2008.12.16 07:00 - How Are You?

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     Riddle Sideways was the guardian this day and is adding the comments.

    Gaya and Becka are just getting there.

    Like many a PLAY I have been to, this session seems to start slow and BE very light. I got a lot out of it.

    Riddle Sideways: good morning
    Gaya Ethaniel: Good morning Riddle ^^
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hey Becka ^^
    Becka Finesmith: Heya Gaya - How are you?
    Becka Finesmith: Hello Riddle
    Gaya Ethaniel: Very well thank you, yourself?
    Riddle Sideways: hi Becka
    Becka Finesmith: yes - I'm great thank you :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Becka Finesmith: Everything is on the up :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh glad to hear it ^^
    Becka Finesmith: :)
    Riddle Sideways: is the fountain ok this way for everybody
    Becka Finesmith: I love it :)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Gaya Ethaniel: How are you Riddle?
    Riddle Sideways: still sleepy
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Riddle Sideways: awaiting coffee to cut in
    Becka Finesmith: Me too and it's 3pm here :(
    Riddle Sideways: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods... dream of tea... ^^
    Riddle Sideways: those mid-afternoon nap times
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^ and cakes
    What a great virtual world this is...  To just dream of cakes and from somebodies inventory comes fresh baked Rainbow Cupcakes.  Ah...  :D
    Becka Finesmith: oooh - What a good idea
    Riddle Sideways: I stay up far too late playing rock n roll
    Becka Finesmith gave you Rainbow Cupcake.
    Gaya Ethaniel enjoys the warm, straight from the oven Rainbow Cupcake, yummy !
    Riddle Sideways enjoys the warm, straight from the oven Rainbow Cupcake, yummy !
    Gaya Ethaniel: ty Becka ^^
    Riddle Sideways: thank you
    Becka Finesmith enjoys the warm, straight from the oven Rainbow Cupcake, yummy !
    Becka Finesmith: I think it was Gaya who originally gave me those :)
    Gaya Ethaniel takes another bite of the Rainbow Cupcake.
    Riddle Sideways takes another bite of the Rainbow Cupcake.
    Becka Finesmith takes another bite of the Rainbow Cupcake.
    Gaya Ethaniel: These mostly come from the bear you know... the yellow one ^^
    Riddle Sideways: makes your insides full of rainbows
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^____^
    Gaya Ethaniel takes the last nibble of the Rainbow Cupcake and wipes away any crumbs from their lips.
    Riddle Sideways takes the last nibble of the Rainbow Cupcake and wipes away any crumbs from their lips.
    Becka Finesmith: THe bear is full of surprises :)
    Most people should already know that the yellow bear av referred to is Moon.
    Becka Finesmith takes the last nibble of the Rainbow Cupcake and wipes away any crumbs from their lips.
    Becka Finesmith: yum
    Becka Finesmith: I seem to be floating now
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Riddle Sideways: sometimes when your happy, ya just have to float
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Riddle Sideways: that bear sometimes appears as a monk
    Becka Finesmith: Gaya - Did I read you are off on a retreat?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Cross dressing XD
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes I am ^^
    Becka Finesmith: Cool
    Riddle Sideways: oooo where/what
    Becka Finesmith: Spill the beans
    Gaya is going to retreat.
    Gaya Ethaniel: It's a monastery near Newcastle where my teacher is [he's currently away]
    Becka Finesmith: canyou wear winter woollys!
    Becka Finesmith: It will be cold ;)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Not sure who else [lay people] may be there... but I'm guessing there would be mostly monks
    Riddle Sideways: can you be on a computer
    Gaya Ethaniel: heheheh not sure but I won't be
    Riddle Sideways: how long
    Gaya Ethaniel: 4 days ^^
    Riddle Sideways: ah
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hope they go easy on 'works'
    Riddle Sideways: seems one makes the most advances by retreating
    Gaya Ethaniel: Not sure if I'm up for farming activities
    Riddle Sideways: farming?
    Gaya Ethaniel: oh you think so Riddle?
    Becka Finesmith: Sounds a long step from day to day which is nice
    Gaya Ethaniel: Well, the monastic schedule includes 'working' in addtion to meditations
    Riddle Sideways: Hi Wol
    Wol joins us.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hey Wol ^^
    Wol Euler: hello gaya, riddle, becka
    Becka Finesmith: Hi Wol :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Can you tell us about your retreats Riddle?
    Riddle Sideways: long time no seeing
    Wol Euler: but lots of being :)
    Riddle Sideways: :)
    Becka Finesmith: Your hair looks nice :) You changed it
    Riddle Sideways: hmmmmm many retreats...
    Gaya Ethaniel: Very cute ^^
    Wol Euler: 7me smiles. thanks! I wanted something a bit extravagant
    Wol Euler: and only $10 too!
    Becka Finesmith: woooot
    Becka Finesmith: We have the same colour :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: How many?
    Gaya Ethaniel: How many Riddle?*
    Becka Finesmith: Thank you :)
    Riddle Sideways: ummmmm, hard question, can'tremember nor count
    Wol Euler: wow.
    Becka Finesmith: Next years if it comes off will be my first
    Wol Euler: the PaB retreat?
    Becka Finesmith: yes
    Gaya is persistant. 
    Gaya Ethaniel: What kind of 'advances' did you make from retreats then Riddle?
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Riddle Sideways: when the day-to-day multitude of choas is set aside
    Riddle Sideways: as in a retreat
    Riddle Sideways: some important point/path gets advanced
    Riddle Sideways: past what it could have
    Riddle Sideways: just re-newing a peaceful attitude is a great advance
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Becka Finesmith: Does it take you long to settle into it?
    Riddle Sideways: no
    Becka Finesmith: switch off day stuff?
    Riddle Sideways: that part seems very fast
    Riddle Sideways: an hour
    Riddle Sideways: often very hard to come back
    Becka Finesmith: Nce - and how about bottong back up again at the end?
    Becka Finesmith: you anticpated my next question ;)
    Riddle Sideways: might take days to get back to dayly functioning
    Wol Euler: gaya, didn't you say that you were going on a retreat this week/end?
    Becka Finesmith: And was it like that on your first retreat or do you now have a routine?
    Riddle Sideways: once we went a week without talking
    Wol Euler: wow!
    Riddle Sideways: took forever to form sentences again
    Gaya Ethaniel: Sometimes it is a relief not to talk...
    Becka Finesmith nods
    Riddle Sideways: yes, it was easy to stop talking

    OK another silly analogy comes to me now.  Going to and coming back from retreats are like drinking parties.  Easy to start being happy and full of party at first cocktail.  Hard time the next day trying to function with the hang over.
    I am explaining this because most of you do not know about such experiences.

    What I really wanted to talk about was "How are you?".

    Riddle Sideways: harder to get back to the place that you could answer "How are you?"
    Riddle Sideways: most day-to-day people don't understand how hard it is to answer"how are you?"
    Gaya Ethaniel nods nods
    Riddle Sideways: besides, they don't really want the answer
    Wol Euler: mmhmm
    Riddle Sideways: why do they ask?
    Becka Finesmith: I was going to say that
    Becka Finesmith: people walk away before you have a chance to say anything most of the time
    Gaya Ethaniel: Just being polite I guess... mostly I hope for a 'longer' answer but
    Becka Finesmith: I think it's just a habit people get into
    Riddle Sideways: funny, how they start to be friendly but end up being rude
    Gaya Ethaniel: But then... they are truly 'fine'... can't tell
    Gaya Ethaniel: Rude?
    Riddle Sideways: Rude=walking away before an answer
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah... that
    Wol Euler: a different expectation, I think for many people it's nothing more than an elegant grunt.
    Wol Euler: and don't expect more than that in reply.
    Gaya Ethaniel nods
    Riddle Sideways: true
    Wol Euler: *they don't ...
    Gaya Ethaniel: Well, I'm not in the habit of asking 'How are you?'
    Gaya Ethaniel: Unless I want to know heheheh
    Riddle Sideways: they should probably just grunt then
    Wol Euler: ah but htat would be rude! :)
    Becka Finesmith: I must admit I fall into the trap of using it as a nicery sometimes
    Becka Finesmith: Nicety
    Becka Finesmith: Now I'm aware, I will stop
    Gaya Ethaniel: And some people think of me rude... because I end at 'hello'
    Yes, that would be better. Just say 'hello'.  Unless you desire to have more conversation then ask "How are you?".
    Wol Euler: I notied when I lived in England, that many people say it twice.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Can't please all...
    Gaya Ethaniel: Twice?...
    Wol Euler: the first time is a grunt, you grunt back. If they're really interested they ask again expecting a fulsome answer
    Here is the most amazing metaphor that I have heard in a long time.
    Becka Finesmith: Perhaps saying it twice is like a double click ;)
    Wol Euler: !
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Gaya Ethaniel: Double click to open up hey
    Riddle Sideways: good morning, Crusty
    Wol Euler: exactly!
    Becka Finesmith: Just in case it fifn't work the first time :)
    Crusty enters.
    Gaya Ethaniel: Hey Crusty ^^
    Wol Euler: hello crusty
    Becka Finesmith: Hello Crusty
    Riddle Sideways: I like that, double click to open
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles
    Riddle Sideways: double intro to open
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^
    Crusty Goldshark: Hi guys
    Riddle Sideways: Hi Crusty... How are you...
    Gaya Ethaniel: mm... think I elongate logs by too many smilies...
    Crusty Goldshark: . . . just getting plastered
    Becka Finesmith: Hows it looking?
    Becka Finesmith: :p
    Wol Euler: a bad fracture?
    Riddle Sideways: home repairs?
    Becka Finesmith: It has so many meanings
    Crusty Goldshark: doing a bit of plastering in front of a coal burning stove
    Becka Finesmith: So trowel in one hand and mouse in the other
    quen Oh is Offline
    Crusty Goldshark: I have thrown in the trowel
    Riddle Sideways: try to remember which is which
    Becka Finesmith: teehee
    Crusty Goldshark: sure the mouse is used to plaster in the cracks
    My turn to be persistant.
    Riddle Sideways was waiting to hear "how" you are
    Crusty Goldshark: . . . wait a minute - what happened to my mouse - brb
    Gaya Ethaniel: A long answer it seems Riddle
    Gaya Ethaniel: [May have to wait a bit]
    Crusty Goldshark: fine
    Well, there is the "fine" answer again.  Now, we all know that Crusty truely is 'fine', but we'll need to investigate (push) to be sure.
    Crusty Goldshark: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ^^ no it was a short one
    Riddle Sideways: seems (as usual) that it becomes what someone is doing
    Gaya Ethaniel: How are you Crusty? [double click]
    Riddle Sideways: rather then how they are feeling
    Crusty Goldshark: You are what you eat? Or plaster?
    Crusty Goldshark: Feel fine
    Becka Finesmith: Eeeep - I am a salad sandwich
    Crusty Goldshark: :)
    Riddle Sideways: hmmmm, so you covering over your cracks?
    Wol Euler is about to be chicken schnitzel, cauliflower and cheese, and rice
    Becka Finesmith: Hope that's dinner Wol :p
    Crusty Goldshark: No I am creating a solid base - I am plastering the floor
    Wol Euler: a late lunch :(
    Gaya Ethaniel just had sliced rice cake soup
    Becka Finesmith: even better
    Riddle Sideways: wow, what a combo
    Wol Euler: something for all tastes :)
    Becka Finesmith: Wow ! I feel a bit plain now with my salad sarny
    Riddle Sideways: chicken and cheese ok together?
    Wol Euler: but who's got dessert?
    Crusty Goldshark: I had a beer for breakfast - a rare occurrence
    Becka Finesmith: ewww
    Wol Euler: sure, riddle, at least for me.
    Becka Finesmith: Could have been worse. It could have been on cornflake
    Crusty Goldshark: LOL I needed the yeast perhaps . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles
    Riddle Sideways: :)
    Riddle Sideways: a beer and plastered
    Becka Finesmith: SOunds like my builder
    Riddle Sideways: we are getting the picture of how crusty is
    Yes, is an glimpse into how we all are doing.
    Becka Finesmith: plastered in more ways then one
    Crusty Goldshark: yes I had less then a pint on an empty stomach I noticed the effect - not something I do very often but occasionally have wine for breakfast
    Gaya Ethaniel: Save money that way no? Not much amount required
    Crusty Goldshark: What is the strangest thing others have for brekkie?
    Riddle Sideways: call me old fashion, but I put milk on my cornflakes
    Crusty Goldshark: I often like to start the day with a curry
    Wol Euler is reminded of the old joke o the farmer and the madman
    Becka Finesmith: I had curry once for breakfast
    Crusty Goldshark: Yes Wol?
    Becka Finesmith: But only because my friend insisted
    Wol Euler: Madman sees farmer taking a trailerload of manure down the road, asks "where are you going wiht that?"
    Gaya Ethaniel: Funnily I was brought up to have big breakfast and small dinner... which is the opposite to many people I think
    Wol Euler: Farmer answers "I put it on my strawberries"
    Wol Euler: Madman says "That must be why I'm in here then, I put cream on mne"
    Crusty Goldshark: [awaiting puchline]
    Becka Finesmith: boomboom
    Crusty Goldshark: :)
    Riddle Sideways: ba da boom
    Gaya Ethaniel frowns... some pls IM to explain... don't get it
    Crusty Goldshark: Yes I normally finish the day with light meal - sometimes just a moonbeam . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel: [That's why I am in here... this bit]
    Becka Finesmith: Manure on growing strawberris to make them grow better
    Becka Finesmith: But cream on strawberries to eat them
    Gaya Ethaniel: Know those two points...
    Wol Euler: ah, I left out that the farmer is driving past the lunatic asylum :( sorry
    Wol Euler: ah well.
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah makes sense now
    Becka Finesmith: where? <Becka looks around>
    Wol Euler shuts up.
    Crusty Goldshark: Well I thought it was funny
    Becka Finesmith: me too
    Becka Finesmith: I have to get back to work :)Nice to see eberyone
    Riddle Sideways: verbally, if you have to explain... it loses the funny
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Wol Euler: mmhmm, true.
    Wol Euler: bye becka, take care
    Becka Finesmith: namaste
    Riddle Sideways: in chat it sometimes gets funnier
    Crusty Goldshark: The Aghori saddhaus . . . bye becka
    Riddle Sideways: bye becka
    Wol Euler: I will have to leave too, lunch/dinner is ready.
    Gaya Ethaniel: _/!\_
    Wol Euler: take care all, enjoy your days.
    Riddle Sideways: bye, enjoy
    Crusty Goldshark: . . .. the aghori sadhus put manure on their food - they try and confuse the senses
    Crusty Goldshark: Strange bunch - hang out in creamation grounds . . .
    Gaya Ethaniel: mm... what is aghori sadhus? You mean Sadhus, holy men in India?
    Crusty Goldshark: Yes - sort of Holy and feared - more like sorcerers - very secretive
    Gaya Ethaniel nods... seen some interesting photos of them...
    Crusty Goldshark: ;)
    Gaya Ethaniel: On that note, I must take my leave ^^ enjoy your day both
    Crusty Goldshark: Bye Gaya
    Crusty Goldshark: Back to RL for me too
    Riddle Sideways: bye Gaya
    Crusty Goldshark: :)
    Riddle Sideways: I likey the internet, I can look it up
    Riddle Sideways: bye crusty
    Everybody else leaves.  Then Moon enters.
    Moon Fargis: hi riddle ahh pab alread over
    Riddle Sideways: good morning
    Riddle Sideways: everybody just left
    Moon Fargis: ^^
    Riddle Sideways: 15 min early
    Riddle Sideways: there was mention of a yellow bear in the chat today
    Moon Fargis: oh?
    Moon Fargis: hopefully in a good way:)
    Riddle Sideways: we had rainbow cupcakes
    Moon Fargis: Cookies!
    Riddle Sideways: you are remembered as the sweets giver/taker
    Moon Fargis: ahah ohh great :)
    Riddle Sideways: is that a new tierra
    Riddle Sideways: very nice
    Moon Fargis: thank you!
    Riddle Sideways: are you now royality
    Moon Fargis: and. if you see my halo, i am also holy now :)
    Moon Fargis: haha
    Riddle Sideways: we talked much about "how are you"
    Riddle Sideways: so "how are you" today
    Riddle Sideways: right now
    Moon Fargis: fulll of food
    Riddle Sideways: many peoples left to go eat
    Moon Fargis: hehe
    Moon Fargis: i cam from eat :)
    Riddle Sideways: I need more coffee
    Moon Fargis: ^^ hehe well i will move along
    Moon Fargis: and come back later today
    Riddle Sideways: where will you go?
    Moon Fargis: refresh myself from work
    Riddle Sideways: ok
    Moon Fargis: ^^/

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