2010.07.06 13:00 - Travel broadens the Mind

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Agatha Macbeth. The comments are by....guess who? :)

    Qt Core: Hi Agatha
    Agatha Macbeth: Buona sera QT :)
    Agatha Macbeth: You okay?
    Qt Core: not really, had quite a stressful day
    Agatha Macbeth: Aww, sorry to hear that
    Agatha Macbeth: At work?
    Qt Core: once in a while you can't evade them ;-)
    Qt Core: with work and home
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh dear
    Agatha Macbeth: The Borg didn't attack you then ;-)
    Qt Core: well, a bee attacked me and Borg are very bee-alike
    Agatha Macbeth: Ah, but bees are not cubes!
    Qt Core: but they build exagonal structure, borg six faced solids ;-)
    Agatha Macbeth: Yes!
    Agatha Macbeth: true :)
    Qt Core: imagining borgs in bee colors... a little too silly for being a major menace to the Federation
    Agatha Macbeth: Yellow and black Borg....hehe
    Agatha Macbeth: With stings!
    Qt Core: and your day how is that ?
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh, long and boring I'm afraid
    Agatha Macbeth: As per usual
    Agatha Macbeth: :p
    Qt Core: sometimes you can't evade those too ;-)
    Agatha Macbeth: Unfortunately not :(
    Agatha Macbeth: Not if you want to pay the bills!

    --BELL-- Agatha Macbeth: Ding!

    Agatha Macbeth: So would you prefer to fight bees or Borgs?
    Qt Core: bees, with a lightsaber ;-)
    Agatha Macbeth: Aww, too easy!!! :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Might be difficult to hit tho :)
    Qt Core: but maybe defeating some borgs gime more satisfaction
    Agatha Macbeth: Yeah, that is a challenge

    And now a scoreflash...

    Agatha Macbeth: Uruguay just scored :)

    Ya heard it here first!

    Qt Core: as thankfully Argentina and Brasil are out i'have no real preference about the winner
    Qt Core: but Holland deserve to win a world cup for the football they teached the world in past 40 years
    Agatha Macbeth: Yes, I would like to see Holland win it
    Agatha Macbeth: If only for Cruyff and Gullit, et al.
    Agatha Macbeth: They have had so many talented players
    Agatha Macbeth: But I still have an awful feeling Germany will win it! :p
    Qt Core: yes, they remember a bulldozer (and of the four it my least favorete
    Agatha Macbeth: They just play together as a team so well
    Agatha Macbeth: Even with no 'star players'
    Agatha Macbeth: Well, Holland are in the final at least
    Qt Core: maybe it is as 7 of them come from the same team
    Agatha Macbeth: Bayern Munich?
    Qt Core: yes
    Agatha Macbeth: Ah
    Qt Core: even read about the Bayern coach saying that having 9 national (two in Holland) and having them going to the final game may make them too tired for the start of the official season on 20/8
    Agatha Macbeth: Oh dear, poor overworked footballers!
    Agatha Macbeth: I'm sure the money will help :)

    A familiar figure returns!

    Agatha Macbeth: Hiya Liz :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Hiya Agatha , Qt :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Or should I say konnichi wa
    Qt Core: maybe the real problem would be motivational as they would have won almost everything you can win in this 2009.2010 season and may not be hungry for the next one
    Qt Core: Hi Eliza
    Agatha Macbeth: Well, they could always go to Real Madrid ;-)
    Eliza Madrigal: :::bows::: konnichi wa
    Agatha Macbeth: How was Kyoto Liz?
    Agatha Macbeth: Hiya Bleu :)
    Bleu Oleander: hey all :)
    Qt Core: hi bleu


    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Bleu :)
    Bleu Oleander: brb
    Agatha Macbeth: Are you still in Japan Liz or are you back yet?
    Eliza Madrigal: Im back now... arrived Sunday evening
    Agatha Macbeth: Ah :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Just woke up from a nap... thought that I felt fine but then a dizzy spell sent me to bed for a while
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Aww
    Agatha Macbeth: Jet lag?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, guess it will take a few days to adjust
    Eliza Madrigal: though I didn't really switch schedules... just slept less :) happily so
    Agatha Macbeth: :)
    Agatha Macbeth: How's Pema?
    Eliza Madrigal: Well :) He and Kiremimi are energetic, yet warm as company too... nice balance
    Agatha Macbeth: Great!
    Agatha Macbeth: exactly as I would imagine them to be
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Agatha Macbeth: (I am listening to somebody singing 'Blackberry Way' in Italian on Fracture Radio ;-))


    Agatha Macbeth: Surreal or what?
    Bleu Oleander: :)

    Bleu momentarily winks out

    Agatha Macbeth: WB Bleu :)
    Bleu Oleander: ty
    Bleu Oleander: sounds like your trip was great Eliza
    Agatha Macbeth: What's the time difference between Japan and Florida then?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, really wonderful Bleu :) Thanks
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, well to give an idea Agatha... I left Tokyo at 4PM July 4, and arrived in DC before 4PM July 4...
    Agatha Macbeth: The Time Traveler's Wife :)
    Bleu Oleander: so lost a day?
    Eliza Madrigal: I keep thinking about that... how one can sleep for 12 hrs and lose no time...
    Eliza Madrigal: Of course I had to get there, which meant jumping ahead...
    Agatha Macbeth: Wish I could!
    Eliza Madrigal: so yes
    Qt Core: travelling at more than 40000km/24
    Eliza Madrigal: lost a day
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Wow
    Bleu Oleander: amazing .... thinking about time
    Agatha Macbeth nods
    Eliza Madrigal: but gained an eternity in the way of nice company and a very permeating and somewhat paradigm shifting setting
    Agatha Macbeth: Amazing how so many of these sessions always come back to that very subject
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Did you find it easy to adjust to culturally?
    Eliza Madrigal: Actually, quite
    Agatha Macbeth: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Had I little more notice I might have been more comfortable speaking, however people are so open and helpful...
    Eliza Madrigal: and gestur-y
    Agatha Macbeth nods
    Bleu Oleander: did you learn anything about the culture that you hadn't known?
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Good question Bleu. One thing that I can say that I knew but didn't Know, was the balance between productivity/business, and yet a kind of composure and stillness underneath
    Eliza Madrigal: There is this elegance which is so natural... so harmonious with surroundings and with one another...
    Agatha Macbeth nods. That is always how I imagine Japan, yes
    Eliza Madrigal: So it *feels* restful, even though one may be 'busy'
    Agatha Macbeth: It sounds wonderful....
    Eliza Madrigal: Yes :) Indeed
    Bleu Oleander: sounds lovely
    Agatha Macbeth: I really wish i could go one day
    Eliza Madrigal: Of course, I had ideal hosts, who were so generous and lovely
    Agatha Macbeth: Yes!
    Agatha Macbeth: That certainly helps...
    Bleu Oleander: very fortunate indeed!
    Eliza Madrigal: I never imagined I'd visit Japan. It was my first outside-of-the US trip, not counting driving 'through' a sliver of Canada once :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Whoa
    Agatha Macbeth: That surprises me
    Eliza Madrigal: :) yes, and funny that my passport for NS had arrived just a week or so before...
    Agatha Macbeth: Wow
    Eliza Madrigal: all these little things :) timings
    Agatha Macbeth: Truly
    Bleu Oleander: amazing experience then for you
    Agatha Macbeth: So this was the first time you ever left the country?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes :)
    Agatha Macbeth: My God
    Eliza Madrigal: hahahah
    Eliza Madrigal: yes I agree
    Agatha Macbeth: Whew, and I think of ME as insular ;-)))
    Eliza Madrigal: :) What is the farthest everyone here has traveled?
    Qt Core: i was like that before 2006 (if we leave out the "compusory school trips)
    Bleu Oleander: Egypt for me
    Agatha Macbeth: Having said that tho, it has been 20 yrs since I left the UK! :p
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Qt Core: japan ;-)
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Qt Core: sadly just for a few half days
    Eliza Madrigal: Twenty years ago, was just before I got married... then I'd have three children in the next decade... venture around the US a little..
    Agatha Macbeth: Mmm...life changes
    Eliza Madrigal: yes
    Bleu Oleander: hard to travel with three kids
    Agatha Macbeth: Indeed :0
    Eliza Madrigal: a deep an expansive life indeed... but in a different way
    Agatha Macbeth nods
    Eliza Madrigal: Yes. :) Oh my... on the plane ride home there was a couple coming from Singapore with two little ones who oh, were so miserable
    Agatha Macbeth: Aww
    Eliza Madrigal: I felt for them, especially since others on the plane of course become miserable about the kids... then the parents feel worse
    Agatha Macbeth: Yes
    Qt Core: i've met several family during the 2006 cruise, the ships team would babysit the baby (some very little) while the parents relaxed or went on the land excursions
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, nice feature of a cruise
    Agatha Macbeth smiles
    Qt Core: for many it seemed it was the first holiday after the birth of the child
    Agatha Macbeth: As long as you don't fall overboard!
    Eliza Madrigal: I was overprotective of my kids I think... rarely left them in others' care
    Qt Core: many were aged from 2/3 to 6
    Eliza Madrigal: haha Agatha :) sounds like you wouldn't have either
    Agatha Macbeth grins
    Agatha Macbeth: You are probably just naturally maternal Liz :)
    Eliza Madrigal: maybe. Funny to think that when I was a teen I declared that I'd never marry and never have children :)
    Agatha Macbeth: I always think of you as the 'Mother of PaB' :)))
    Eliza Madrigal giggles wildly
    Eliza Madrigal: that's very sweet tho
    Bleu Oleander: huge role to fill :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Truly :)
    Agatha Macbeth: But then mothers are special...
    Eliza Madrigal: oh, now blushing and embarrassed
    Agatha Macbeth hugs Liz
    Eliza Madrigal hugs Agatha back :))
    Agatha Macbeth: Hee
    Eliza Madrigal: Bleu and Agatha, you've not responded to how far you've traveled
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: (very gracefully changes the subject-hah)
    Agatha Macbeth: In RL?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes :)
    Bleu Oleander: Egypt
    Agatha Macbeth: Well, let's see: France, Italy, Switzerland, Sardinia, Channel Isles
    Eliza Madrigal: Ohhh, nice, both!!
    Agatha Macbeth: Never crossed the Atlantic tho
    Bleu Oleander: Europe, Mexico also
    Eliza Madrigal: Wonderful :)
    Bleu Oleander: we took a group of 24 ppl to Italy once
    Bleu Oleander: challenging
    Agatha Macbeth: I crossed the Channel on a hovercraft, that was an experience
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, yes I remember you talking about that Bleu!
    Eliza Madrigal: a hovercraft?!
    Agatha Macbeth: Whoa
    Eliza Madrigal: wow
    Agatha Macbeth: Yes
    Agatha Macbeth: !
    Agatha Macbeth: Glad it didn't get a puncture!
    Eliza Madrigal remembers bleu's risotto and the handsome doctor ;-)
    Eliza Madrigal: hahah, yes
    Agatha Macbeth: I think that was before they finished the tunnel...
    Bleu Oleander: yes, quite a few good stories
    Agatha Macbeth thinks wistfully of Bleu's risotto
    Eliza Madrigal: I cannot wait to visit europe some day... transportation makes so much sense...
    Agatha Macbeth: mm
    Eliza Madrigal: Europe!
    Agatha Macbeth: Yay
    Eliza Madrigal: like in Japan also re 'sense'
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: I better go... Bleu too ;-)


    Agatha Macbeth smiles
    Eliza Madrigal: Bye for now. Hugs
    Qt Core: bye eliza
    Bleu Oleander: bye Eliza
    Agatha Macbeth: C ya Liz, take care :)
    Bleu Oleander: take care
    Bleu Oleander: take care Agatha and Qt ..... bye for now
    Qt Core: i hope to go the further i can in less than a couple year
    Qt Core: bye blue
    Agatha Macbeth: Bye Bleu, have fun
    Qt Core: (new zealand and Australia)
    Agatha Macbeth: Wow QT!
    Wol Euler: evening all
    Wol Euler: sorry I'm latew
    Wol Euler: -w
    Qt Core: hi wol
    Agatha Macbeth: Ah hello there :)
    Agatha Macbeth waves to Latew
    Agatha Macbeth: You just missed Eliza and Bleu
    Wol Euler sighs
    Agatha Macbeth: Ah...Conan lives i see (commenting on Wol's outfit)
    Wol Euler: conan the housewife
    Agatha Macbeth: :DDDDD
    Agatha Macbeth: When are you going to Australia QT?
    Qt Core: for the november 2012 eclipse if i (and some friends) find a way (and the money)
    Wol Euler: oh wow
    Agatha Macbeth: Wow  (Snap!)
    Wol Euler: what a great reason to go.
    Agatha Macbeth: You could swim ;-)
    Qt Core: the travel agend that brought us in the mediterranean in 2006 and in asia in 2009 has closed
    Agatha Macbeth: Pity
    Wol Euler: the internet really hurt them.
    Qt Core: maybe they opened or joined another
    Agatha Macbeth nods
    Agatha Macbeth: Is it a total eclipse?
    Qt Core: the owner was an amateur astronomer too, so he even came with us in 2009
    Qt Core: yes
    Agatha Macbeth: Great
    Qt Core: only reason important enough to make me move my lazy ass ;-)
    Agatha Macbeth: Ha
    Qt Core: my first choice of holiday is my bed and books (and or my pc)
    Wol Euler: heh
    Agatha Macbeth: Sadly, I am much the same...
    Qt Core: and yet i have a friends that ask me if i'd like to cross some desert on Land Rovers...
    Wol Euler: nice to have friends :)
    Agatha Macbeth: Some friends eh?
    Agatha Macbeth: Did they offer to drive? ;-)
    Qt Core: especially if they keep being friends after so many NO!
    Agatha Macbeth grins
    Agatha Macbeth: The English word for that is 'perseverance' QT :)
    Qt Core: yes, i would have been a passenger copilot (for the boring for him asphalted roads)
    Agatha Macbeth: It's okay as long as you don't break down in the middle of the desert
    Qt Core: beyond the desert thing i don't like to drive, so that kind of trip aren't really my idea of a nice time (even if in friendly company)
    Agatha Macbeth: At least you wouldn't meet much traffic out there;-)


    Qt Core: :-) that's true
    Agatha Macbeth: Ciao for now QT, sleep well :)
    Agatha Macbeth: C ya Wol :)
    Qt Core: bye Agatha sleep well you too
    Wol Euler: I should move on too, it's been a long day.
    Wol Euler: I'll read the log to find out what you'd said about your trip, QT.
    Wol Euler: I hope you get to go, it sounds great,
    Qt Core: yes, long and not even good
    Wol Euler: also true
    Qt Core: we'll see
    Wol Euler: :)
    Qt Core: bye
    Wol Euler: buona notte
    Qt Core: 'notte

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