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The method readMe() belongs to the class, and not any particular instance of the class.
Realize, you can have nested member classes (classes declared in body of top-level class), which may be static. But this follows the same idea that, when dealing with classes, only members of the class can be declared static.
You can get a better grip on this idea by reading a definition of the static modifier here. [ June 07, 2004: Message edited by: Jeffrey Hunter ]