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    Re: political messages on Navigation-L
    From: Gordon Talge
    Date: 2004 May 6, 20:57 -0700

    Let's all lighten up.
    A signature is kind of like a T shirt.
    Maybe nobody cares that I am a ham or a high school math teacher,
    or that I run Debian/GNU/Linux, but I kind of like to stick it
    on my e-mails to let people know. Maybe they are a ham too? Or
    maybe they like or teach math.
    I don't know. I kind of think of it as an introduction at a party
    when you meet someone new or the host asks everyone to introduce
    themselves.  When I meet someone new or they meet me, almost always
    they will say, "Well what do you do?" and I say "I am a high school
    math teacher, what about you?" Or if I know they are into boats I ask
    about navigation, or if they were in the navy, and so on.
    It seems to me what runs through the list is an interest in
    history, naval history in particular, navigation and the history
    of navigation, celestial in particular, and mathematics as it relates
    to navigation and its practice; nautical instruments, like sextants and
    so on. Moreover, by the fact that we are using the internet, computers
    and maybe programming for some of us.
    I really don't think that religion, or political parties, who you voted
    for or didn't or if you are rich or of modest means or even what country
    you are from really matters. Not all the topics interest me, but so
    what. I have run a couple of topics by and got no response so I let
    it drop. No big deal.
    However, I would like to say, that something in a signature or
    else where may color what you have to say in some peoples minds,
    leaving an unintended consequence.
    My $.02 worth.
    -- Gordon
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    | Gordon Talge WB6YKK           e-mail: gtalge AT pe DOT net |
    | Department of Mathematics      http://www.nlmusd.k12.ca.us |
    | Norwalk High School                   Norwalk, CA          |
    | (o-    Debian / GNU / Linux                                |
    | //\    The Choice of the GNU Generation                    |
    | v_/_                  .oooO                                |
    |    - E Aho Laula -     (  )   Oooo. - Wider is Better -    |
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