2011.01.13 19:00 - Being Ourselves

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Paradise Tennant. The comments are by Paradise, Lucinda, Eliza, Pila, druth, Calvino, Bleu and stevenaia

    Paradise Tennant: smiles hiya lucinda good to see you :)
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Paradise...good to see you also...
    Lucinda Lavender: sitting alone...
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: not now that you have come :)
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: have been enjoying the reading of many recent sessions...
    Paradise Tennant: smiles yes some of them are very very good
    Pila Mulligan: hi Lucinda and Paradise
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Pila:)
    Paradise Tennant: lol hiya pila good to see you :)))
    Pila Mulligan: I hope you are both well ad happy
    Pila Mulligan: and*
    Lucinda Lavender: yes I am...
    Paradise Tennant: nods yes drinking tea ..and munching pizza just happy to be home
    Pila Mulligan: nice :)
    Pila Mulligan: what is in your lap, Lucinda?
    Lucinda Lavender: and you pila?
    Pila Mulligan: I am both well and happy, thanks
    Lucinda Lavender: good question!
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: I am not sure
    Lucinda Lavender: last night I was given a bicycle...could it be part of that?
    Paradise Tennant: it is the backs of the bunny slippers :) I think
    Pila Mulligan: ahh, bunny slippers :)
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Paradise Tennant: they wink !
    Pila Mulligan: yes, *large* bunny slippers
    Lucinda Lavender: yes..
    Pila Mulligan: winking eyes and wiggly noses
    Lucinda Lavender: have a way of draping over one when seated
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Lucinda Lavender: do you have a musical dress Paradise?
    Paradise Tennant: nods yes
    Lucinda Lavender: nice...
    Paradise Tennant: smiles really like it .. I am awash in notes
    Lucinda Lavender: ah yes
    Paradise Tennant: also bought one where I am a walking tree trunk .. cute in a wood nymph kind of way .. sl is so great that way no physical constraints to creativity
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: nodding
    Paradise Tennant: well what shall we talk of :)) anyone have a theme.. something they would like explore :)
    Pila Mulligan: IMd Steve and ELiza invting them
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Pila Mulligan: they said ok, in a few minutes
    Paradise Tennant: ok!
    Pila Mulligan: I'm in the midst of an electric storm and may get zapped off
    Paradise Tennant: hands you a grounding wire :)
    Lucinda Lavender: exciting
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Pila Mulligan: thanks :)
    Paradise Tennant: yes electrifying !
    Pila Mulligan: relying on the surge protector for the mos timportant part
    Lucinda Lavender: what temperature is it?
    Pila Mulligan: mid 60's
    Pila Mulligan: F
    Lucinda Lavender: ah...we warmed up to the low 50's today
    Lucinda Lavender: after snow earliar this week
    Paradise Tennant: freezing cold here .. snow slush .. sleeting kind of snow in the face walks .. down coats and no foolin around high tech thermal underwear weather
    Lucinda Lavender: nodding
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Druth:)
    druth Vlodovic: hi guys
    Paradise Tennant: hiya druth
    Lucinda Lavender: Pila is in a bit of a storm...
    Paradise Tennant: oh no we lost pila :) to a surge ?
    Lucinda Lavender: druth are in a cold or hot place?
    Lucinda Lavender: or warm...?
    druth Vlodovic: pretty cold
    druth Vlodovic: 'bout 20 below
    Lucinda Lavender: welcome back Pila
    druth Vlodovic: wb pila
    Pila Mulligan: thanks
    Pila Mulligan: hi druth
    Paradise Tennant: wb pila
    Lucinda Lavender: wow druth!
    Paradise Tennant: nice to be able to come into sl and wear sandals is it no
    Paradise Tennant: not
    Paradise Tennant: love that about sl can be miserable outside .. and here you are beach clothes
    Pila Mulligan: may I ask wehre in rl (roughly) you are druth - it sounds *cold*
    druth Vlodovic: near Ottawa
    Pila Mulligan: ahh, Canadian as is Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: big smile here toronto !
    druth Vlodovic: it's been pretty warm this year up until the last week
    Pila Mulligan: yep, a cooler part of the planet
    Paradise Tennant: smiles you could be skating on the canal tonight ? yes ?
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    druth Vlodovic: haven't been in a whil, might get a chance tomorrow
    druth Vlodovic: I'm about 40min from the canal
    Paradise Tennant: nice !
    druth Vlodovic: ever been?
    Paradise Tennant: yes many times
    Paradise Tennant: have friends in ottawa :)
    Paradise Tennant: skate ..drink the hot cocoa :) the canal goes a long way
    druth Vlodovic: I think only part of it is open, you'll have to call me next time you're up and show me around lol
    Paradise Tennant: lol okies
    druth Vlodovic: first time I did it I walked it pushing a stroller
    Pila Mulligan: the lightning strikes in the rl storm here are getting closer and bigger, it would be prudent of me to turn things off I suspect
    Pila Mulligan: nice to see you Lucinda, Paradise and druth -- bye for now
    druth Vlodovic: ah, too bad
    druth Vlodovic: bye pila
    Paradise Tennant: ok good nite pila
    Paradise Tennant: namaste
    Pila Mulligan: aloha `oe :)
    Paradise Tennant: sweet dreams
    Lucinda Lavender: stay safe Pila...
    Paradise Tennant: aloha 'oe
    druth Vlodovic: they seem to get a lot of electrical storms in hawaii
    Paradise Tennant: still find it amazing we can all be strewn across the globe in all kinds of weather and yet sit together by this quiet little pond
    druth Vlodovic: ty paradise :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Bleu Oleander: hi Paradise, Luci, Druth :)
    Lucinda Lavender: the way this works is dreamy for me...
    druth Vlodovic: hi bleu
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Bleu
    Paradise Tennant: smiles hiya bleu ..
    Bleu Oleander: how is everyone?
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at lucinda .. yes sl seems like a dream to me sometimes too sort of surreal
    Lucinda Lavender: pretty good...
    Lucinda Lavender: I was having a thought about how the recording goes during the silence...
    Lucinda Lavender: and then there are our thoughts during the silence...and the spaces between the thoughts...pictures too.
    Paradise Tennant: listens
    Lucinda Lavender:I guess I hold in my mind and heart a kind of reverance for this place and its potential...:)
    Lucinda Lavender: not sure if reverance is the right word...but close
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Paradise Tennant: somehow you feel like you may be closer to getting "it" here :) than many other places ..
    Lucinda Lavender: curious about new projects in PaB
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at Bleu :)
    Bleu Oleander: always a new project :)
    Bleu Oleander: have another one up my virtual sleeve after this one :)
    Lucinda Lavender: I have been quite busy for them of late...
    Lucinda Lavender: would love to hear of it tho...
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Cal!
    Bleu Oleander: are you working on the current one Luci?
    Bleu Oleander: hey Eliza
    Bleu Oleander: hi Cal
    Eliza Madrigal: Hola!
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Cinda, good evening everyone:)
    Lucinda Lavender: no ...not that I know of yet..:)
    Paradise Tennant: hiya cal eliza hola !
    Bleu Oleander: hi steve
    Lucinda Lavender: sometimes I come in at the last minute tho ...:)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi steve, Eliza
    stevenaia Michinaga: greetings everyone
    Eliza Madrigal: nice to see everyone
    Paradise Tennant: hiya stevenaia :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    Eliza Madrigal: Pila poofed?
    Paradise Tennant: lightening storm ..he had to shut down :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh :(
    Eliza Madrigal: we normally have thunder storms nearly every day, but not this year...
    Paradise Tennant: was nice to see him though however briefly .. always brings to my mind the tropics .. beaches the sea air :) sitting with pila is like a mini break :)
    Eliza Madrigal smiles
    Eliza Madrigal: yes funy how people bring along their environments
    stevenaia Michinaga: suppose I do look like snow
    druth Vlodovic: :)
    Paradise Tennant: there is an interesting topic eliza .. what makes a person's presence ?
    Eliza Madrigal: :) well your feet were obviously cold
    Eliza Madrigal: Hm.... great question Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: what compiles it :) how do you instantly feel the uniqueness of it
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmmm what make that presence, what they see or what you see, Paradise
    Eliza Madrigal: similar question arose in Ways of Knowing workshop today.... how one feels presence in person, with art
    Bleu Oleander: related to the Art of Being Self project Paradise
    Eliza Madrigal: hmmm
    Eliza Madrigal listens
    Paradise Tennant: hmm what you feel being with someone ..in any setting really
    Lucinda Lavender: hoped I would hear about that project
    Bleu Oleander: how others perceive you
    Bleu Oleander: as different avatar expressions
    Paradise Tennant: smiles must be in the air then :) swear ideas float in little orbs around us :)
    Bleu Oleander: I always feel funny when I look more real
    Eliza Madrigal: :) Paradise
    Eliza Madrigal: maybe 'something wants to be known'
    Paradise Tennant: was thinking you look beautiful tonight bleu but I know what you mean .. being more art like or cartoon like is easier to get use to
    Eliza Madrigal: I relate to you funny when you are more normal, Bleu
    Eliza Madrigal: it is like it doesn't 'fit' for me
    Eliza Madrigal: at first
    Bleu Oleander: somehow my own art pieces feel more like me
    Eliza Madrigal: very neat
    Paradise Tennant: smiles .. because they capture your soul maybe :)
    Eliza Madrigal: your inner world
    Lucinda Lavender: perhaps the more "Real " it seems the more there can be compared with how one sees onself...more argument with the autheticity
    Bleu Oleander: easier for others to relate to me this way probably
    Eliza Madrigal: not for me...
    Bleu Oleander: yes Luci, there's something to that I think
    Bleu Oleander: for me anyway
    Paradise Tennant: hmm in many ways we are our choices :)
    Bleu Oleander: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: @ Bleu, yet after a second I relate well...
    Eliza Madrigal: I've always thought that someon who reads my writing would know me better than someone who spent every day with me in RL
    Bleu Oleander: can relate to that Eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: but I'm sure those people in RL would disagree, nice when they overlap
    druth Vlodovic: it gives people different gaps in their knowledge of you
    stevenaia Michinaga: isn;t what you type here "reading your writings"?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: very much so, Steve
    Eliza Madrigal: different gaps... like that
    Eliza Madrigal: I've not been taking good notes... but the project has caused me to reflect a lot about various experiences
    Bleu Oleander: me too, much reflection .... notes are still in my head :)
    Lucinda Lavender: thinking now about how the avatar could be the expression of a deepest self..
    Paradise Tennant: yes believe that too lucinda
    Eliza Madrigal: hmm
    Eliza Madrigal: how do you feel in gowns Paradise?
    Paradise Tennant: we are defined by our choices and it is interesting to watch yourself evolve :)
    druth Vlodovic: or how you wish to be reacted to
    Paradise Tennant: love them
    Paradise Tennant: smiles like the colour the swish the whole pretty thing:)
    Lucinda Lavender: not necessarily the set of responses we fall to when in the midst of ever challenging/changing daily life
    Eliza Madrigal: :))
    Lucinda Lavender: I like them too...
    Eliza Madrigal: the swish, yes... reminds me of playing in skirts as a child
    Eliza Madrigal: twirling
    Paradise Tennant: for me I think this place channels my child .. i gravitate towards tinkerbell... the little mermaid and party dresses .. was pretty much like that at 6 :)
    Eliza Madrigal: :))
    Eliza Madrigal: Have any of you ever misrepresented yourself online to find out something?
    Eliza Madrigal: Like I pretended a wrong age in one setting..
    stevenaia Michinaga: I have simply by omission
    Bleu Oleander: what do you mean by misrepresent?
    Bleu Oleander: on purpose?
    Eliza Madrigal: yes
    druth Vlodovic: what did you want to find out eliza?
    Eliza Madrigal: I was in a writing group of 50 women and din't want to be the 'baby' of the group
    Eliza Madrigal: I wanted to know if my ideas held on their own
    Calvino Rabeni: I did - I wanted to listen to the recording from a womens teleseminar so I just registered using a female sounding name
    Calvino Rabeni: In another case I adjusted my Yahoo profile so that I would get different ads pushed at me
    Eliza Madrigal: yes that's the kind of thing I wondered...
    Calvino Rabeni: I got tired of the targeted ads like - Russian mail-order brides like to please older studs!
    Calvino Rabeni: So I set my "profession" to Higher Education and job to Professor
    Calvino Rabeni: Now I get ads for the Lexus
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: hah
    Calvino Rabeni: I tried female for a while but I couldn't bear all the botox and wrinkles pictures
    Eliza Madrigal: choose your illusion ;-)
    Eliza Madrigal: tell me about it :D
    Eliza Madrigal: I remember an Apple commercial that was brilliant... conveyed that online would be 'accessible' to all
    Eliza Madrigal: at the time I was a young mom, and constantly felt treated even younger... I felt that adding years let me in...
    Eliza Madrigal: I'm sure I was wrong. I only added 2 years. hahah
    Eliza Madrigal: but I'm sure avatars introduce a whole nother dimension :)
    druth Vlodovic: closest I did was my gaia online account, I told people was 22, still freaked them out
    Eliza Madrigal: what is the gaia account about? a social network?
    Calvino Rabeni: Used to be, yes
    druth Vlodovic: apparently it's mostly a young teen hangout
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh haha
    druth Vlodovic: my daughter was a member, still is, sort of an sl idea, only you don't make your own stuff
    Eliza Madrigal: ah, so an element of 'world' to it?
    Paradise Tennant: sometimes there is an authenticity to just doing what you like .. without relation to others .. use the smile test ..if it makes you smile .. could be .. should be a yes ?
    Eliza Madrigal smiles @ Paradise
    Lucinda Lavender: nice Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: smiles @ eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: :D
    Eliza Madrigal: that's direct
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Here's a question - how many social network sites are you registered for, including mail-list ones, approximately?
    Paradise Tennant: 2
    Bleu Oleander: 3
    druth Vlodovic: kinda 3
    Eliza Madrigal: registered for or participate in? registered for prob 5 or 6
    stevenaia Michinaga: 3
    Eliza Madrigal: participate in 3
    stevenaia Michinaga: FB Linkedin, SL
    Lucinda Lavender: 3-4
    Eliza Madrigal: unless one counts SL related google groups, hehe
    druth Vlodovic: eliza threw off our average
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, wait... 4
    Calvino Rabeni: Hard to say, maybe about 14, but not very participating ... including in that twitter and facebook
    stevenaia Michinaga: 4
    Eliza Madrigal: yes twitter and facebook were two of mine
    stevenaia Michinaga: ooops,, 5
    Calvino Rabeni: there are a bunch on ning
    Bleu Oleander: 14?
    Eliza Madrigal: I have one on ning but not used...
    Bleu Oleander: do you have time for anything else?
    Eliza Madrigal: :))
    Calvino Rabeni: PaB takes up the most time :)
    Eliza Madrigal: yes, he is aprofessor after all
    stevenaia Michinaga: who drives a Lexus
    Eliza Madrigal grins
    Calvino Rabeni: (scooter usually)
    Bleu Oleander: ooops 4 for me
    Paradise Tennant: are they hard to drive cal ?
    Calvino Rabeni: No
    Eliza Madrigal: fun
    Paradise Tennant: walk by a nice italian one most mornings on my way to work and think hmmmm maybe in green !
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: I have to sign off (sorry bell) and thanks much everyone, this was fun. See some of you bright and early for Time
    Paradise Tennant: smiles namaste eliza
    Bleu Oleander: night Eliza
    Bleu Oleander: oh thanks almost forgot
    Calvino Rabeni: Dinner has arrived :) Take care everyone, bye :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Cal
    Bleu Oleander: night Cal
    Paradise Tennant: take care cal :)
    druth Vlodovic: cya
    Lucinda Lavender: bye Eliza and Cal...
    Bleu Oleander: I should go too ... night everyone :)
    druth Vlodovic: bye bleu
    Lucinda Lavender: night Bleu...thanks
    Paradise Tennant: good nite bleu .. nice to see you !
    Lucinda Lavender: I better go too:) sweet dreams all!
    druth Vlodovic: 'nite luc
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite luc :))
    druth Vlodovic: she must have been sitting too long
    Paradise Tennant: smiles we are like leaves we blow in and blow out :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    druth Vlodovic: each to our own wind
    stevenaia Michinaga: love that about this place... relaxed
    Paradise Tennant: wow love that line druth .. each to our own wind :)
    Paradise Tennant: can you describe what you own wind is like druth :)
    druth Vlodovic: depends on what I've been eating
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Paradise Tennant: well metaphorically speaking
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Paradise Tennant: really fun when you look at that question
    druth Vlodovic: what is paradise's wind like?
    Paradise Tennant: nothing complicated ... increasing simple .. and getting simpler .. so I would say a steady aruba trade wind .. about as far from a t twirling eddy as you can get ;)
    druth Vlodovic: "gtting simpler" tell me your secret!
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: think I maybe started off simple but I have a preference for it that keeps getting more and more pornoucned may end up only a whistle :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: bedtime
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Druth, Paradise
    druth Vlodovic: ah, 'night steve
    Paradise Tennant: smiles sweet dreams stevenaia :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: once I have a 3 yawn moment.....:0
    stevenaia Michinaga: it;s a sign
    druth Vlodovic: I should head too, I'm only a half hour late for a thing I wanted to go to :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles we should alway pay attention to the sing
    Paradise Tennant: okies
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite
    Paradise Tennant: yawning here too :)
    Paradise Tennant: namaste ;) druth thanks again
    druth Vlodovic: sweet dreams

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