2008.05.24 07:00 - Norwegian Forest Cats

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    The Guardian for this session was Pema and the comments are his.

    That morning, I found Storm near the tea house.

    Pema Pera: Hi Storm!
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you again!
    Pema Pera: Shall we go inside?
    Storm Nordwind: Hi pema
    Storm Nordwind: sure
    Pema Pera: How are you feeling, Storm?
    Pema Pera: and Jobe?
    Storm Nordwind: Jobe is quite ill and I may be called away at a moment’s notice
    Storm Nordwind: I have only had the same thing for 2 or 3 days
    Storm Nordwind: At least both the doctor’s visit and the medication cost zero here
    Pema Pera: amazing!
    Storm Nordwind: Even for a visitor
    Pema Pera: indeed
    Storm Nordwind: But the good news is: we haven’t given it to anyone else
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Pema Pera: btw, I had some good conversations with a land owner in Bieup
    Storm Nordwind: Good to hear
    Pema Pera: who is willing to swap parcels
    Storm Nordwind: Really?
    Pema Pera: So we can get a fair amount of land of the N-S strip next to Mieum!
    Storm Nordwind: Very cool
    Pema Pera: it is all falling together it seems
    Pema Pera: nice guy too
    Storm Nordwind: Sounds fabulous
    Pema Pera: yeah, and we may be able to buy a corridor in Chongno
    Pema Pera: also, I’m getting close to a few deals about other small parcels in Rieul, near/between Dakini’s land and ours.
    Storm Nordwind: Oh excellent!
    Pema Pera: I’m nibbling away :-)
    Storm Nordwind: You are. And I should be foresting away. And I will in a few days time again

    I remembered the go set in the pub.

    Pema Pera: Ah!
    Pema Pera: Before I forget
    Pema Pera: we tried to play go on your 9×9 set
    Pema Pera: I think it was 6 hours ago
    Storm Nordwind: ok
    Pema Pera: but couldn’t figure out how to move the pieces
    Pema Pera: what’s the trick?
    Storm Nordwind: easy
    Storm Nordwind: There were no instructions with it
    Pema Pera: right click it said
    Pema Pera: that was all
    Storm Nordwind: no
    Pema Pera: didn’t find more instructions
    Storm Nordwind: left click on a set of tse
    Storm Nordwind: and then on the board
    Pema Pera: but then again I am magenta-lavender colorblind it seems :-)
    Storm Nordwind: Apparently according to Dakini!
    Storm Nordwind: No I worked it out
    Pema Pera: Hi Ecstasy!
    Storm Nordwind: You click on the bowl with the colour you want to play
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles “Hi Pema, Storm”
    Storm Nordwind: Then you click on the node
    Pema Pera: both left click, in that order?
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Ecstasy
    Storm Nordwind: yes
    Storm Nordwind: for each one
    Pema Pera: will try next time, Storm!
    Storm Nordwind: Remove laboriously by clicking on each stone
    Storm Nordwind: Thought you’d like it!
    Pema Pera: not too many in 9×9 — do you have a larger board too? — Ecstasy, we’re talking about the game of go
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ahh

    Ecstasy had quietly joined us.

    Pema Pera: Storm put a game in the new pub he built in the forest
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: oh? that sounds interesting
    Pema Pera: Have you seen the forest, rivers, waterfall?
    Storm Nordwind: I bought the game very cheaply. Anything bigger I’ll have to make myself. It might be lower down the list of priorities!
    Pema Pera: haha, yes
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i have not seen it
    Pema Pera: I can ask the go club players — they have a real nice set of boards at their club
    Pema Pera: another time sink — a very happy one, but nonetheless
    Pema Pera: let’s walk over to the forest in a minute, to show it to Ecstasy
    Storm Nordwind: It really is. I used to play a lot of Tablut until I realised it was taking 2 hours EVERY night! (though I got to #5 in the world, but hardly worth it!)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles ok
    Storm Nordwind: Perhaps the beer is working in there now. I was just playing with it
    Ecstasy Dreamscape laughs softly
    Pema Pera: haha, sounds great!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: beer?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: funny
    Storm Nordwind: A beer drinking monk? yes funny!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i go for diet coke or nonfat milk as my beverage of choice!
    Pema Pera: in Belgium monks = beer
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: lol
    Storm Nordwind: Yes they do! And they make some of the best in the world!
    Storm Nordwind: Chimay Blue :)))
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: hmmmm, no kidding? had no idea

    We looked back at our previous meeting.

    Pema Pera: How are you feeling today, Ecstasy? I really enjoyed our conversations the other day, with the group!
    Pema Pera: was very moving
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i am feeling a lot better thank you Pema *smile
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: was really having a tough time that day
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: have been able to change my perspective on some things
    Pema Pera: I’m so glad you could share that tough time with us, Ecstasy
    Pema Pera: Would you like to say something about the shifts in perspective?
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: kind of had asnowball effect going on with the loss of my kitty and some bad stuff going on with a man who came on really strong to me in sl
    Pema Pera: ah, that can be tough, I’m sure!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: that is where i have lifted a huge burden…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: well re: my kitty
    Pema Pera: wonderful, yes, it felt that way already while we all talked together
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: Hotaru shared that twinkie needed to go on the next part of her journey and i needed to let her go so she could do that…
    Storm Nordwind: wise words
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: helped, is helping a lot, still hurts , i still look for her, start to talk to her and realize she is gone…:P
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: Hi Stevenaia
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: but i just try the “be” concept we talked about too and that helps me lots
    Storm Nordwind: Hi stevenaia
    Pema Pera: And then Dakini talked about shedding coats
    Pema Pera: Hi Steve!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yes shedding coats too
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: love that
    Pema Pera: I understand, Ecstasy, I have lost more than one cat when I was younger
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ummmm
    stevenaia Michinaga: shedding a metaphor for what?

    Steven had joined us, and caught up with our conversation.

    Pema Pera: one of them in winter, rather dramatically
    Storm Nordwind: I have lost four of the most beautiful ones since my move to Scotland. I thought “never again”
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: oh dear, i have always wanted that concept of “one more time to smell the wind, the flowers, feel the sun”
    stevenaia Michinaga: oh, cat fur.. I see
    Storm Nordwind: I can understand that Ecstasy, but…
    Storm Nordwind: These were Skogkatts
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ?
    Storm Nordwind: And I fell completely in love with the breed
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i don’t know of that breed
    Storm Nordwind: Otherwise known as Norwegian Forest Cats
    Storm Nordwind: They only came in from the forests 80 years ago
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: ahhh those are beautiful, i think i have seen photos
    Storm Nordwind: They are twice the size of a normal cat
    Storm Nordwind: some larger than Maine Coons
    Storm Nordwind: and the most beautiful and intelligent
    Storm Nordwind: but
    Storm Nordwind: they still think they have no competition
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: *giggles
    Storm Nordwind: and if you don’t keep them inside they think they can stand up to a 60 mph car
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yikes
    Storm Nordwind: And it is not fair to keep that kind of cat inside
    Storm Nordwind: they were born for the forest
    Storm Nordwind: but they have zero town or road sense
    Storm Nordwind: not bred in
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: oh dear

    Although I had seen Steven’s text messages, I could not see his avatar. It must have been a glitch in SL, but no matter what angle I looked from, all other cushions were empty in my viewer.

    Pema Pera: Steve, are you still there? Can’t see you :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: see?
    Pema Pera: rezzing problem for you and/or for me?
    Storm Nordwind: not for me
    Pema Pera: how odd!
    stevenaia Michinaga: no I see you all
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i see everyone
    Pema Pera: I see everyone I see but I don’t see Steve :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: unles we are talking about seeing in a broader sense
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: mysterious sl
    stevenaia Michinaga: ..smile
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: lol
    Pema Pera: haha
    stevenaia Michinaga: I’m here
    Storm Nordwind laughs
    Pema Pera: well, I will presume you’re here and on a nearby cushion :-)
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: *smiles
    stevenaia Michinaga: to your left
    Pema Pera: sorry to interrupt, Storm and Ecstasy!

    Ecstasy resumed her narrative.

    Ecstasy Dreamscape: no problem, my kitties were/are Himalayans and i kept them inside except for only outside under supervision to protect from cars because i live in the city
    stevenaia Michinaga: and don;t forget all the fleas
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: anyway as sad as the loss, the love and good is a wonderful memory to keep
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yes the fleas outdoors, never had a prob with that thank goodness
    Ecstasy Dreamscape nods
    Storm Nordwind: Yes those memories are good, and no one can steal them from you
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: well, something else that is enlightening my perspective…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: as mentioned the other thing that has really been bringing me down…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i never came to sl for romance…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: a man singled me out and came on very strong and then turns out to be a “player”…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: i have no chat room or online experience with that sort of thing so it was an eye opener …
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: and now i have learned that there are people who are very predatory
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: so i grow …
    stevenaia Michinaga: I have had many friends here with broken hearts
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: yes, i see that too a lot, never thought i would be one though
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems to happen more than you would expect
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: thought the person was very sincere
    Ecstasy Dreamscape smiles “Hi D!”
    Storm Nordwind: Some times, just some times, it can all work out better than you’d ever dreamed off. It did for me!
    Dakini Rhode: hi E!
    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: really Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Dakini
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Dakini Rhode: :-)))
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: sooo happy to hear that

    Dakini joined us, and Storm and Stevenaia told about stories with happy endings in sight

    stevenaia Michinaga: it;s always dificult to determine total honesty from manipulation I’m afraid, these things can take time
    Storm Nordwind: Yes, right next to me in RL right now is my fiancee, whom I met in a clothes shop here in SL
    stevenaia Michinaga: but deep friendships can also happen
    Dakini Rhode: Dakini Rhode waves to Jobe…
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow!!!! so cool
    Storm Nordwind passes on a Thank You from Jobe
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: my faith is restored good things do happen
    stevenaia Michinaga: I have been to an SL Wedding where RL wedding will not be far behind, my friend moved from US to Sweden where they now live happily
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: omgosh
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: wow
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: it is sure nice to hear such wonderful positve relationships are real and possible
    Storm Nordwind: And I will be moving to Colorado when the US Immigration gets its act together
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems the only think that prevents them from marrying is the paperwork, Sl seems so much more straightforward in that respect
    Pema Pera: I’m afraid I have to leave now, much as I would love to keep here with this company and conversation . . . . I have a brief astronomy meeting I have to attend
    stevenaia Michinaga: although the SL wedding plans still took a few month… big ceremony, I still haven’t figured out what to get an SL couple as a gift
    Storm Nordwind: OK then. Have a starry time :)
    Pema Pera: thanks, Storm!
    Dakini Rhode: nice to see however briefly Pema
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Pema, thanks
    Pema Pera: bye Steve!
    Pema Pera: bye Ecstasy! Thanks for joining us again!
    Ecstasy Dreamscape: oh, ok, thank you Pema have a beautiful day
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Pema Pera: Bye Dakini!

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