In a message dated 1/29/2005 10:20:29 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, 0e60wq102@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes: Well, (: does kind of look like a 'right brain' smilie to everyone e= lse's left brain one. Great! Now I've got two ways...:) Thanks! (: Sure, no problem. But, I'll tell you why I use the (-: version exclusively, except when I want it to be a broad smile, in which case I can ONLY use :-D. About two years ago I was trying for an air shift on a local college station and wrote to the general manager of the station. He wrote back what was supposed to be a funny response to what I just wrote him, but, it was done in a sarcastic kind of way. He included the little smiley face, but I never saw it until days later when I wrote him to calmly complain about the snide remark and he told me that it was just a joke and asked if I saw the smiley face at the end of it that proves that it was a joke. I opened up that e-mail again and looked all over for the smiley, and, after about the third time through I saw :), but it right after the end of a line of text, so it looked like this:) I mistook this for a typo, as if he added a closed parenthesis but had no opener and accidentally hit the colon as well instead of the period. They ARE one on top of the other. So, I figured it would make a LOT more sense and prevent tons of mishaps of this nature if the smiley went this way (-: instead. Since they are hardly ever used within a sentence, it can't be misconstrued as a typo to have it at the end in this way. (-: So, I've been making sure they go that way when I type them ever since. Even though I've had a few people ask me why I make them backwards, I still make them this way. And, if for no other reason, it's different. Just call me the black sheep. I march to the beat of a different drummer because I AM a different drummer. (-; Dale For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.