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Found this while I was telnetting around in an obscure corner of the Vatican
Library last week<grin>. Looks like freelancers' problems haven't changed
much in the last 2000 years.
katnagel -at- aol -dot- com
LIFE 1: MasterWork (technical writing/document design)
LIFE 2: Playn Song, et al. (vocal chamber music)
================LIFE 1 pays for LIFE 2================
Subj: Returned mail: Service unavailable
Date: Wed, Feb 8, 0035 2:37 PM EST
From: MAILER-DAEMON -at- Corinthians -dot- org
To: Paul -at- newchurch -dot- org
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While talking to all -at- Corinthians -dot- org:
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Paul -at- newchurch -dot- org>
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Message-Id: <950207135804_15306813 -at- newchurch -dot- org>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 0035 13:58:07 -0500
From: Paul -at- newchurch -dot- org
To: all -at- Corinthians -dot- org
Subj: FINAL NOTICE
All right, guys; what gives?
The contract for my last lecture tour clearly stated that you would pay a
reasonable honorarium, as well as renting the hall, hiring the audience, and
providing scribes to copy the handouts.
I've sent you two copies of the invoice, and I haven't seen hide nor hair of
the $$$ you owe me. BTW, a couple of beers does not equal a 'reasonable
honorarium'. Fun is fun, but I do this for a _living_.
I strongly suggest that you pay up soon. If I don't get your check (or money
order, or bags of silver, or whatever) by the next available messenger, I'll
be forced to turn the account over to the Friendly Apostles Collection
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