings a tear to our one working eye.

All we can say is this:

Win tonight please.

Nation Party tonight

And speaking of tonight’s game against the Hawks, what better place to watch it then with 50 of your closest internet-related chums? It’s our second party of the year at Bourbon Street Hudsons tonight Nation and with a PPV of such magnitude on a Friday night, it promises to be a gong show regardless of how many show up. The last time we threw an orgy 1 person showed up. BUT – the last we threw a Nation party 52 peeps showed up. And Hudsons gives $2 to Kids with Cancer for every evite we redeem. That’s all kinds of nice and amounts to some kind of dough.

So come join us for some fun tonight rather than sitting at home wearing nothing but a smile waiting to pause your digital cable when Souray is prominently featured on screen so you can have a long conversation with the bearded one.*

An angel with porkchop trucker side burns

It was also brought to our attention late last night that superstar Citizen of the Nation buck75 has donated not one but TWO pairs of tickets to upcoming Oilers games for tonight's event. Are you kidding us buck75? Two sets of tickets? Are you an angel sent by the Hockey Gods?

While the rest of us sit around contracting herpes** or worse buck75 is donating more tickets to the Nation so that we can sell them at the party to raise loot for Kids with Cancer. What a guy.

*baggedmilk secenario only. ** It was 2003. Everyone had herpes back then.

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#1 The Towel Boy
March 20 2009, 08:57AM
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re: Buck75

*tear of pride rolls down cheek*

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#2 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 20 2009, 08:57AM
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No worries - not just sideburns - porkchop trucker side burns. The wife made me trim them so I didn't look like I was a homeless panhandler.

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#3 The Towel Boy
March 20 2009, 08:59AM
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...interesting...this is the only article on the nation that has "herpes" for a tag. I would have thought there would have been more.

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#4 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 09:00AM
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@ BUCK75 - FMNF:

Amended good Sir. You can have whatever you like round here.

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#5 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 20 2009, 09:00AM
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Oh yeah - happy first day of spring - listen to the Gandharvas, first day of spring.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KalQfUBA1VM

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#6 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 09:01AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

…interesting…this is the only article on the nation that has “herpes” for a tag. I would have thought there would have been more.

Wez jus getting started. Check back on our 10th anniverary.

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#7 Mother Pucker Hockey
March 20 2009, 09:13AM
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See you clowns there...

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#8 tricksnard
March 20 2009, 09:20AM
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So when's the nation ghost riding contest?

I saw some guy ghost ride a shopping cart inside loblaws last week and he almost took out a an old lady. Up until his wife went postal on him, it looked liked fun!

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#9 The Towel Boy
March 20 2009, 09:20AM
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I wish I could go... :(

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#10 bingofuel
March 20 2009, 09:21AM
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Why can't you come, The Towel Boy? I wanted to drunkenly shout "who saw this coming?!" at the top of my lungs with you tonight.

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#11 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 20 2009, 09:28AM
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Unfortunately a guy shouldn't be hoping the "beer fairy" gets a guy home. I won't be in attendance.

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#12 Bruthah
March 20 2009, 09:29AM
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The Towel Boy wrote:

I wish I could go…

WHO SAW THIS COMING!!!!!

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#13 Robin Brownlee
March 20 2009, 09:31AM
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"Did Sam Gagner really have a hat trick to go along with his five points?"

No, he didn't. Four points (eye roll and cursory brain stem activity while searching for insult). Jackass.

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#14 442Junkie
March 20 2009, 09:33AM
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@ tricksnard: My wife doesn't like it when I ghost ride the stroller with the kids in it. The kids love it though.

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#15 The Towel Boy
March 20 2009, 09:35AM
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bingofuel wrote:

Why can’t you come, The Towel Boy? I wanted to drunkenly shout “who saw this coming?!” at the top of my lungs with you tonight.

Well...it'd be a bit of a commute for me since I live in the Cloud City with Lando Calrissian.

You can still scream it though

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#16 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 09:54AM
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Not once but twice now you have screwed me with the timing of the game party! How about a little consult on dates which are good for me next time. Is it too much to ask to have the world revolve around me?

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#17 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 09:56AM
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@ Robin Brownlee:

I'm surprised it took until comment 13 and it took the Top Dog around here to point it out.

*tsk tsk*

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#18 roughneck
March 20 2009, 09:59AM
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is it too early to recognize that the orgy was nearly as well attended as the flamesnation GDB

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#19 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 10:03AM
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roughneck wrote:

is it too early to recognize that the orgy was nearly as well attended as the flamesnation GDB

Did you hear of OilersNation in it's 6th week of operation? I bet you didn't. FN is actually about 4x the size of ON when it was that age.

*realizes the strangeness of defending a Flames website. Looks at empty wallet, remembers why he is doing it*

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#20 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 10:05AM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Do you remember when Staples first mentioned ON? How old was this place then?

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#21 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 10:28AM
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BUCK75 - FMNF wrote:

Oh yeah - happy first day of spring - listen to the Gandharvas, first day of spring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KalQfUBA1VM

Well I'll tell you this much, it definitely feels like spring. It's been monsoon like raining here for the past 3 days and everyone at my work sounds and looks like they are dying of the black plague, including myself. What a great time of year!

*Coughs blood into Travis Dakins face*

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#22 treblecharger
March 20 2009, 10:33AM
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Hey guys, if the party goes late after the win tonight, my band, The Vindicators, is playing at Beer Hunter West, 1 blk. south of Whitemud on 178 St., right near the mall until 1::30 am... come by if ya like!

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#23 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 10:46AM
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@ Travis Dakin:

I recall that at being "one of the best days ever." I bet it was 4 or 5 months old. Up till then it was bascially me, bingofuel and Milli yelling at each other while I pumped out awful article after awful article.

*remembers olden days fondly*

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#24 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 20 2009, 10:51AM
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@ jeanshorts: I guess that's what happens when you live in Vancouver. Just wait until you have to live in your office when the Olympic are going on...

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#25 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 10:55AM
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BUCK75 - FMNF wrote:

@ jeanshorts: I guess that’s what happens when you live in Vancouver. Just wait until you have to live in your office when the Olympic are going on…

I'm so torn. Because it's going to be sweet to have all the random, international snapper everywhere. But I guarantee I'm going to be punching peoples faces when it takes me 3 hours to get groceries. And they are shutting down most of the main roads in and out of downtown. So, getting anywhere is going to be even more awesome!

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#26 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 11:11AM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Oh I remember it well. I was wondering what the hell he was talking about so I took a gander, read all the archived stuff and have been hooked ever since. It's been fun watching it evolve along the way. Flamesnation will do the same because those guys are writing some good stuff. It will take a bit for Calgarians to get a grasp of the alphabet but when they do....

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#27 bingofuel
March 20 2009, 11:23AM
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@ Travis Dakin: You bring up an interesting topic to put to the rest of the Nation:

When did everyone start coming here and why? Call it an informal poll, but I’m curious. Wanye and I started this not knowing if it would work, but knowing it would be unequivocally hilarious to at least the two of us…

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#28 Jorge
March 20 2009, 11:26AM
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I'd come but I get the feeling you are all way too old:P

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#29 baggedmilk
March 20 2009, 11:30AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

*baggedmilk secenario only.

That has only happened 70 times this year. What of it, Gretz?

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#30 Greg MC
March 20 2009, 11:32AM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

roughneck wrote: is it too early to recognize that the orgy was nearly as well attended as the flamesnation GDB Did you hear of OilersNation in it’s 6th week of operation? I bet you didn’t. FN is actually about 4x the size of ON when it was that age. *realizes the strangeness of defending a Flames website. Looks at empty wallet, remembers why he is doing it*

Paper Money Calgary's got it Wanye gonna get it...

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#31 DK0
March 20 2009, 11:35AM
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@ bingofuel: Total fluke. the magic of the all seeing google eye. I was bored at work and clicked view all on "top recommendations" in google reader and there was OilersNation, somewhere in the top 10. I guess using Chrome while being signed in with my google account meant they harvested the fact that i like hockey and check news on the oilers alot. "BAM. herpes" - Peter Griffin hooked ever since.

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#32 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 20 2009, 11:38AM
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I remeber Stauffer talking about it on his show then I started following. Couldn't have more than a couple of months after you started. I never heard of a blog before that...

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#33 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 11:42AM
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@ bingofuel: Yeah mine was simple. Always checking the Journal and Sun sites for some Oiler info, stumbled upon Staples who eventually made mention of this site and my eyes were opened. Swallowed the Red pill so to speak. At first this place was just a good laugh but with the addition of Willis, Brownlee and Gregor I have become way too knowledgeable of a fan now. I love it. I thank you guys. *single tear*

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#34 bingofuel
March 20 2009, 11:44AM
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@ BUCK75 - FMNF: Really? And now you're one of our number-one fans! That's really cool. We were fortunate, we got a lot of help and props randomly from people, including Bob Stauffer, Robin Brownlee, and David Staples. A lot of the oilogosphere types even helped us out, included JDub and Lowetide.

It's been a wild ride. One day I'll tell you all the story of our first blog post, which mostly involved Wanye and I giggling our *sses off at awfully-photoshopped images in a crappy office that smelled of motor oil.

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#35 bingofuel
March 20 2009, 11:45AM
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@ Travis Dakin: Awwww! I could kiss you. But instead I'll just pour beer over your head in celebration.

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#36 bingofuel
March 20 2009, 11:46AM
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@ DK0: Nice to know Google's helping us out. Incidentally, Google Reader says 13 people subscribe to our feed. ZOUNDS.

If you like RSS, point your sh*t here: http://www.oilersnation.com/category/oilers-posts/feed

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#37 jeanshorts
March 20 2009, 11:47AM
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@ bingofuel:

One day, a young man name baggedmilk told me I should check out a website entitled "oilersnation.com". He told tales of a man that goes by "the ridiculous moniker of Wanye Gretz." "He writes pretty hilarious articles" he went on to preach. This was sometime around, let's say May, or June, and the rest they say, is a sordid, dark, painful history.

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#38 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 11:50AM
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bingofuel wrote:

We were fortunate, we got a lot of help and props randomly from people

Word of mouth is invaluable. Takes a while but if you build it, they will come I guess. I've got a lot of buddies turned on to this site now. Only a few post but many read. I wonder what the ratio of people viewing to people posting is, Or percentage of views. I can tell traffic is huge because this site gets jammed up willy some days. bingofuel wrote:

Awwww! I could kiss you. But instead I’ll just pour beer over your head in celebration

Just tell me when you do because I want to make sure I swallow it all.... wait a minute....

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#39 Jorge
March 20 2009, 11:50AM
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I heard the local radio guy mention the site about a month before the trade-deadline

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#40 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 11:52AM
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bingofuel wrote:

If you like RSS

see much like Buck75 I am an idiot when it comes to web lingo. What is an RSS? And how can I get a twitter?

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#41 The Towel Boy
March 20 2009, 11:53AM
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@ bingofuel:

I actually joined the "Oilers Nation" facebook group like I dunno...about when it started...but didn't know this website deal actually existed. Totally forgot about the facebook group and one day stumbled upon oilersnation.com by I think it was lowetide's blogroll.

Then I posted on here for about 3 months b4 I realized this site and the facebook group I joined a year earlier were the same thing.

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#42 Travis Dakin
March 20 2009, 11:54AM
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@ Jorge: Check out the old archives. You've got a lot of catching up to do. There's been so good times. I promise you many laughs.

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#43 I'm a Scientist!
March 20 2009, 11:59AM
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@ bingofuel: It was a cold day in January this year I was informed that i had not reached my maximum level of coolness until i frequented this site instead of doing world saving science stuff. So world be damned....

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#44 BUCK75 - FMNF
March 20 2009, 11:59AM
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@ Travis Dakin:

HAHAHA, now I am on Twitter, have a poorly written blog using my english 20 skills. Talk about full circle...

@ Bingofuel Although I never had a reason to post before the GlenX debacle, I enjoyed coming here & reading the articles, looking at the poorly photoshopped pictures & the occassional MSPaint graphs even before the 'credibility' of RobBro showed up.

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#45 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 12:00PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Only a few post but many read. I wonder what the ratio of people viewing to people posting is, Or percentage of views. I can tell traffic is huge because this site gets jammed up willy some days.

I have actually looked into this. On a good day in March I calculated that 1.25% of the readers posted comments. We haven't had a *slow* day in awhile (slow days now would have melted our brains a year ago) but I would guess that number would only grow to about 1.75%.

Put it this way - we have a crew of about 50 people that comment regularly/semi-regularly. The rest of the 115,000 visitors in a month wonder where they can buy the paint the rest of us are huffing.

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#46 DK0
March 20 2009, 12:05PM
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I think the site gets pounded mainly from all us mad refreshing to update the comments. It would be sweet if the GDB's comment section wasnt this normal HTML based one, but some kind of java or flash IRC client. I've seen a few liveblogs over at Kotaku.com where they did this and even if you join in late or something the chat you missed would be listed there so you don't miss anything. This would really help the GDB from exploding when 150 of us are all mashing refresh to try to type "OMFG GAGS FTW!!1".

Simplified version: make GDB's comment section like a giant group MSN chat that can still be read later (going back the day after or if you get home from the bar and reading something from JSBM that makes you shoot milk out your nose is awesome)

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#47 Wanye Gretz
March 20 2009, 12:06PM
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BUCK75 - FMNF wrote:

I enjoyed coming here & reading the articles, looking at the poorly photoshopped pictures & the occassional MSPaint graphs even before the ‘credibility’ of RobBro showed up.

You know those pictures rule. I decided one cold day to teach myself how to make pictures at the office here and all I have is that Paint thing on the start bar. I also scribble on pictures to make them funnier. Funnier to who?

Funnier to me.

Bingofuel has photoshop cause he is fancy. I have to make do.

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#48 The Towel Boy
March 20 2009, 12:07PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

The rest of the 115,000 visitors in a month wonder where they can buy the paint the rest of us are huffing.

For those that don't know...if you print out a copy of the start page for Oilersnation.com and hand it in a The Home Depot...you can pick any colour you want....guaranteed.*

*this is not a guarantee. Offer not valid at The Home Depot.

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#49 bingofuel
March 20 2009, 12:08PM
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@DK0: Good suggestion... I'll talk to the programmer monkeys over the summer and see what they can flange up.

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#50 Archaeologuy
March 20 2009, 12:11PM
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Wanye Gretz wrote:

I have actually looked into this. On a good day in March I calculated that 1.25% of the readers posted comments.

Seriously? Call Willis over here and recheck that math. Wow. With the anonymity of posting I would have guessed a much higher number. Posting on blogs is like dialing your ex after downing a few. You can say everything you want and you wont remember crying for an hour in the bathroom the next day.

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