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If I owned it the name would be changed to F**k You so every time someone called for takeout or reservations I could tell them how I really felt.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <span style="font-style: italic">"How would you answer the phone?"</span> </div></div>

1. Do not put mouth directly on the reciever.

2. Pronounce the name as correctly as possible.

3. Answer: "Yes, I know exactly what it smells like in here."

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When I worked at a brokerage in the '80's we had an efficient way of dealing with troublesome people on the phone, you would continue talking and disconnect right in the middle of your conversation, another favorite was to say"hold on a minute" and then dump the call.

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Idle, that brings up a personal experience I had a few years ago.

We gave a tour of our plant operations to 13 Chinese gents. I was driving a company van loaded with these guys up to our Mt. Joy Plant from the Wrightsville Plant. They never stopped talking in Chinese, and, after awhile, it got the best of me when they started laughing, giggling. I asked the interpreter, who was sitting up front, what they were laughing about?

We all know every shopping mall/strip mall has a Chinese Restaurant. Turns out, those Chinese symbols on every restaurant sign mean "abosolutely nothing" in their language. They are just ornamental symbols whacked out by Joe Jiblip's Sign Company.

In your photo, that may be a legit name based upon my time in Southeast Asia years ago, however, it would be interesting to know what it means.

Thanks for listening, folks. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

Peter J.

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That reminds me of a time years ago when a very dear friend who was an engineer at a local defense contractor was working on the F-14 "peace pearl" program, converting old F-14 fighters for the red chinese army. He had 2 Chinese engineers staying with him for a year and he would bring them over for dinner. They were very standoffish initially until they saw a book in my library by none other than Karl Marx, after that they wouldn't leave me alone, called me "comrade" and said that my house and car collection must be a "front".

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L I, that's an interesting experience you had and it doesn't surprise me at all.

Four weeks ago, I had Dr. Yuan Sun (Ph.D. in physics) with me on a 2 day trip to a major account. We own 1/2 of his operation in China. Yuan worked for us here in PA as a metallurgist for about 5 years, he got divorced, his wife and 3 kids still live in Lancaster. Yuan opted to go back to China.

While driving along, I pointed out a golf course near Staunton, VA. Asked him if he ever played. Said he did while attending the University of Missouri. Asked Yuan if he plays in China? He almost yelled a big "No". Costs $50-60,000 U.S. per year for dues. Then it is about $800 for each round. They have one golf course for every 4,000,000 people.

Asked him how he heats his house? Said he has none. Nothing!! He just puts on more cloths the colder it gets. His plant is heated, which, makes sense considering holding tight machining tolerances. He works 7 days per week, usually from 7:00 in the morning until about 10:00 at night. Not having holidays as we do, there is nothing else but work.

Sorry to get off the topic, but, I thought it worthwhile to pass this along.

Regards, Peter J.

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