2008.04.23 07:00 - Taking a Walk

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    For a change, I was online a few minutes early. By now I have my timing well worked out, and I tend to get in just at the hour, but somehow I was a full four minutes early. So I decided to walk over, from my own small hut in the more western part of Rieul, over to the tea room. The easiest access I had was to cross through the Hall of Appearance, the large building that Storm had given me. The rooms there are still largely empty, simply because I haven’t had the time to put in furniture or make other modifications. I noticed, however, a nice photograph on the wall, with the feeling of a painting, of the two cranes that circle the waterfall on Storm’s property. When I clicked I noticed that indeed Storm was the owner, and that he had hung it there, to cheer up the largest room in the Hall. Grateful for his gift, I walk on. It is only a couple hundred meters, at most, but more leisurely than flying. And I’m glad that I did, since halfway my walk I met Pilah, near the Peace Pagoda.

    Pema Pera: Hi Pilah
    Pilah DeCuir: Hi Pema
    Pema Pera: Nice morning, hey?
    Pilah DeCuir: Yes
    Pema Pera: Just strolling around?
    Pilah DeCuir: Yep
    Pema Pera: I’m going to have a cup of tea here, probably with some friends. Do you want to join us?
    Pilah DeCuir: OK
    Pema Pera: it’s just around the corner
    Pilah DeCuir: where?
    Pilah DeCuir: sure
    Pilah DeCuir: Sorry
    Pilah DeCuir: Getting a bit laggy at my end
    Pema Pera: np

    I went ahead, and showed Pilah into the tea house.

    Pema Pera: make yourself comfortable!
    Pilah DeCuir: thanks
    Pilah DeCuir: nice spot
    Pema Pera: yes, it is a nice place
    Pema Pera: if you like some tea, you can click on the teapot on the wooden tray immediately to the left of you; you’ll get a cup (chawan in Japanese) that you can then “wear” to drink the tea
    Pilah DeCuir: did you build this?
    Pema Pera: no, Dakini Rhode built it
    Pema Pera: she lives nearby
    Pema Pera: I live nearby as well
    Pilah DeCuir: this is so much nicer than some other spots that I’ve seen in SL
    Pema Pera: Thank you, Pilah
    Pema Pera: Dakini will be happy to hear that!

    Maxine walked in the door.

    Pema Pera: Hi Maxine, welcome back!
    Pema Pera: Pilah, this is Maxine
    Pema Pera: She comes here often
    Maxine Walden: hi, Pema, good to see you. Hello Pilah, nice to meet you.
    Pilah DeCuir: hi Maxine
    Pema Pera: Maxine, I just met Pilah who walked around outside
    Pema Pera: Have you been in this area before?
    Pilah DeCuir: yes I think so
    Pilah DeCuir: I usually go to the Zen temple before I check out
    Pema Pera: Have you sat with the group there?
    Pilah DeCuir: No, it’s always deserted when I go
    Pema Pera: they have a little gathering every evening at 6 pm SLT
    Pema Pera: for twenty minutes
    Pema Pera: and then for those who want, there is some extra time to chat

    Next Storm walked in.

    Pema Pera: Hi Storm!
    Pema Pera: Meet Pillah
    Storm Nordwind: Hello everyone
    Maxine Walden: hi. Storm
    Pilah DeCuir: hi
    Pema Pera: Storm is another neighbor of mine, Pilah
    Storm Nordwind: Pleased to meet you
    Pema Pera: He has done a lot of building and landscaping here
    Pilah DeCuir: Nice to be here
    Pema Pera: glad to hear that!
    Pema Pera: Thanks for the cranes picture, Storm!
    Storm Nordwind: You are welcome. Did you see the urns as well?
    Pema Pera: not yet, sorry
    Pema Pera: This morning, it was funny, I was a few minutes early, so I decided to walk from my house to hear — I normally fly
    Pema Pera: So since there is this barrier in between my house and here, I had to take a detour
    Pema Pera: Hence I walked through the Hall — saw your picture quickly and then met Pilah
    Pema Pera: two birds with one stone ;>)
    Storm Nordwind: I see!
    Pilah DeCuir: Some of the building in SL seems very random
    Storm Nordwind: That is because some people take no thought of where they will buy land
    Storm Nordwind: They arrive and try and establish their individuality
    Pilah DeCuir: discovered a few places suspended too
    Storm Nordwind: There are many skyboxes
    Pilah DeCuir: yes
    Storm Nordwind: It is a way to use real estate efficiently for some people
    Pilah DeCuir: OK
    Pilah DeCuir: how does that work?
    Storm Nordwind: And it keeps more private things away from prying eyes
    Storm Nordwind: How does what work Pilah?
    Pilah DeCuir: building skyboxes
    Storm Nordwind: Unless you set an item to have physical characteristics, it will stay where you put it - on the ground or 200m in the air! :)
    Storm Nordwind: I will show you

    Storm then produced a wooden cube out of thin air, and put that floating in the middle of the room.

    Pilah DeCuir: nice
    Storm Nordwind: The box stays where I put it
    Pilah DeCuir: yes, I’ve seen plenty of that type of thing
    Storm Nordwind: Now i will make it physical and you can see what happens
    Pilah DeCuir: OK
    Storm Nordwind: Now it is physical it won’t stay aloft

    Indeed, the block came tumbling down to the ground. After that Storm showed how to make it float again.

    Storm Nordwind: Now I have removed the physical setting
    Pilah DeCuir: cool
    Maxine Walden: the power to go beyond Nature
    Storm Nordwind: the power to define Nature! :)
    Pilah DeCuir: i was strolling through one spot and the place was littered with random stuff
    Storm Nordwind: Litter is a problem yes
    Storm Nordwind: That happens when people do not maintain their land
    Storm Nordwind: Some people buy land and disappear
    Storm Nordwind: And they set their land to allow anyone to build
    Pilah DeCuir: what happes then?
    Storm Nordwind: so it fills with litter
    Pilah DeCuir: Oh

    Our group kept growing: Sky entered the door.

    Pema Pera: Hi Sky!
    Storm Nordwind: after a year, if they do not pay their dues, Linden labs takes over the land
    Maxine Walden: hi, Sky
    Pema Pera: Meet Pilah
    Pilah DeCuir: hi Sky
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Sky
    Sky Szimmer: hi Everybody!!
    Pema Pera: Pilah, Sky is one of our regulars here
    Sky Szimmer: Good morning
    Storm Nordwind: Good afternoon! :)
    Sky Szimmer: ha ha!
    Maxine Walden: guess Storm is in Europe
    Pilah DeCuir: yep, evening for me
    Sky Szimmer: letting my assumptions getting in the way
    Storm Nordwind: haha!
    Pema Pera: early morning in California
    Pilah DeCuir: nearly midnight in Oz
    Storm Nordwind: We are all sheltering from the spring weather outside it seems
    Pilah DeCuir: could do with some rain in RL in Oz
    Pema Pera: btw Storm, haven’t heard a peep from LL yet about the land
    Pema Pera: Has been almost a week
    Storm Nordwind: That surprises me
    Pema Pera: I did get confirmations
    Storm Nordwind: But you got a ticket number, right?
    Pema Pera: when I initially put in the tickets
    Pema Pera: yes
    Storm Nordwind: So perhaps you can chase it
    Pema Pera: how?
    Storm Nordwind: I’ve never had to do so myself, so I am not an authority on that!
    Pema Pera: I’ll figure it out
    Pema Pera: Wait a couple days more
    Pema Pera: This is about land near mine that I asked Linden Labs about, whether they wanted to either sell it to me or put it up for auction
    Pilah DeCuir: so does land here vary in price or is it a flat rate?
    Storm Nordwind: It varies according to what people will pay
    Storm Nordwind: It depends on the area
    Pilah DeCuir: OK
    Storm Nordwind: There are some veru unrealistic vendors sometimes!
    Pilah DeCuir: And not so nice places?
    Storm Nordwind: A plot near here is for sale over priced by a factor 12 in my view!
    Pilah DeCuir: like the current price for fuel :-)
    Storm Nordwind: I tell people in the US not to complain about that!
    Pilah DeCuir: yep
    Storm Nordwind: They are paying $3+ for a gallon, while we pay $8+!
    Sky Szimmer: now that’s perspective!
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Pilah DeCuir: for sure!

    We started talking about our blogs.

    Pema Pera: By the way, Pilah, when we gather here to chat, one of our topics is the question of how to look at the world in different ways; I have a blog up at http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ and some of us here have a similar blog as well — if you’re interested you may want to have a look
    Pilah DeCuir: OK thanks
    Sky Szimmer: i checked out your blog Storm and enjoyed it much. Maxine, did you start yours?
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes I did, just a couple of entries so far.
    Pilah DeCuir: can you pass me the link?
    Pema Pera: The other ones are all linked from mine, above
    Pema Pera: at the bottom right
    Pilah DeCuir: OK
    Pema Pera: http://widerperspectives.wordpress.com/ is the one for Maxine
    Pema Pera: http://stormerne.blogspot.com/ for Storm
    Maxine Walden: Interesting that I got cold feet in the blog while speaking/typing here seems no problem at all
    Maxine Walden: different venues and perceived audiences perhaps
    Storm Nordwind: Maxine, I really look forward to yours developing. I just KNOW it will be good! :)
    Sky Szimmer: i can understand, maxine
    Maxine Walden: oh, thank you Storm. Encouragement helps. That issue of self doubt likely
    Pema Pera: Here we are in a tea house; in a blog you feel out in the world at large!
    Maxine Walden: and not seeing your audience imagination fills it with all sorts of fantasied witnesses
    Pilah DeCuir: the light is changing
    Storm Nordwind: perhaps you can simply imagine us and write it personally to us?
    Pilah DeCuir: its quite beautiful here
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, that would be nice…to keep this nice group as the audience, nice thought
    Pema Pera: Yes, Pilah, the changing light is one of the charming aspects of being here
    Maxine Walden: yes, Pilah, I agree that the light is quite an important part of the ambience
    Pilah DeCuir: i saw an exhibition of the Impressionists recently
    Pilah DeCuir: some of the paintings were almost luminous
    Pilah DeCuir: there are aspects of Sl that i think are quite an artform
    Maxine Walden: that is quite an experience, the luminosity in painting…I find that as well in some Rembrandts and others; we each probably have our favorite art that way
    Maxine Walden: the capacity to represent light and evoke the experience of light through another medium is quite fascinating to me…
    Maxine Walden: I suppose that is part of what art is all about…and we each have our own experience of it
    Pilah DeCuir: yes, but there also the common thread of an expirience of the art
    Storm Nordwind: The experience may be common by convention, but who can say we each experience it in a common way?

    Sky was temporarily distracted by the need to look after her two-year old child.

    Maxine Walden: I just need to check that Sky is not feeling left out of our conversation
    Pilah DeCuir: OK
    Sky Szimmer: sorry, i often have double duty when i am here.
    Sky Szimmer: sometimes i have to check out temporary
    Sky Szimmer: pardon me.
    Maxine Walden: ok, thanks, just needed to check. Sorry to have interrupted the thread re art and its experience
    Sky Szimmer: thanks for checking though : )
    Maxine Walden: very welcome
    Maxine Walden: that balance here in SL between carrying on the thread of conversation and feeling concern whether everyone feels included…it may be something I bring in from RL experience, sorry if it interrupts others’ train of thought
    Storm Nordwind: It is a laudable thing Maxine. Never worry about that. You preempted my doing the same thing!
    Pilah DeCuir: RL conversations are quite similar ;-)
    Maxine Walden: OK, thanks, yes…so many things can tug at the sleeve of attention at the same time…
    Pilah DeCuir: like kids?
    Maxine Walden: of course, or inner voices of various sorts which feel like kids
    Pilah DeCuir: childish thoughts perhaps
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, and thoughts that insist on being noticed ‘right now’ and ‘me first’ just like kids
    Pilah DeCuir: lol
    Storm Nordwind: Child-like thoughts might be a kinder description! :)
    Maxine Walden: pun intended, Storm? Child-like thoughts, ‘kinder’?
    Maxine Walden: Kinder being German I think for child?
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Pilah DeCuir: i meant childish but not in a perjorative way
    Storm Nordwind: you are correct! :)
    Maxine Walden: yes, I was playing, it is so interesting how various overlaps of meaning can just tumble out
    Pilah DeCuir: makes us uniquely human
    Storm Nordwind: And that is Pema’s directive here on this project - that we play
    Maxine Walden: isn’t that so!
    Maxine Walden: playing seems to invite these tumbling meanings, ’slips’ puns etc, quite wonderful in my experience
    Pilah DeCuir: yes!
    Pilah DeCuir: from it comes fun and it brings things back to their centre

    By now it was abundantly clear to us that Pilah was very much in tune with what was going on in our growing circle here. I was even more glad that I had chosen to walk this morning!

    Maxine Walden: their center, could you say more (notice I used the US spelling of the word)?
    Pilah DeCuir: well i suppose i mean that we are trying to see beneath the RL in to the interior of things
    Pilah DeCuir: meaning is what we make it
    Maxine Walden: yes, and perhaps meaning evolves as the center of our attention/experience moves
    Storm Nordwind: or as we clear away things obstructing our view
    Pilah DeCuir: having the experience changes the experience
    Maxine Walden: yes to both from my experience
    Pilah DeCuir: it enables us to view the world in RL and SL
    Sky Szimmer: i enjoy the reminder that fun brings things back to the center
    Maxine Walden: binocular vision, as it were?
    Pilah DeCuir: yes, i like that ;-)
    Storm Nordwind: Binocular vision gives you depth perception. Play sets things in perspective.
    Sky Szimmer: I must go.. nice sharing this moment with everyone. bye
    Pilah DeCuir: c u
    Storm Nordwind: Goodbye for now Sky
    Maxine Walden: bye, Sky
    Pema Pera: actually, I have to go too
    Pema Pera: I have an astrophysics tour in ten minutes
    Pilah DeCuir: i have to work in the morning and it’s gettin late here in Oz
    Storm Nordwind: Be careful when you go, not to get wet. It is still raining cats and dogs out there!
    Pema Pera: Thanks for stopping by, Pilah
    Maxine Walden: we all will go poof together, except perhaps Storm
    Pema Pera: collective poof
    Pilah DeCuir: nice being here
    Pema Pera: Pilah, we meet here every day, for those who like to
    Maxine Walden: collective poof, is that anything close to….a black hole or something?
    Pema Pera: at 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm SLT
    Pema Pera: perhaps . . . .
    Pilah DeCuir: it’s been a bit difficult to find like minded/spirited people
    Pema Pera: well, you seem to have found them ;>)
    Pilah DeCuir: yes thank you
    Pema Pera: . . . there are white holes too, Maxine
    Pema Pera: it’s the opposite of a black hole: things can go out but not in
    Maxine Walden: …oh, what is a white hole, I have heard about it but don’t recall
    Maxine Walden: oh, out but not in…right now I am trying to imagine that…
    Pema Pera: so a collective poof means we all go out, away from here, like a white hole ;>)
    Maxine Walden: chuckles
    Pilah DeCuir: lol
    Pilah DeCuir: nice analogy
    Pema Pera: Maxine, the way to write that is to write “/me chuckles” do you want to try?
    Pema Pera: “/me” gets expanded to your name
    Pema Pera: without the “:”
    Maxine Walden: ….thanks, Pema, I will try that
    Pema Pera: didn’t mean to stop you in your tracks, Maxine :-)
    Maxine Walden: yes, time to go.
    Pema Pera: Bye, Pilah
    Pema Pera: yes, Maxine, indeed!
    Pilah DeCuir: cu
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Maxine Walden: ok, bye
    Pema Pera: bye Storm
    Pema Pera: namaste!

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