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Away from the Keyboard


From: MegaMole
Newsgroups: alt.fan.pratchett
Subject: [I] For all those with IRC withdrawal symptoms
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 1999 00:03:31 +0000

This little ditty is dedicated to all those who, because of relatives, Christmas and other unavoidable pressures, are diverted from their true vocation of staring at a monitor during all hours of the day or night, and typing random wibble at like-minded colleagues.

The hero of this tale is any one of us who has been AFK for too long.

The tune is a seasonal one (Away in a Manger) - two variants can be found in Carols for Choirs book 1, page 2 and 3.

Away from the keyboard
No ops for a week
Sat a young and bewildered
Forlorn little geek.

The stars in the bright sky
Looked down as he IRCed
He'd just found the ON switch
And mum's PC worked.

He came back on channel
'Round 20 to three
And as he connected
He typed forth this plea:

"Bless all the #afpers
In @auto-op's care,
And feed them with lutfisk
And chocolate to spare."

MM


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