2008.06.05 07:00 - Vulcano Island

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    That morning, when I walked up to the tea house, I saw Fael and Trevor standing outside, both in similarly Royal looking red clothes, very pretty. Rajah was already inside the tea house, and so was Spock.

    Fael Illyar: Hello Pema :)
    Rajah Yalin: hi Pema
    Pema Pera: Hi Fael and hi Trevor!
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah there’s Pema
    Pema Pera: All in red today, hey?
    Pema Pera: looking great!
    Fael Illyar: thank you :)
    Trevor Berensohn: We had a shopping spree heh
    Pema Pera: I guess the others are inside?
    Trevor Berensohn: Which is no surprise here ahem
    Rajah Yalin: i’m inside

    I walked into the tea house.

    Pema Pera: Hi Rajah!
    Pema Pera: Shopping spree?
    Pema Pera: Hi Spock!
    Spock Yuitza: hi
    Rajah Yalin: I haven’t asked anyone yet, but have you noticed I shaved? how does it look on me? do I need a beard again?
    Fael Illyar: Trevor had a shopping spree at a shop I took him to. I had done most of mine way before. Somehow we both bought the same clothes separately.
    Pema Pera: Well, Rajah, I guessed you were just adding yourself to this band of roving monks here in Rieul :)
    Trevor Berensohn: it’s a good look for you, Raja
    Rajah Yalin: I can be a monk with a beard too
    Pema Pera: looks great on both of you, Trevor and Fael!
    Trevor Berensohn: h
    Pema Pera: very royal
    Fael Illyar: it works :)
    Rajah Yalin: this outfit is kind of a new outfit for me also, you might have noticed I’m not wearing the brown one anymore
    Fael Illyar: although it still bothers me somewhat that you’re using a system skin.
    Faenik loves wells!
    Trevor Berensohn: Lots of color switching going on today
    Pema Pera: It’s high time I go shopping . . ..
    Pema Pera: just been too busy putting up four blogs a day :)
    Rajah Yalin: :P
    Rajah Yalin: I’m going to put my blog up sometime
    Rajah Yalin: we already went over that last week, it’s still not up
    Trevor Berensohn: Ha
    Pema Pera: great, Rajah, looking forward to reading it!
    Trevor Berensohn: That will be fun when you do Rajah
    Trevor Berensohn: Yup, it’s all the color in the room heh

    Talking about color, my eye fell on Faenik.

    Pema Pera: btw, Fael, for a moment I thought that you had color coordinated Faenik as well
    Pema Pera: Faenik looked red from my point of view
    Fael Illyar: it’s the light source in my wings I think :)
    Pema Pera: but when I turned my -yes!- camera he became black again
    Fael Illyar: oh wait, it’s the transparency ordering “feature”
    Pema Pera: so yes, it is the red wings
    Pema Pera: nice to see Faenik color-shift!
    Faenik: why not?
    Trevor Berensohn: he compliments any outfit heh
    Fael Illyar: from some angles, transparent surfaces are drawn in the wrong order
    Trevor Berensohn: Yes that can be an interesting or troubling effect
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Fael Illyar: So Faenik becomes red because my wing gets drawn in front of him :)
    Pema Pera: Spock, you’re new here in Second Life?
    Spock Yuitza: yes
    Pema Pera: Feel free to ask us questions
    Pema Pera: We were all new once upon a time!
    Pema Pera: We know how that feels (^_^)
    Spock Yuitza: I practice Zen meditation in a temple in Spain
    Rajah Yalin: great
    Pema Pera: Wow!
    Pema Pera: what type of zen?
    Trevor Berensohn: Ah glad you’re here!
    Pema Pera: do you know that we sit here every day?
    Pema Pera: at 6 pm SL time

    Spock told us about his RL zen involvement.

    Spock Yuitza: My master studied in Japan
    Pema Pera: just around the corner
    Pema Pera: Ah, great, your master is Spanish too?
    Fael Illyar: Spain is in Europe, I think that’s in the middle of night.
    Pema Pera: no
    Spock Yuitza: yes, but he was master in Japan with Desimaru
    Pema Pera: ah yes
    Pema Pera: sorry
    Pema Pera: you mean 6 pm
    Pema Pera: yes, 3 am
    Rajah Yalin: it’s 1:18 AM here
    Pema Pera: Deshimaru!!!!!
    Pema Pera: That’s great
    Spock Yuitza: in Spain is 16:15 now
    Pema Pera: Impressive guy
    Pema Pera: yes, but Zazen sitting is here at 6 pm which is 3 am for you
    Rajah Yalin: spock, where are you at in Spain? my aunt lives in madrid - she is an english teacher I believe
    Spock Yuitza: I life near from Madrid
    Spock Yuitza: the temple is in Valencia
    Rajah Yalin: ahh
    Spock Yuitza: you can see www.luzserena.net
    Faenik: ah :)
    Pema Pera: nice home page!
    Pema Pera: all those symbols

    Storm walked in.

    Rajah Yalin: hi Storm
    Storm Nordwind: Hi
    Pema Pera: Hi Storm!
    Fael Illyar: Hi Storm
    Rajah Yalin: where did Trevor go?
    Fael Illyar: Most likely crashed
    Pema Pera: Has any of you taken Storm’s latest balloon ride, over the sea and Vulcano island?
    Pema Pera: worth a try — did it a few hours ago
    Storm Nordwind: Lots of fun!
    Rajah Yalin: no I haven’t - maybe I will but I don’t know where it is
    Pema Pera: Storm, meet Spock, from Spain, practicing Soto Zen
    Pema Pera: Spock, Storm is my neighbor here
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Spock
    Spock Yuitza: hi Storm
    Rajah Yalin: thanks Storm
    Rajah Yalin is homeless.
    Spock Yuitza: oh, have you your own house here?
    Storm Nordwind: I suspect not as he is very new, right?
    Rajah Yalin: that was Spock asking, Storm
    Storm Nordwind is obviously very muddled!
    Rajah Yalin chuckles.
    Pema Pera: Storm and I both have a home here, Spock

    I summarized our activities.

    Pema Pera: So what we do Spock is sit zazen nearby once a day, but also we gather here four times a day, every six hours
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pema Pera: is our web site
    Pema Pera: we do a kind of very short meditation
    Pema Pera: 9 seconds only :)
    Pema Pera: but every 15 minutes
    Pema Pera: different from zen
    Pema Pera: but similar too
    Pema Pera: and as a group we are creating a forest
    Spock Yuitza: 9 seconds only?
    Faenik: could be
    Pema Pera: a large forest with many retreat huts
    Pema Pera: so all of us can have a little home there
    Pema Pera: yes, 9 seconds only
    Pema Pera: but then every 15 minutes
    Rajah Yalin: I want a home lol
    Pema Pera: so the emphasis is on continuity and frequency
    Pema Pera: instead of duration
    Pema Pera: Rajah, you can get your home here
    Pema Pera: you’re a guardian :)
    Pema Pera: just talk with Storm!
    Storm Nordwind thinks Rajah can have a home in the forest
    Rajah Yalin: I thought about asking about one of the little plots he has
    Rajah Yalin: near the inn
    Pema Pera: one is yours for the choosing!

    The conversation crossed over between SL and RL.

    Spock Yuitza: really i have a litle wood house in my temple luz Serena
    Pema Pera: how nice, Spock!
    Pema Pera: do you practice there?
    Spock Yuitza: yes
    Spock Yuitza: i life there many months in year
    Pema Pera: If you want to get an idea of what we normally talk about, there are many conversations there on http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Rajah Yalin: today has been a little bit of a… general chat :P
    Storm Nordwind: Chat is good. Has its place
    Rajah Yalin nods.
    Fael Illyar: Hi Ayu
    Rajah Yalin: hi Ayu
    Pema Pera: Hi Ayu!
    Ayukam Harsley: hi Fael
    Ayukam Harsley: Hi Pema

    Ayukam joined us as well. Soon thereafter, we got a warning from Linden Lab.

    Second Life: Your region will restart in 5 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Pema Pera: oops
    Rajah Yalin: region restart?
    Storm Nordwind: oh!
    Pema Pera: well, I think I will take the opportunity to go to bed myself
    Storm Nordwind: magoja was down similarly when I arrived. We could walk over there
    Pema Pera: it’s almost midnight here
    Storm Nordwind: Ah yes
    Pema Pera: again, Storm?
    Rajah Yalin: take care Pema - Namaste
    Pema Pera: after getting rid of the bug?
    Pema Pera: bye Rajah!
    Storm Nordwind: yes again
    Fael Illyar: See you later Pema :)
    Fael Illyar: Bye Rajah
    Pema Pera: see you Fael!
    Storm Nordwind: bye those who are going!
    Rajah Yalin: are you leaving too Fael?
    Fael Illyar: I was thinking of staying
    Storm Nordwind: We need to move first
    Pema Pera: you can go to the beach
    Pema Pera: for the balloon ride!
    Storm Nordwind: true
    Pema Pera: to vulcan island!
    Pema Pera: I can recommend it
    Rajah Yalin: ah that is a good opportunity isn’t that

    Even though I had announced my departure, I remembered being curious about the island I had seen a few hours earlier.

    Second Life: Your region will restart in 3 minutes and 0 seconds for maintenance.
    Pema Pera: can we walk on Vulcan island, Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: I’ve never tried
    Pema Pera: Presumably we can’t rez anything there?
    Storm Nordwind: Nothing permanent
    Pema Pera: shall we try briefly?
    Storm Nordwind: ok
    Pema Pera: just curious
    Pema Pera: let’s
    Pema Pera: tp
    Storm Nordwind: via balloon?
    Teleport completed from http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rieul/244/210/76

    I jumped over, gave a tp to Storm and both of us tp-ed the rest.

    Pema Pera: do we have everybody?
    Storm Nordwind: 10 minute autoreturn
    Rajah Yalin: I think that’s all of us
    Ayukam Harsley: thanks
    Pema Pera: nice!
    Pema Pera: so this is communal area right?
    Storm Nordwind: Next major eruption in 26 minutes
    Pema Pera: One great welcome center
    Pema Pera: without the trappings of a welcome center!
    Pema Pera: very nice
    Pema Pera: we should have a regular ferry service from our beach to here
    Pema Pera: can we do that?
    Pema Pera: automatic ferries?
    Fael Illyar: Nice looking place :)
    Rajah Yalin shrugs.
    Storm Nordwind: Hmmm
    Pema Pera: I bet nobody comes here
    Storm Nordwind: Yes we can do that
    Pema Pera: haven’t seen any green dots here any time I looked!
    Pema Pera: our home away from home
    Rajah Yalin: retreat away from the retreat lol
    Pema Pera: just have to re-rez your furniture every 9 minutes
    Pema Pera: Fael, can you write a script for that?
    Storm Nordwind: That’s possible

    I learned something new.

    Fael Illyar: things don’t get returned if you’re sitting on them
    Faenik: why not
    Pema Pera: really!!!!!
    Pema Pera: wow, didn’t know that
    Rajah Yalin: yep that’s true
    Pema Pera: how convenient!
    Storm Nordwind: That’s partly how the balloon works
    Rajah Yalin: once you get off they return though
    Pema Pera: instantly?
    Faenik loves wells!
    Pema Pera: or after ten minutes?
    Fael Illyar: yes, they’re returned the moment you stand up
    Pema Pera: ah!
    Fael Illyar: if they’re due
    Pema Pera: so you have musical chairs then
    Storm Nordwind: All vehicles need that property
    Pema Pera: well, I’m going to sign off.
    Fael Illyar: Ok, see you later Pema :)
    Storm Nordwind: bye for now
    Rajah Yalin: I’ll be off to bed soon myself
    Rajah Yalin: take care Pema - Namaste
    Pema Pera: see you, Ayu, Fael, Storm, Rajah!
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste

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