I, Steve Calderon, do vow this day that for the entire month of February, I will use not one "emoticon" in any email, instant message conversation, journal entry, manifesto, or plea bargain. This will start on February 1, 2003 at 12:01 AM and will end at 11:59 PM on February 28th. Now here's the fun part: If I do slip up, and you're the first person to point it out to me, you win FIVE DOLLARS! That's right. Five bucks if I use a smiley.
Just for the record, this covers only smileys. That is, any of these guys or their friends:
:) :-) :( >:P, etc...
Not covered are things like: LOL, OMG, ROFLMAOSHTALBOPCO*, as well as ASCII boobs: (. )( .), because hey, those are boobs!
*Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off So Hard That A Little Bit Of Pee Comes Out. Yeah... I just made it up. Feel free to use.