On Tue, 9 Mar 1999, Raymond A. Brown wrote: "Well, within 150 miles. Yes, yes, I know that in the US that's considered almost living next door :)" Padraic replied: "Well, not quite _next door_; but certainly down the street!" Maybe for most Americans, but when you hit New England, it's not true ... Lord! I can't imagine living in a state much larger than a pseudo-community ... I mean, there are distinctive dialects within a hundred miles of each other here! It's odd to think that Rhode Islanders feel a dark hostility towards Connecticutians ... and a mixture of anger and jealousy at Massachusetts residents ... and *Rhode Island* is roughly the size of Houston TX or Anchorage AK! New England is fun, but weird. BB ********* I'm a kinky, queer, bisexual genderfucker. And they say, "write what you know." -Cecilia Tan, 'Writing Sex,' OutWrite 1999 You need to have a magpie mind. I think you need to like shiny things. -Samuel R. Delaney on what it takes to be a scifi writer, OutWrite 1999 Only 298 shopping days left before the end of the world.