2008.05.10 19:00 - Free hugs and a free cat

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    The guardian at this meeting was Pema Pera and the comments are his.  


    That evening, when I walked into the tea house, Maxine was already there, and Solo would follow me soon. It turned out that he had not seen my latest hair style, although interestingly enough he had read about it in this blog :-)

    Pema Pera: Hi Maxine!
    Maxine Walden: hi, Pema
    Solobill Laville: Holy smokes! Hi Pema!
    Pema Pera: Hi Sol!
    Maxine Walden: I can be here for about 15 min tonight so thought I would come
    Solobill Laville: I’ve heard about the hair
    Pema Pera: oh sure, Maxine, of course!!
    Pema Pera: haha
    Solobill Laville: Looks great!
    Pema Pera: thank you!
    Solobill Laville: Hello Maxine
    Solobill Laville: yw
    Pema Pera: Isn’t that funny, how we hear about each other through the blogs?
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, really great. Hi, Solo
    Pema Pera: really like a small village
    Pema Pera: word of mouth
    Pema Pera: this is the neighborhood cafe
    Solobill Laville: Absolutely
    Solobill Laville: How is the sushi?
    Pema Pera: I was surprised to see Sky as not-a-fox
    Pema Pera: earlier
    Pema Pera: sushi is fine but only one of very many types of Japanese food
    Maxine Walden: we hear about each other through word of mouth..yes, it was interesting to see her differently
    Pema Pera: yes, thank you both for sending me chat logs
    Maxine Walden: nice to hear the birds too
    Solobill Laville: yw
    Maxine Walden: oh, yw, as we say in SL
    Pema Pera: and for holding the fort here in my absence!
    Solobill Laville: It was fun, and a pleasure
    Maxine Walden: happy to, not the same when you are not here, but we do our best
    Solobill Laville: yes
    Pema Pera: different is good
    Maxine Walden: and as you said you get a chance to see the conversation from a different view
    Pema Pera: I very much enjoyed reading the four blogs of the last two days
    Pema Pera: when I was in a workshop and couldn’t come often
    Pema Pera: yes!

    Dakini joined us. Above her head was floating a translucent message, quite different from the usual text balloons: “(((FREE HUGS)))” in a color that was somewhere in between red, pinkish, and lavender. She had been experimenting with giving the guardian/greeter of our PaB activities a recognizable label, I would remember a bit later.

    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: hey!
    Maxine Walden: hi, Dakini
    Dakini Rhode: hi Maxine :-)
    Pema Pera: what is the (((FREE HUGS))) ?
    Dakini Rhode: hi again Bill
    Pema Pera: sounds nice . . . .
    Solobill Laville: hi again
    Pema Pera: did you go to a party?
    Dakini Rhode: haha something i’m experimenting with
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Pema Pera: of course
    Pema Pera: I remember
    Pema Pera: guardians right?
    Pema Pera: do guardians give free hugs?
    Dakini Rhode: i don’t know!
    Solobill Laville: a nametag?
    Dakini Rhode: that would be nice….
    Pema Pera: the color goes well with Maxine’s sweater
    Dakini Rhode: it does!
    Maxine Walden: color of ?
    Pema Pera: the letters floating above Dakini
    Pema Pera: (((FREE HUGS)))
    Maxine Walden: oh, my chat log obscures her…will switch my view
    Dakini Rhode: i can do handshakes too
    Dakini Rhode: expanding my repertoire
    Maxine Walden: oh yes, I can see now, and who is dropping into our midst

    It was Trevor.

    Dakini Rhode: in RL i’m kind of a huggy person
    Pema Pera: I like the hugs!
    Maxine Walden: nice, I like huggy people
    Trevor Berensohn: Erm where am I
    Pema Pera: I was surprised about hugs when I came to the US at first
    Pema Pera: Hi Trevor!
    Dakini Rhode: hi Trevor!
    Maxine Walden: oh, a dropin, hello, Trevor
    Maxine Walden: surprised Pema?
    Pema Pera: In Holland kisses are normal but hugs more intimate
    Pema Pera: in America the other way around
    Pema Pera: took me a while to adjust
    Dakini Rhode: interesting
    Maxine Walden: oh, hugs more intimate, isn’t that interesting the difference
    Pema Pera: hugging is full body
    Pema Pera: hence considered more intimate
    Trevor Berensohn: Makes sense
    Dakini Rhode: kissing on cheeks?
    Pema Pera: colleagues kiss each other
    Pema Pera: no on the mouth too
    Trevor Berensohn: Is it ok if I just wink today?
    Solobill Laville: hello again trevor
    Pema Pera: to the great surprise of Americans
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: sure
    Dakini Rhode: i do handshakes too
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Trevor Berensohn: Hi Solo
    Pema Pera: multipurpose guardian
    Maxine Walden: Solo, went poof?
    Trevor Berensohn: An hello everyone else! Thanks for hte TP to the PB Pema
    Maxine Walden: oh, flashing in different patterns.
    Pema Pera: the poof was Trevor entering in style

    Trevor came in a cloud of green flashes and other special effects. He sat down next to Maxine, and it would take a while before she realized where all these sights were coming from, first ascribing them to Solo in front of her. I picked up on what Trevor had just said.

    Trevor Berensohn: Haha
    Pema Pera: TP to PB haha
    Pema Pera: TPPB
    Pema Pera: TPTPB
    Pema Pera: way to go
    Maxine Walden: I see, lots of things happen here in SL
    Trevor Berensohn: At least u didn’t say the Poof was Trevor
    Pema Pera: How’s your new villa Trev?
    Pema Pera: And how’s your neighbor?
    Trevor Berensohn: It’s on a new island now
    Trevor Berensohn: Oops I hope I’m not interrupting ongoing…
    Pema Pera: oh no
    Pema Pera: different from what I saw?
    Trevor Berensohn: I’m selling the old land to the amusemsent park
    Trevor Berensohn: now we’re both happy -)
    Trevor Berensohn: Similar building
    Trevor Berensohn: It’s evolving
    Trevor Berensohn: Good meditation place for moi
    Trevor Berensohn: and others
    Dakini Rhode: i loved how the tibetan things looked so right there in the villa
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes I like to let things b what they are… together
    Maxine Walden: Solo is putting on a show for us
    Trevor Berensohn: Oh cool
    Maxine Walden: or so it seemed
    Dakini Rhode: the lights?
    Solobill Laville: I don’t mean too…
    Dakini Rhode: is the sun setting perhaps?
    Trevor Berensohn: I see red haze
    Dakini Rhode: i see green
    Trevor Berensohn: Haha
    Solobill Laville: I do feel kinda funny
    Solobill Laville: just kidding
    Maxine Walden: I have to leave in a few minutes, just to mention

    Max and Trev hadn’t met yet.

    Trevor Berensohn: Oh I haven’t met u b4 Maxine
    Maxine Walden: no, I think this is the first time, pleasure to meet you
    Dakini Rhode: o that’s your sparkels Trevor
    Trevor Berensohn: Glad ur here. This is my, what, third?
    Trevor Berensohn: OoOps
    Pema Pera: be4 is 3rd yes
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Pema Pera: be4 4 is 3rd
    Maxine Walden: third visit ?
    Trevor Berensohn: Dakini, all my spark;es to you =)
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes but I’ve bugged Dakini and Pema with lots of chatter in between
    Pema Pera: Trevor is preparing for our forest
    Pema Pera: he will fit right in
    Maxine Walden: oh?
    Pema Pera: especially at nightfall

    I was refering to the way Trevor looked like a forest dwelling spirit.

    Trevor Berensohn: It will b great
    Maxine Walden: are you a ight person, Trevor?
    Pema Pera: if you switch your camera, Maxine to look back at yourself you will see Trevor emitting green lights
    Maxine Walden: night person
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes tend to b. More awake and creative at nite
    Pema Pera: ight yes lights in night
    Dakini Rhode: Maxine you have to see trevor
    Maxine Walden: I can see the green lights and the dark cloudy appearance,
    Trevor Berensohn: I actually toned them down for this mtg ;-)
    Pema Pera: he is wild!
    Pema Pera: haha
    Dakini Rhode: wonderful!
    Pema Pera: Did you see him now, Max?
    Dakini Rhode: another avatar i covet :-)
    Maxine Walden: yes, very mysterious, yes I see him now…
    Trevor Berensohn: Erm is there a topic with these? Or random…
    Pema Pera: thy neighbor’s av, Dakini?
    Pema Pera: you are the topic now Trev
    Solobill Laville: he he
    Dakini Rhode: lol me bad
    Trevor Berensohn: Haha reminds me of a vow I recently took
    Dakini Rhode: i mean my bad
    Trevor Berensohn: O dear
    Pema Pera: baaaaad dakini
    Dakini Rhode: i need to get my slang straightened out
    Pema Pera: a vow Trev?
    Dakini Rhode: that seems somehow sheepish Pema
    Maxine Walden: I am slang-challenged as well
    Trevor Berensohn: Didn’t know we were that close, D =)
    Pema Pera: haha, yes, Dakini, hmmmm
    Maxine Walden: gotta go, guys, see you later
    Pema Pera: which vow?
    Trevor Berensohn: kk good to meet u
    Pema Pera: bye Max!

    It seemed Dakini was getting second thoughts.

    Dakini Rhode: wait i better check the chat log
    Maxine Walden: bye
    Solobill Laville: Bye Maxine
    Pema Pera: haha, Dakini, sure!
    Pema Pera: bet you’ll forget ;-)
    Trevor Berensohn: Ha now I get her cushion
    Pema Pera: was that your vow, to get your neighbor’s cushion?
    Solobill Laville: lol
    Dakini Rhode: o good now i turn green
    Dakini Rhode: green with envy?
    Trevor Berensohn: No that would b a commitment lol
    Trevor Berensohn: o ouch
    Solobill Laville: The avatar is always greener on the other side
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Trevor Berensohn: D u make me glow!
    Dakini Rhode: hahaha
    Pema Pera: hence the coveting
    Trevor Berensohn: I can turn them off
    Dakini Rhode: here i thought i’d have trouble staying awake for this
    Pema Pera: no you’re turning us on
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Solobill Laville: lol
    Trevor Berensohn: HA
    Pema Pera: Something tells me Trev is not going to tell us his vow
    Pema Pera: (>_<)
    Dakini Rhode: o my what is in the tea tonite
    Dakini Rhode: or this morning as it may be

    I thought perhaps the time had come to shift gears, following Dakini’s hint.

    Pema Pera: Trev, to get a bit more serious
    Pema Pera: have you had any change to play with the 9-sec practice?
    Trevor Berensohn: O sorry got a text from my worker
    Trevor Berensohn: Oops I forgoted
    Pema Pera thinks how nice to have workers
    Trevor Berensohn: Every nine seconds
    Trevor Berensohn: Yeah I love mine
    Dakini Rhode: every 15 minutes
    Trevor Berensohn: Yeah that too Dakini
    Dakini Rhode: you know, most of the day i’m saying oops i forgoted
    Dakini Rhode: i need to get a timer
    Trevor Berensohn: Haha
    Pema Pera: or just drink green tea every 15 minutes as a new habit . . . .
    Trevor Berensohn: Ok plz remind me the practice and I will write it downthis time
    Trevor Berensohn: mmm
    Trevor Berensohn: O then I’ll just practice everytime I think of chocolate
    Dakini Rhode: that could be a lot of practice
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ has all the info on the first two pages
    Pema Pera: every 15 minutes, roughly, stop and drop what you are doing
    Pema Pera: for 9 seconds
    Pema Pera: that is all!
    Trevor Berensohn: kk
    Pema Pera: Too simple to refuse and too short to have an excuse not to do it ;>)
    Dakini Rhode: unless that would be hazardous

    Solo refered to the other blogs as well.

    Solobill Laville: I was reading Storm’s blog
    Solobill Laville: his analogy was quite telling
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah
    Solobill Laville: The windscreen
    Solobill Laville: did anyone read it?
    Pema Pera: wasn’t that Dakinis?
    Solobill Laville: I think both
    Pema Pera: yes
    Dakini Rhode: yes both
    Trevor Berensohn: No I haven’t. I don’t know his blog yet
    Pema Pera: a nice dialogue between the two
    Pema Pera: Solo, would you like to start a blog too?
    Solobill Laville: The 15 minutes was the wipers
    Pema Pera: Doesn’t have to be frequent
    Pema Pera: once a week is fine!
    Solobill Laville: Long sitting was the scrubbing
    Pema Pera: yes, beautiful
    Pema Pera: I loved reading it
    Trevor Berensohn: Oh I like that
    Solobill Laville: The blogs offer a lot of insight Trevor
    Pema Pera: Trevor, those blogs can be found under “Links” on http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Trevor Berensohn: O good all in one place much easier
    Dakini Rhode: what i like is we write from our experience
    Pema Pera: my long blogs are the beer keg, Storm’s and Dakini’s are the wodka
    Dakini Rhode: things in our lives….
    Pema Pera: yes
    Dakini Rhode: i don’t know about that…
    Dakini Rhode: mine is very ordinary
    Trevor Berensohn: Reminds me of yet another vow lol

    Again something told me we would never hear that vow either . . . .

    Dakini Rhode: unloading the dishwasher
    Dakini Rhode: driving
    Pema Pera: that’s it exactly, like haikus, Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: things i see
    Trevor Berensohn: Hey are u all Buddhists then?
    Pema Pera: no
    Solobill Laville: As the dust settles things all being to refocus themselves
    Pema Pera: but sympathetic
    Solobill Laville: Yes I am
    Trevor Berensohn: I’m not very aware of the differences getween the differnet schools, but it all seems sympathetic =)
    Trevor Berensohn: Or compatible
    Pema Pera: If I did not know about Taoism, Sufism, HInduism, yes then I might view myself as Bhuddist, but I feel equally attracted to all of them, in first approximation so to speak
    Pema Pera: they all seem to talk about what they see, which is reality
    Pema Pera: I just call it Being
    Pema Pera: simple word
    Pema Pera: hence our Playing as Being
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah I like
    Solobill Laville: Trevor, I spent many years studying the different schools, etc.
    Solobill Laville: I can be a bit too much “type A” I think
    Solobill Laville: but in the end, the fundamentals are the same
    Trevor Berensohn: Haha like one of my teachers
    Solobill Laville: yes.
    Solobill Laville: brb
    Trevor Berensohn: kk
    Dakini Rhode: i went thru a period of immersion
    Dakini Rhode: then more recently i dropped it all
    Dakini Rhode: i did shabhala training, menla training, was practicing with 4 sanghas, took courses, weekend workshops.
    Trevor Berensohn: Wowness
    Dakini Rhode: yes immersion
    Trevor Berensohn: I’m doing good to meditate daily

    Solo returned from a RL concern.

    Solobill Laville: back. we have mice.
    Trevor Berensohn: and study one course from Diamond Mtn
    Dakini Rhode: in RL?
    Solobill Laville: yep
    Dakini Rhode: did you see one?
    Solobill Laville: sorry, go ahead
    Solobill Laville: no, but little black presents everywhere
    Dakini Rhode: yuk
    Solobill Laville: indeed
    Trevor Berensohn: O I lived where there were mice a year ago
    Solobill Laville: sorrry to get us off track
    Dakini Rhode: i have a few extra cats…
    Trevor Berensohn: No it was the mice, not u =)
    Solobill Laville: lol! ship one to me!
    Dakini Rhode: :-)
    Trevor Berensohn: I’m still trying to reason out the track
    Trevor Berensohn: and enjoying every blunder!
    Dakini Rhode: i think your approach is more balanced Trevor
    Solobill Laville: me too
    Dakini Rhode: when my life got busy i couldn’t maintaim my former pace
    Solobill Laville: often you can swing too far to one side, off balance, and need to correct, and simplify
    Trevor Berensohn: I think I’ll call my blog Remedial Student on the Greater Path. Dunno how balanced, but thank u
    Dakini Rhode: i like it!
    Solobill Laville: i like it
    Dakini Rhode: jinx
    Pema Pera: yip

    We were getting a bit less serious again :-).

    Solobill Laville: RSOTGP!
    Dakini Rhode: :-)
    Trevor Berensohn: HA
    Solobill Laville: You have to have an acronym you know
    Dakini Rhode: lol
    Trevor Berensohn: That’ll work!
    Pema Pera: sounds like risotto
    Pema Pera: getting hungry now
    Trevor Berensohn: oh yummmm.
    Solobill Laville: mmmm…
    Dakini Rhode: mmmm i want some too
    Dakini Rhode: maybe tomorrow i make risotto
    Pema Pera: I’m afraid I have to get going now . . . taking the train from Tokyo to Kyoto
    Pema Pera: but don’t let me break up the party
    Solobill Laville: Glad to see you (and your hair) Pema
    Trevor Berensohn: kk good to see u(ravatar) Pema
    Pema Pera: haha
    Dakini Rhode: you two!
    Pema Pera: thnx TB
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Trevor Berensohn: love the red hair!
    Solobill Laville: bye
    Pema Pera: thanks!
    Pema Pera: copper to be precise ;>)
    Trevor Berensohn: same difference lol
    Pema Pera: Solo and/or Dakini, can you send me a log of the further chat?
    Pema Pera: haha
    Trevor Berensohn: it’s all cute
    Solobill Laville: sure
    Solobill Laville: peace
    Pema Pera: thanks, and see you all soon again!
    Dakini Rhode: Namaste
    Pema Pera: namaste!

    Minutes later, Solo would send me the rest of the chat log. It turned out that everyone left pretty soon after I had stepped out.

    Solobill Laville: I think I’ll try flying up through the roof!
    Trevor Berensohn: haha
    Solobill Laville: wrong spot
    Trevor Berensohn: Dakini I’m glad I met u guys
    Dakini Rhode: watch your head
    Trevor Berensohn: hahaha
    Dakini Rhode: me too Trevor
    Dakini Rhode: you fit right in here
    Dakini Rhode: i only made part of the roof phantom
    Trevor Berensohn: The part u arrive in
    Solobill Laville: lol, where?
    Trevor Berensohn: I think over me
    Dakini Rhode: i’m not sure if you can fly up
    Solobill Laville: ahh
    Solobill Laville: nope just did
    Dakini Rhode: i just kept you from getting stuck on the way down
    Trevor Berensohn: coz I landed on Maxine
    Dakini Rhode: ah just did
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Dakini Rhode: people were getting stuck in the roof
    Dakini Rhode: you can walk thru the doors now
    Trevor Berensohn: Well dears I’ll be off to rebuild the new place
    Dakini Rhode: ok Trevor
    Trevor Berensohn: and see u all soon I hope
    Solobill Laville: bye trevor
    Dakini Rhode: Namaste
    Trevor Berensohn: & have fun! =)
    Dakini Rhode: u 2 :-)
    Dakini Rhode: i think i’m for bed
    Solobill Laville: Yep, good night
    Dakini Rhode: take care Bill :-)
    Solobill Laville: Bye
    Dakini Rhode: let me know where to send that cat
    Dakini Rhode: haha
    Solobill Laville: hehe
    Solobill Laville: thx

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