Cold Water - That was exactly my interpretation as well: He's probably still in Aus right now, didn't want to have to haul a pair of skis with him, but wanted to lock in a deal and have the skis that he wants waiting for him when he shows up for work at Vail in Dec. He'll obviously have to speak for himself, but with a simple interpretation like that available, I stand by my previous comment that any questioning his integrity was totally uncalled for.
Bergkamp said: "... Don't be a tosser ..." I have no idea what that (Aus?) slang means. Care to explain?
Bergkamp went on to say: "... And don't be a racial bigot, either. It may be true that Canadians are smarter than Australians. But if it is, you're not helping that. ..."
Jonathan, thanks, but I don't think its a big deal. Given where Bergkamp is from, I'm pretty sure that the above sentence was not meant to be taken seriously. I think he is making some sort of joke based on my use of the word "Oz's" as shorthand for "Man from Oz's". At least, I hope that is all he meant.
Unfortunately, this seems to be another example of where on-line humor can be easily misinterpreted without face-to-face interaction. An emoticon or two would definitely have helped out here. For all I know, these guys all know each other and like to poke each other whenever they get the chance.
Tom / PM
[ September 23, 2002, 07:09 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]