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Skipjack 16 Dec 99 - 10:51 AM
Max 16 Dec 99 - 10:56 AM
Bert 16 Dec 99 - 10:57 AM
MMario 16 Dec 99 - 11:04 AM
Patrish(inactive) 16 Dec 99 - 11:39 AM
McGrath of Harlow 16 Dec 99 - 02:28 PM
Joe Offer 16 Dec 99 - 06:11 PM
Susanne (skw) 16 Dec 99 - 06:17 PM
Alan of Australia 16 Dec 99 - 08:31 PM
Bugsy 16 Dec 99 - 08:45 PM
Dani 17 Dec 99 - 09:25 AM
kendall 17 Dec 99 - 09:39 AM
MMario 17 Dec 99 - 10:07 AM
Wurkman 17 Dec 99 - 10:25 AM
Diesel 18 Dec 99 - 07:14 AM
Dave 18 Dec 99 - 08:00 AM
TheMuse 19 Dec 99 - 12:23 AM
_gargoyle 19 Dec 99 - 12:54 AM
Willie-O 19 Dec 99 - 08:11 AM
McGrath of Harlow 19 Dec 99 - 10:33 AM
Caitrin 19 Dec 99 - 12:44 PM
Roger in Baltimore 19 Dec 99 - 05:52 PM
TheMuse 19 Dec 99 - 06:39 PM
Roger in Baltimore 19 Dec 99 - 08:21 PM
Skipjack 22 Dec 99 - 02:58 PM
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Subject: Mudcat DT's
From: Skipjack
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 10:51 AM

Being a deckie learner (an apprentice trawlerman), at Mudcat, I'm having trouble keeping this thing in proportion. In short, I'm spending far too much time at it, when my employer thinks I'm trading oil. There must be tons of stuff about this previously, but can any of you time served sages give me a few pointers on how to manage this addiction, preferably before I lose my job?


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Max
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 10:56 AM

There is only one solution to your trouble Skipjack. I am the only source for the anti-Mudcat-addiction alixer and it costs $1000 US. Other than that, just give in to it. Jobs come and go, but the Mudcat is always there for you.

(My plan is working perfectly)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Bert
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 10:57 AM

No one has yet solved this problem. Employers throughout the world will soon be contributing to a prize for the solution. It will probably be as difficult to solve as Fermat's last theorem.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: MMario
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 11:04 AM

The only solution to MudCat addiction is FEED IT! FEED IT! Only by overdosing on the 'Cat can you release yourself from it's frightful grip. Most 'catters find they eventually stabilize in their usage. Heck, I can get by with a mere 10 hours or so a day!


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 11:39 AM

I have a shortcut to the mudcat on my desktop called very cunningly "Government Statistics" in the hope that my employer thinks I am doing extra work.
As I do not have an internet connection at home, I look forward to coming into work each day....
"All work and no play make Patrish very dull indeed"

Patrish


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 02:28 PM

The server went down for the best part of a day earlier this week. I was panicking.

I think the term is Cataholic. Is the Pope a Cataholic? (Well, he likes singing, they say.)


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 06:11 PM

I was thinking about this the other day, now that I'm retired and the boss wants me to do work on contract 70 hours a month at half the hourly salary I got before. If I spend the morning studying manuals to see how the Air Force wants me to report a background investigation according to this week's format, what do I learn? This week's format, which may or may not be the same as next week's format.
If I spend the morning researching a song to post on Mudcat, what do I learn? Something that will have value to me for the rest of my life.
I told the boss that MAYBE I'll work 20 hours a month. Maybe not, though.
-Joe Offer, age 51, enjoying retirement-


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 06:17 PM

Skipjack, I was caught after 18 months. I couldn't make my boss see that the prospect of visiting the Mudcat first time every morning actually added to my work contentment and provided motivation. The only thing to do was to get a private connection post-haste. So now I'm looking forward to go home to my computer every day instead of going to work. Weird, isn't it? Wish you luck, Susanne


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Alan of Australia
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 08:31 PM

G'day,
When I get to work a visit to Mudcat is as essential as my first cup of coffee. And I visit every evening at home.

Cheers,
Alan


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Bugsy
Date: 16 Dec 99 - 08:45 PM

THANK CHRIST FOR THAT!!!

I thought it was just ME!

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Dani
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 09:25 AM

Joe, you are a lucky dude. I have no doubt you deserve it, but my envy is complete nonetheless. Long and blessed be your time of fun. You share your joy so generously: may it come back to you a thousand times.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 09:39 AM

You think you have it rough... There is a lady who is obviously very interested in me (her best friend told me) but, if I'm on the Mudcat, and she calls, I can not break away!! ANOTHER STOPPED CALLING BECAUSE SHE WOULD NOT COMPETE WITH THE mUDCAT!! I cant be fired, but, I can be f "fired up!!"


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: MMario
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 10:07 AM

no, bugsy, it was driven home to us a while back - when the 'Cat was bouncing up and down for a while, that there are a lot of us who need a "fix" from the 'cat frequently.

And I think we should all pause (paws?) and reflect a moment on CatSpaw and his dedication as a parent which has him currently offline. Here's hoping the problem abates and he is back among us again soon....

MMario


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Wurkman
Date: 17 Dec 99 - 10:25 AM

There's only one thing for it, Skipjack. You need the love of a good woman to distract you from your addiction. And I think I know the very one.

Hope it happens

Wurkman


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Diesel
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 07:14 AM

I would sooner think that the perfect partner for skipjack would be one who allows him his mudcat-time at home - then work wouldn't be so dodgy ! Only needs a quick fix at lunch or teabreak to keep him going for the rest of the day !


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Dave
Date: 18 Dec 99 - 08:00 AM

I am lucky enough to work for an organization that cannot fire me or lay me off (slaves have to be sold) so I can "Cat" allday with impunity. Its a real tonic, so I stay Catatonic..... Cordially. Dave


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: TheMuse
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 12:23 AM

I, happily, have no fear of losing my job because of my addiction to Mudcat, because I, unhappily, do not have access at work!

I do, however, have trouble staying awake because I am up half the night catching up on the threads that you wonderful people have loaded up all day long. I confess though that I cannot blame my loss of sleep entirely on the Mudcat, I also have an addiction to a "certain someone" that I spend quite a bit of time conversing with through ICQ, and he is the one that introduced me to Mudcat. So I guess that means it's all his fault!!

Whatever, I love it here, and will never try to break my addiction. (Either one of them!)

TheMuse

P.S. Can't imagine how CatSpaw is surviving, hope he can return soon.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: _gargoyle
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 12:54 AM

After a couple of years its a little like a wife.

You all ready know what she's saying....so you don't have to listen as much.

But it is nice to endulge....when the time is to spare.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Willie-O
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 08:11 AM

"I'm just going to read one thread and maybe make a quick posting..."

(ha ha ha)

if you folks weren't all so durn clever and interesting and divergent and thoughtful and interested in the same odd things I am...I wouldn't bother.

Haven't had a desk job in years and years, but the 'Cat is a serious detriment to my getting anything done on my home computer. That's life I guess, I could always lose the bookmark or unhook my modem. (ha)

There _is_ the makings of a serious discussion here. If personal time and attention is the new measure of value, then time online, no matter how swell the people you're sharing it with, is obviously subtracted from time spent with your family and local community. One has to maintain a balance, and not an even one. The proper balance is tilted towards the real world around you.

Now hand me that blue clicky thing!

Bill C


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 10:33 AM

Was that actually a friendly message from gargoyle? Merry Christmas indeed.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Caitrin
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 12:44 PM

I was addicted after about a day or so. I'm on Christmas vacation now, so I'll probably be on at all hours of the day. I've learned so much here (mostly about how little I really know), and you folks are just too interesting.


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 05:52 PM

Skipjack,

There has been talk of this before. A forum search for "addiction" brings up the following relevant threads.

Mudcat Addiction



Mudcat Addiction

You should read them. There are at least two 12 Step programs proposed.

Roger (hooked)in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: TheMuse
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 06:39 PM

Roger,

I find it quite "amusing" that your second blue clicky thing goes back to a thread that you yourself started almost exactly one year ago about addiction to Mudcat. In fact in reading it, it sounds just like what everyone is saying right now! Nice to know that some things just never change. I have been addicted for only about 3 months and am wondering is this an annual thing with Catters? To start threads to discuss how we are all NOT addicted? If so, I volunteer to mark my calendar and start the one for next year around this time. :-)

TheMuse


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 19 Dec 99 - 08:21 PM

Dear Muse,

I guess being the originator of a similar thread helped me to remember there was a similar thread.

Similar coincidences seem to occur frequently here on the 'Cat. 'Frinstance, someone wanted the lyrics to Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave to Me. Well, someone else asked for the exact thing about a month ago. I remembered, searched the forum and gave the guy a link to the older thread. Go figure. Is there something that triggers these coincidences? I don't know.

Back in December of 1998, the Mudcat was experiencing exponential growth and was overwhelming the server Max was using. It would "crash" about once a month and we regular 'Catters would panic. It might be a few days before we could get back on. We really felt how important the Mudcat was to our daily lives.

If you want to start a thread next December, you are welcome to do so. Like yourself and Skipjack, there will be some new 'Catters who are just beginning to feel the pull of the 'Cat.

Welcome aboard.

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Mudcat DT's
From: Skipjack
Date: 22 Dec 99 - 02:58 PM

Thank you, one, Gargoyle and all. I have suffered a condensed year of Catatonic rage this week, as the biscuit cookie thing has melted on my box, so now I'm on the boss's. That's why you haven't heard from me.

Wurkman, dear brother, she ain't gonna happen, I'm afraid, mate.

Liz, what are you like as a foredeck hand? Position vacant!

Solstice greetings, everyone.

Skipjack


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