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I have to say, you guys do not get nearly enough credit. That is, credit just for being such a good bunch of folks. Seriously, the best part of my job is not writing the column, but reading the emails I receive.

Of course, it's not like the old days, when I had about three readers, and got back to everyone in five minutes or so. No, now my turnaround time is closer to, well, never. I mean, if you have a question other than "Could you look at XYZ?" I do try to eventually get back to you. Otherwise, I read 'em, and either throw them into the one of the various columns, or sadly, into the waste bin.

That said, do know that I read them all, and truly get a kick out of every message. Still, that leaves the question of how exactly to work your way into my Friday, Saturday or Sunday forums. And the answer is . . . I have no idea. Oh, I do throw out requests where I recently profiled the chart. And, if you're rude, there's no prayer. (However, I surely don't mind getting the needle!)

So, about the only thing I can do is give you the requests this week that either caught my attention, made me laugh or struck a nerve. It's a complex business, this "getting into my column," but heck, maybe it can be solved!

I like this approach. The subtle, yet reproachful angle. Very sharp, Steve.

Gary: I tried to get you to look at C-Cube Microsystems (CUBE) - Get CubeSmart Report when it was 45 to no avail. What about now that it is at 80-plus? Steve Gilkey

Of course, there's always room for flat-out respect. Even if it's total B.S.

Gary: Unfortunately I can neither have "GBS" tattooed to my behind nor carry the name of the women in your life. However, I can at least state that the Garys I have come across in my humble entry and existence in the U.S. have both been key mentors to a young mind pursuing an engineering career. Could you please take a look at Ciena (CIEN) - Get Ciena Corporation Report? Chukwunenye Nnebe

Family stuff is a known weak spot.

Gary: I'm a regular reader of your column and also simpatico with your involvement with family life. Can you chart Merck (MRK) - Get Merck & Co., Inc. Report? Jeffrey Johnson

I hadn't thought of the haiku-esqe approach, but I kind of like it.

Gary: What is your opinion on Starbase (SBAS) ? The suspense is killing me. Must not have made it on your recent column. Patrick M.

You almost always get in if you mention any company in my wife's industry.

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? Ironically, this is the first request ever for its chart.

Gary: I have invested some in UPS and would like to invest again. Where would be a good entry point? Jeff I.

Big Blue gave me my start, so whenever I can I like to return the favor.

Gary: As a fellow ex-IBMer, I was wondering if you might take a look at Aether Systems (AETH) , ITXC (ITXC) or Tumbleweed Communications (TMWD) . Kevin Arnold

And finally, all frat brothers get a free pass. But, you have to know the secret greeting.

Gary: Hmmmm . . . You mentioned Delta Sigma Phi in your "Cutting Room" story. Secret greeting went here! BTW, Could you take a look at (LTWO) sometime? Dave Saxon

And that takes care of that. So ends a week where I can finally claim that, yes, I now get

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live via our brand spanking new satellite dish! Hey, am I moving into the modern age, or what?

Gary B. Smith is a freelance writer who trades for his own account from his Maryland home using technical analysis. At time of publication, he held no positions in any securities mentioned in this column, although holdings can change at any time. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Smith writes five technical analysis columns for each week, including Technician's Take, Charted Territory and TSC Technical Forum. While he cannot provide investment advice or recommendations, he welcomes your feedback at