2012.12.02 19:00 - Some Old Friends

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

    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Cinda :)
    Lucinda Lavender: HI Cal
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Aph
    Calvino Rabeni: Greetings and salutations Aphrodite :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: G & S to you too Cal, and also to Cinda
    Aphrodite Macbain: It'ssnowing!
    Lucinda Lavender: :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: I should check the rink now that I have skates
    Calvino Rabeni: That's first time?
    Aphrodite Macbain: I guess not
    Aphrodite Macbain: It's still worth remarking on
    Aphrodite Macbain: since I have my skates on
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes!
    Tara Lacrima: hi :)
    Lucinda Lavender: HI Tara
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hello Tearful Tara
    Tara Lacrima: this is Sharon (sophiasharon), in case youve forgotten
    Lucinda Lavender: :))
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh!! Wow
    Tara Lacrima: hehe Aph
    Lucinda Lavender: good to know:)
    Aphrodite Macbain: very neaky
    Aphrodite Macbain: also sneaky
    Tara Lacrima: neaky? :)
    Tara Lacrima: oh
    Calvino Rabeni: Long time no ee
    Tara Lacrima: yes, long time.
    Calvino Rabeni: See
    Aphrodite Macbain: I've wondered where you went
    Tara Lacrima: I took a long break from SL
    Aphrodite Macbain: where did you go
    Aphrodite Macbain: how was it in RL?
    Tara Lacrima: I worked a lot, and a lot has changed
    Tara Lacrima: laughs
    Aphrodite Macbain: for the better I hope
    Calvino Rabeni: Back here for old time's sake
    Tara Lacrima: yes and no, everything is on its way to becoming something else
    Aphrodite Macbain: always
    Tara Lacrima: no Cal, Ive missed SL
    Calvino Rabeni: bearing stories, hopefully
    Tara Lacrima: Ive missed play as being
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: It wasn't the same without you
    Lucinda Lavender: unique place
    Aphrodite Macbain: which part?
    Tara Lacrima: the words are not easy for me
    Tara Lacrima: the recorder is even more difficult
    Aphrodite Macbain: would you prefer not to be recorded?
    Tara Lacrima: well, what I missed is the way I went throughout the day and my life with a contemplative thought always being considered, in light of what was befor eme
    Tara Lacrima: yes, I would much rather to be not recorded
    Aphrodite Macbain: I'm sure that can be arranged..
    Tara Lacrima: shrugs, its my thing
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes, or any edits you want .. easily done.
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Para!
    Tara Lacrima: I didnt want to have the thoughts there so insistently all of the time
    Aphrodite Macbain: waves at Paradise
    Paradise Tennant: smiles and waves and listens
    Tara Lacrima: Hi Paradise, this is Sharon (sophiasharon)
    Calvino Rabeni: Looking spring-like, Paradise
    Aphrodite Macbain: she feels not the cold and the snow!
    Paradise Tennant: cold and grey.. here .. felt the need for a bit of spring
    Tara Lacrima: :)

    Calvino Rabeni: Might I collect opinions on the idea of turning off the recorder until next bell?
    Tara Lacrima: it is not necessary :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: sounds fine with me. I wasn't planning to say anything profound
    Tara Lacrima: laughs
    Calvino Rabeni: hehe
    Calvino Rabeni: that's profound :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles likewise :))
    Aphrodite Macbain: lol
    Tara Lacrima: right :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: abut as profound as this fountain
    Tara Lacrima: me/ listens closely
    Tara Lacrima: oops :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: grins
    Aphrodite Macbain: what have you been doing in RL Tara?
    Tara Lacrima: working a lot. Selling my house. Moving. My sister had a baby.
    Aphrodite Macbain: being an aunt?
    Tara Lacrima: I dont know how to answer that
    Tara Lacrima: lots of things and absolutely nothing
    Aphrodite Macbain: like most of us :-)
    Tara Lacrima: :)
    Tara Lacrima: started yoga, stopped yoga, started taking painting classes, stopped because im terrible at it :D
    Aphrodite Macbain: Nothing like a new child in a family!
    Tara Lacrima: yes its fun
    Tara Lacrima: needless to say, it feels like I was just here
    Tara Lacrima: (frequently, I meant)
    Tara Lacrima: What have you been doing, Aph?
    Aphrodite Macbain: a alot since I last saw you.
    Aphrodite Macbain: in SL I have set up house in a ndew 18th century sim off the coast of Naples and run a cafe there!!
    Tara Lacrima: :)) How cool
    Paradise Tennant: smiles at aph going to have to visit aph do not think I have been there ?
    Aphrodite Macbain: In RL I've been learning Italian and how to do botanical illustrations
    Tara Lacrima: I read all of the emails
    Paradise Tennant: smiles a big smile !
    Aphrodite Macbain: You are welcome anytime Paradise
    Tara Lacrima: how wonderful!
    Aphrodite Macbain: coffee get togethers are at 11AM slt saturdays
    Aphrodite Macbain: we all dress up in 18th c clothing and talk about the events of the day (or century)
    Paradise Tennant: so homework is required :)))
    Lucinda Lavender: :))
    Tara Lacrima: grins
    Aphrodite Macbain: we also study novels, read poetry, have fetivals like the wine festival and learn a lot and have fun...
    Calvino Rabeni: impressive :)
    Lucinda Lavender: nice!
    Tara Lacrima: sounds like a wonderful community
    Tara Lacrima: hi Hana
    Aphrodite Macbain: it's a beautiful build
    Aphrodite Macbain: hello Hana
    Paradise Tennant: hiya han nice to see you :)

    Aphrodite Macbain: How have you been Hana?
    Calvino Rabeni: Good day Hana :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hana has grown a tail
    Aphrodite Macbain: Hiya Stevenaia
    stevenaia Michinaga: greetings
    Paradise Tennant: smiles hiya stev
    Tara Lacrima: hi Stevenaia
    Calvino Rabeni: Hi Stev :)
    Lucinda Lavender: :) Stevenaia
    Lucinda Lavender: :) Hana
    Aphrodite Macbain: I can take people on a tour of Rocca Sorrentina one day - I dont know what time would work best.
    stevenaia Michinaga: waves
    Tara Lacrima: thats sounds like fun
    Calvino Rabeni: we're all over the clock (world) I think
    stevenaia Michinaga: what is Rocca Sorrentina
    Aphrodite Macbain: Oh, I should mention that PaB will be celebrating its 5th anniversary next year
    Aphrodite Macbain: Plans are underway
    Aphrodite Macbain: and I'm looking for ideas and volunteers
    Aphrodite Macbain: (Not sure how I got myself into this)
    Tara Lacrima: hehe
    Tara Lacrima: out of the goodness of your heart and sense of fun
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles, be careful what follows after you drop something
    Aphrodite Macbain: lol
    Aphrodite Macbain: I think I just picked something up
    Calvino Rabeni: some things are like bits of cellophane .. you drop them and they come right back
    Aphrodite Macbain: they just cant let go
    Paradise Tennant: yes some things cling :)) or are sticky
    Aphrodite Macbain: like some people
    Hana Furlough: sorry phone call came as soon as i signed in
    Lucinda Lavender: Friends,,,,I am kind of tired so will go
    Hana Furlough: hello!
    Hana Furlough: bye, luci!
    Lucinda Lavender: Hi Hana:)
    Calvino Rabeni: dream well Cinda:)
    Tara Lacrima: bye Luci :)
    Aphrodite Macbain: sssleep tight Cinda. What's your Christmas concert this year?

    stevenaia Michinaga: qualities about me I was un aware of...scratching head
    stevenaia Michinaga: ooop
    stevenaia Michinaga: wrong window
    Lucinda Lavender: there is a dream circle scheduled for 5:30 at San's Tree house on Thursday if anyone is interested....for 1:30 minutes max.
    stevenaia Michinaga: giggles
    Calvino Rabeni: a log edit, Stev?
    Aphrodite Macbain: waiting for the90 seconds
    Lucinda Lavender: Dec Concert is Bach Cantata 191:)
    stevenaia Michinaga: my cat changed my typing window
    stevenaia Michinaga: clever
    Aphrodite Macbain: :/
    Lucinda Lavender: And Vaughn Williams Fantasy of christmas carols
    Lucinda Lavender: Sorry Bell...again!
    Aphrodite Macbain: sounds lovely Cinda
    Lucinda Lavender: sleepy today
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite luci
    Lucinda Lavender: :)seep well All!
    Aphrodite Macbain: Time for me to go too.
    Calvino Rabeni: bye :)
    Tara Lacrima: bye Aphrodite :)
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite aph :)))
    stevenaia Michinaga: night luci, Aphrodite
    Paradise Tennant: sweet dreams
    Calvino Rabeni: Dream well :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I was in a cafe the other day when they turned the music to "seasonal"
    Aphrodite Macbain: byee
    Hana Furlough: (sorry another call -- must run. apologies for rudeness!)
    Aphrodite Macbain: I plan to read a book..
    Paradise Tennant: lol
    Tara Lacrima: bye Hana, no worries
    Calvino Rabeni: see you later Hana
    Paradise Tennant: take care hana :))
    Tara Lacrima: I need to go as well, nice to see you and will see ya soon :)
    Paradise Tennant: I've already wrapped presents :))
    Calvino Rabeni: take care, be well
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye tara, take care
    Tara Lacrima: :) Para
    Paradise Tennant: take care tara ;))
    Calvino Rabeni: In a big cafe, I noticed the day they turned on the christmas music
    Calvino Rabeni: they started out very subtly
    Calvino Rabeni: so it was jazz, with just a tiny hint of the melodies in the background
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, it creaps into your subconcious
    Calvino Rabeni: covered with syncopation and other means
    Paradise Tennant: getting you in the mood to spend:)
    Calvino Rabeni: and hours later, it had slowly grown
    Calvino Rabeni: sort of like dawn
    stevenaia Michinaga: for some of us there is no such spirit :0
    Calvino Rabeni: the lights turning on so gradually, you don't sense an immediate change
    Calvino Rabeni: the familiar "seasonal" music about snow, fires, wintery themes
    stevenaia Michinaga: like the frog in the water as the temperature rises
    Paradise Tennant: what do the holidays mean to you two ?
    stevenaia Michinaga: a very sad comedy
    Calvino Rabeni: good question
    Calvino Rabeni: to me it means, a recognition of the sociality of indoor life when the climate is cold and dark
    stevenaia Michinaga: many people rushing around out of a need to please others with presents, usually spending to much, lots of stress, but in the end, a moment of happiness
    Calvino Rabeni: nods
    Calvino Rabeni: it's a bit like coffee .. why is it that Seattle is a coffee center of the world, with so many coffee houses, and why coffee
    Paradise Tennant: to me it is a series of binding rituals I do every year with family and friends :)) you could take snapshots .. and they would look mostly the same :))
    Paradise Tennant: less skiing now but mostly the same faces .. the same rituals :))
    Calvino Rabeni: part of the answer is, dark wet rainy climate ... it's needed to get people out of their caves, to ward off S.A.D.
    Paradise Tennant: like you are going through life together and this is the moment you realize it
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I understand about the rituals .. had one for thanks giving, and it felt just like the year before
    Calvino Rabeni: in fact I could not remember whether I'd done the same on the christmas holiday too :)
    Calvino Rabeni: but it didn't create a unique marker for memory
    Paradise Tennant: yes I do the same parites every year .. now I am thinking about it .. maybe should mix it up a bit .. a least new shoes and new dress :))
    Calvino Rabeni: I sort of think one of the functions of ritual is to do that
    stevenaia Michinaga: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: they get differentiated by things like .. so and so's new boyfriend, or, the bird was dropped on the floor
    Paradise Tennant: i love it when the bird gets dropped on the floor or someone uptips the salad and we quickly stuff it all back in the bowl :))
    Calvino Rabeni: hehe

    stevenaia Michinaga: night my friends
    Paradise Tennant: nite nite stev rest well :)) and dream :))
    Calvino Rabeni: Good night :)
    Paradise Tennant: well cal would you like to pack it in or shall we tell stories of horrid xmas ' past :))
    Calvino Rabeni: um, tempting
    Calvino Rabeni: ok one story :)
    Paradise Tennant: listens
    Calvino Rabeni: I'll put it this way ... when anticipating going to the event, it was important to say "We are NOT going to look at the box of vacation photos again!"
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: and came up with some predefined strategies to divert that possibility
    Calvino Rabeni: even some more radical, like faking an epileptic seizure :)
    Paradise Tennant: leaving your glasses at home works :)))
    Calvino Rabeni: Nods .. that's elegant
    Calvino Rabeni: except I for one don't wear them
    Paradise Tennant: well no help there
    Calvino Rabeni: Last year it was to bring additional "spirits" in liquid form
    Calvino Rabeni: and a game book, which didn't get used
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Calvino Rabeni: How about your?
    Paradise Tennant: hmmm m
    Calvino Rabeni: (story that is, something ?)
    Paradise Tennant: funny was caught on broken down tain on new eve afternoon once in minus 40 degree weather incredibly cold
    Paradise Tennant: in the forest south of huntsville
    Paradise Tennant: it interesting
    Paradise Tennant: before cell phones
    Paradise Tennant: we had maps but no markers
    Paradise Tennant: just trees and straight track
    Paradise Tennant: which way the road
    Paradise Tennant: remember standing and listening .. really listening
    Paradise Tennant: just quiet that muffled quiet of heavy snow ..
    Paradise Tennant: the clouds of peoples breath ..
    Paradise Tennant: when we did make it to civilization .. it was so welcome.. we were so cold .. the hot chocolate was like heaven
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Paradise Tennant: smiles I guess .. holidays should focus us on appreciation
    Calvino Rabeni: group survival experience?
    Paradise Tennant: for the time
    Paradise Tennant: yes
    Calvino Rabeni: indeed appreciation is the invitation
    Paradise Tennant: nods and it is always one that is there .. waiting :)))
    Calvino Rabeni: Yes
    Paradise Tennant: for you to open the seal .. read the card and smile :))
    Calvino Rabeni: :)
    Paradise Tennant: I have a picture of that afternoon of the engineers with their maps out trying to figure out where the heck we were
    Paradise Tennant: love those kinds of shots
    Calvino Rabeni: nods, the tracks have markers for that
    Paradise Tennant: where people are thinking .. really thinking and you can see it in their faces
    Calvino Rabeni: and they had radio
    Calvino Rabeni: very memorable
    Paradise Tennant: did not seem to be markers but there was the radio
    Paradise Tennant: smiles
    Paradise Tennant: little town trains :))

    Calvino Rabeni slips out during the bell ... good evening, dream well :)
    Paradise Tennant: dream well cal
    Calvino Rabeni: :) shall



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