The world is collapsing.

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The world is collapsing.

Unread postby Spleen » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:09 am

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.
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Unread postby Jak Snide » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:58 am

What a coincidence! :D

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

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Unread postby Kai » Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:33 pm

Wow.

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Unread postby Capntastic » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:14 pm

I think the real shocker here is that someone lets Spleen work with food.

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Unread postby Christian » Mon Sep 22, 2008 4:37 pm

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.

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Unread postby Justice Augustus » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:40 pm

We are RPGWW, we are legion?

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Unread postby PriamNevhausten » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:08 pm

You should make sure you're not being trailed by a rogue Pornomancer or Urbanomancer. You could be in some serious trouble.
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Unread postby Justice Augustus » Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:26 pm

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).

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Unread postby Archmage » Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:16 am

Why haven't you kicked him in the balls yet?
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Unread postby Spleen » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:03 am

Gus. I was not aware of this. Further proof of the collapse!

There must be hanging out.
"Tell you what, Leto, I won't fight with you. Zeus' wives are pretty tough customers. You have my permission to boast openly that you have beaten the daylights out of me."
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Unread postby pd Rydia » Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:09 am

Archmage wrote:Why haven't you kicked him in the balls yet?
It's a traditional Marylander greeting!

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Unread postby Justice Augustus » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:28 am

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.

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Unread postby Molokidan » Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:28 am

That's one crazy story. What did he have to say for himself?
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Unread postby Spleen » Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:05 am

Nothing, really. It was kind of a "huh, that's funny" and then he went back to work and being weird.
"Tell you what, Leto, I won't fight with you. Zeus' wives are pretty tough customers. You have my permission to boast openly that you have beaten the daylights out of me."
-Hermes, the Iliad (Stanley Lombardo, translator) Book 21

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Unread postby Molokidan » Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:21 pm

What?! You'd think there'd be more of a conversation after such a revelation...
"Well slap a dead fish on me and call me Molokidan!"

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Unread postby Spleen » Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:48 pm

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.
"Tell you what, Leto, I won't fight with you. Zeus' wives are pretty tough customers. You have my permission to boast openly that you have beaten the daylights out of me."
-Hermes, the Iliad (Stanley Lombardo, translator) Book 21


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