2009.03.27 13:00 - Jazz in the subway, snow on Fuji

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Solobill Laville. The comments are by Solobill Laville.

    I arrived at the Playgoda and sat in silence for a few minutes; a rarity!  Then Mick arrived.

        Solobill Laville: Miya, Mick :)
        Solobill Laville: *Hiya
        Mickorod Renard: hiya Solo
        Mickorod Renard: how are you?
        Solobill Laville: Good, thanks, and yourself?
        Mickorod Renard: fine ty,,just about warmed up,,very cold today
        Solobill Laville: ahh, it is a fine spring day here :)
        Mickorod Renard: grin,,well,,it serves me right going to work on motorbike
        Solobill Laville: Yes, especially in the cold! But the cold can be invigorating too
        Mickorod Renard: yes,,normally I prefer some discomfort for the freedom,,but it wore thin tonite
        Solobill Laville: :) Good excuse to drink something warm and delicious :)
        Mickorod Renard: yea,,well I am just having some tomato soup,,not quite what you were thinking of but does a similar thing
        Solobill Laville: yes, sure does
        Solobill Laville: I had a sushi lunch today :)
        Mickorod Renard: wow,,I have only had sushi once,,but I wasnt that taken by it
        Solobill Laville: :)
        Mickorod Renard: Hiya Wol

    Wol joins us, then Eliza.

        Wol Euler: hello solo, mick
        Solobill Laville: Ms. Euler :)
        Mickorod Renard: Hiya eliza
        Wol Euler: helllo eliza
        Eliza Madrigal: Hi Mick, Wol, Solo :)
        Solobill Laville: Well hello, Eliza :)
        Eliza Madrigal: :)
        Solobill Laville: (seems we're going from SL meeting to SL meeting...)

    I had just seen Eliza at a talk at another sim...

        Solobill Laville: :)
        Wol Euler: heheh
        Eliza Madrigal: hah...yes...a good day
        Mickorod Renard: yes,,sl now takes most of my spare time,,but the P a B and Kira are worthy interests
        Wol Euler: yeah, doesn't it just :)

    Now Adams D, joins us.

        Wol Euler: hello adams
        Eliza Madrigal: Hi Adams :)
        Mickorod Renard: Hi Adams
        Wol Euler: and hello ara
        Solobill Laville: And in a way, we're all consumers of SL time/content, and thereby have to choose where to spend it

    Now Arabella.

        Mickorod Renard: Hiya Ara
        Eliza Madrigal: Arabella, hello
        arabella Ella: hiya
        Solobill Laville: Hi, Adams, Arabella! :)
        Adams Dubrovna: Hello everyone. I am not going to stay. I just got a note from Zenon and am looking for him :)
        Adams Dubrovna: take care evryone :)
        Eliza Madrigal: Ah. Bye Adams
        Solobill Laville: I do believe we have a forum now! ;)
        arabella Ella: bye adams
        Mickorod Renard: bye Adams
        Wol Euler nods. Attention: the only commodity still in short supply (apart from commonsense)
        Solobill Laville: ok, Adams :)
        Wol Euler: you'll have fun with Zenon, Adams, he's great.
        Solobill Laville: "the value of uncommon sense"...

    The 15-minute bells sounds.

        Wol Euler: oh, that's new. Did Storm add that?
        Solobill Laville breathes 10...
        Eliza Madrigal: Yes, this morning. So that if the sound is off for someone
        Eliza Madrigal: they'll be attentive anyway :)
        Eliza Madrigal: Pema thought it would be a good idea...

    I steer us a bit on-topic.

        Solobill Laville: Any PaB practical topics to share today, folks?
        Mickorod Renard: mmmmmmmm can't think of much
        Solobill Laville: OK, any non-practical ones? ;)
        Mickorod Renard: maybe not thinking is a good one
        Solobill Laville: When was the last time everyone "stopped", in any way?
        Wol Euler: at lunch today, actually. Over a glass of white wine :)
        Solobill Laville: :))
        Eliza Madrigal: :) A nice wine, Wol?
        Wol Euler: very nice, a mild Chablis.
        Mickorod Renard: when I got home,,after a hard week,,and now my brain refuses to respond,,he he

    Pema arrives for his "hit-em-all-week" visit.

        Wol Euler: hello pema
        Mickorod Renard: Hiya Pema
        Eliza Madrigal: Hello Pema :)
        arabella Ella: hiya pema
        Solobill Laville: Hiya, Pema :)
        arabella Ella: sounds good to me
        Pema Pera: Good afternoon, or as the case may be!
        Solobill Laville: 5 minutes ago for me...10 breaths
        Eliza Madrigal: :)
        arabella Ella: i may not be too active tonite as i had a very tough day today
        Solobill Laville: After lunch as well...great sushi...then walking in the sunshine; just happy-stuff
        Solobill Laville: Oh, so sorry, Arabella
        Wol Euler: sorry to hear it, Ara.
        Eliza Madrigal: Good place for you to be then (here now), Arabella :)
        Pema Pera: you can use this is a place to rest and recharge, Arabella!
        arabella Ella: yes i need PaB so much now
        arabella Ella: long day long week with around 12 hours work a day
        Solobill Laville: Oof
        Wol Euler nods sympathetically

    I had sent Pema a notecard of the chat log until his arrival...

        Pema Pera: Solobill asked [13:18] Solobill Laville: When was the last time everyone "stopped", in any way? -- thank you for the notecard, Solo! Well for me it was ten minutes ago, making me late :(
        Pema Pera: there was this wonderful jazz septet in the subway station here in New York
        Wol Euler: ah :)
        Solobill Laville: :)
        Pema Pera: incredidle energy
        Pema Pera: just amazing
        arabella Ella: how lovely
        Pema Pera: you just have to love New York at such a moment
        Pema Pera: and seeing everybody smile
        Wol Euler smiles
        Pema Pera: such a difference from the daily rut
        Eliza Madrigal: Ah, nice! Great to live in that place where anything can happen :)
        Pema Pera: and they were *good*
        arabella Ella: cool
        Solobill Laville: I bet
        Pema Pera: and then I had to rush to find a Starbucks, but here I am :)
        Wol Euler: yes, that is something that always strikes me about New York, how amazingly competent everyone is (or seems).
        Solobill Laville: I have a title
        Mickorod Renard: were you free to take the time to enjoy Pema,,or under presure to meet a deadline?
        Pema Pera wishes he could invite the jazz band to Bieup

    Steve joins us.

        Wol Euler: hello steve
        Eliza Madrigal: :) Didn't you, Pema? hah
        Pema Pera: well, the only pressure was to show up at PaB, Mick :-)
        Mickorod Renard: Hi Steve
        Pema Pera: hi Steve!
        Eliza Madrigal: Hi Steven
        Wol Euler: well, you know, people do play live music in SL ...
        Solobill Laville: Hiya, Steve :)
        arabella Ella: Hiya Steve
        Mickorod Renard: Thats not so bad then pema
        stevenaia Michinaga: and all
        Pema Pera: yes, Wol, we're thinking about making Kira a bit livelier, all in due time . . .
        Wol Euler: :)
        Pema Pera: do you know performers, Wol?
        Wol Euler: not by name, I could look in my chat logs. I've seen a few.
        Pema Pera: no rush!
        Pema Pera: what do you think of Storm's new bell script?
        Pema Pera: I saw you commented on it
        Solobill Laville: good idea
        Wol Euler: mmhmm
        Pema Pera: in principle no need for note cards anymore, though it can't hurt
        Mickorod Renard: yes,,lookes good
        Pema Pera: but if we forget
        Pema Pera: then at least everybody is warned
        stevenaia Michinaga: bell script?
        Pema Pera: so no problems with ToS
        Wol Euler: wait another two minutes :)
        arabella Ella: yes what is it?
        Pema Pera: just you wait Steve
        Pema Pera: in two minutes
        Solobill Laville: on the 15's Steve, you'll see it
        arabella Ella: see or hear?
        arabella Ella: do you mean chimes?
        stevenaia Michinaga: turning up sound
        Pema Pera: how about going all out, for a 90-sec retreat, instead of 9 seconds
        Solobill Laville: Wow, we've made it into a much bigger deal than it really is! hehe
        Pema Pera: after the bell rings?
        Eliza Madrigal: absolutely
        Solobill Laville: I'm in
        Mickorod Renard: ok
        arabella Ella: yea
        Pema Pera: Solo, tell people to wait and they'll get curiouser and curiouser
        Solobill Laville: Anthing specific?
        Pema Pera: drop and stop and see
        Solobill Laville: true... ;)
        Solobill Laville: k
        stevenaia Michinaga: does the ground shake?
        stevenaia Michinaga: fire from the sky?
        Eliza Madrigal: there's an idea! hah
        Solobill Laville: yes, the firmament, Steve! lol
        arabella Ella: cool
        stevenaia Michinaga: perhaps wew can electirfy the pillows
        Wol Euler: :)

    The chime sounds and we make 90 PaB seconds of silent practice.

        Pema Pera: that must be well over 90 seconds :)
        Solobill Laville: yes
        Solobill Laville: about
        Eliza Madrigal: :)
        Pema Pera: for me, it was great to just center and sit really still, for the first time since I got up today . . .
        Pema Pera: how about you all
        Solobill Laville nods
        Eliza Madrigal: I'm getting more and more from the practice
        Pema Pera: in what way, Eliza?
        Eliza Madrigal: I'm finding that it is becoming part of my rhythm...enjoy it
        stevenaia Michinaga: I want to know how pema handles a backlog of 500 emails?
        Pema Pera: one by one, Steve :)
        Wol Euler: "mark all as read"
        Pema Pera: hehehe
        Solobill Laville: hehe
        arabella Ella smiles and empathises
        stevenaia Michinaga: to bad about that
        Eliza Madrigal: And I find it surprising that I can "feel" so full..or empty as the case may be...in those "little" moments
        Pema Pera: yes, empty and complete . . .
        Eliza Madrigal: (always qualifying with quotes, aren't I?) Because difficult to articulate of course...
        Pema Pera: :-)
        Mickorod Renard: well I confess to being envious
        Solobill Laville overuses quotations as well....
        Eliza Madrigal: Mick, I think it is helpful to do longer meditations also..fits together for me
        Mickorod Renard: I havnt managed any rythem to doing it during the day
        arabella Ella: neither have i mick
        Mickorod Renard: ok,,I will try that Eliza

    Wow, that is great, Mick!

        Pema Pera: during our PaB retreat we'll be doing something the whole day . . . .
        Pema Pera: late August
        Pema Pera: for whoever can make it
        Pema Pera: in the San Francisco area
        Mickorod Renard: I would love to come over Pema,,but cant see how
        arabella Ella: any possibility of a european PaB retreat Pema?
        arabella Ella smiles ... would be a dream
        Eliza Madrigal: I'd love to go also, but alas :)
        Pema Pera: sure, why not, Arabella?
        Pema Pera: preferably on a small island
        arabella Ella looks forward ... anytime
        Mickorod Renard: yeaa
        Pema Pera: why not in between Europe and Africa?
        Wol Euler: with good food and cliffs ...
        arabella Ella: of course you are all welcome
        Pema Pera: say when!
        arabella Ella: HNOW?
        Mickorod Renard: Sicily?
        Pema Pera: hehehehe
        arabella Ella: NOW
        Wol Euler: ha!
        Mickorod Renard: joking
        Pema Pera: smaller, Mick :)
        Pema Pera: may I bring my jazz band, Arabella?
        arabella Ella: a little island on another planet as i say in my profile
        Pema Pera: not everyone here knows your habitat, Arabella
        arabella Ella: of course Pema we also have a jazz fest here in July so i can arrange for them to participate

    From Malta...

        Pema Pera: Eliza, Arabella lives in Malta
        arabella Ella: yes
        Pema Pera: wow!
        Pema Pera: jazz in July!
        Pema Pera quickly checks his July schedule
        arabella Ella: and we have the oldest civiliazation in the world with temples aged over 5,000 years
        Pema Pera: and finds he is in Kyoto that whole month
        Wol Euler: O.O
        Mickorod Renard: mmm,,thinking when school breaks up
        arabella Ella: oooooOOOOOOOooooo
        Pema Pera: breaks up????
        Wol Euler: "end of term" in English-english :)
        Pema Pera wonders about the state of school buildings in the UK
        arabella Ella: nice to imagine schools breaking up
        arabella Ella: LOL
        arabella Ella: and unis too perhaps?
        Pema Pera: is December cold in Malta, Arabella?
        arabella Ella: it can vary
        arabella Ella: this year summer is a bit later than usual
        arabella Ella: still quite cool here
        arabella Ella: around 16
        Pema Pera: we could do it in the fall in principle, but not too close to the August retreat
        Pema Pera: 16 is balmy!
        arabella Ella: yes
        Eliza Madrigal: goodness
        Pema Pera: 16 C right?
        arabella Ella: yes
        Eliza Madrigal: ah
        Pema Pera: 60 F
        Eliza Madrigal: haha
        arabella Ella: on a nice day goes up to 20C
        Mickorod Renard: do I get sometime in october off?
        Solobill Laville: quite cool...sheesh ;)
        arabella Ella: at the moment i mean
        Pema Pera: 68 F
        Pema Pera: 20C = 68 F
        Pema Pera: 16C = 60F
        Solobill Laville: I'll see snow on Sunday they are saying
        arabella Ella: where are you Solo?
        Solobill Laville: Michigan
        Mickorod Renard: lol,,well its very cold here
        arabella Ella: we never see snow here
        Eliza Madrigal: Blizzard in Colorado yesterday...so late in the year for that
        arabella Ella: ouch
        Mickorod Renard: what happened to global warming?
        Eliza Madrigal: (not that I ever have to deal with such things in Miami)

    To snow on Fuji.

        arabella Ella: believe it or not the first time i saw snow was on Mount Fuji in Japan
        Eliza Madrigal: Oh, nice!!!!
        arabella Ella: it was a brilliant experience
        Wol Euler: wow
        Solobill Laville: Very nice
        arabella Ella: i could then understand how ancient ppl thought mount fuji must be a god
        arabella Ella: it was so majestic
        Mickorod Renard: i had a mountain near me in france that looked like mt fuji..it was called canigou
        Pema Pera: what a neat connection, from Malta to Mount Fuji
        Pema Pera: a movie title
        arabella Ella: yes
        arabella Ella: lovely contrast
        Pema Pera: "My Memoirs: from Malta to Mount Fuji" . . . . .
        arabella Ella: and when I was there it was cherry blossom time too
        arabella Ella: amazing experience
        Pema Pera: 90 seconds, shall we?
        stevenaia Michinaga: I must go, see you soon
        arabella Ella: thanks for the title Pema will keep it in mind
        arabella Ella smiles
        Wol Euler: bye steve, enjoy the weekend
        arabella Ella: bye Steve
        Mickorod Renard: bye steve
        Solobill Laville: ah, yes! I just did 10 breaths
        Solobill Laville: Let's go
        Solobill Laville: 90 secs

    Steve goes, and the chime rings again...

        Solobill Laville: :)
        Eliza Madrigal: :)
        Pema Pera: :)
        Wol Euler: :)
        Mickorod Renard: ;)
        Pema Pera: (people in Starbucks here are wondering why I am suddenly laughing out loud :)
        Pema Pera: seeing all the :)
        Wol Euler laughs. What, are we not real?
        Eliza Madrigal: haha :)
        Solobill Laville: Hmmmm....
        Wol Euler: oh, where did that come from? How odd.
        Pema Pera: well, you haven't even started the first sup of your chai latte that I ordered for you, Wol !
        arabella Ella smiled
        Wol Euler: I read "Real people in Starbucks ..."
        Pema Pera: *sip
        Wol Euler smiles and nods. Thank you, most thoughtful.
        arabella Ella: that latte sure smells good too Pema
        Eliza Madrigal: I have a pavlovian response to hearing the word "Starbucks"..now want to get into the car and get matcha tea
        Pema Pera: lacking you drinking it, I'll take over the task :)
        Eliza Madrigal: or macha (Sp?)
        Pema Pera: MATCHA TEA
        Pema Pera: you know, I ordered that the other day
        Pema Pera: forgetting that I was no longer in Japan
        Pema Pera: :(
        Pema Pera: macha yes, right spelling
        Pema Pera: 抹茶
        Pema Pera: ah no, matcha
        Pema Pera: sorry
        arabella Ella: does matcha have a meaning Pema?
        Eliza Madrigal: :) The Starbucks tea is sweet...but I still enjoy it
        arabella Ella: if you visit this lil island ... we do not have starbucks here ... would love one tho
        Pema Pera: cha is tea, arabella
        Pema Pera: and matcha indicates the very strong powdered variety
        Pema Pera: for the tea ceremony
        arabella Ella: sounds lovely
        Pema Pera: I'm not sure what the "matsu" means before cha
        Pema Pera: lemma look
        Pema Pera: hmmmm
        arabella Ella: hmmmmm?
        Pema Pera: okay, "rub, paint, erase"
        Pema Pera: is the first part so literally
        arabella Ella: ok ty
        Pema Pera: 抹 茶 rub tea
        Pema Pera: so I guess making it into powder
        Pema Pera: "ground tea"
        arabella Ella: may be analogous to 'soothing'?
        Pema Pera: must be the translation
        Pema Pera: no, I think it is the process of making it, but sounds nice too :)
        arabella Ella: yes
        Mickorod Renard: yea,,a massaging tea
        Eliza Madrigal: :)
        Pema Pera: you massaging, tea massaging
        Pema Pera: YMTM
        Wol Euler considers the possible semantic common ground between "rub" with "paint" and "erase".
        Mickorod Renard: he he he
        Eliza Madrigal: hahha
        Solobill Laville: :)
        Pema Pera: rubbing paint on a surface?
        Wol Euler: then erasing it?
        arabella Ella: well you rub stuff onto brass for example to clean it just like you rub shoe polish on to boots
        Pema Pera: perhaps ?
        arabella Ella: in a similar way tyo using paint or erasing something
        arabella Ella: melding two objects over a surface
        Pema Pera: literally the character 抹 has two parts: at the left a hand, at the right end, like in weekend
        Pema Pera: hand-end
        Pema Pera: hence rubbing, erasing
        Pema Pera: grounding
        Pema Pera: move the hand to an end
        Pema Pera: hand is 手 and end is 末
        arabella Ella: how beautiful the symbols seem
        Pema Pera: time to go to the phenomenology session, sorry, bye everybody!
        Eliza Madrigal: (started session with wine...ending with tea) MMM... cozy hour : )
        Solobill Laville: OK, bye Pema
        Mickorod Renard: bye Pema
        Wol Euler: bye pema,

    Pema departs.

        Wol Euler: wow, that was fast.
        arabella Ella: bye Pema
        Wol Euler takes the opportunity to remind everyone of Earth Hour tomorrow. Turn off your lights for an hour starting at 8:30pm local time
        arabella Ella: anyone else off to phenomenology?
        Solobill Laville: :) that is great Wol
        Eliza Madrigal: yes Ara
        Solobill Laville: Not me, Ara, no
        arabella Ella: thanks for the reminder Wol sounds great
        Wol Euler: not I. Enjoy
        Eliza Madrigal: Thanks, Wol
        Wol Euler: hello fefonz
        Eliza Madrigal: Thanks Solo, everyone :) Bye for now
        arabella Ella: ok am off to phenemo ... bye all
        Wol Euler: bye eliza
        Wol Euler: bye fefonz
        Eliza Madrigal: Hi Fefonz
        Solobill Laville: Bye, Eliza
        Wol Euler: you'll probably find him there :)=
        Mickorod Renard: ok folks,,off to phenem
        Solobill Laville: Bye Ara
        Solobill Laville: Bye Mick
        Wol Euler: bye mick, take care
        Mickorod Renard: bye solo,,bye wol
        Wol Euler: bye ara, enjoy the weekend

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