Hi gang, I'm BAAAAACK!

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I see that you've met my housemate Ted, one of the 3 of us that keep this old farmhouse going. I want to thank each and every one of you, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind words. Yea, even you, Y2K Pro. It looks like the prayers worked, because all considered, I feel great!

They wanted to hold onto me for a few days, to make sure that my insides were OK. My left arm will be out of commission for a while, so don't expect any long-winded posts. I have a hard enough time typing with two hands! Maybe I'll try one of those "I talk, it types" programs.

I'm going to have a few scars, none in any "critical" areas. I think the only long-term effect is going to be the amount of time it takes to grow back that 2 foot pony-tail! They had to shave my head to patch it up. I'm one ugly dude with no hair!

The kid that hit me was only 23, out "partying with some friends." He visited me earlier this week. He must have said "I'm so sorry" at least a hundred times. He offered to pay any medical bills not covered by insurance, and he also offered to help replace my car. He's not a bad kid. I just hope that he learned his lesson, and that he spreads the word to his friends.

There is one thing that you folks can do for me. Please make a donation to your local blood bank.

I love you all.


-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000


Welcome back, Sysman. The old place hasn't been the same while you were gone. Rest up, take it easy for a while...


-- Ed Yourdon (ed@yourdon.com), January 15, 2000.

Welcome Home Sysman, Its great to hear that your injuries aren't permanent and your recovery is going well. We'll all look forward to your continuing wit in the future.

-- Malcolm Taylor (taylorm@es.co.nz), January 15, 2000.


What can I say except great news.

Best wishes,,,


-- Z1X4Y7 (Z1X4Y7@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Hey Sysman,

It's great to see you posting again. I'm glad you are on the mend. This is a very interesting community. It is sad when a member is out of commission. May you have a fast recovery.


-- monique (me@home.here), January 15, 2000.

Welcome back. We're glad to see everything survived. (The ponytail'll grow back.)

-- I'm Here, I'm There (I'm Everywhere@so.beware), January 15, 2000.

Hey, it's good to hear from ya again Sysman! That is a bummer about your pony tail, sheeesh, it'll take a couple years to get a new one. If I had to type with only one hand I'd be down to about 10 wpm. Maybe that kid will spring for a voice recognition program, eh? Well, assuming you're right handed, at least you can still be a quick draw with the mouse action. Hang in there bud! :-)

-- Hawk (flyin@high.again), January 15, 2000.

Wow, Sys..I was just wondering about you today. Glad to hear you have been sprung from the joint. One Pint of O negative coming up. I read just today that the blood banks are low and I've been hoarding my blood long enough ;-) I send healing messages to your left arm.

-- kritter (kritter@adelphia.net), January 15, 2000.

What a relief to see you back! But--did you lose your ticker in the accident? I miss your tick!

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), January 15, 2000.

Welcome Back!


-- TECH32 (TECH32@NOMAIl.COM), January 15, 2000.


GOOD to see you back... One handed typing can make you more proficient! Really! Really? Well Chief, would you believe... it could improve you comprehension? Well, would you believe...

-- RC (racambab@mailcity.com), January 15, 2000.

Hey Sysman...great news..........glad to have you back

-- kevin (innxxs@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

Glad you made it back so soon. Post as often as your time/health allows. You are one of my favorite "reads".

-- (cujo@baddog.byte), January 15, 2000.

Hi Old Git,

I never did thank you for the e-card on Christmas. My mom is also a big cat fan, and I sent her a copy.

Tick... Tock... <:00= ...

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.


Welcome home. We've all been waiting for some word on you. It's nice that the kid came to see you and apologized. It is sure to aid your recovery not having that vague resentment that victims often have.

Two foot pony tail? I never would have guessed.

As you can probably see, the board has morphed into a current events-o-rama, complete with the usual doomy bent. (Just the way we like it.)

So catch up and join in when you can.

Say hi and thanks to Ted for us.

-- semper paratus (still_here_with@my.pals), January 15, 2000.


Like, DUDE!... You know?


-- Dennis (djolson@pressenter.com), January 15, 2000.

Glad to see that you're okay...my you heal quickly :-)

If you're looking for a good speech-to-text system, try the one from Dragon Systems. The toughest part is the configuration. Once you install the software, you'll have to read some text into your microphone for the software get accustomed to your voice and inflections.

-- Tim (pixmo@pixelquest.com), January 15, 2000.

Welcome back, Sysman! May your healing continue to be very fast and painless :-)

-- Tricia the Canuck (jayles@telusplanet.net), January 15, 2000.

I've been out of touch and didn't know about your accident. Glad to hear you are mending OK. You didn't need no stinking pony-tail anywho.

-- MoVe Immediate (MVI@yepimhere.com), January 15, 2000.

Howdy MVI,

I've been wondering about you, my old friend. I got a private e-mail saying that you have left Disneyland, err, DC. So what have you been doing with yourself? <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

Glad you are doing well Sysman and don't worry about that hair it'll grow back! Take care.

-- bardou (bardou@baloney.com), January 15, 2000.

Tick Tock - Prehistoric Programmer (that's a compliment recognizing your considerable experience), I welcome your contributions again.

Semper paratus - "As you can probably see, the board has morphed into a current events-o-rama, complete with the usual doomy bent. (Just the way we like it.)"

I like it - We'll call it DB2000 or Doomer Bent 2000 - good suggestion!

-- Guy Daley (guydaley@bwn.net), January 15, 2000.


I'm so glad you're ok!! Welcome back.

-- eve (123@4567.com), January 15, 2000.


Glad your back and hopes for a continued speedy recovery.

-- PA Engineer (PA Engineer@longtimelurker.com), January 15, 2000.

Wonderful news, Sysman. It is great to have you back!

monique: Do you like to mudwrestle?

-- King of Spain (madrid@aol.cum), January 15, 2000.

Sure glad you made it O.Kay Sysman. Please stick around because the Y2K fat lady is about to start singing.

Best regards

Take care

-- George (jvilches@sminter.com.ar), January 15, 2000.

Thanks folks. I'm going to take a break. Bill, my other housemate, just went to my favorite restaurant, and is bringing back my favorite dish, the broiled seafood platter. This is going to be a true pleasure.

Later. <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

It's great to hear from you. Let us know how your ribs are coming along. We wouldn't want to tickle them prematurely. 8^)

-- David L (bumpkin@dnet.net), January 15, 2000.

--cool, dood, glad yer okey dokey sorta now. Loan ya some of mine, even longer than 2 feet! Cept I'm greedy (and thinning!) ROFLMAO!

anyway, back to work, nuke the trolls!

-- itain'twhytookay (alledged@rumor.unverified), January 15, 2000.

Welcome back, Sysman! I'm glad you're on the mend. I really appreciate your take on the kid. You know, in my younger days, "there but by the grace of God...". Will be watching for you.

-- margie mason (mar3mike@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Good news, Sysman. How was the withdrawal from the forum?

-- Mike Lang (webflier@erols.com), January 15, 2000.


You just can't keep a good man down, now can you? Prayer is potent medicine and I am glad that you are recovering. Say hello to Ted for me and know that another pint of O neg is going in the bank!

Take care...


-- LZach (lisa@texasnetworks.com), January 15, 2000.

Hey Sys,

Very good news indeed!

With your new hair do you wont look like and old hippie when you visit the mosh pits, opps with your your wounded wing the mosh pit might not be the best place to visit for a while.

Like all living things, your hair will grow! Take care and get well soon!!

(in your case) things will get better for a while!

-- Helium (HeliumAvid@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

Soooo glad you made it through "the other side" of the accident. Looking forward to your comments again, when you're ready. DB2000 needs you.

-- Normally (Oxsys@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Welcome back Sys,

It's good to see so many of the gang posting on this thread. I had begun to wonder where everyone went. Welcome back everyone.

Glad all you lost was your hair. Still, that is alot of hair.

-- Leslie (***@***.net), January 15, 2000.

Sysman, anytime you are in an accident and it leaves you with scars, you are entitled to a large sum of money for the kid's Insurtance Company for your pain and suffering and life long scars. This would not hurt the kid at all to go see and accident attorney. This is done all the time. Yo have really suffered and you are entitled to an award of money for it from the kid's Ins. Co. However, without an attorney you will get a very small amount. Use an attorney, and you will get top dollar and the kid's Ins. Co. will pay for your attorney! Go do it!

-- snuffy (snuffy@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Sysman, were you wearing your seat belt???

-- dinosaur (dinosaur@williams-net.com), January 15, 2000.


Wounded men are soooooo attractive. Brings out all those maternal instincts. :] Welcome home!

-- silver ion (ag3@interlog.com), January 15, 2000.

Yowza Sysman...so glad to "read" you, enjoy dinner...take it easy and let yourself heal!! We love you!!

-- (karlacalif@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Bald is BeautifulI'm glad to hear you are on the mend.

-- rb (ronbanks2000_@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

Welcome back - I was thinking of you about an hour ago whilst... gardening.

I'm a bit disappointed in your failing to take the forum's advice. We warned you, over and over again. The turn of the year was NOT a good time to be in hospital. But you wouldn't listen, would you? No, there you went, walking straight into a car, not even bothering to stop and think about the full consequences. Have a great recovery! ;-P

-- Y2KGardener (govegan@aloha.net), January 15, 2000.

Dear Sysman, Silver Ion is right! Wounded men *are* attractive, and can get away with alot. Also, don't worry about getting the head shaved, I can loan you one of my NRA caps with a nice long ponytail attached on the back if you want to go out on the town!

So glad you are ok, and the kind of attorney to call is a Personal Injury attorney. If you do get the dragon software so you can do what you do, keep the reciept - the ins. co should pay for that.

take care, and take your vitamins!

-- formerly (formerly@nowhere.zzz), January 15, 2000.

Looks like I came late to the party!

Regardless, so glad to see your handle again, Sysman.

(A two-foot pony tail? Not to worry. Should you decide to grow it back, it should only take you about four years. LOL! Maybe it's just time for a new "style.")

Get well soon!


-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), January 15, 2000.


Glad you're ticking along to recovery. Sometimes a change in hairdo is in order! I'm glad the kid is repentent--not that it makes you feel any better. Nice that we have electricity so you can watch tv and stuff. FEEL LOTS BETTER!!!!

-- Mara (MaraWayne@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Dear Sysman...glad you are back. You won't find the Y2K board at Yahoo anymore. The old one called Staring Down the Millennium Bug with over 15,500 posts is gone. Poof!...deleted.

Seems a couple of techie trolls with Debunker's mentality got in and had a frenzy...throwing crow ...everywhere. So it's gone. I do appreciate your taking on Lurkinator and Poole. On behalf of the regulars there...Thank you and a continued speedy recovery. :o)


-- eubie (careub@hotmail.com), January 15, 2000.

Hi Sysman,

Glad to see you back in the nest. Hope your wounded ribs and wing heal quickly. Best wishes for your continuing recovery.

-- Lurking (Lurkess@Lurking.Net), January 15, 2000.

Dear Sysman-- I'm glad you're back.

-- Pam (jpjgood@penn.com), January 15, 2000.


Welcome home.

As a woman married to a guy with a ponytail, I can say that I know I would just be happy to have him safe and sound - hairy or not! - in the same circumstances. So, as you heal, we're with you.

Sara and Keith

-- Sara Nealy (keithn@aloha.net), January 15, 2000.

You are a gracious Sysman! Welcome back!


-- brother rat (rldabney@usa.net), January 15, 2000.

Hi Sysman!

Welcome back and hope you enjoy that platter!


-- jeanne (jeanne@hurry.now), January 15, 2000.

Nice to see you back. Two feet, huh?? Yeah about 3 or 4 years. Mine took a year to get to 1/2 a foot, and I have to keep it just under that so my boss doesn't ask it to go away.

REAL glad you are out.

ALSO glad Ted can get some positive closure.


-- Chuck, a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), January 15, 2000.

Sysman you old doomer you, I knew you'd be back soon, glad you made it. I kind of missed your calming influence on these guys....and on me too, lol - bet you missed my post on Ed's latest. He responded in good humor, he sure can't seem to admit he was wrong, but at least he can make a joke;)

You take it easy for a while, don't strain anything coming after us pollies :)


-- FactFinder (FactFinder@bzn.com), January 15, 2000.

Welcome back Sysman! Glad to hear you're recovering so quickly...hmm..now that I think about it, why out of the hospital so quickly? Weren't the nurses cute enough? Or perhaps...perhaps you made all that up just to see if anybody really cared about you? ( Just trying to be funny and paranoid in the TB2K spirit ;-) )

Now in the newer post-Y2K a bit more optimistic spirit, lets look at the silver linings coming out of your misfortune:

1- You got mangled badly, but a kid has learned his lesson (most likely...hopefully)

2- You can't type with both hands, but you're learning to be short and sweet and easier to read.

3- You went through TB2K forum withdrawal, but you've discovered just how much people admire and care about you.

4- Many hospitals will now be getting extra blood units and hopefully the Red Cross' labeling machines are all y2k compliant (I hate to waste my blood).

5- You've lost your pony-tail, but you still look like a rebel (except a fearce one with a 'tude now, scars and all.)

6- You had to force down hospital food, but you've gained a new appreciation for "real" food, even the take-out kind.

7- You have a few scars, but none in critical areas.

8- You lost your old car, but you'll get a new one (hey, why not a Harley instead to go with the new look?.)

BTW, does it still hurt when you laugh? I tried not to be too funny...

-- Chris (Catsy@pond.com), January 15, 2000.


Great to have you back =o)

-- Cin (Cinlooo@aol.com), January 15, 2000.

Before I hit the sack...

I would like to answer each of you, but it ain't going to happen with this one finger typing mode.


The seat belt goes on before the car starts, always. I was hit on the driver's side. The "damage" is all on my left side. Lacerations were caused mostly by jagged metal. A few more MPH and I would have been in big trouble. Mark (the kid) was also smart enough to have his belt on.


Ted was bummed out for a few days. His CO sent him to the local shrink, not sure if it was CISD, but I will ask. He's a smart guy, and he'll be fine. He's been his usual self for the last few days.


Not to worry, I'll come after you later. :)


The ribs do hurt when I laugh, but not as bad as last week. You are forgiven.

See ya all later. What a web...


-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

PS - One more good thing...

I haven't had a cigarette in over a week, and I don't want one!!!!! <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 15, 2000.

Best wishes, Sysman!

-- GA Russell (ga.russell@usa.net), January 15, 2000.


Glad to see ya back. Keep that hug just between you and me, ok? It might ruin my reputation.

-- Will continue (farming@home.com), January 15, 2000.

Hey, Sysman!

Maybe that accident was a blessing in disguise. You can see how much you're loved, and may live longer if you are completely through with what my Dad called 'coffin nails'.

Glad you're back.

-- Connie Iversen (hive@gte.net), January 15, 2000.

Sysman, I wish I could quit, I have cut back on smoking though, I only smoke after sex, down to half a pack a day now!


-- FactFinder (FactFinder@bzn.com), January 15, 2000.


Just logged on after spending the evening with the in-laws, and who do I see?!

Best news I've had all week! Thrilled you are home, safe and sound. Remember, lots of Vitamin C to help everything mend fast.

Take it nice and easy, friend.

P.S.: Hair is just a state of mind. :D

-- Wilferd (WilferdW@aol.com), January 16, 2000.

Healing vibration!

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), January 15, 19100

Vitamin E spread on the scars will help them heal.

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), January 16, 2000.


What is the sound of one hand typing??

-- ALURKER (nobody@nowhere.com), January 16, 2000.

Welcome home my friend. Tis good news to hear that all is well with you and that the prayers of our TB2000 family were answered.

Please relay to Ted our collective thanks once again for letting all of us here know.

A good salve to put onto 'new' scars that are expected to last a lifetime is: make a mixture of the contents of 4 Vitamin E capsules broken into 1/8 of a cup of aloe vera extract. Spread onto injury sites every two hours for about a week. Then every four hours for 2 weeks. Finally, twice a day for a month. For 'most' people, scars should completely disappear within 6 months or less.

I also agree with the advice about taking Vitamin C. Might I also recommend taking 2 Echinachea capsules twice a day for a month. Together, these should also help you go a long way to helping restore your immune system and promote natural healing. Also may consider taking one calcium supplement a day for a month or two - to aid in the rebuilding of strong bones.

Please feel free to let us know if there is anything else that we can do! If within our ability, so shall it be!

Rev. ThunderLight

-- hiding in plain (sight@edge of.nowhere), January 16, 2000.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

Maybe I'll try one of those "I talk, it types" programs.

Don't waste your money. It's a great idea, and will work someday, but at this point the technology just isn't quite there. I've looked into lots of different solutions to help my typing (since I have a rather severe arthritis that focuses on my hands). I haven't yet resorted to this, but you may want to consider a special purpose keyboard designed for one-hand use. (Maybe the sex channels on IRC could point you in the right direction ahahahah) Probably, though, since it's a temporary condition, you'll do just fine using the keyboard you have. Adjust.

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), January 16, 2000.

God is good. Start growing hair.

-- Michael Erskine (Osiris@urbanna.net), January 16, 2000.

Welcome home man!!!!!! Glad to hear your doing better. If I ever get my hair cut I send it to ya, If you don't mind being blond! :) Godspeed!!!!!!!!!

-- Scotty (blehman202@aol.com), January 16, 2000.

Welcome back, Sysman.

'That which does not kill me only makes me stronger.'



-- Pinkrock (aphotonboy@aol.com), January 16, 2000.

Welcome home!!!! Soooo glad to hear you're doing well. Also, glad to hear the young man that hit you has talked with you. It's a heavy burden to be a victim....but, sometimes an even heavier one for the one who committed the act in the first place. Just a few notes: >As soon as I can shake this flu bug will be donating A-Pos. >Not a Harley! Norton's are the way to go ;) >Shhh....don't let *squid* know what you've been eating!

Again, welcome back to DB2000

-- justme (justme@myhouse.com), January 16, 2000.

One pint of A positive coming up. Good to have you back.

-- Cash (cash@andcarry.com), January 16, 2000.

Welcome back Sysman! Glad to have you back!! :-)

-- Deb M. (vmcclell@columbus.rr.com), January 16, 2000.

Wow. It almost was TEOTWAYKI after all. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

-- Pearlie Sweetcake (storestuff@home.now), January 16, 2000.

Sysman... I heard you were one ugly dude WITH hair. Great to see you back, man. Get well quick.

-- Vic (rdrunner@internetwork.net), January 16, 2000.

Wecome back Sysman, glad to read that you are on the road to a complete recovery. Many thanks for your outstanding contributions to this forum.


-- Ray (ray@totacc.com), January 16, 2000.

Hi Sysman! How wonderful to have you back :-) About hair -- we shave our heads in the summertime sometimes, to support our chemo patients, and lately just because it's easier to not have to deal with hair when we're on a demanding job and the water pressure is a joke -- no biggie, just get a couple nice warm soft hats. Polartech fabric is very warm, light, soft, washable, non-itchy. Your hair may grow back in a slightly different color, and curlier, and the first 4 months, it's spiky and a lot of fun to comb 'n hair-dryer into weird waves ... :-) ENJOY!

If you're into experimenting with colors, use Manic Panic :-)

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (allaha@earthlink.net), January 16, 2000.

At least they didn't take the beard. Welcome back man.

-- Carlos (riffraff1@cybertime.net), January 16, 2000.


Belatedly adding my get well soon wishes to you! Just wanted to let you know, I use Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional V.4 on a daily basis (carpal tunnel syndrome). If you have the hardware it needs (PIII, 256 RAM, SB Live! soundcard), this software is a lifesaver! I routinely achieve 98% accuracy at 160 WPM, and it's FUN! If this would help you do your job, the insurance co. should pay for the software, training, and whatever hardware you need to run it on. Best of all, you can even use it to post on TB2000!

-- (RUOK@yesiam.com), January 16, 2000.

Oh, happy-happy joy-joy!!!

Such happy news! Thanks for missing us; we sure missed you!

X's & O's, Sysman!

-- Arewyn (artemis31@email.msn.com), January 16, 2000.

Sysman! Glad youre home again... here and there.

Whew... a close one!

Think of Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek The Next Generation, and you wont miss the ponytail so much. Welcome to the 21 Century, BTW. You'll fit right in now! In fact, you may be part of a fashion trend.


Much love and many blessings,


See also where...

Ted let us know here... and how "loved" Sysman is, in this cyber world...

'Sysman' was injured in a car accident

http://hv.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id= 002H4p

-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), January 16, 2000.

Sysman, I'm guessing that this isn't the best time for a girl to ask you to mudwrestle, right?

Oh well. Repair quickly. Gladja back.

-- (resolved@this.point), January 16, 2000.

Hey- welcome back.

-- farmer (hillsidefarm@drbs.com), January 16, 2000.

Sysman, add me to the list of folks glad to hear that you are ok.

When you are more recovered, I'd like to hear your post y2k-rollover thoughts.

Take care.

-- Dan the Power Man (dgman19938@aol.com), January 16, 2000.

Welcome back Sysman! Seeing you here brings a smile to all of us. :-) I'm really relieved to hear that the young man is taking responsibility for his actions. That is wonderful news. Take good care of yourself!

-- Gayla (privacy@please.com), January 16, 2000.

Sysman, best wishes for total quick recovery!

-- Betty Alice (Barn266@aol.com), January 16, 2000.

Welcome Back! Hope you will be feeling great soon, and with no lasting effects. Take care of yourself.

-- suzy (haysandco@aol.com), January 17, 2000.

Sysman, I'm back in Disneyland. Just a sucker for a buck, ya know. I'll ride it out until I just can't stand it anymore or they offer more money, whichever comes first. :)

-- MoVe Immediate (MVI@yepimhere.com), January 17, 2000.

Sysman,...so good to see you back and on the mend. As we say in my family...Watch out for low-flyin' crazies! No more car crunchers, we forbid it!!

She in the sheet likes the hilltop cos there are no roads and no cars there.

-- Donna (moment@home.com), January 17, 2000.

Thanks again folks. It gets a little better every day, kinda like Y2K.

I just jumped on here real quick to see what's going on. I've got a couple of friends over so I can't stay long.


I'll be happy to give you my thoughts. I'll start a new thread tomorrow.

You guys are great! <:)))=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 17, 2000.

And FactFinder, since I see that you're on-line...

I asked you not to make me laugh. That half pack a day remark really hurt!!! <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), January 17, 2000.

And, remember, when you mudwrestle the KOS, to wear your genuine porcupine suit, and to add LOTS and LOTS of salt to the mud before starting. :)

-- MinnesotaSmith (y2ksafeminnesota@hotmail.com), February 10, 2000.

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