October 9, 2004

What's new in chat ?

Some of our hosts are having problem's. Muff, Paul, James and Apple are all having computer problem's. Lesley is gone for most of the month visiting family. And last, but not least, Crystal is also not online because of moving. Please don't get discouraged -  this is just a bizarre sets of coincidences. All of theses people will be back to hosting again as soon as they can. As much as we miss them in chat, they miss being in chat. We have had a number of UK'ers in chat . Lesley Anne is planning on adding a chat day for the UK'ers that she will host. This should take place in November. 

Chat fun !

Jeff, who is our virtual Doctor, Lawyer, and Salesman, has been really helping in chat with fast medical research on drugs interactions! He has really helped us do research online, real-time, as chat takes place. We thank you, Jeff. Jack, who is our long time MSer,  has been helping us keep up with MS news and happenings. Thanks Jack. Roger has his new exercise bike and is working hard on leg strength and endurance! This is so important Jack tells him !  We look forward to Steve getting back to work so he is in chat nightly, though he has only just finished 3 straight weeks onboard ! Enjoy your time off, Steve. We will be here when you get back, though we won't be surprised if you pop in unexpectedly.  And the late breaking news is that Granny BJ is awaiting a new grandson.

Chat Hosting Schedule

Our revised schedule can be always be found via the schedule link on the chat login page. 

We will keep it updated as soon as we get any change's. Hosting Schedule !

Keep in mind our chat is always open. Guests are welcome anytime of day or night. 

If you come in and one of our chatters is there, say Hi ! If it says AFK next to their name this means they are away from their keyboard. Please wait, they could be away for many reasons. Like getting coffee. Please be patient, they do return as soon as possible.  

If you have any interest in hosting please contact us at 

Preface . . . 


Contest Coming Soon !

Please email with any suggestions of interesting contest ideas you think we should consider. For example, the last contest was for the best new M.S. news story. So what do you think the next contest should be ? 

This contest will have 3 prizes ! 

New Stories and Pictures

This Could BeYou


Your name, story, and photo in the spotlight, right here in our weekly newsletter.  Just send it along to:

People like to read other stories about MS and dealing with the Every day life with MS. Everyone's M.S. is different and everyone's story is different. Get to know the chatters we chat with. Stories and Picture's

New Link Sightings Latest Links 

News Sightings   Always check out the News Page for the latest, breaking news.

Every week we add new link sightings which may be of interest, as reported by our visitors.  This will highlight new links you may want to investigate, before they disappear into the obscurity of some huge link listing.  If you come across any site which you think may be of interest, please e-mail us with the site address and a brief description of what you found interesting on the site.  We'll include it in the next Newsletter.

New on the Website

Message Board We are slowly working on a message board. Crystal's Husband Daver has given us hope and help! This will give us a forum for discussion of MS topics. And fun stuff too.

*** We Need Your Help * * *

Helping Chatters Get Into Chat

People continue to have difficulties getting into Dreamchat.  Tell us in detail what you have to do to a firewall, anti-virus program, or Pop-Up blocker program in order to get in.  If you had to upgrade your Windows or Internet Explorer Service Pack, tell us from what, to what.  We will start a page devoted to all the different problems people have had, and how they have overcome them, as a resource page for new chatters.

*** One major trouble people have been running into recently is with their Internet Security & Firewall Programs.  Holding down the CONTROL key while entering seems to cure the problem.  So give it a whirl if you get stuck at the log-in page. *** 

DreamChat Trivia (repeated by popular demand)

  • New to Dreamchat and wondering how to make those neat little smileys and pictures in the text? Easy, here's the Cheat Sheet:

:) Smile   :* Kiss
:( Sad >-- Rose
;) Wink <love> Love
;} Wry <strobe> Strobe
:p Tongue <nuke> Nuke
:o Gasp <boom> Boom
:# Mad <star> Star
  • How do I copy and paste something?  Mark it as you usually would with the mouse.  Then use CTRL-C to copy it, and CTRL-v to paste it in the message window.

  • I'm a member.  I uploaded my avatar, and nothing happened.  What's up with that?  Even if your avatar is the specified 50 * 50 pixels, and no bigger than 15KB, there is no confirmation.  Apparently because DreamChat personnel review all permanent member's avatars to make sure they are acceptable.  (Whatever that means.)  If they are, they send back an approval in a day or so, and the next time you sign in, "poof" your new avatar appears.

Crystal's Corner 

This is a new addition to our news letter weekly. Crystal is a RA and host in our chat. She volunteered to write a column in our news letter weekly.

Her first column includes tips for M.S.  Click on her cat to jump to her column ! 

Crystal is recovering from surgery. She is also busy moving her trailer to a new location ! She is a busy lady. She has asked me to please say hi to everyone. once settled she will start up Crystals Corner again. 

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