2008.08.10 13:00 - Strands and threads

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    The guardian at this session was Maxine Walden. The comments are hers, but Adams Rubble may have added some comments at the end as the discussion continued after Maxine had to leave.

    Soon after I got to the Pavilion Stevenaia and Quilty joined me, both seeming to come by Balloon!

    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Maxine
    Maxine Walden: hi, Stevenaia, nice to see you
    Quilty Bookmite: Hi Maxine.
    Maxine Walden: and Quilty, you came on a balloon!
    Quilty Bookmite: I did.
    stevenaia Michinaga: we were chatting up there
    Maxine Walden: is that your current form of transporation, oh, both of you!
    Quilty Bookmite: It's nice up there. Less polluted. :-)
    Maxine Walden: yes, expect so!
    stevenaia Michinaga: I was catching up on the discussions this morning

    Stevenaia was referring to the Sunday morning guardian meeting which dealt with concerns, issues among the group regarding the practice of Playasbeing.

    Maxine Walden: and maybe fresh ideas as well up there?
    Quilty Bookmite: Oh?
    Quilty Bookmite: Anything important?

    There is a bit of to and fro and then I offer a summary of some of the points of the meeting. And Steven as well from the transcript Pema posted.

    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, Steven, care to summarize?
    stevenaia Michinaga: worth reading I think, I arrived after yoga, is an eternal scheduling conflict but it was still going on
    stevenaia Michinaga: I thought you were there?
    Maxine Walden: I was there, thought you might be talking with Quilty about what you read
    stevenaia Michinaga: since I never go I never get the flavor of the personalities and how they differ from these discussion or perhaps some are never at the same meetings
    stevenaia Michinaga: no, I wasn't
    Quilty Bookmite: Checking my email...
    stevenaia Michinaga: here people seemed somewhat disarmed, the meetings seem more intense
    Maxine Walden: oh, well I can summarize, from my perspective: different guardians all began to mention their approach, expectations, vulnerabilites re PaB, and there was some intense discussion
    stevenaia Michinaga: many difering views, which is good, but an interesting contract than the supportive environment I have found here
    stevenaia Michinaga: *contrast
    stevenaia Michinaga: both are great, btw
    Maxine Walden: those who thought that in PaB we should be aware that some folks are vulnerable, destabilized by the practice, and some others feeling that we are really responsible for ourselves, need to be accountable...
    Maxine Walden: but for me the best thing was that some folks spoke of concerns they had not felt able to express fully before
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes

    It felt to me that Quilty might be feeling not included so I asked to make sure that he had access to this meeting log.

    Maxine Walden: Quilty, do I recall correctly that you are a guardian?
    stevenaia Michinaga: I believe this should be a nurturing environment
    Quilty Bookmite: I am. :-)
    Maxine Walden: yes, I think so too, think we all approach these sessions in that way.
    Quilty Bookmite: I haven't made it to a meeting yet.
    Maxine Walden: Yes, then you have access to the meeting we were mentioning, the one this morning
    Maxine Walden: right, just making sure you felt included
    Quilty Bookmite: 4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon we are normally out somewhere.
    stevenaia Michinaga: no two people can take this journey at the same pase and the one's ahead should be there for the new people and those who are willing to see from another's perspective
    Quilty Bookmite: I just started to look at the transcript but it's quite long, so maybe later.
    Maxine Walden: of course, I understand completely, Quilty

    Doug Sosa then joined us.

    Quilty Bookmite: Hi Doug.
    Maxine Walden: right...oh, here comes doug
    stevenaia Michinaga: but that is my nature
    Maxine Walden: hi doug
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Doug
    doug Sosa: hi all.
    doug Sosa: hi more!

    We then began an interesting mulit-strand discussion about the 9 sec practice and creativity, along with the humorous references about tax revolts:

    stevenaia Michinaga: I am one of the lagging practitioners of the 9 secs either because of distraction (my personal tax revolt) or through preoccpationa with other things
    Maxine Walden: care to say more, Steven?
    Quilty Bookmite: Tax revolt?
    Quilty Bookmite: having a tea party? :-)
    Maxine Walden: Boston tea party!?
    Quilty Bookmite: I think that was a tax revolt, wasn't it?
    stevenaia Michinaga: much of my work is my own meditation, so finding time to take my 9 second moment seems to break the flow of meditations within meditation
    Maxine Walden: yes, Quilty, that is my memory , made me smile, you mentioning it
    Quilty Bookmite: :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: no pema calling the 9 seconds a tax
    Maxine Walden: ah, pulled away from what feels more 'natural' for you
    Quilty Bookmite: I'm with you on that one Stevenaia.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I have tried it and in time I will try it more
    Quilty Bookmite: My own meditation practice is more important to me than PaB.

    Then various discussion about the value/experience of the 9 second practice

    doug Sosa: 9 sec within meditation seems like a very intresting moment.
    Quilty Bookmite: But I do try PaB occasionally.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I don;t deny that even the few times I ahve focused on it were worthwhile
    Maxine Walden: please let's talk more about this; does it then seem like PaB is something imposed?
    stevenaia Michinaga: no, just a shift in habits
    Maxine Walden: ah...
    Quilty Bookmite: Not to me. It's my choice whether I practice it or not.
    Maxine Walden: yes...

    And then dipping into various creative aspects of experience, including RL and SL architecture

    stevenaia Michinaga: my work is drawing which is focused creative and abstract at the same time.. my meditation of sorts
    Maxine Walden: your work is your meditation of a sort, Steven?
    stevenaia Michinaga: so when I break, it;s a break into reality
    doug Sosa: and what kind of drawing? I am envious.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I design building
    Maxine Walden: architecture?
    doug Sosa: more envious. something real and worthwhile.
    Maxine Walden: oh, Doug?
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems there are more software architects here, so I wouldn;t want to offend them
    stevenaia Michinaga: well actually I would
    Quilty Bookmite: Offend away. :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I am an architect
    stevenaia Michinaga: (the non- software kind)
    Quilty Bookmite: My dad worked as a building services design engineer.
    Quilty Bookmite: He hated architects. :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: ...smile... we know
    Quilty Bookmite: :-)
    doug Sosa: architecture today is so chaotic, room for creativity but maybe not much recogniton
    stevenaia Michinaga: so I surrounf myself in the abstract that results in reality

    We then had the option to go back to the 9 second practice

    doug Sosa: but back to 9 sec and meditation.
    Quilty Bookmite: You design on paper?
    Quilty Bookmite: OK.
    doug Sosa: 9 sec and a piece of paper can be a looong time.
    stevenaia Michinaga: technology has caught up with creativity, but not the impacts of some of their imagination and sence of beauty

    But it just felt right to also support the creativity of that the second strand of conversation, creativity/art/architecture, which did seem to offer some interesting meandering

    Maxine Walden: we can have different strands of conversation at the same time if the architiecture theme is of interest
    stevenaia Michinaga: I design on paper and in my computer,
    Quilty Bookmite: So what do you think of the software you use?
    Quilty Bookmite: Software is, unfortunately, inescapeable. :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: I use a few different ones, depending on what I am doing
    doug Sosa: My impression is that the software biases towards staight lines. Though now we have the Geary style airplane software for odd shapes.
    Quilty Bookmite: Straight lines are easier to model.
    stevenaia Michinaga: but Google Sketchup has a free version and worth downloading , I have aeen wonderful things in SL as well

    Wol then joined us.

    Quilty Bookmite: Hi Wol.
    Wol Euler: hello all
    Maxine Walden: welcome Wol
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello Wol
    stevenaia Michinaga: I am in aww of the creativity I have seen in buildings here
    Maxine Walden: we are talking about architecture software and mediatation sort of
    Wol Euler: ah :)
    Maxine Walden: architecture
    stevenaia Michinaga: this place is a great example example
    Quilty Bookmite: Stevenaia - you are a professional. You could unleash your creativity here.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I once was talking to a professor in college while he was designing and he explained that drawing is non-verble

    I wondered about the previous strand, of meditation and the 9 sec practice which Doug had mentioned and the strands then wended back toward one another

    Maxine Walden: doug, we could have another strand of conversation, you interested in mentioning the 9 sec practice?
    Quilty Bookmite: One thing that amazes me about SL is that there is a free choice of building materials. You could build a completely solid skyscraper out of paper if you wanted.
    Quilty Bookmite: So why is there so much boring looking shopping malls?
    stevenaia Michinaga: I wonder the same thing
    doug Sosa: the 9 sec and doing something like drawing intersts me. I like to get int the 9 sec without preparation, just take it as it comes, wherever and whatever I am.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I don;t design ehre because I design in the other 20 hours of my day
    Maxine Walden: what kind of experience does that give you, Doug?

    Doug then gave us an example of how the 9 sec practice can be arresting in terms of change of perspective, midstream, so to speak:

    doug Sosa: well, not easy to say, but imagine starting the 9 sec in the middle of a conversation with someone else
    Quilty Bookmite: You just stop the conversation?
    doug Sosa: I don't do anything to look like i am meditating(!) but i do take the detachment the 9 sec suggests. the other person becomes more real and more distant, easier to observe and less demanding.
    Quilty Bookmite: And appear to zone out for 9 seconds?
    doug Sosa: no, just keep doing what i am doing, but it isn't so much me, it is just one of the things going on.
    Quilty Bookmite: Interesting. My words are coming through very late.
    stevenaia Michinaga: i mentioned this the other day. but it would be impossible here, that was used to start a drawing and pass it on the the person to our right (usually during an office meeting) then the next person would continue, like a graphic conversation od sorts
    Maxine Walden: a bit of lag, Quilty?
    Quilty Bookmite: Yep.
    doug Sosa: I love that idea. what would it take to do here? A floating whiteboard..
    Quilty Bookmite: If you are talking at the time, do you carry on talking?
    doug Sosa: Yes, keep talking, but much more observant and tolerant, so I am sure it shifts what I am saying.
    Maxine Walden: braiding thoughts, we seem to be having...
    Quilty Bookmite: Stevenaia has gone.
    doug Sosa: We can try it right here. So I just did, and what i noticed right away was the circle of the cushions were much more pronounced. a circle of circles, and then the colors of our clothes.
    doug Sosa: ouch yes. gone.
    Maxine Walden: doug, seems you are mentioning have shifting perspectives on your conversation partner as well as youself...ah
    Maxine Walden: ouch?

    Steven suddenly disappeared.

    doug Sosa: ouch yes for steven's going. yes, perspective on partner shifts quite readically.
    Quilty Bookmite: Probably just disconnected.
    Adams Rubble is Online
    Maxine Walden: likely so, disconnected, but interesting that sometimes we may take it personally when another leaves suddenly
    doug Sosa: ah, back?
    Wol Euler: wb steve
    Maxine Walden: oh, you are back Steve
    Quilty Bookmite: So why does the 9 seconds have such an impact? I don;t think anything that unusual is being done.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I wasn;t sure If I crashed or was lagging to the point my words never appeared
    Quilty Bookmite: You just disappeared.

    Adams joined us.

    Wol Euler: hello adams!
    Quilty Bookmite: hi Adams.
    doug Sosa: well, the 9 sec is a time to let go of all assumptions so in the middle of a conversation, which tends to be a bit driven towards some goal, it is a real shift.
    Adams Rubble: Hello everyone :)
    Maxine Walden: hi, Adams
    doug Sosa: hi adams!
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hi Adams
    Quilty Bookmite: I agree it's a real shift. That is the surprising thing to me. It speaks volumes for the way we normally think and observe.
    doug Sosa: Yes!
    Quilty Bookmite: That we are somehow oblivious to what is going on around us.
    Maxine Walden: yes, so many assumptions we are not aware of
    doug Sosa: or in front of us.
    Quilty Bookmite: Yes. :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: some wonder if 9 secs is to short
    Maxine Walden: we become so focussed and thus lose touch with the wider reality

    Once again, Doug's comment seemed arresting to consider:

    doug Sosa: and it changes courage. while talking to someone and starting the nine sec, i notice its much easier to see into their eyes.
    stevenaia Michinaga: I think any "tool" of used enough becomes a skill
    Quilty Bookmite: Yes. The 9 seconds stretches itself. :-)
    Quilty Bookmite: Observing the world the way you do in the 9 seconds may become a habit for the rest of the 15 minutes.
    doug Sosa: It certainly does. the whole rest of time rather quickly, a few months, becaosme much looser and flexible and present and less dire.
    doug Sosa: "becomes"
    stevenaia Michinaga: the sharpening of the tool..
    Maxine Walden: seems we are saying that we are seeing clearer, and releasing from our assumptions and tight focus during the 9 sec
    stevenaia Michinaga: aww, I must go, I'm sure we will continue soon, thanks

    Steve has to leave the group and Doug does as well.

    Quilty Bookmite: And that with time that releasing of assumptions happens outside the 9 seconds.
    Adams Rubble: Bye Steve
    Quilty Bookmite: Bye Stevenaia.
    doug Sosa: me too.. bye.
    Quilty Bookmite: Bye Doug.
    Adams Rubble: bye Doug

    Wondering about Wol and Adams who have been silent so far I wonder aloud

    Maxine Walden: Wol, Adams, care to join in? Bye Steve and doug
    Wol Euler: sorry, I'm caught in a fascinating and worrying IM :-) Listening and will contribute on occasion.
    Adams Rubble: I missed what began the conversation :)
    Quilty Bookmite: Architecture I think. :-)
    Maxine Walden: right, I know how it is to try to join a conversation going, various ways of thinking about the 9 sec and aspects of creativity...yes architecture
    Adams Rubble loves architecture :)
    Quilty Bookmite: Do you build here Adams?
    Adams Rubble: Oh, that kind...I am starting to learn but have been too busy
    Quilty Bookmite: Actually it was the real kind that started things.

    We mention the earlier topics of the session to catch Adams and Wol up, and then some interesting considerations about SL architectural endeavors

    Quilty Bookmite: Building here I think is to lose some of the restrictions that are imposed on RL architecture.
    Adams Rubble: Like gravity :)
    Maxine Walden: Steven is an architect, and doug loves to draw...
    Quilty Bookmite: Yep And strength of materials. :-)
    Adams Rubble: Oh I did not that about Steve
    Wol Euler: but also acquires many others, like the difficulty of controlling the camera to get a decent view in small spaces
    Maxine Walden: yes, like gravity
    Wol Euler: and tehz awkwardness of av motion
    Adams Rubble: yes Wol
    Quilty Bookmite: Lost another line.
    Wol Euler: rooms need to be at least twice as large in SL as in RL, maybe three times, for av comfort.
    Adams Rubble: Yes
    Maxine Walden: interesting, I have not yet built in SL, interesting perspectives

    Adams then mentions having read the log from the Sunday morning guardians' meeting

    Adams Rubble: I am a bit distracted. I just read the log from this morning before coming to the session
    Quilty Bookmite: What if you build your room out of glass?
    Quilty Bookmite: Or water?
    Adams Rubble: From the guardian meeting
    Quilty Bookmite: Was it that bad?
    Maxine Walden: yes, Adams...distracted?
    Adams Rubble: No it was very interested. I wrote a note to the group
    Adams Rubble: interesting
    Wol Euler: it was pretty emotional.
    Adams Rubble: yes, I see that

    And her discomfort at being mentioned in the meeting (she was not at the meeting) (No, it wasn't quite discomfort but more of an interest in that I was surprised to be an example--Adams)

    Adams Rubble: and I was mentioned
    Adams Rubble: I think it was good for the group to discuss this and I wish I had been there
    Quilty Bookmite: How do you feel about that Adams?
    Maxine Walden: you mention writing a message to the group or about the discussion, that may be a way to 'be there'
    Adams Rubble: Yes Maxine
    Adams Rubble: Quilty, about which?
    Quilty Bookmite: about your mention in the meeting.
    Adams Rubble: Well I am wondering if people are seeing something about me that I don't know about yet
    Adams Rubble: That's a bit worrysome
    Quilty Bookmite: I knew that would pop up at an inappropriate moment. :-)
    Adams Rubble: Eh?
    Quilty Bookmite: It looks like they are concerned about you.

    Wol then brings in more perspective

    Wol Euler: if I may, I stayed on with Fael, Pema and Storm after the meeting officially broke up.
    Wol Euler: Is that part in the record, Adams, what was said after?
    Adams Rubble: No Wol
    Wol Euler: well, Pema expressed great surprise at Fred's statements, invoking you as example, because you have advanced the furthest of us all.
    Wol Euler: he quoted you "How wonderful to live on this planet" (I'm vaguely remembering) and asked if that sounded like someone who was suffering.
    Adams Rubble: Thanks for sharing that, Wol...and thanks to Pema :)
    Quilty Bookmite: Sorry, reading the transcript.

    And another quote from the transcript of the meeting draws concern:

    Quilty Bookmite: Institutionalised?!!!
    Wol Euler nods.
    Adams Rubble: But I am being distracted by RL issues right now and it will be a bit of a challenge in the next few weeks for me
    Quilty Bookmite: :-)
    Quilty Bookmite: I don;t think institutionalisation is a danger here.

    I offer my thoughts about the distrubing term referred to in the log:

    Maxine Walden: I read that as an expression of anxiety, and we are all vulnerable to being destabilized in this experience; I thought Fred was expressing a lot of pent up concern, and felt glad he could bring it out.
    Quilty Bookmite: PaB makes you more aware of life around you.
    Adams Rubble: Yes Maxine
    Quilty Bookmite: Yes, destabalisation is a potential problem. With any meditation like practice.

    Aware that I had another meeting in about 10 minutes I mention my need to leave soon; but we also are mentioning the destabilizing potential of PaB but any meditation

    Maxine Walden: (I will have to leave in a few minutes, just to mention ahead of time)
    Quilty Bookmite: OK Maxine.
    Adams Rubble: I think it was a very useful meeting
    Maxine Walden: but when we discuss these concerns it would be good to have as many of us who can be there, to share experiences and speak about our perspectives
    Quilty Bookmite: OK, as a general point here. I have a meditation practice so I am as vulnerable as anyone to potentially being destabilised.
    Maxine Walden: not trying to say 'must come' just that it is so helpful for these discussions to have those concered present
    Quilty Bookmite: however, I do have a teacher I can go to for spiritual advice.

    And then an important question:

    Quilty Bookmite: So in PaB, if things start to go wrong, who do you turn to?
    Adams Rubble: Well, Quilty, there are quite a few people I would consider
    Maxine Walden: yes, Quilty, I really agree, that we are vulnerable to being destabilized; knowing that can happen may in itself be a help. who to turn to in PaB? Maybe one of the guardians who one feels might be helpful...
    Maxine Walden: or others...
    Adams Rubble: I hate to name names because it leaves people out
    Wol Euler nods. Fred's concerns are valid but he grossly overstates the case.
    Adams Rubble: But Pema is watching out for each of us
    Quilty Bookmite: That's the point Adams. If you don't name names, people don't know who best to turn to.

    I felt badly that I had to leave at this point in the conversation (Adams: and we were sorry to see you go)

    Maxine Walden: oh, golly, I have to go and will take the log. Would someone like to take any further log and attach it?
    Quilty Bookmite: Pema is certainly a good candidate. :-)
    Adams Rubble: Well in addition to Pema, there is Stim
    Adams Rubble: Yes Maxine
    Quilty Bookmite: I need to go in 5 minutes.
    Maxine Walden: Adams, will you take the rest?
    Adams Rubble: yes Maxine
    Maxine Walden: thanks, bye then for now.
    Wol Euler: bye maxine

    In my hurry to tidy things up, take the chatlog and get to my next meeting I only later read the rest of this chatlog about who do we turn to for help and other related items (Adams note: I was uncomfortable naming names. There are many others for whom I turned to help in this group at various times. If something is bothering us, we look for different perspectives to help us figure out what is right for us rather than depending on one person. However we can learn to trust some people's judgement, and understanding of what we are experiencing, more than others. That doesn't mean that I value the opinions of people I didn't name less. That means that I think we all must determine for ourselves.)

    Adams Rubble: bye Maxine and I would consider you too :)
    Quilty Bookmite: Should these people be named, or ranked, or would that destroy the appearance of democracy?
    Wol Euler: alphabetical.
    Wol Euler: if named
    Adams Rubble: I just tried to answer your question Quilty
    Quilty Bookmite: i have the same label as Pema but I don;t have his qualifications.
    Adams Rubble: What do mean label?
    Quilty Bookmite: Thank you Adams.
    Quilty Bookmite: I mean, it's one thing to name a few people now, but how does that help the new practitioner who is not in this meeting?
    Adams Rubble: Oh
    Adams Rubble: I think if one of us recognized a problem then we might refer them to someone
    Quilty Bookmite: Good point Adams.

    And as an example of the collapse into confusion, which can occur when times runs out and thinking stops, I erroneously as Adams if she can take the chatlog, forgetting she was not there for the whole session and that I could retrieve the chatlog from my hard disc.  Sorry, Adams!! (another example of how we can lose touch with our own resources when under pressure)

    Maxine Walden: Adams I am having trouble saving and copying the log; could you just email me the whole thing?
    Quilty Bookmite: Is it enough?
    Adams Rubble: and Pema reads the logs
    Adams Rubble: I wasn't here

    Quilty sent the rest of the log and Adams posted it and made the following comment; for a while we continued our discussion about getting help and we were joined by a first time attendee, Cain who became interested in the group in spite of our discussion of people needing help followed by a bit of fun

    Quilty Bookmite: I can send what I have.
    Adams Rubble: whoops
    Adams Rubble: OK
    Adams Rubble: Thanks Quilty
    Quilty Bookmite: And I'll stay a little longer.
    Adams Rubble: Just to ad, if it is not enough, then it is good we began discussing it this morning
    Wol Euler: hello cain
    Adams Rubble: Hello Cain
    Quilty Bookmite: I don;t know if it is enough. I have a vague feeling it is a bit one sided.
    Quilty Bookmite: Gone, and my last line will pop up some tjime in the future. :-)
    Quilty Bookmite: If someone is having a problem then there are two possible approaches...
    Adams Rubble: one sided?
    Adams Rubble: I don;t know Quilty, this is almost a completely new medium and we are pioneering. There are no rules and no guidelnes
    Quilty Bookmite: Someone sees them struggling and tries to help...
    Wol Euler: wb cain
    Quilty Bookmite: Or they approach someone and ask for help,
    Quilty Bookmite: What I mean is it relies almost entirely on other people watching out for someone.
    Quilty Bookmite: It seems the latter is not so readily available.
    Cain Akina: TY Had some problems with the system
    Quilty Bookmite: Not unless you want to air your problems in a public discussion.
    Quilty Bookmite: Hi Cain.
    Adams Rubble: I think we may be overlooking that we are looking out for ourselves
    Adams Rubble: That notecard explains our group and gives you a url to the website
    Adams Rubble: Cain, we are a Play as Being Group
    Adams Rubble: Quilty, much of my experience has been away from the public
    Adams Rubble: Cain, we log our meetings and they are posted at the webiste. Do you have any objections to that?
    Adams Rubble: I understand Quilty, thanks
    Cain Akina: No No objections
    Cain Akina: I sounds cool
    Cain Akina: I like the idea of the note card
    Quilty Bookmite: My comments aren;t aimed just at you Adams.
    Adams Rubble: I understand your concerns too Quilty
    Adams Rubble: Thank you Cain
    Adams Rubble: Don;t you think someone who has been doing this for a while might be the one who could run into difficulty rather than any newcomer?
    Cain Akina: I like the idea
    Quilty Bookmite: Anyone could run into difficulty.
    Quilty Bookmite: I will shut up about them now. I think I've over made my point. :-)
    Adams Rubble: We meet here four times a day Cain. You are welcome to join us any of those times
    Adams Rubble: Yes Quilty
    Cain Akina: Yes once one gets to the core anythingcould happen
    Cain Akina: I would like this I am a lost soul.. as I think we all are
    Quilty Bookmite: Someone who has been doing it for a while might have a better idea of who to approach.
    Quilty Bookmite: Sorry Cain. I was ranting. Will stop now. :-)
    Wol Euler smiles.
    Cain Akina: No please rant .. so do I..
    Quilty Bookmite: I'm ranted out.
    Cain Akina: lol
    Adams Rubble: As I said before, I think it is good we are discussing this. Since I am new to this myself, I know very little about the psossibilities so I too have to think about it
    Quilty Bookmite: I blame it on the coffee.
    Adams Rubble doesn't touch coffee :)
    Cain Akina: I blame ...not sure what
    Wol Euler blames the Republicans.
    Quilty Bookmite: I didn't until recently. The owner of a small coffee shop introduced me to really good coffee. :-)
    Adams Rubble: hha
    Adams Rubble: haha Wol
    Quilty Bookmite: I blame Margaret Thatcher. For everything. :-)
    Adams Rubble: same thing Quilty
    Wol Euler: well, quite right too.
    Quilty Bookmite: it's one of my universal rules.
    Adams Rubble: In the US we have so many to blame
    Quilty Bookmite: Margaret Thatcher has long stopped having any real influence but I still blame her.
    Quilty Bookmite: They are talking about giving here a state funeral. She's still alive by the way.
    Adams Rubble: We're hoping some of ours don;t have real influence soon :)
    Wol Euler: excellent! tomorrow morning then!
    Adams Rubble: \haha Quilty
    Quilty Bookmite: I'll drink to that. :-)
    Quilty Bookmite: Just no more coffee.
    Cain Akina: I', m confused. Yes I blame Maggie (Yes I'm A Limy) but life really is suffering .. don't want to get into that because this stuff is more immediate .. but it is true
    Adams Rubble loves the idea of state funerals as a hint
    Quilty Bookmite: I was being flippant. Yes, life is suffering and it's not Maggies fault.
    Cain Akina: Lets all have Viking funerals ..lol
    Adams Rubble: haha Cain
    Quilty Bookmite: That's a lot of boats. :-)
    Adams Rubble: more than a hint
    Cain Akina: Yeh but everyone else has such fun! Especially the kids
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    Quilty Bookmite: :-)
    Adams Rubble: Balloons with "farewell"
    Quilty Bookmite: Or whatever you want your last words to be. :-)
    Quilty Bookmite: I'm coming back as a cat. Cats have it easy.
    Cain Akina: I'm coming back as rain
    Adams Rubble: Dunno Quilty. They have psychological battles with each other
    Quilty Bookmite: Only one letter change then?
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Quilty Bookmite: I don't mind psychological battles.
    Quilty Bookmite: I've been doing them all my life anyway. I have two brothers.
    Adams Rubble: You'd be a tough cat then Quilty
    Cain Akina: Yeh me too
    Quilty Bookmite: :-)
    Cain Akina: Mark of Cain plus one
    Quilty Bookmite: 10 minutes of psychological battles then spend the rest of the day asleep.
    Adams Rubble: haha
    Wol Euler: don't forget feeding time
    Quilty Bookmite: Of course. :-)
    Wol Euler: indeed, not a bad lifestyle.
    Cain Akina: Burning arrows and all
    Cain Akina: Yeh .., something in that
    Quilty Bookmite: We are well over the hour. I should call it a night.
    Wol Euler: ah, true. I should be going as well.
    Quilty Bookmite: Good to meet you Cain. I hope we meet again.
    Adams Rubble: Yes, Cain, please come again
    Wol Euler: thank you all, good night, take care.
    Quilty Bookmite: And a pleasure as always Wol and Adams.
    Adams Rubble: You too Quilty
    Wol Euler smiles
    Adams Rubble: Good bye everyone
    Quilty Bookmite: Bye.
    Adams Rubble: Thanks again for stopping by, Cain
    Cain Akina: Yes I like this idea and I will be back again . Geetings Quilty,
    Adams Rubble: bye then Cain

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