"TW" == Thomas Wouters email@example.com writes:
TW> Okay... how about someone takes Guido out for dinner and feeds TW> him way too many bottles of wine and ferrets to show him such TW> things do not necessarily lead to blood feuds ? Maybe take TW> along some psychotropic drugs and a halfway decent hypnotist TW> for safety's measure.
Don't forget the dentist, proctologist, and a trepanist. Actually, if you can find a holeologist it would be much more efficient (my cousin Neil, a.k.a. Dr. Finger, a.k.a. Dr Watumpka would be ideal, but he's studying in Dortmund these days).
TW> Meanwhile Barry subscribes Just to python-dev
I'd be glad to, and I won't even divulge the fact that python-dev is only ostensibly a closed, insular mailing list these days.
TW> and you or someone else with the pickpocket skills to get at TW> the keys for the time machine
No pickpocketing skill necessary. Guido leaves the keys in a small safebox magnetically adhered underneath the running boards. Just be sure to ground yourself first (learned the hard way)!
TW> (come on, fess up, you all practiced) make sure Guido can't TW> get at it, lest he try and make up with Just in the past in TW> his 'suggestable' state... Better change the Mailman admin TW> password too, just to be on the safe side.
I've tried that many times, but I suspect Guido has a Pybot thermetically linked to the time machine which "instantly" recedes several seconds into the past each time I change it, only to change it back.
TW> Or if that has no chance of a prayer in hell of working, I can TW> give Just a secret xs4all.nl address (since he has an XS4ALL TW> account nowadays, that shouldn't be a problem) and we just TW> never tell Guido that firstname.lastname@example.org is really Just ;)
You realize it's way too "late" for that, don't you? The time machine works just as well in the forward direction as in the past direction, and long before he left the comfy environs of Amsterdam to brave it out in the harsh, unforgiving wilderness of Washington, he mapped out every moment of young Wouters' life. Why do you think I've worn aluminum foil underwear for the past 30 years? Trust me, it's not for the feeling of freshness and confidence it provides (okay, only partially).
>> It's very sad, really -- but also wonderfully Dutch.
TW> No, it would only be wondefully dutch if either brother was TW> German or Belgian in some way, or of royal blood and married TW> to the wrong type of christian sect (Protestant or Catholic -- TW> I keep forgetting which is which.)
It would also be wonderfully American, but only if Just had trivially wronged Guido years ago by eating one of his nabisco cookies or some such.