2010.05.20 07:00 - Gone gone. Every last one.

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Storm Nordwind. The comments are by Storm Nordwind.

    We enjoyed many long silences in the meeting this morning. But we start loosening up by talking about our favorite cats.

    Storm Nordwind: Good morning! :)
    Eden Haiku: Good morning Storm;-)
    Storm Nordwind: Are you rested, despite the cats? ;)
    Eden Haiku: Yes, I went back to sleep ;-)
    Eden Haiku: I love tweeting in the middle of the night!
    Storm Nordwind: You have an appreciate audience :)
    Eden Haiku: Complaining to a wide audience about a noisy cat is always fun ;-)
    Eden Haiku: I envy Steve's cat always sitting on his lap when he is at his keyboard. Mine just wants me to get up and play at 3 am!Steve's Cat @ PaB.jpg
    Storm Nordwind: Hmm... I remember those days... no cats anymore sadly
    Eden Haiku: Mine is a sweetheart but when the neighbour's cat go through the opened window to eat in her bowl she gets very territorial ;-)
    Storm Nordwind: Fair enough. A cat jealously and zealousy guards her ease and comfort!
    Eden Haiku: We are moving to a summer house for three months this summer as we have been doing for many years now, and she will have even more freedom. She loves it there andmakes new friends: deers and bears...
    Storm Nordwind: Wow. That sounds lovely. Is it far? Is it isolated?
    Eden Haiku: No, not too far from Montreal, about one hour away up in the Laurentian mountains.
    Storm Nordwind: Fabulous. If I still had cats, they wouldn't want to come back!
    Eden Haiku: Lovely little artist village. Plenty of hiking trails.
    Storm Nordwind: Good for writing?
    Eden Haiku: Were you living in the countryside when you had cats?
    Storm Nordwind: Yes and no
    Eden Haiku: Yes. Summer is writing time for both of us with hiking trips and dips in the swimming pool.
    Storm Nordwind: I had - what we call 'moggies' in the town
    Eden Haiku: Moggies?
    Storm Nordwind: and I had skogkatts in the country
    Eden Haiku: Skogkatts, are you talking old norse?
    Storm Nordwind: A moggie is just a British city crossbreed - like a mongrel cat
    Eden Haiku: Ah!
    Eden Haiku: Mine is a mongrel withn a lot of Maine Coon, they are beautiful cats!
    Storm Nordwind: A skogkatt is the Norse name (modern too I believe) for their Forest cat
    Eden Haiku: Wild cat for a wild man he he!
    Storm Nordwind: and some people think the Maine Coon is descended from the Skogkatt
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Adams Rubble: Hello Storm and Eden and Bleu
    Eden Haiku: Oh, I heard stories about Maine Coon being Marie Antoinette's cats sent in America. here comes a dog person! Hi Bleu!
    Storm Nordwind: There are huge and beautiful, but sadly they don't get along in cities

    Blue arrives vivdly attired. Shortly followed by Darren and my own faux pas :)
    Bleu Oleander: hi all
    Storm Nordwind: Good morning Adams, Bleu
    Eden Haiku: Love your blue self!
    Storm Nordwind: Batique Bleu!
    Bleu Oleander: ty! Yves Klein
    Eden Haiku: Oh hello Adams!
    Eden Haiku: Blue klein the most beautiful blue!
    Bleu Oleander: from an Yves Klein painting that just sold for 12 million
    Bleu Oleander: so I thought it was AV worthy
    Adams Rubble: hello darren
    Darren Islar: hi everyone
    Eden Haiku: Hi Darren!
    Bleu Oleander: hi Darren
    Storm Nordwind: I think we like what's behind the blue best. I've met many a fancily dressed avatar whom I'd wished on the other side of the world!
    Storm Nordwind: Good afternoon Darren
    Darren Islar: I guess I am on the other side of the world :-)
    Darren Islar: literally that is
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Storm Nordwind: Well there's many a casually dressed avatar on the other side of the world that I'd wished was in the same coffee shop :)
    Adams Rubble: Hello QT
    Bleu Oleander: :)
    Darren Islar: :-)
    Bleu Oleander: hi Qt
    Qt Core: Hi all
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Qt
    Darren Islar: hi QT
    Eden Haiku: HI Qt!

    Trying to catch up.
    Storm Nordwind: Well I've been rather 'out of it' for a few days. Any news or experiences to share that I have probably missed?
    Eden Haiku: Have you been sick Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: Yes. Still am really. Bugs going round
    Adams Rubble: sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon
    Bleu Oleander: me too actually, but much better now
    Darren Islar: then I'm glad for now, you being on the other side of the world :-)
    Eden Haiku: Oh, sorry to hear that ;-) Hope you get well soon.
    Adams Rubble: :) Darren
    Eden Haiku: Snap Adams!
    Darren Islar: flew Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you all for your kindness - even you Darren!
    Darren Islar: heheh
    Storm Nordwind: I guess it's flu, yes
    Eden Haiku: Storm flew with the flu and Bleu too ;-)
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Bleu Oleander: :))
    Darren Islar: :-)

    A little etymology.
    Storm Nordwind: Now there's an interesting word - the origin of 'flu'
    Eden Haiku: Yes?
    Darren Islar: a lot english words sounds the same
    Darren Islar: very confusing
    Storm Nordwind: flu is short for influenza
    Eden Haiku: A nice ground for puns Darren ;-)))
    Storm Nordwind: And influeza comes from 'influence'
    Storm Nordwind: and it was thought that one became ill due to bad influence
    Storm Nordwind: from the stars
    Darren Islar: :-) Eden
    Eden Haiku: Oh so you have been under influence then?
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Eden Haiku: Which star?
    Eden Haiku: Lady Gaga?
    Storm Nordwind: oh... bad aspects between the planets - especially Saturn no doubt. Eden, lack of sleep has made you very silly - I like it!
    Eden Haiku: No no, I don't want to make you dizzy. You need rest and quiet to recover ;-)
    Darren Islar: how is your throat QT?
    Qt Core: much better, thanks aven my voice is quite good
    Darren Islar: :-)

    disinfectant_001.jpgWe decide that we need to spring clean the pavilion of any lingering germs. Eden turns on her beam...
    Bleu Oleander: we may need to disinfect the pavillion :)
    Eden Haiku: We may...
    Qt Core: :-)
    Darren Islar: :-)
    Storm Nordwind has added Clorox to the fountain
    Darren Islar: too late for us
    Bleu Oleander: clean the pillows
    Qt Core: ohh, a nice high radioactive beam!
    Eden Haiku: And a few rave particles...
    Bleu Oleander feels better already

    We banish the bugs!
    Eden Haiku: Did you hear about the photo project Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: Yes Eden. I still need to read the long thread on email. Haven't been feeling up to taking in too much inforamtion this week! :-/
    Adams Rubble: RL Calling, must go. bye for now :)
    Storm Nordwind: Bye!
    Qt Core: bye Adams
    Bleu Oleander: bye Adams
    disinfectant_002.jpgEden Haiku: Yes, it is best to go back to basics when one is not feeling too well.
    Qt Core: hi Lucinda
    Bleu Oleander: hi Lucinda
    Eden Haiku: Hi Lucinda, good morning ;-)
    Lucinda Lavender: good morning all!
    Storm Nordwind: Good morning. Just disinfecting the place!
    Eden Haiku: Healing rose rays Storm, that is wonderful!!!
    Eden Haiku: Would love to have some rays like that...
    Eden Haiku: Thanks Storm...

    Eden startles us all with her question. But it's a good thing. We all walk a tight-rope, hoping it will not break soon. But we can all be utterly certain that it will break.
    Eden Haiku: How much more time have you have left in our lives?
    Eden Haiku: My father is turning 86 next week.The question is in the air for him and I think about time a lot too. Time left.
    Storm Nordwind: Yes. I have been writing poetry to that effect recently too
    Eden Haiku: Would you share one of your poems Storm?
    Darren Islar: mine is turnign 83 next week
    Darren Islar: some age
    Storm Nordwind: Where are the saints and heroes / my teacher taught me about? / Gone gone / Every last one / Summer turns to fall
    Eden Haiku: "Gone gone / Every last one..."
    Storm Nordwind: one day / we will kiss / for the last time / better not to know / when
    Lucinda Lavender: I am thinking about how they have had many years ...much experience
    Storm Nordwind is also reminded of the Zen poem: "not twice this day inch time foot gem"
    Darren Islar: whispers: I need to go, bye all
    Storm Nordwind waves
    Qt Core: bye Darren
    Bleu Oleander: bye
    Lucinda Lavender: bye

    Intimations of mortality
    Eden Haiku: When my father's father died, my father got into a frenzy of buying clocks, offerings watches to every one of us, buying all kind kinds of time devices...
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Bleu Oleander: buying time
    Eden Haiku: Yes ;-)
    Storm Nordwind: A thief can steal my money, or property, and I can replace it. But if someone steals my time, that is lost forever.
    Eden Haiku: Yes, that is true.
    Storm Nordwind: But I observe, that "someone" is usually me!
    Bleu Oleander: :)
    Eden Haiku: How do you steal time to yourself Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: Procrastination. Dallying with distractions Eden. Not acting in accord with my own priorities
    Qt Core: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori
    Eden Haiku: Interesting link Qt, thank you ;-)
    Qt Core: in an italian comedic movie someone who wos told memento mori (remember you have to die) respond... wait a moment i write it down
    Storm Nordwind: "Gaudeamus igitur / Juvenes dum sumus."
    Eden Haiku: ;-) pretneding she remebers enough latin to understand what Storm just said...
    Lucinda Lavender: ?
    Storm Nordwind: Oh it's a popular academic drinking song - the first two lines of many
    Eden Haiku: We are happy and we are silly and we go...
    Eden Haiku: Something ike that?
    Storm Nordwind: "Let us rejoice therefore / While we are young."
    Storm Nordwind: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaudeamus_igitur
    Storm Nordwind: (Though don't believe all you read there!)

    Time to go... oh, er... let me rephrase that...
    Eden Haiku: smiles
    Eden Haiku: Will have to go on the next bell. Nice to see you all. Wishing you all a very nice happy day!
    Qt Core: bye Eden
    Storm Nordwind: So nice to see you Eden :)
    Bleu Oleander: bye Eden
    Lucinda Lavender: bye eden
    Bleu Oleander: must go too .... bye all
    Bleu Oleander: feel better Storm!
    Lucinda Lavender: must go too...
    Storm Nordwind: Thank you Bleu
    Qt Core: bye Bleu
    Storm Nordwind: Let us adjourn then
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Lucinda Lavender: namaste
    Qt Core: bye
    Lucinda Lavender: bye
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