2009.11.26 07:00 - Dumbo outside, Ganesh inside

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Gaya Ethaniel. The comments are by Gaya Ethaniel.

    Pema Pera: Hi Eden!
    Eden Haiku: Good morning Pema.
    Pema Pera: Good morning!
    Pema Pera: Hi Steve!
    Eden Haiku: hello Steve.
    Pema Pera: Happy thanksgiving :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: Morning
    Eden Haiku: Happy Thanksgiving to you two!
    stevenaia Michinaga: thank you, I may have to depart on short notice depending on the state of the household... traveling today
    Pema Pera: where are you going to?.
    stevenaia Michinaga: central Pa and mother-in-laws
    stevenaia Michinaga: you still here from last night Eden?
    Pema Pera: hi Gaya!
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Gaya
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hello Eden, Pema and stevenaia :) Sorry I'm late.
    Pema Pera: np!
    Gaya Ethaniel: eep brb
    Eden Haiku: No, I had some sleep ;-)
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: long session yesterday night?
    Eden Haiku: I came very late : I had problems logging in.
    stevenaia Michinaga: we went on for almost 2 hours last night as people arrived after 8:00
    stevenaia Michinaga: a very relaxed session
    Pema Pera: sounds nice!
    Eden Haiku: Steve was cooking a turkey...
    Pema Pera: here on the lawn?
    stevenaia Michinaga: relaxed in between basting
    Eden Haiku: Almost...
    Pema Pera: :)
    Eden Haiku: Hello Gaya!
    Pema Pera: Hi Adams!
    stevenaia Michinaga: I couldn't time my turkey basting meditation to 90 seconds
    Pema Pera: :)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: Hello everyone :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: back
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hello Adams :)
    Eden Haiku: Nice to meet you Adams
    Adams Rubble: Nice to meet you too Eden :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Pema Pera: have you gotten more chances to play with the 9-sec breaks in daily life, Eden, if I may ask?
    Eden Haiku: Yes, I'm writing an haiku about a 9 secs I had this morning as I was walking. I was absent minded but a bird brought me back to awareness.
    Pema Pera: with a little help from your friends . . . :)
    Eden Haiku: yes...you are reading my mind Pema!
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Pema Pera: ah, yes, I see it now, on http://playasbeing.wik.is/index.php?...highlight=eden
    Pema Pera: but it's not there yet?
    Gaya Ethaniel: You know by heart all haiku Eden posted so far Pema? I'm impressed ... :)
    Pema Pera just reading fast . . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: There you go stevenaia, not all men have 'bad memory'.
    stevenaia Michinaga: laughs, no, just me
    Pema Pera: oh, Storm enjoys telling everyone he has a bad memory, Gaya
    Gaya Ethaniel: Konbanwa Dugong :)
    Pema Pera: hi Dugong!
    Eden Haiku: I'm still struggling with the last verse. 5 syllables. here are the two first and I would appreciate a little help from my friends: Walking in the mist/ The red flash of a small bird/
    Dugong Janus: Good evening
    Dugong Janus: How do you do everyone
    Adams Rubble: Hello Dugong :)
    Pema Pera: Eden, how about /fading away/ ?
    Gaya Ethaniel: We are helping Eden to write her latest haiku Dugong :)
    Eden Haiku: Hi Dugong, Fading away. Good. One more syllable?
    Eden Haiku: Is fading away?
    Eden Haiku: Yes, very good Pema. Thanks!
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Dugong Janus: Haiku!
    Pema Pera: thank you, Eden, for the lovely image behind it!
    Gaya Ethaniel nods :)
    Eden Haiku: Such a beautiful bird. It made me think of my American freinds on SL who are celebrating Thanksgiving today;-)
    Pema Pera: 俳句を書きますか、ヅゴングさん?
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Eden Haiku: One of the most important celebrations in the US I would think, isn't?
    Dugong Janus: It is difficult for us Japanese to make a good
    Dugong Janus: Haiku.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Why?
    Eden Haiku: Oh, a real Japanese among us. I'm blushing...I'm just an amateur, Dugong...
    Pema Pera: じゅごんさん、すみません
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: And Pema is practically Japanese too I think :P
    Dugong Janus: It's very short poetry, so we have to minimize what we want to express
    Eden Haiku: It is about time I learn how to use SL translators...
    Eden Haiku: Netherlands is close to Japan for sure...Alstublieft!
    stevenaia Michinaga: ooops, missed my RezDay yesterday
    Pema Pera: yes, and in Japanese haiku are even shorter than in English
    Gaya Ethaniel: That's true ...
    Pema Pera: hahaha, Eden, so you speak Dutch too?
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh, happy belated rezzday stevenaia :)
    Eden Haiku: happy rezday Steve. How Sl old are you now?
    Pema Pera: like "fading away" would be five syllables in Japanese -- fa-din-gu a-way
    Eden Haiku: Dank u, Pema ;-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: 3
    Dugong Janus: 翻訳機を試したいなら、私は日本語で話したほうが良いですね
    Eden Haiku: I love your poetry Dugong.
    Gaya Ethaniel: ok let me find it ...
    Gaya Ethaniel: testing ...
    Pema Pera: じゅごんさんの英語は上手ですよ!
    Eden Haiku: I'm very good at pretending to speak a language I don't...
    Dugong Janus: ありがとうございます
    Eden Haiku: Wonderful!
    Pema Pera: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Pema Pera: Gaya's translator should have said: (^_^)
    Pema Pera: the Japanese equivalent of :)
    Eden Haiku: How do we contact our translator if I may ask Gaya?
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Let me give you a lm or notecard, you need to go there and get one in-world ... one moment.
    Eden Haiku: ^_
    Dugong Janus: ):) is fine. I know its meaning
    Eden Haiku: Thanks dear.
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Eden Haiku: ^_
    Gaya Ethaniel: I also found it easier to understand than express/speak when I started learning English.
    Pema Pera: is this the first time that you have come here, Dugong?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I gave a brief introduction to Dugong.
    Dugong Janus: はい、そのとおりです [Yes, you're right]
    Pema Pera: welcome! Glad you found us
    Eden Haiku: Thank you so much Gaya for the notecard. A precious gift!
    Gaya Ethaniel: yw :)
    Pema Pera: please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about Play as Being
    Pema Pera: we always enjoy starting at the beginning (or the end)
    Adams Rubble: I must run. bye everyone :)
    Eden Haiku: Welcome Dugong. I like your avatar. It reminds me of Ganesha, the hindu Lord who removes obstacles on the way to awareness.
    Pema Pera: bye Adams!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Enjoy your Thanksgiving Adams :)
    Eden Haiku: Bye Adams.
    Dugong Janus: Oh I have got Ganesha
    Gaya Ethaniel: Elephant -- princely :) Before I chose this rabbit, I was looking for one.
    stevenaia Michinaga: time to go, enjoy your day
    Pema Pera: bye Steve!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Enjoy your Thanksgiving :)
    Eden Haiku: I like your rabbit very much too, Gaya, It is so friendly-looking, Bye Steve!
    Pema Pera: oh wow, Dugong !!!
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh, that's great ... Dugong!


    Gaya Ethaniel takes a snapshot for wiki ...
    Dugong Janus: Have you finished your real-life works?
    Gaya Ethaniel: I work from home :)
    Dugong Janus: it must be teatime in London
    Gaya Ethaniel: Pema, you are in New York or Princeton now?
    Pema Pera: New York
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I am in fact having lemon tea :)
    Pema Pera: the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is going on
    Eden Haiku: I'm a writer so I'm working mostly at home" What time is it in Japan now? Here it is 10.32 in the morning on Thursday November 26.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Sounds nice :)
    Pema Pera: with elephants floating, more like Dumbo than,not Ganesh
    Gaya Ethaniel: Outside your place now?
    Pema Pera: yes, I live close to Central Park
    Gaya Ethaniel: I see, nice :)
    Dugong Janus: It is midnight in Japan and I am still have some work at home
    Eden Haiku: Do you see it through your window Pema?
    Pema Pera: lots of noise: children and helicopters (should make that into a haiku)
    Eden Haiku: Great!
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ok Dugong ... sounds busy!
    Pema Pera: yes, I catch glimpses, Eden, from the tenth floor where I live
    Eden Haiku: Yes, please, make a haiku with Thanskgiving parade.
    Gaya Ethaniel nods nods.
    Dugong Janus: I work at home so
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ... :)
    Eden Haiku: Are you a writer too Dugong?
    Dugong Janus: No
    Eden Haiku: Still cannot use my translator. I will have to learn how to use it...
    Dugong Janus: I have a shop
    Eden Haiku: Oh, what is it you sell?
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ... :)
    Pema Pera: . Dumbo floats outside: Macy's Thanksgiving Parade; and Ganesh inside

    Gaya Ethaniel: ooo :)
    Dugong Janus: Are helicoptors real? or some kind of toys of the children?
    Eden Haiku: How did you find out about PaB?
    Pema Pera: real ones :)
    Pema Pera: for newspapers and TV
    Gaya Ethaniel: Nice Pema :)
    Eden Haiku: Beautiful haiku Pema. Can I post it on my page (with full credentials to you!) ?
    Pema Pera: of course, Eden!
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I asked Dugong over, that's how he found us.
    Eden Haiku: Obama is going to get his Nobel prize on his way to Copenhagen.
    Eden Haiku: Oh nice Gaya!
    Eden Haiku: I feel so honoured being in the presence of Lord Ganesha on Thanksgiving Day!
    Pema Pera: !!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Me too :)
    Eden Haiku: Thanks Pema!
    Pema Pera: may I ask how you two met in SL, Gaya and Dugong?
    Dugong Janus: Well, I wonder if this Ganesha will do you good fourtune :P
    Gaya Ethaniel: I asked Dugong to customise one of his whale for me and he gave it to me as a gift!
    Pema Pera: I'm sure it will, Dugong!
    Dugong Janus: wow
    Gaya Ethaniel: This for example is what Dugong makes :)
    Pema Pera: wow indeed!!
    Pema Pera: a whale of a gift . . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel: It's scripted so moves around beautifully.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes indeed :)
    Eden Haiku: Is this the simbolic translator this grey tornado ober my head?
    Pema Pera: now I really feel there is a Macy's Parade going on with a whale floating above my head . . . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel: It's a hud so you shouldn't see it in-world. You can tp to the place in the notecard and get a copy Eden.
    Eden Haiku: That was the whale, I see ;-)
    Gaya Ethaniel: heh :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hello Visitor :)
    Eden Haiku: Ah, I see...I will have to read the notecard quietly..
    Pema Pera: Hi Visitor!
    Gaya Ethaniel: ok Visitor, have fun!
    Pema Pera: feel free to join us if you like, Visitor!
    Dugong Janus: Hello, Visitor
    Visitor: I shall, thank you.
    Pema Pera: we are friendly folks :)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods. Very friendly ... ^^;;;
    Eden Haiku: Hi Visitor!
    Visitor smiles. "Be well, all of you."
    Gaya Ethaniel waves.
    Dugong Janus: Excuse me, I got to go now
    Gaya Ethaniel: Good night Dugong, thanks for coming :)
    Dugong Janus: It is nearly 1 a.m.
    Eden Haiku: Good night. Sweet dreams Dugong. Nice meeting you!
    Pema Pera: bye Dugong!
    Gaya Ethaniel: We meet here every 6 hours each day so please feel free to drop by again.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Though different sets of people each time ... :)
    Dugong Janus: Have a good thanksgiving
    Eden Haiku: yes, it would be a pleasure.
    Pema Pera: thank you!
    Pema Pera: yes, please come join us again
    Pema Pera: Do you live near a river, Eden?
    Pema Pera: *river
    Eden Haiku: Yes, about 5 minutes from the river.
    Gaya Ethaniel: The Thames is a fairly close to me too :)
    Eden Haiku: Montreal is an island. There is the Saint-Lawrence ans a smaller river on the other side. I live near the smaller river.
    Pema Pera: and I live close to the Hudson :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Pema Pera: (I was wondering, reading your haikus)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ... didn't know that.
    Eden Haiku: Beautiful. I lived in New York for a year, in Soho. I love New York
    Pema Pera: me too
    Pema Pera: and Soho is a nice area too, but rather crowded and busy
    Eden Haiku: Are you from Amsterdam originally?
    Pema Pera: born in Utrecht, not far from Amsterdam
    Pema Pera: I got my PhD in Amsterdam, and then emigrated to the U.S.
    Pema Pera: And now I live very close to Amsterdam Avenue, only one block away . . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Pema Pera: Did you live in NYC for study, Eden, or work (or fun)?
    Eden Haiku: I lived in Amsterdam in the winter of 2002. But I have never seen Utrecht.
    Pema Pera: oh, next time you should go, only 30 minutes by train from A'dam
    Eden Haiku: I was working on a poetry/performance.
    Pema Pera: lovely canals in Utrecht, different style from Amsterdam
    Pema Pera: oh, how nice, what kind of performance?
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ... *makes a note*
    Eden Haiku: I went to the Hague and Delft and the island of Tershelling and Groningen. I love the Netherlands.
    Pema Pera: wow, you've been around
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Pema Pera: I actually grew up in Groningen!
    Pema Pera: in the "far" North East of Holland
    Pema Pera: and yes, I've also visited the island of Terschelling
    Eden Haiku: Wow! I gave a lecture at the University of Groningen. And I saw the dams there.
    Gaya Ethaniel: heh ... :) small world ...
    Eden Haiku: Yes, I have a nomadic karma I guess
    Pema Pera: how nice! small world indeed. What was the lecture about, Eden?
    Pema Pera: sounds like your karma brings you to places I've been :-)
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Eden Haiku: Quebec literature. In French, for the Canadian Studies there. In New York, the performance was about Marcel Duchamp and the Mormons...
    Pema Pera: what is the connection between Marce Duchamp and Mormons?
    Eden Haiku: You are an astrophysician. What about Gaya? You are living and the UK and from Korea is that right?
    Eden Haiku: There is one only in my imagination...
    Gaya Ethaniel: mhm so far only Fefonz and Stim had some sort of Korea thingy in PaB :)
    Pema Pera: interesting contrast, for sure, Eden :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I almost went to US instead of UK but my parents thought UK was safer ... :)
    Pema Pera: :)
    Eden Haiku: The story takes place in Salt Lake city in 1926 and New York in 1921. I did a lot of research at the Mormon Center on Broadway, in front of the Julliard School of Music.
    Gaya Ethaniel: I'm afraid I need to get back to RL. Nice seeing you both, enjoy your day :)
    Eden Haiku: Bye Gaya. Always a pleasure to see you.
    Pema Pera: the Mormons are a very interesting movement indeed
    Pema Pera: it's fascinating to see how religions change and evolve in so many different directions, especially when moving from one country to another
    Eden Haiku: I remember how I made the connection between Duchamp and The Mormons now...
    Eden Haiku: Yes, isn'it impressive howt5he first Mormons settled in South Lake City because it looked like the Dead Sea?
    Pema Pera: yes, indeed!
    Pema Pera: such an amazing literal connection
    Pema Pera: but that was not the connection with Duchamp, I take it :-)
    Eden Haiku: I was researching Duchamp for my performance. He used to have a studio where the School of Music is now. I was so disappointed. I was with a friend from Montreal (he is a poet also and my best friend). We had walked all the way from Soho to there, on a very hot Summer day. I thought it was close by... I saw the Mormon Church in front and I suggested we visit the place. He agreed...I was welcomed there with great kindness and I studied with two missionaries for a few months. They even came to the performance!
    Pema Pera: what a wonderful personal connection! I guess that's where art is springing from, from such intersections . . . . and how nice, that they even came to the performance! Did they comment on it, later?
    Eden Haiku: They enjoyed the food a lot ;-) )Two tall young men with healthy appetites! It was in my loft, there were about 20 or30 guests. They commented that I did not telle thme the whole story before...
    Eden Haiku: I don,t remember exactly what part surprised them the most...The past lives stuff maybe...
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Eden Haiku: There was this character from planet...let me get the play. It was published in a New York literary magazine. I have a copy in my friend's bookcase.
    Eden Haiku: I was reading «A Course in Miracles » then. A big influence...I think it starts with: This is a space of miracles...
    Pema Pera: I like the opening lines of that book: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists.
    Pema Pera: Hi Another Visitor!
    Pema Pera: So you combined astrophysics, past lives, Mormons, and modern art :-)
    Eden Haiku: You are such a good listener Pema...I can get so carried away when I talk about my writing...
    Pema Pera hasn't seen Eden get carried away yet . . . looking forward to it !
    Pema Pera: actually, I should get going, back to RL
    Pema Pera: it's a lovely day, 13 degrees Centigrade (that's what you use in Canada too?)
    Eden Haiku: Have a great Thanksgiving Pema! Nice talking to you ;-)
    Pema Pera: see you soon again, Eden!
    Eden Haiku: _/|\_
    Pema Pera: _/!\_ (^_^)

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