2012.10.28 19:00 - It was a dark and stormy night

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Calvino Rabeni. The comments are by Calvino Rabeni.

    Santoshima Resident: hello
    ContreCourant Resident: hello
    Santoshima Resident: hi Cal :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Santo :) Contra :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Good eve, Aphro !
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hiya
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hiya
    Santoshima Resident: hi Aph
    ContreCourant Resident: hello Aphrodite
    Calvino Rabeni: How is everyone .. anyone ?
    Santoshima Resident: Contre, you've been away a while? good to see you again
    ContreCourant Resident: thank you. It's bee a while. Except I was here on Friday I think
    ContreCourant Resident: when Stevenaia was here
    ContreCourant Resident: we danced to big band music
    Alfred Kelberry: hey guys
    Aphrodite Macbain: you did?
    Santoshima Resident: hi MP
    Aphrodite Macbain: where?
    Alfred Kelberry: mr cal, long time :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Nods to Boxy .. hi ... a long week
    Alfred Kelberry: does anyone know of a good place to buy a meditation cushion?
    Santoshima Resident: sl or rl
    Alfred Kelberry: sl
    Santoshima Resident: hang on
    Santoshima Resident: will check inventory
    Aphrodite Macbain: from Darren?
    Alfred Kelberry: i'd like round and asian style
    Aphrodite Macbain: Darren makes great meditation cushions
    Aphrodite Macbain: we use them n OF
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, nice
    Calvino Rabeni: looking for a classic black zafu style, Boxy?
    Alfred Kelberry: can i buy them some place?
    Santoshima Resident: try that one, mp
    Santoshima Resident: hat's what I sent you
    Santoshima Resident: free and copyable
    Aphrodite Macbain: he sells them
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Welcome stevenaia :)
    Santoshima Resident: hello Stevenaia and PAradise
    Alfred Kelberry: thank you. guess it'll work fine for human avs.
    stevenaia Michinaga: waves
    ContreCourant Resident: Hi Stevenaia, nice to see you again
    stevenaia Michinaga: HI CONTRE
    ContreCourant Resident: and your beautiful dress
    Alfred Kelberry: paradise! wow - new dress :)
    Paradise Tennant: hiya san ..:)) happy birthday :: we should do cake !
    Santoshima Resident: hmmm + tea
    Paradise Tennant: hiya boxy cal aph stev contre :))
    Aphrodite Macbain: Is it your birthday today San??
    Calvino Rabeni: Evening, Paradise :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: It's mine and Aggers birthdays tomorrow!!
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, rl birthday?
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes
    Santoshima Resident: right! ... separated at birth
    Alfred Kelberry: wee!
    Paradise Tennant: happy birthday aph :))
    Alfred Kelberry: congrats, aphy :)
    Alfred Kelberry: you're now a big girl
    Aphrodite Macbain: yum!
    Aphrodite Macbain: Thank you!
    Aphrodite Macbain: Is this your SL birthday San?
    Aphrodite Macbain: delicious
    ContreCourant Resident: Happy birthday both of you!
    Santoshima Resident: ty
    Aphrodite Macbain: How are you doing Cal?
    Aphrodite Macbain: still packing?
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, vacation?
    stevenaia Michinaga: fleeing the hurricane?
    Calvino Rabeni: Well, ... hmm, sort of ... I know how to make things take a really long time :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I'm nearing the end of "going through the store room" task
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Of course it wasn't strictly necessary to do that to get out of town
    Aphrodite Macbain: find anything interesting?
    Calvino Rabeni: but, it is good to have excuses (motivations?) from time to time, eh?
    Alfred Kelberry: where are you going?
    Aphrodite Macbain: Nothing like a good clean up to re-make ones history
    Aphrodite Macbain: yes- I usually tidy if someone's coming over
    Alfred Kelberry: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Boston, the orient, Australia, who knows!
    Aphrodite Macbain: :-)
    Calvino Rabeni: well, deeeeep organizing -- something I don't do very often
    Aphrodite Macbain: Boston sounds exotic!
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, Boston is exotic. There
    Alfred Kelberry: cal, that sounds great
    Paradise Tennant: yummy seafood
    Calvino Rabeni: is a wooden sailing ship, called Old Ironsides
    Calvino Rabeni: made of oak actually
    Calvino Rabeni: at sunset the cannon goes Boom
    Aphrodite Macbain: smiles
    Alfred Kelberry: exotic as in more european?
    Calvino Rabeni: Exotic as in more sense of history, perhaps
    Alfred Kelberry: right, more european then :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: exotic for me is sout of the ordinary
    Calvino Rabeni: Adventurous?
    ContreCourant Resident: yes- breaking new ground
    Alfred Kelberry: unusually pleasant
    ContreCourant Resident: hmmm not necessarily
    Calvino Rabeni: Holding the possibility of experiment and creating new paths?
    ContreCourant Resident: an adjective usually placed on "the other"
    Calvino Rabeni: Well maybe ancient paths, new to oneself, are both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time
    Alfred Kelberry: how long will you travel, cal?
    Calvino Rabeni: Months, years, who knows!
    ContreCourant Resident: whatever you do pack a very small suitcase
    Calvino Rabeni: More than a little, less than a lifetime
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes I travel light
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi luci
    Calvino Rabeni: no socks :)
    Alfred Kelberry: cal, you have good funding :)
    Calvino Rabeni: Lucinda :)
    ContreCourant Resident: he ddoes?
    Lucinda Lavender: whispering hi...
    Alfred Kelberry: luci ;)
    Calvino Rabeni: I do?
    Santoshima Resident: hey Luci
    Aphrodite Macbain: helllo Lucinda
    ContreCourant Resident: Hello
    Calvino Rabeni: Speaking of that, does anyone know how to get into cheap, unpredictable air travel?
    Alfred Kelberry: being able to travel for months and years - it's not exactly cheap
    Calvino Rabeni: Standby or auction?
    Calvino Rabeni: It's not cheap, one best avoid expensive places
    Calvino Rabeni: fears that Venice is off the map
    Alfred Kelberry: oh, i know a site where they help you with the cheapest route
    ContreCourant Resident: Ryan air once you are in England
    ContreCourant Resident: very very cheap
    Calvino Rabeni: Maybe there's couchsurfing etc.
    ContreCourant Resident: and very unpredictable
    ContreCourant Resident: Maybe you can work on a ship
    stevenaia Michinaga: there are an number of sites, sometimes with daily specials to and from wherever you tell them

    Lucinda Lavender: here is something for the record...really applicable to our play and science.
    Paradise Tennant: smiles and waves at luci
    Alfred Kelberry: well, airbnb.com of course for accommodations
    Lucinda Lavender: http://www.ted.com/talks/beau_lotto_amy_o_toole_science_is_for_everyone_kids_included.html
    stevenaia Michinaga: sent by email to you
    stevenaia Michinaga: looking for it now
    Calvino Rabeni: I actually checked out the ship angle ...some of the container ships are fitted out with a few staterooms .. going commercial
    Alfred Kelberry: cal, this one for the flights: http://flightfox.com/
    Calvino Rabeni: I had friends that hitchhiked to africa on tramp freighters, but I'm not sure that's still a good idea
    Paradise Tennant: sounds exciting to be going off on a long journey :))
    Alfred Kelberry: cal, wow - tough guy :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: why not Cal?
    Aphrodite Macbain: maybe you can bike around America down into Mexico
    Aphrodite Macbain: we are all projecting our desires for travel onto you
    Calvino Rabeni: hmmm, maybe its ok, but it was the young and reckless era, and perhaps the piracy and kidnapping business is bigger now
    Alfred Kelberry: you bet, cal
    Aphrodite Macbain: why would they kidnap you?
    Calvino Rabeni: $$$
    Aphrodite Macbain: are your parents zillionaires?
    Calvino Rabeni: don't have to be
    Calvino Rabeni: sadly it's become a commodity business
    Aphrodite Macbain: the US would pay?
    Calvino Rabeni: no
    Calvino Rabeni: any relatives that don't want to see you dead
    Aphrodite Macbain: nods
    Aphrodite Macbain: well I've travelled by myself a lot and noone has ever looked at me as a kidnappable commodity
    Alfred Kelberry: sun talked about south africa the other day and high rates of violent crimes there. and it's considered a fairly safe place on the continent.
    Alfred Kelberry: safe by african standards
    Calvino Rabeni: but, for me this is in the class of things not to look too closely at ... it's possible to get sunk looking at the details of various possibilities in the world
    Aphrodite Macbain: we wouldn't do anything if we imagined the worst happening
    Paradise Tennant: there are so many great trips to plan :)) specially if time is not a constraint
    Aphrodite Macbain: My wallet got stolen in Venice but I still plan to return there
    Calvino Rabeni: nods glad that wasn't a spoiler
    Aphrodite Macbain: where are you going next Paradise?
    Calvino Rabeni: what were some special impressions of Venice, Aph?
    ContreCourant Resident: the cafes
    ContreCourant Resident: sitting and sipping and watching the world go by
    Paradise Tennant: yes the water the canals the bridges :))
    ContreCourant Resident: yes! and the tourists- wall to wall!
    Aphrodite Macbain: Have you been there contre?
    ContreCourant Resident: yes
    Alfred Kelberry: i try to avoid touristy places
    ContreCourant Resident: many years ago
    Aphrodite Macbain: It didnt matter to me, you see past the tourits
    Calvino Rabeni: The google maps views are especially good .. I was able to scan the city in 3D, till I found specific places from photos
    Calvino Rabeni: that's one visit with no tourists :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: It was great wandering the streets with Wol
    Calvino Rabeni: but I like the mobs
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite luci
    Santoshima Resident: bye luci
    Aphrodite Macbain: *tourists
    Lucinda Lavender: must go for the moment...sweet dreams and weather to all:)
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye luci
    Aphrodite Macbain: waves at Luci
    Calvino Rabeni: nighty night
    ContreCourant Resident: byee
    Alfred Kelberry: i'll step out for a bit
    Calvino Rabeni: C U, A K later
    Aphrodite Macbain: the google map views are fabulous. Great way to find your way around. Did you see the aerial view that Wol sent- the one of outr apartment?
    Paradise Tennant: have a nice day boxy :)) \
    Aphrodite Macbain: waves at Boxy
    Aphrodite Macbain: Do you know people al over the world Cal?
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite contre :))
    ContreCourant Resident: I must go
    Calvino Rabeni: only via "La Vida Secunda"
    ContreCourant Resident: Bye by all
    Calvino Rabeni: Bye Contre
    Aphrodite Macbain: smiles
    Santoshima Resident: bye CC
    Aphrodite Macbain: La Vida Secunda. smiles
    Aphrodite Macbain: La Vita seconda

    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm speaking Italian
    Aphrodite Macbain: Alora, buona notte tutti
    Aphrodite Macbain: NIght all
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night :)
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite aph happy happy birthday
    stevenaia Michinaga: night Aph
    Aphrodite Macbain: See you tomorrow Cal and San
    Santoshima Resident: g'nite Aph
    Calvino Rabeni: sleep well
    Calvino Rabeni: dream well
    Aphrodite Macbain: Nite Stevenaia
    stevenaia Michinaga: long day
    Aphrodite Macbain: very
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite stev :))
    stevenaia Michinaga: tieing everything down around the yard
    Paradise Tennant: hmm sounds like a scary storm
    Calvino Rabeni: It was a dark and stormy night
    Paradise Tennant: been reading
    Calvino Rabeni: listens
    stevenaia Michinaga: we shall see, thinking a storm worthy of a very big party
    stevenaia Michinaga: n rain here yet, coming later tonight along w/ 70 mph winds
    stevenaia Michinaga: *no
    Calvino Rabeni: I'd had some small fortune ... put on my foul weather gear for a long dark wet bike ride, only to get an unexpected car lift from a friend
    Calvino Rabeni: now home safe and sound with the rain on the roof
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Paradise Tennant: that is always to listen to when you are warm and dry with tea in your hand
    Paradise Tennant: we may get 100k winds they are telling us to have 6 days of supplies
    Calvino Rabeni: Tea ! yes what an excellent idea
    Calvino Rabeni: (reflexively ducks the inter-urban express)
    Paradise Tennant: it is starling sometimes isn't coming out of nowhere seemly
    stevenaia Michinaga: calm one moment...
    stevenaia Michinaga: time to watch the storm news, they keep predicting a storm taking a left turn at NJ, but we shall see, I always miss that turn
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: amazed they evacuated nyc
    stevenaia Michinaga: at least the transit system
    Calvino Rabeni: did they really, wow
    Paradise Tennant: alot of grumbly manhattan nites
    stevenaia Michinaga: http://newyorkcity.webcambiglook.com/thumbcams.htm

    stevenaia Michinaga: night all
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite stev :)) sweet dreams
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night stevanaia
    Paradise Tennant: did you enjoy your birthday san ? was it a good day ?
    Santoshima Resident: it has bee quiet
    Calvino Rabeni: (sees S. float off like thistledown)
    Santoshima Resident: hauling things around in teh garden
    Santoshima Resident: g'night steve
    Paradise Tennant: what is prompting the big trip cal ..just itchy feet ?
    Calvino Rabeni: it's been a while, but, I needed an excuse ... healthcare services are so over priced in the US that the difference can pay for a "free" holiday trip
    Calvino Rabeni: and that, overcame my somewhat growing reluctance to travel
    Calvino Rabeni: I needed something to spark against that inertia
    Calvino Rabeni: Sometimes I'm afraid I'm getting to virtual, too digital
    Paradise Tennant: yes nice to be fully in the rl sometimes
    Calvino Rabeni: if the worst thing that happens is an internet hijacking .. and that seems a big deal ... hmm, I start to feel something needs to be shaken up
    Calvino Rabeni: yes fully
    Paradise Tennant: but you will travel with a computer ?
    Calvino Rabeni: nods yes,
    Paradise Tennant: it is exciting :))
    Calvino Rabeni: so it's not an internet addiction cold-turkey experience
    Paradise Tennant: love spontaneous trips deciding you are and just jumping in the car
    Paradise Tennant: minmal planning just going with the flow :)
    Calvino Rabeni: car camping is a good time .. if one is lucky to have a landscape suitable
    Santoshima Resident: true, goat paths sometimes better
    Paradise Tennant: yes and the right equipment :))
    Santoshima Resident: g'nite you two
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite san :))
    Paradise Tennant: I should go too :))
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night dream well
    Paradise Tennant: late here :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles when do you leave cal ?
    Calvino Rabeni: Same here !
    Calvino Rabeni: I don't know! I like to keep myself in suspense!
    Paradise Tennant: smiles :)))
    Calvino Rabeni: (and waiting on possibility of a business trip)
    Calvino Rabeni: I'll find out soon though
    Paradise Tennant: even better :)) nice to mix purpose and curiousity
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes!
    Calvino Rabeni: Some of each, a good mix
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night, dream well
    Paradise Tennant: and you dream well :))
    Calvino Rabeni: thanks, BYE :)



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