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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Why do I want that? I always thought that indicated a lack of interest.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Because as I have said they love to talk about themselves. No one ever listens to them, especially guys. Could be she is just talking about herself because she is shallow but it could be because she is lonely.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

But the conversation has become so one-sided. It has just been me asking her questions and her answering them with a few words the past dozen e-mails or so. She may as well not respond at all. It is not a monologue or an interview, it is a conversation... or rather, an attempt at one.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That you will have to decide for yourself. She may be uninterested or she may need a lot of work drawing her out.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I get the feeling she is uninterested...

On the other hand, Katrina finally responded, after just over 4 days of waiting.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Do you want to go with your feeling?

What did she say?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Until I see any sign that she is interested, then I will forget her.

Nothing much. She just told me how she liked the lecturer we had in our help class, and asked me what kind of volunteering work I do.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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What kind of volunteering work do you do?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I have to do a certain amount of work for a housing co-operative to get my own flat -- I want to move out of halls of residence after the first year, because (as you saw) the rent is way too high. I mean, technically I can afford it because of the loans, but I don't want to walk out of uni with no money and no place to go.

I've missed three days of lectures so I'm hoping that she can meet up with me at some point so she can fill me in -- but also so I can talk to her.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Okay, ask her to meet you to talk about it. Make sure you are feeling well.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

The trouble is that she took 4 days to respond. How can I arrange something like that when she takes so long?

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You can not assume she will always be that slow.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Hmm... we will have to observe her response times over the next couple of weeks.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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If you are getting responses for the next couple of weeks doesn't that mean that the observations will be unnecessary?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

If she responds at that sort of rate I may be forced to call her instead and arrange more meet-ups. I'm in no position to do either at the moment, though.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why not try to get the first meeting and worry about the other ones later on?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

It might be better to organise it next week. I don't want her to see me when I am at my weakest and most contagious.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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How contagious are you? Can I get it from posting to you?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Hmm, it is a possibility. You'd better have a good anti-virus installed.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I would agree, wait till you are fully recovered.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

She is very talkative, definitely knows how to keep a conversation going. That is a good thing, I think. I wonder if it is a cultural thing.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is a good thing, I think.

Why?

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Because not all the pressure is on me to think of something to say.

**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That stops pretty quickly.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

What do you mean?