2008.09.10 01:00 - An Ethaniel Brigade

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    That night, at 1 am SLT, I (Pema) found Fael, Gaya and Vertigo when I arrived at the pavilion.

    Pema Pera: Hi there!
    Fael Illyar: Hi Pema :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you again, Vertigo, and Gaya and Fael!
    Vertigo Ethaniel: ah pema, hello!
    Pema Pera: (I'm very slooooowly rezzing)
    Fael Illyar: rezzing is slow today :)
    Gaya Ethaniel can't see Pema yet no
    Vertigo Ethaniel: i can!
    Fael Illyar: I can too :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Now I can
    Pema Pera: Or I could greet you as "hi Ethaniels and Fael!"
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Gaya Ethaniel nudges her cousin to sit by her
    Vertigo Ethaniel: hehe
    Vertigo Ethaniel: we need like 10 more of us
    Pema Pera: wow, an Ethaniel brigade!
    Faenik: ah :)
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Pema Pera: You are in New Zealand, right, Vertigo?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yup thats right
    Pema Pera: so that means it is 8 pm for you now?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: correct
    Pema Pera: I'm in Japan right now
    Vertigo Ethaniel: ah, very nice
    Pema Pera: 5 pm here
    Vertigo Ethaniel: im envious
    Gaya Ethaniel is also envious
    Pema Pera: well, if you come over to Kyoto, I can take you to a nice kaiseki restaurant!
    Pema Pera: all of you :)
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Pema Pera: and we can let Fael order for us
    Vertigo Ethaniel: does it do donkatsu? yum!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Ah.. you are in Kyoto. I will take you up on that Pema
    Fael Illyar wonders how to teleport there from here.

    This brought us into toher considerations concerning fast transportation.

    Pema Pera: any time, Gaya :-)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Ramen for me
    Pema Pera: haha, yes
    Gaya Ethaniel: Thank you Pema
    Pema Pera: The Earth needs a few more worm holes
    Gaya Ethaniel laughs
    Vertigo Ethaniel: must invent a teleport device...
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I thought about drilling one from UK to down under
    Pema Pera imagines the UN sessions dedicated to where to place the wormholes
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Gaya Ethaniel: Jump gates!
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yes please do gaya! i need to explore that side of the world!
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Will get on to it soon then Vertigo
    Vertigo Ethaniel: ok!
    Pema Pera: will take 45 minutes in free fall, one way, Gaya
    Gaya Ethaniel: Would it really? Wow...
    Gaya Ethaniel: Quicker than sonic jet huh
    Pema Pera: same time as a flight around the world in orbit
    Pema Pera: oh yes, sure
    Gaya Ethaniel: Ah... ok
    Pema Pera: the path is shorter than around, but you slow down in the middle
    Vertigo Ethaniel: true, LEO orbit time is 90 minutes
    Gaya Ethaniel: Ah okay
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Pema Pera: ECO
    Fael Illyar imagines falling free fall to Japan for 45 minutes ... might be a bit scary
    Pema Pera: Earth Center Orbit?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: lol
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Pema Pera: very ecological! No fuel required, just fall . . .
    Fael Illyar: yes, you just need something to move the center of gravity suitably :P
    Gaya Ethaniel: By the way, I realised something doing 9 sec this morning
    Fael Illyar: 9 sec? what did you realize?
    Gaya Ethaniel needs to leave in 5 minutes
    Pema Pera: well, that's the same in (almost) all green solutions: AFTER a miracle happens, you safe x y z (fuel, energy, etc)
    Fael Illyar: heh, yes :)
    Fael Illyar: Hi Kristen :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I saw my eyes blinking... my body has its own ways I realised and was be able to see my physical entity as I see Gaya here
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Pema Pera: like electric cars (but what about the batteries?) etc
    Pema Pera: hi Kristen!
    Vertigo Ethaniel: namaste, kristen
    Kristen Lefevre: hey guys :-)

    Kristen joined us, but she remained like a white cloud for me for a long time.

    Faenik loves wells!
    Fael Illyar: Ah, that sounds nice :)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: interesting gaya!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Before today I was very much attached to my RL self in both mind/body sense
    Kristen Lefevre: might not stay long
    Kristen Lefevre: just wanted to drop in
    Gaya Ethaniel: Nice to see you at any rate Kristen
    Pema Pera: always nice to see you Kristen
    Pema Pera: even if you're a while nebula
    Kristen Lefevre: you also gaya, fael, pema
    Kristen Lefevre: and vertigo :-)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: good to meet you!
    Kristen Lefevre: while nebula?
    Kristen Lefevre: lo, what?
    Pema Pera: *white
    Pema Pera: sorry
    Kristen Lefevre: ah, a cloud
    Pema Pera: a white pulsing cloud of mist
    Pema Pera: SL is slow again today
    Kristen Lefevre: its really glitchy nowadays
    Pema Pera: are you in Europe too, Kristen, or a night owl in the US?
    Kristen Lefevre: night owl
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Kristen Lefevre: I'm near albany in ny
    Pema Pera: I'm an afternoon owl in Japan right now
    Kristen Lefevre: right on
    Kristen Lefevre: japan must be nice
    Pema Pera: yes, I just invited everyone for dinner
    Pema Pera: they said yes, but I still have to see them coming over . . . .
    Vertigo Ethaniel: katsu don! :D
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Kristen Lefevre: lol, is time informal in japan?
    Kristen Lefevre: like people show up whenever?
    Pema Pera: well, . . . depends who you hang out with, I guess ^^
    Kristen Lefevre: yeah...just that some cultures have that kind of orientation to time
    Kristen Lefevre: like appalachians, for instance
    Pema Pera: Japanese trains are very precise though
    Kristen Lefevre: be there at 9 o'clock might mean people come at 9:30
    Pema Pera: their schedule is indicated in half minutes
    Pema Pera: some trains depart at 5:05 pm, some at 5:05 1/2 pm
    Kristen Lefevre: wow, very precise
    Pema Pera: when they have two trains every five minutes, they don't want to bunch them
    Gaya Ethaniel: Unfortunately I need to run. Good day/evening all.
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Kristen Lefevre: guess not
    Pema Pera: tc Gaya!
    Kristen Lefevre: take care gaya
    Vertigo Ethaniel: good to see you again gaya... gasho!
    Fael Illyar: See you later Gaya :)

    Gaya left us, and Vertigo showed Kristen how to do gasho while drinking green tea, and keeping the tea cup in between one's hands :-)

    Kristen Lefevre: what is gasho?
    Pema Pera: a Japanese expression for bowing
    Kristen Lefevre: ok
    Pema Pera: Gaya's picture is two hands folded together
    Pema Pera: with somehow an exclamation mark coming in :)
    Kristen Lefevre: ah, like the Buddhists do
    Pema Pera: I mean bowing with folded hands, to be precise
    Kristen Lefevre: :-)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: like this
    Kristen Lefevre: oh ok
    Kristen Lefevre: cool
    Pema Pera: but usually without the tea cup in between the hands
    Vertigo Ethaniel: :)
    Kristen Lefevre: yeah that could get messy
    Pema Pera: _/U\_
    Fael Illyar: Yes, the tea cup is ... not part of the gesture :)
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Kristen Lefevre: lol
    Pema Pera: messy? Then: _/C\_
    Pema Pera: or _/Co\_
    Kristen Lefevre: hey let me change real quick
    Kristen Lefevre: i don't really like this outfit
    Pema Pera: :)
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Pema Pera: I thought it was the tea spilling!
    Faenik: ah :)
    Pema Pera: Anything new, Fael?
    Kristen Lefevre: lol, now we can boogie
    Pema Pera: ah, you have changed now for me, Kristen -- from a cloud into a Kristen!
    Fael Illyar: new, yes but somehow most things that are new now are things that I prefer talking about in private.
    Kristen Lefevre: haha, must have had to go in appearance then
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Kristen Lefevre: now I'm a dico star
    Fael Illyar: rebaking does that. changing clothes causes it to happen
    Kristen Lefevre: lol, I never dress for the occasion
    Vertigo Ethaniel: hehe
    Kristen Lefevre: ah ok
    Kristen Lefevre: so thats what rebake means
    Pema Pera thinks about an old Rolling Stones song: Get off my cloud
    Kristen Lefevre grins
    Fael Illyar smiles about the song name.

    Kristen noticed that somehow her avatar and mine where looking at each other quite directly. I know that avatars follow the direction of where you put your mouse, and my local chat window happened to be above her head on my screen, which was probably the reason that my gaze continued to be in her direction. Kristen then returned my gaze and we got into a staring game.

    Kristen Lefevre: lol, stares back at Pema
    Kristen Lefevre: who will flinch first?
    Pema Pera: :)
    Faenik: could be
    Kristen Lefevre: lol, me!
    Pema Pera: gotcha!
    Kristen Lefevre looks off into the void
    Kristen Lefevre: what was that pill you gave me?
    Pema Pera: you'll never remember . . . .
    Kristen Lefevre: :-)
    Vertigo Ethaniel pokes fael
    Fael Illyar meeps.
    Kristen Lefevre: brb, grabbing a snack
    Fael Illyar: well, I'm wearing cheetah ears today :P
    Pema Pera: I wonder what Faenik thinks about the new competition!
    Fael Illyar: competition?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: a new cat in the hood!
    Pema Pera: Faenik's ears are often a topic of conversation
    Pema Pera: at least by Faenik
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Fael Illyar 's ears raise up and look like she's listening attentively.
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Pema Pera: ready to pounce?
    Kristen Lefevre is back
    Faenik: why not?
    Pema Pera: wb!
    Kristen Lefevre: ty
    Pema Pera: btw, on our Play as Being wiki we've been gathering excerpts of our many sessions, during the last few weeks
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wik.is/PaB_log_excerpts is the web site
    Pema Pera: it offers a quick way to get some idea of what we're talking about here
    Pema Pera: on those days that we don't talk about worms and cheetahs and such
    Fael Illyar: Yes, we're on topic sometimes too :)
    Pema Pera: I just noticed a new "quick peek" part that I hadn't seen yet
    Kristen Lefevre: hey, can I join the group?
    Kristen Lefevre: or is that just for leaders
    Fael Illyar: We only have a group for Guardians.
    Kristen Lefevre: ah ok
    Pema Pera: yes, the guardians are the "greeters"
    Pema Pera: more than "leaders"
    Pema Pera: :)
    Kristen Lefevre: ok, no worries
    Kristen Lefevre: just wondered
    Pema Pera: fine!
    Pema Pera: when people come here regularly and are interested in the kind of practice we do
    Pema Pera: we often ask them after a while whether they would like to join us a "guardian"
    Kristen Lefevre: cool
    Kristen Lefevre is eating a cherry turnover
    Kristen Lefevre: well, excuse me all
    Kristen Lefevre: I must attend to another affair :-)
    Kristen Lefevre: it was nice as always
    Fael Illyar: Ok, see you later Kristen :)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: ohh
    Kristen Lefevre: bye fael
    Vertigo Ethaniel: bye kristen
    Kristen Lefevre: bye pema, bye vertigo ;-)

    After a while I noticed that my internet connection had dropped. I restarted my connection and logged out and in again into SL.

    Vertigo Ethaniel: pema disappeared D:
    Fael Illyar: Yes ... looks like a crash
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yea... so fael, you are japanese?
    Fael Illyar: No, Finnish ... well, in SL sort of Japanese :)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: ahh ok
    Fael Illyar: you?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: im from new zealand
    Fael Illyar does speak Japanese though.
    Vertigo Ethaniel: and sort of japanese in SL :P
    Fael Illyar: :)
    Fael Illyar: wb Pema :)
    Pema Pera: funny, I saw the lines spoken by others, but not by myself
    Pema Pera: does that mean that you saw my lines or not, I wonder?
    Fael Illyar: perhaps not
    Pema Pera: Fael, could you send me the last couple minutes, while I was gone, and a bit before?
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Fael Illyar: at least, I didn't see you say bye to Kristen
    Fael Illyar: sure
    Pema Pera: ah! Good point, I did say goodbye
    Pema Pera: Vertigo, we just started talking about guardians
    Fael Illyar gave you pab log portion.
    Pema Pera: thanks, Fael!

    I then pasted Fael's log lines into the conversation above, to keep a continuous log.

    Vertigo Ethaniel: im a bit of a SL noob... im part of the Zen Retreat group... is that not the PaB group?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: or am i joining something different here
    Pema Pera: no, that is separate
    Pema Pera: the PaB group is described on http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pema Pera: and we are playing with explorations of "Being" -- hence the name Play as Being
    Pema Pera: our mean form of exploring is to take those little 9-sec breaks that I'm sure you've heard us talking about
    Pema Pera: once every 15 miutes or whatever you prefer
    Fael Illyar: most people give the wiki link to new people nowadays.
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yupyup
    Pema Pera: btw, for adding you to the google group, can you give me your email address?
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yes sure
    Pema Pera: either one has the URL or the other
    Pema Pera: http://playasbeing.wik.is/ is for the wiki
    Pema Pera: The Zen Retreat group sits nearby, but that is more specifically Buddhist
    Vertigo Ethaniel: i see
    Pema Pera: whereas Play as Being is more general; actually several of our guardians are not particularly interested in any religion or form of spritituality, although most are
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yup, understand now
    Pema Pera: what is common to us is an interest in exploring reality, directly, here and now, experientially

    Vertigo and Fael and I talked a bit more about PaB's guardian system, and when asked, Vertigo showed interest in becoming a guardian. A quick email discussion with the guardian group, the next day, would confirm my guess that there was a consensus to invite Vertigo as a guardian.

    Pema Pera: so some come from a scientific angle, others from a philosophical one, etc
    Fael Illyar is not really interested in "belonging" to a major religion or form of spirituality.
    Vertigo Ethaniel: yup im very similar fael
    Faenik: ah :)
    Pema Pera: have you explored some forms of contemplation or meditation or the like, Vertigo?
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Vertigo Ethaniel: some yes... ive done short meditation, and some other unorthodox forms of self exploration
    Pema Pera: I bet not as short as our 9-seconds though :-)
    Faenik: indeed?
    Fael Illyar finds orthodox and unorthodox somewhat meaningless when it comes to self exploration.
    Fael Illyar: you use what works for you.
    Vertigo Ethaniel: no, 9 sec is fairly short alright :)
    Vertigo Ethaniel: i usually go somewhere i feel at peace, like in a park, away from other people
    Pema Pera: yes, that can be very inspiring
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Vertigo Ethaniel pats Faenik
    Pema Pera wonders whether Faenik ever goes away from people . . .
    Pema Pera: Ah, it's 6 pm here no, have to get up to get to my dinner appointment
    Pema Pera: good seeing you both again!
    Pema Pera: I'll get back to you in a day or so, Vertigo
    Vertigo Ethaniel: good to talk to you again mate
    Vertigo Ethaniel: righto
    Pema Pera: bfn
    Vertigo Ethaniel: and cheers for the invite too!
    Pema Pera: yw!
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