2010.09.28 19:00 - Of parasols and umbrellas, New York and Italy, hangings and stonings and raccoons and dolphins

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Aphrodite Macbain. The comments are by Aphrodite Macbain.


    Aphrodite Macbain: Hey Bruce welcome back!
    Bruce Mowbray: Thank you! Good to see you again.
    Bruce Mowbray: When are you off to Italy?
    Aphrodite Macbain: How was NYC?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Next Monday Oct 4
    Aphrodite Macbain: Nice umbrella
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh my! I'll bet you're getting excited, huh?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Is it raining?
    Bruce Mowbray: It is a parasol.
    Aphrodite Macbain: very. my suitcase is already packed!
    Bruce Mowbray: (when it's not raining, that is.)
    Bruce Mowbray: Let me see if I can find you one....
    Aphrodite Macbain: For the sun?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Ha a Poppins umbrella
    Bruce Mowbray: You can give it any texture you like.
    Aphrodite Macbain: neat
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'll be sure to. he he
    Bruce Mowbray: cool, huh?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Tell me about yuir trip
    Aphrodite Macbain: was your friend happy?
    Bruce Mowbray: New York was great -- The fellow who came along had a BLAST!
    Bruce Mowbray: everything worked out wonderfully well.
    Aphrodite Macbain: That's a relief!
    Bruce Mowbray: Yo, Calvino!
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hello Calvino
    Aphrodite Macbain: Cal- I'm trying to claim this session but nothing happenss
    Calvino Rabeni: Good even, bruce / aphro :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: Perhaps because it isn't usually mine
    Bruce Mowbray: nope, that wouldn't be the reason, Aph.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Got it!! It's the way you hold your mouth when you click
    Bruce Mowbray: Looks like you've got it now, Aph.
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, the non-local mouth principle strikes once again.
    Aphrodite Macbain: "Three little girls from school are we!"
    Aphrodite Macbain: we look like we're straight out of the Mikado!
    Bruce Mowbray: What a fine looking umbrella you have there, Calvino!
    Calvino Rabeni: OK, good (I finally got the chat window) - You have the log then, Aphro?
    Bruce Mowbray: You can give it any texture you like.
    Aphrodite Macbain: What means "you love ?s"
    Calvino Rabeni: I love questions
    Calvino Rabeni: Do you have any for me ? :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: duh, of course, thanks :-}
    Aphrodite Macbain: tx
    Aphrodite Macbain: What was the best part of NYC Bruce?
    Calvino Rabeni: For a long time I had "Tell me a Story"
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes- isn't that in your profile?
    Bruce Mowbray: mmmm.... the best part of NYC. . . was watching my friend discover the city.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes. I can imagine.
    Aphrodite Macbain: What did he like the best?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh look my umbrella matches my T srt
    Calvino Rabeni: Thanks, Aphro - now "Tell Me a Story" is in my profile
    Aphrodite Macbain: shirt
    Bruce Mowbray: He loved the Metropolitan Mus. of Art best, I think -
    Aphrodite Macbain: he he
    Bruce Mowbray: He went there twice -- also went to MoMA. . .
    Aphrodite Macbain: I love that place. What was the temporary exhibit?
    Aphrodite Macbain: at the Met
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm trying to remember. . . . at MoMA it was Matisse.
    Bruce Mowbray: Can recall what it was at the Met -- Oh now I remember...
    Bruce Mowbray: They are preparing for one to open October 1st...
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh my. That would make my week. Matisse is my favourite artist
    Bruce Mowbray: So that section was closed down temporarily.
    Bruce Mowbray: You folks are quite creative with your parasols.
    Aphrodite Macbain: I like our umbrellas. They look so serious
    Aphrodite Macbain: sorry parasols
    Bruce Mowbray: I gave black ones to everyone this morning -- and took an arial photo. . .
    Bruce Mowbray: six of us.
    Bruce Mowbray: Wol said she'd include the photo with her chat log.
    Calvino Rabeni: Do they confer the ability to fly by any chance?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Cool. I'll get this one too. Smile
    Bruce Mowbray: Don't know. . . I know that the onigokko works fine with them.
    Aphrodite Macbain: He he. I can't see any of our faces
    Aphrodite Macbain: omigod there he goes

    Bruces tears around the place in an onigokko trance
    Calvino Rabeni: Up Up and Away
    Aphrodite Macbain: feel better now?
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, just a bit of turbulence there at the end.

    Human rights in Iran and Chile

    Aphrodite Macbain: I went to an amazing protest in SL today -discussing human rights in general and one person in particular
    Aphrodite Macbain: the Iranian woman who was going to be stoned for adultery
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh really? Please say more, Aph.
    Aphrodite Macbain: they have now changed the sentence - to hanging
    Bruce Mowbray listens intently.
    Aphrodite Macbain: there were films and speaches and performances by different artists
    Aphrodite Macbain: the hostess had been affected herself by human rights abvuses.
    Aphrodite Macbain: her father is Chilean and nd he was tortured during the Pinochet regi me
    Aphrodite Macbain: It was very emotional and powerful
    Aphrodite Macbain: Thjis all took place in Siena - and in Italian
    Aphrodite Macbain: But I had my handy dandy translator
    Aphrodite Macbain: Amazing what can be done in SL
    Aphrodite Macbain: I seem to have left you both speechless
    Bruce Mowbray: Were there a lot of people at the demonstration?
    Aphrodite Macbain: About 15. It was midnight Italian time -too bad
    Aphrodite Macbain: Always technical glitches but I was impressed by the willingness to do this

    Bruce Mowbray: wow.
    Bruce Mowbray: Ahmadeenijad was in New York the same days that I was.
    Bruce Mowbray: He talked about the woman who is sentenced to die.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh - and what did he have to say
    Bruce Mowbray: He made all sorts of comparisons with American death penalty cases.
    Aphrodite Macbain: But it hasn't even been proved that she is guilty
    Bruce Mowbray: (and for the first time, I actually agreed with him. . . partly, anyway).
    Aphrodite Macbain: She was going to be stoned for adultery
    Bruce Mowbray: I am TOTALLY against the deathy penalty.
    Bruce Mowbray: I know.
    Bruce Mowbray: Medieval customs.
    Aphrodite Macbain: and then they decided she had killed her husband and deserved to be hanged
    Aphrodite Macbain: To pacify western observers (hanging is beter than stoning...)
    Bruce Mowbray: I am NOT pacified.
    Aphrodite Macbain: The question that was being asked today was how this kind of abuse of human rights can ever be stopped
    Aphrodite Macbain: What needs to be done?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Is it simply education? But by whom and of what?
    Bruce Mowbray: Hearts and minds can change.
    Calvino Rabeni: Maybe 600 years of cultural evolution?
    Aphrodite Macbain: But how?
    Calvino Rabeni: Perhaps that can be accelerated
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes. exactly. it seems to take so much time for those kinds of attitudes to change
    Aphrodite Macbain: How Cal?
    Calvino Rabeni: Some people think modern media accelerate changes
    Aphrodite Macbain: They were saying it would have to be through the mothers that changes can be made.
    Calvino Rabeni: In what ways does that make sense?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Cal - but don't you think that although modern media speeds things it but rarely explors things in depth. So no deep change can happen
    Aphrodite Macbain: We get numb rather than informed

    Bruce Mowbray: I know that in Argentina the mothers crusade has helped raise the consciousness of the general public.
    Bruce Mowbray: They've been protesting for decades.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes, and in Chile I gather
    Aphrodite Macbain: So, perhaps it's reaching and informing the mothers that is a start
    Aphrodite Macbain: But so many are controlled by their husbands and fathers
    Aphrodite Macbain: and brothers
    Aphrodite Macbain: Anyway, as you can see I've been a bit- um- stimulated by the protest in Siena

    Bruce Mowbray: I wonder if you will encounted that interest in RL when you visit there next week.

    Big apple bustle

    Aphrodite Macbain: Bruce-does it feel strange to be back home after the bustle of the big apple?
    Bruce Mowbray: I have not yet settled down, Aph.
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm still sort of buzzing. . .
    Aphrodite Macbain: Unpacking and doing laundry. I bet Bear missed you!
    Bruce Mowbray: Bear greetly me heartily, of course.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Was there someone feeding him?
    Bruce Mowbray: but he's seen many many comings and goings from me in the past ten years.
    Aphrodite Macbain: as long as he knows you're coming back...
    Bruce Mowbray: No, I just leave enough food for him and the five raccoons.
    Bruce Mowbray: The longest I've ever left him was two weeks (when I went to Scotland).
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-) what do 5 raccoons eat?
    Bruce Mowbray: dog food, if they can get it -- and Bear shares with them all.
    Aphrodite Macbain: What a great image.
    Bruce Mowbray: I have photos of Bear watching a raccoon eating out of his tub of dogfood.
    Calvino Rabeni: A friend around here told me the other day - her dogs had caught some creature and were eating it ... apparently it was a wallaby

    Colliding kangaroos and other animals
    Calvino Rabeni: those are way bigger than a raccoon
    Aphrodite Macbain: I don't think my cats don't notice if I've been away
    Bruce Mowbray: Bear has NEVER been without food, so he doesn't understand competition for it.
    Aphrodite Macbain: A wallaby? Aren't they only in Australia?
    Bruce Mowbray: a wallaby?! I thought that was a kangeroo.
    Calvino Rabeni: I'm visualizing all kinds of medium to large sized wildlife creatures roaming the grasslands of austraila
    Calvino Rabeni: getting into people's backyards
    Calvino Rabeni: yep, a small kangaroo
    Bruce Mowbray: wow!
    Aphrodite Macbain: wow. I gather kangaroos are quite a menace now
    Bruce Mowbray: Around here the "menace" is coyotes.
    Calvino Rabeni: then another friend, collided with an Elk on the road
    Bruce Mowbray: I guess some folks consider the raccoons to be a menace also. . . but not me.
    Calvino Rabeni: We're rather global, in wildlife stories
    Aphrodite Macbain: In Nfld they collide with moose!
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh dear -- collided with an elk!
    Bruce Mowbray: also -- lots of moose in Alaska -- I have photos of myself sitting quite close to one.
    Calvino Rabeni: Sadly, car was totaled
    Bruce Mowbray: in my friend's backyard.
    Bruce Mowbray: Gosh!
    Bruce Mowbray: How about the elk?
    Calvino Rabeni: hmm, got away with only some bruises
    Bruce Mowbray: wow.
    Aphrodite Macbain: I lived in Banff national Park for 7 years. There was lots of road kill including bear, elk, coyote
    Bruce Mowbray: that's sad.
    Aphrodite Macbain: They got confused with this highway running though their traditional trails
    Bruce Mowbray: When I walked across the country in 1977, I saw a bear that had been killed by a car (in the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho).
    Bruce Mowbray: I'm always rooting for the animals over the cars.
    Aphrodite Macbain: That must have been a sad siight. Have you ever almost hit an animal with your motorbike Cal?
    Calvino Rabeni: One time I saw a bear eating a dolphin
    Calvino Rabeni: Hmmm, nearly hit a racoon
    Calvino Rabeni: maybe a few birds hit me
    Calvino Rabeni: dodged a cougar
    Aphrodite Macbain: now that's hard to imagine. how did the bear come by the dolphin?
    Calvino Rabeni: and a few deer
    Aphrodite Macbain: Ouch.
    Calvino Rabeni: the dolphin was probably dead and washed up on the shore
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh. The bear probably thought it was a very large salmon
    Calvino Rabeni: yes ... quite a meal
    Aphrodite Macbain: Wonder if it hid it or stored it up a tree
    Calvino Rabeni: they do that don't they
    Bruce Mowbray: Perhaps the bear was not eating it on porpoise.
    Aphrodite Macbain: ouch
    Calvino Rabeni: harrrr
    Aphrodite Macbain: saved by the bell
    Aphrodite Macbain: What are you planning for your birthday Bruce?
    Aphrodite Macbain: It's on Thursday, isn't it?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Perhaps Bruce doesn't want his birthday mentioned
    Bruce Mowbray: My birthday will be Thursday, yes. I'm not doing anything, but the following day my friend Lainey and I will get together to celebrate both of our birthdays.
    Bruce Mowbray: She is exactly two days older than I am.
    Bruce Mowbray: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porpoise
    Aphrodite Macbain: Perfect. Are you cooking a big meal?
    Bruce Mowbray: I just learned that there's a difference between porpoises and dolphins.
    Bruce Mowbray: We'll probably go out for dinner.
    Bruce Mowbray: I never knew that.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh that's what you were doing
    Bruce Mowbray: and have a nice toast .... (the liquid kind).
    Aphrodite Macbain: multi-tasking
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes. always appropriate
    Bruce Mowbray: [more than you know, Aph -- about the multi-tasking, I mean]
    Aphrodite Macbain: oh yes?
    Bruce Mowbray: alas. . . I am getting giddy for lack of sleep.
    Aphrodite Macbain: are you also doing your laundry?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes, it's late 4 U
    Bruce Mowbray: Not yet... with the laundry. I have to run into town to do that -- and will take care of it tomorrow.
    Calvino Rabeni: A toast - what a lovely tradition
    Bruce Mowbray: Yes, I love that lovely tradition.

    Bruce Mowbray: are you packed for italy yet?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Yes - I wanted to see if it would all fit. My hiking poles etc
    Aphrodite Macbain: and, groan, my knee brace.
    Bruce Mowbray: Have you been to Italia before?
    Aphrodite Macbain: which I think I should wear when I clamber around for 5 hours
    Bruce Mowbray: yeppers, good idea.
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes. a few times- I try and go every 2 or 3 years. Practice my Italian
    Bruce Mowbray: wonderful.
    Aphrodite Macbain: 4 days in Rome, 5 days in Umbria
    Bruce Mowbray: Great! I love Florence.

    Aphrodite Macbain: Me too but I wont be there this year

    Bruce Mowbray: I love the Michelangelo Square up on the hill overlooking the city.
    Aphrodite Macbain: I've never been up there

    Bruce Mowbray: I go to NYC twice every year -- to practice walking up and down subway entrances.
    Aphrodite Macbain: hehe
    Aphrodite Macbain: do you use the subway a lot?
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh yes -- We used the subway to go just about everywhere.
    Aphrodite Macbain: It's fast and easy
    Aphrodite Macbain: and cheap
    Aphrodite Macbain: Have you been to NYC Calvino?
    Bruce Mowbray thinks Cal might be multi-tasking....
    Bruce Mowbray: Hey folks, I am really nodding off now -- in addition to getting giddy.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Cal is always multitasking

    Calvino Rabeni: Except when I'm not :)

    Bruce Mowbray: So, I shall bid you both good night.
    Bruce Mowbray: And Aph -- I hope we'll meet before your big adventure....
    Aphrodite Macbain: Have a good sleep Bruce. Nice to have you back
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night, Bruce, sleep deeply and wake refreshed
    Bruce Mowbray: Thank you both.
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'll be here daily and for sure on Saturday at 1pm
    Bruce Mowbray: This has been an excellent way to end a busy day.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Nite nite
    Bruce Mowbray: May you both be well and happy -- till we meet again.
    Aphrodite Macbain: Thanks Bruce
    Calvino Rabeni: Until we meet again.
    Bruce Mowbray: Good night.
    Aphrodite Macbain: alla prossima
    Aphrodite Macbain: ARE you multi tasking?
    Calvino Rabeni: ATM - yes, but earlier - no :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Aph - I just got dinner invitation
    Calvino Rabeni: Get it while it's hot, as they say
    Aphrodite Macbain: Then I too will bid you good night. I'm going to make my dinner. Bon appetit
    Calvino Rabeni: So, I hope to chat with you later :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: Bye
    Calvino Rabeni: Thanks - bye for now :)

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