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The world is collapsing.

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:09 am
by Spleen
So, the world is a strange place. I have proof.

As you may or may not know, I've been working at an ice cream shop right outside the college I go to. There's a manager there everyone thinks is really odd. I don't normally work with him, but he switched shifts with another manager (my sister, incidentally) and I wound up on the same shift as him last night.

The shift went fairly normally until just after close, about the time when one of our coworkers came back in from taking out the trash, and mentioned that a load of concrete had been dumped outside. "It's not wet anymore, though, or I'd write in it," he said. I was doing the dishes at the time.

"Damn," said the manager, walking by us. "I wish it was still wet, I'd go out and write 'Nev was here' in it."

I was confused for a moment; this guy's name doesn't have a Nev in it. "Why 'Nev'?" I asked.

"Well," he said, "there's a lot of people with my name on the Internet, but very few Nevarehs."

"Nevareh?" I asked, beginning to feel the world shrinking. "N-E-V-A-R-E-H?"

"Yeah," he said.

"Well, there was a Nevareh on a forum I go to, so either I know another one or it was you."

He confirmed it. AIM screenname: TheGreatNevareh.

I've been working for a month at an ice cream shop in a college town with Ting and didn't even know it.

Now, the way I look at it is this: First of all, I had no conscious idea where Nevareh was located, geographically, beyond the vague notion that he lived in the US and no conscious memory of a timezone dispute as I've had with Kelne or Zero. He could have said "Oh, I live in France," and all I would have done would have been to compliment him on his English.

There are 62 names in the RPGWW section of my buddy list, with about 55 of those being unique people (as opposed to alternate screennames). Some of them were people who were only on the forum for a brief period and I literally don't know enough about them to be able to identify them in the course of a conversation, and doing so would leave little or no impact on me ("Oh, you browsed a forum I'm on once and made a post. Weird."). That leaves, by my count, 49 people whom no one can dispute are former or current RPGWWers - identifiable by the community at large as being such.

Geographically, we have a tendency to cluster, because a fairly large cross-section of the community was introduced to the forum by another RPGWWer whom they knew in real life - Joe, Gus, Trom, Ashley, etc., and I'm sure there are others. Another fairly large section of the community has clustered by choice - Dia and Mike getting married, the couple of people who moved in together, etc. So let's, for the purpose of this argument, discount...six people, let's say, to account for this fact (because you have the same chance of living near one RPGWWer as you do a cluster of three).

That's, like, 43 people, dispersed through the English-speaking world (Glu isn't on my buddy list, and I don't think we have anyone besides him anymore for whom language is anything but a first language). Stumbling on one of them in Maryland is a one in several million chance.

Or was, until the world started collapsing.

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:58 am
by Jak Snide
What a coincidence! :D

Rather cool, that. So, you two planning to throw down at Your Fighting Game of Choice, then?

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:33 pm
by Kai

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:14 pm
by Capntastic
I think the real shocker here is that someone lets Spleen work with food.

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:37 pm
by Christian
Hey, English is my second language. ;3

Maybe I don't count though, I've had english Cartoon Network since I was six years old.

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:40 pm
by Justice Augustus
We are RPGWW, we are legion?

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:08 pm
by PriamNevhausten
You should make sure you're not being trailed by a rogue Pornomancer or Urbanomancer. You could be in some serious trouble.

Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:26 pm
by Justice Augustus
Oh, and the whole Maryland comment just finally registered with me. I'm actually in DC now and for the next 3 years (and possibly beyond).

Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:16 am
by Archmage
Why haven't you kicked him in the balls yet?

Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:03 am
by Spleen
Gus. I was not aware of this. Further proof of the collapse!

There must be hanging out.

Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:09 am
by pd Rydia
Archmage wrote:Why haven't you kicked him in the balls yet?
It's a traditional Marylander greeting!

Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:28 am
by Justice Augustus
Anything is better than the traditional North Carolinian greeting. I don't even like buttermilk! And my hearing took 2 weeks to get back to normal.

Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:28 am
by Molokidan
That's one crazy story. What did he have to say for himself?

Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:05 am
by Spleen
Nothing, really. It was kind of a "huh, that's funny" and then he went back to work and being weird.

Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:21 pm
by Molokidan
What?! You'd think there'd be more of a conversation after such a revelation...

Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:48 pm
by Spleen
Well, he's been off the forum and he didn't exactly leave under wonderful terms with the community as a whole. Plus I think he only vaguely remembered who I am. It took him a few seconds and then all he could really remember about me was my old screenname.