* This week we welcome newcomer Steven Seighman (pronounced "too-pak shah- koor"). When he is not fondly reminiscing about his Sherpa, Steven edits MonkeyBicycle.net, a site that is in fact completely monkey and bicycle- free. Thanks for reading The Jewel, and have a great week. --- O Sherpa! My Sherpa! By Steven Seighman I logged onto the Internet and, after getting sidetracked for a few moments while considering the purchase of a wireless spy camera, I placed a want ad on a popular message board. Just minutes later, my ad, and my prayers, were answered. I had received an email from a man named Lopsang. It turned out that he worked in a Himalayan restaurant in the University District of Seattle with his grandfather. The old man had moved there fifteen years earlier with a dream of serving his culture's delicacies to rich college kids at high prices, and now he was doing it, with his grandson's help. In his email, the young man lamented not being back home carrying heavy things up hills for wealthy Westerners. The work at his grandfather's restaurant was light, he was bored with it, and yes, he'd love to come and be my personal Sherpa. To hear the rest of this instant-classic, including the tragic, yet heart- warming climax, please visit: http://www.thebigjewel.com/osherpamysherpa/ --- To subscribe from this email list, please send a quick note to us at list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe from this email list, we recommend hiring a really good Internet lawyer.