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John Smith 16/11/02(Wed)03:18 No. 45704 [Reply]

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Dear John,

Greetings from Delaware! College is going well. I feel like I'm never quite where I need to be with regards to practicing and improving, but I'm showing up where I need to be on time and hanging in there at least. Hopefully after my essay is done I can get back to practicing harder and really start holding my own.

I've been working a lot on improving my confidence and I think it's starting to pay off. I am definitely better off mentally than I was back at the start of the semester. I haven't had much time for romance or anything yet, but I'm not insecure about it anymore--I'm fairly confident that if the time permits and the situation's right I could do well in that regard.

How're things over there? It seems it always takes me a long while to write you again, I'm sure something uninteresting has happened in my absence.


John Smith 16/11/03(Thu)06:52 No. 45706

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The leaves have started changing color and falling from trees. Are they doing this by you? Although I do find it troubling dealing with them, their smell of decay does give one a reason to leave home to visit less colorful locations.

The candy season has come and gone, and while you might expect that halloween costumes couldn't get any uninspired, somehow children still find a way. Piles of candy remain, and we are attempting to push them off on diabetics in the hope that something interesting will happen. So far they either have had the resolve to abstain or taken sufficient insulin to counteract its effects.

Do you get many calls from relatives asking if your time is really an hour or two ahead of them? Time Zones are such a mystery to people over a certain age. When they travel to another area they don't adjust their clock and expect everything to open and close on their time. There is nothing quite as depressing as opening up shop to a 75 year old couple who have been sitting outside for two hours, who proceed to let you know in no uncertain terms that you're very bad owners for opening so late.

I wish you well on your romance goals, just make sure things don't progress too swiftly otherwise you may find yourself having to write comments on other boards.

John Smith 16/10/13(Thu)17:20 No. 45667 [Reply]

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I hate being ill and having to go to work.

What things do you hate, John?

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John Smith 16/10/27(Thu)02:30 No. 45688

A few people, all of whom have done something to deserve it.

I hate having to work. And I don't just mean the act of working, I mean how having a job gives my life more meaning than it would otherwise have staying inside playing video games, masturbating and reading webcomics. I have a minor fear that machines are going to make the current economic model obsolete and people won't have to work nearly as much without any fear of economic upheaval right about the time I'm going to retire.

The terror of eternal life vs the horror of existential cessation.

Being circumcised.

That's all I feel comfortable mentioning.

John Smith 16/10/28(Fri)06:01 No. 45691

Don't really hate much stuff, why bother. But the government and the police, probably. Bunch of assholes.

John Smith 16/11/03(Thu)06:19 No. 45705

Yeah, it's always a pain when I get sick. Everyone says you shouldn't go to work sick so you don't spread it, but I was getting colds about twice a month in till recently. Calling in sick for a few days twice a month is just asking to get fired. I changed up my diet though, and I haven't had a cold in awhile. I probably wasn't getting enough vitamins.

John Smith 16/03/08(Tue)03:26 No. 45220 [Reply]

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Today I tried using a shoestring as a clarinet ligature. It worked surprisingly well.

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John Smith 16/11/01(Tue)01:44 No. 45701

Hello again, John.

My clarinet and I have been reunited and spent a modestly pleasant evening practicing and reforming the embouchure.

Curosity took me to test out the string ligature method and, after a bit of rummaging, found a shoelace that would come to serve adequately. Initially it was a bit of a challenge to keep the reed in place while doing the first loop, but soon enough the reed was tightly fastened and ready to vibrate.

The difference, that I noticed, with the string ligature is that it makes the reed 'kick' less (unfortunately I do not know what it's called in English, but it's when the reed unexpectedly jumps a handful of octaves and makes that unpleasant high pitched seagul sound). I tested it with both a 2,5mm and a 3mm reed, the former benefitting more due to how lightly it tends to kick.
There was no difference in the sound, as far as I can perceive.

As thanks for having been slightly inspired by this thread to get back to practicing after a long hiatus I recorded this:
(Disclamer: the following is a recording of a beginner clarinet player. Listener discretion is adviced):

Be okay, John.

John Smith 16/11/01(Tue)04:54 No. 45702

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Thank you for your contributions, John. You sound like you're on the right path to accomplish whatever you'd like to do with music.

If you like the sound, feel, and fewer squeaks of a string but want something quicker and easier to consistently put on, you might like these woven ligatures from Vientos Bambú. You might have to look up the closest retailer near you for prices, color availability, and shipping time.

John Smith 16/11/01(Tue)11:50 No. 45703

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Thank you, John, for letting me know of this topical product. I looked it up and found it to be something perhaps worth spending money on, however, I shall keep to the string and plastic ligatures at the time being.

Looping the reed with the string is something I found somewhat agreeable with, as it calmed and bound me into a slight pre-meditative state which was appropriate for the practice that was to come, thus I think that the string will serve as a befitting tool for me.

There will surely come times when music is to be played posthaste and ligatures fastened in a jiffy, for which this synthetic ligature would be well suited, but for now will the shoelace suffice my needs.

It is how they say: Slow and steady, pins the lace.

John Smith 16/03/26(Sat)06:51 No. 45244 [Reply]

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Hey John, how's corporate? I got moved to monetary last week, so I couldn't swing by your office earlier. I just wanted to let you know that the quarterly report due date is getting pushed back to the 28th, so you have more time to get that done. Also, the microwave in the break room is out of order, so don't use it for more than about 30 seconds. sorry I couldn't tell you this in person, but you know how the boss is. I'll talk to you soon

John from Monetary

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John Smith 16/10/14(Fri)19:56 No. 45670

Hey John,
probably not until the boss gets fixed up, but I'll be fine most ways.
Best wishes, John from IT

John Smith 16/10/30(Sun)20:34 No. 45698

Good evening,

Recently I've been having issues with my printer on the 8th floor.

Please advise.

John Smith
VP Financial Services

John Smith 16/11/01(Tue)00:43 No. 45700

Hi John, I have a list of possible solutions to your printer issues.

1. Turning it off and on again
2. Hitting the printer on the left side and only the left side
3. Using the printer on the 7th or 9th floor. I would personally recommend the 9th floor as you would enjoy the walk down the stairs after retrieving your paperwork

Best of luck.
John from Office Troubleshooting

John Smith 16/07/12(Tue)01:07 No. 45462 [Reply]

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Dear John

What is your favorite font?
Mine is probably SimSun, it's notable likeness with some of the old typewriter fonts makes writing articles with those more of a delightful experience.
Still it's somewhat thin appearance induces some kind of inner fear that no one will be able to read it.

Truly yours,

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John Smith 16/10/19(Wed)07:09 No. 45677

I'm partial to Brooklyn Kid. It's not a general use font, true, but it has both upper and lower case letters and I like the casual, urban look.

John Smith 16/10/20(Thu)18:24 No. 45678

Times New Roman is the font that enables me best to focus and if there is ever an option to change the font in a program then I naturally change it to this font.

John Smith 16/10/21(Fri)02:53 No. 45679

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Handel Gothic

John Smith 16/09/26(Mon)16:23 No. 45649 [Reply]

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6 weeks in the same cast

John Smith 16/09/28(Wed)06:18 No. 45653

What got you that nasty cast, my dear boy?

John Smith 16/09/28(Wed)14:30 No. 45654

I guess it's mostly from stepping on it on the street.

John Smith 16/10/05(Wed)15:17 No. 45658

Hello John,

I must say that image you posted does not seem very good. Not bad, but not good. I'd recommend buying a toothbrush and using isotropic alcohol to wash the foot. alcohol evaporates fast, kills bacteria, and helps break down dead skin. I recommend a bottle in every house, a very dependable chemical

sincerely John

John Smith 16/09/17(Sat)15:06 No. 45631 [Reply]

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Next week I'm going on a date with a girl way out of my league. She texted me, says that she thinks I'm pretty and so on, and I don't think this is some cruel joke she's playing on me (she seems a nice person) but I'm scared.
Answer me John, what should I do to not feel scared?

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John Smith 16/09/19(Mon)07:08 No. 45638

The term "first date" usually refers not to your absolute first date but the first with you and a particular other person. Someone who has dated 3 people has gone on 3 first dates, for instance.

With that in mind, I stand by what I said in >>45635 about how to more effortlessly be yourself. Since we live in the age of the Internet you can also research the particular woman that you plan to go on a date with. If nothing else that undercuts the power of your most common fear, the fear of the unknown.

John Smith 16/09/19(Mon)16:34 No. 45639

>The term "first date" usually refers not to your absolute first
You should treat every date like a first date. If you're not bringing your AAA game every time how do expect to achieve your goal. Whether it be sex, marriage or kids, if you slack of early you could fall short and end up with nothing but wasted effort.

John Smith 16/09/20(Tue)19:53 No. 45640

I disagree John.

Surely, for the first date you have to make a good impression; and maybe for the next couple of dates after you should be the best "you" that you can be, but at some point--if the relationship is something you intend to pursue long-term--you'll have to confront her with your real self. I'm not saying to do it all at once, but she's going to have to see you for the person you are most comfortable being--faults, uninteresting hobbies, and ugliness included.

John Smith 16/03/28(Mon)09:23 No. 45247 [Reply]

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I put star anise in my morning tea. I think it is quite refreshing.

It also works well in cigarettes.

Do you do anything to spice up your morning tea/coffee, John?

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John Smith 16/09/11(Sun)18:17 No. 45619

black coffee.. or peppermint tee. everything else is degeneracy

John Smith 16/09/13(Tue)00:20 No. 45622

Why are you so judgemental about beverages?

John Smith 16/09/13(Tue)06:11 No. 45623

Dear John,

You'll have to excuse my esteemed colleague John, who appears to have recently discovered the term "degenerate" and all its inflected and derived forms. Do not be alarmed, for my experience shows that such fascination is temporary. Such levels of passion are hard to sustain forever.

John Smith

John Smith 15/02/02(Mon)07:54 No. 44163 [Reply]

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Sometimes I think of what it would be like to be a water molecule. Think about how cool it would be to cycle all around the earth, getting sucked up through plants, eaten and drank by animals, snowed on mountains, flowed through rivers and oceans, maybe meet my death in a chemical reaction somewhere in a neuron of someone's brain as he writes a post online on a board about uninteresting conversation.

Then I think about how interesting it would be to be a massive configuration of atoms that will never exist again, that has a unique collection of memories, ideas, and identity. How I could cycle all around the earth, getting taken in by the culture, eat and drink with strangers, see snow covered mountains, swim through rivers and oceans, yet it seems day after day that I find myself posting online doing nothing to achieve these things. Everyday that I remind myself of this is another step towards being the human I want to be.

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John Smith 16/09/10(Sat)21:23 No. 45609

We're bound to this place, John.

All of us.

John Smith 16/09/10(Sat)23:45 No. 45613

You're better than water.

You're calcium, water, protine, everythinng. You're self aware. You're a small piece of God.

John Smith 16/09/11(Sun)09:19 No. 45617

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John Smith 16/09/10(Sat)23:57 No. 45614 [Reply]

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I'm going to New Orleans for five days next week. I've never been there before and I don't really have any plans. I guess Ill probably eat some food and drink some alcohol, but I already do that at home.

John Smith 16/09/11(Sun)07:33 No. 45616

I hear that the state of Louisiana is home to different kinds of foods. That can give you something to explore while you're there, especially if you plan to eat food anyway.

It's certainly a simpler plan than trying to crash a funeral procession just to listen to the band.

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