2009.07.14 07:00 - Keeping it going for you

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Riddle Sideways. The comments are by Riddle Sideways.

    This first half is a little different. 
    It just came out this way. 
    I arrived a little early and sat alone.
    The SL sign on picture made me think.
    And it started from there.

    Riddle Sideways: good Morning, Master recorder,
    Riddle Sideways: I wanted to tell you about my thoughts about the SL sign-in background picture today.
    Riddle Sideways: There are train tracks
    Riddle Sideways: tracks leaving a station platform
    Riddle Sideways: going over another set of tracks then into a tight corner
    Riddle Sideways: then through a switch and another thight corner
    Riddle Sideways: heading off in what the mind completes as a large loop
    Riddle Sideways: It is like the model toy train sets of my youth
    Riddle Sideways: only I could maybe find that place here in SL
    Riddle Sideways: I could be a flying Av over those trains, train tracks, lichen trees, etc.
    Riddle Sideways: Just I flew over those treasles, stations, trees and tracks of my youth.
    Riddle Sideways: A Lionel moment re-lived
    Riddle Sideways: I was over at Clark's house
    Riddle Sideways: He had the most complete train setup
    Riddle Sideways: an entire world that the imagination could live in.
    Riddle Sideways: I placed my virtual self on that train and in those streets
    Riddle Sideways: then Mom would say "time to go now" and I would be jerked out of that world.
    Riddle Sideways: think on the Doll Houses that nearly everybody have built here in SL
    Riddle Sideways: the doll houses of my youth
    Riddle Sideways: the doll house I spent hours/days in
    Riddle Sideways: and yet next to it is another bigger doll house
    Riddle Sideways: Susan had a doll house that was passed down from her grandmother with really old furniture in it
    Riddle Sideways: Linda had one that her Dad made in his basement shop
    Riddle Sideways: I would lay on the floor and be in the little house
    Riddle Sideways: but it was not so little
    Riddle Sideways: That front room was an entire worldd
    Riddle Sideways: I started listening to old phonographs in that front room
    Riddle Sideways: Then Mom would say "Time to go home now"
    Riddle Sideways: And I would leave my virtual mind environs of that deluxe house
    Riddle Sideways: BUT, look over there...
    Riddle Sideways: right next to my little grass shack on the beach
    Riddle Sideways: Celondra has put up a mansion of a doll house
    Riddle Sideways: She is not there very often
    Riddle Sideways: I fly over it, my Av stands on the perfect lawn and looks in the windows
    Riddle Sideways: The front doors really opens !
    Riddle Sideways: I walk up and down the grand stairway
    Riddle Sideways: oh dear, this is somebodies bedroom
    Riddle Sideways: In the huge living room ...
        Riddle Sideways thinks deep about that funny phrase...
        Riddle Sideways: [we have a room that is the living room...]
        Riddle Sideways wonders what goes on in all the other rooms?
    Riddle Sideways: Here I sit on the sofa in a grand high cealinged living room and looks at a picture of many people sitting in this room
    Riddle Sideways: I think there is a picture on the PaB wiki of Pema in this room


    Adams enters.
    Just as Master Listener has tired of hearing my monologue.


    Adams Dubrovna: Good morning Riddle :)
    Riddle Sideways: Good Morning, Adams
    Riddle Sideways: Is that a tie?
    Riddle Sideways: did you have a business meeting today?
    Adams Dubrovna looks. yes, I haven;t quite gotten it off :)
    Adams Dubrovna: I've been busy on some projects :)
    Riddle Sideways: perfect for that "had a hard day at the office" look
    Adams Dubrovna: yep, it does have that look
    Riddle Sideways: welcome home, dear... How was your day
    Adams Dubrovna: haha
    Adams Dubrovna: or maybe just out for a stop at the favorite watering hole
    Riddle Sideways: remember to remove your pocket protector before going in some bars
    Adams Dubrovna: OK, why?
    Riddle Sideways: some rough places that a Bic might not survive
    Adams Dubrovna: I'll try to avoid them :)
    Adams Dubrovna: Thanks
    Think about those places.  The Bar (and not the legal profession) down at the end of the block.
    Riddle Sideways: the generation past, went to watering holes
    Riddle Sideways: we don't seem to go now
    Adams Dubrovna: yes, that seems to be the case but we still talk about them
    Riddle Sideways: have not been to a bar in twenty years
    Adams Dubrovna: hmmm. a bit longer for me
    Adams Dubrovna: someone is going because they still are around
    Riddle Sideways: oops, no I did go to one of those ultra fancy cocktail places
    Riddle Sideways: oh and I forgot that I play music in those dives
    Adams Dubrovna: unless they are fronts
    Adams Dubrovna: haha
    Adams Dubrovna: easy to forget
    Riddle Sideways: In town there is a dark narrow place that looks like the bar on the Simpsons
    Adams Dubrovna: Hello is Homer there?
    Riddle Sideways: Everytime I am walking down that street I stop and look in
    Adams Dubrovna: Homer who?
    Riddle Sideways: I don't see Homer
    Riddle Sideways: hehehe
    Riddle Sideways: There is always this guy at the end of the bar
    Riddle Sideways: he is the only one left of that generation
    Riddle Sideways: each bar stays in biz by that one guy
    Adams Dubrovna: oh my
    Riddle Sideways: we don't have the time in our livies to be at that bar
    Riddle Sideways: so he does it to keep them in biz
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Riddle Sideways: some people have those occupations
    Adams Dubrovna: yes like guardians in PaB
    Riddle Sideways: exactly
    Adams Dubrovna: we're the guy at the end of the bar
    Riddle Sideways: oh dear
    Adams Dubrovna: drunk with APAPB
    Riddle Sideways: appreciates being drunk

    Riddle Sideways: <bell>
    Adams Dubrovna: (btw, that will leave a blank space next to your name but it does show where the break was)
    Riddle Sideways: ok
    Adams Dubrovna: Interesting to compare the drowning of one's sorrows at a bar and PaB
    Riddle Sideways: I'd rather have a Being in front of me then a frontal lobatomy
    Adams Dubrovna: people looking for the same thing but finding something very different
    Adams Dubrovna: oh yes!
    Adams Dubrovna: oh dear
    Riddle Sideways: looking for love in all the wrong places
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Riddle Sideways: sorry, I fell in a vat of cliches
    Adams Dubrovna: looking for an end to unhappiness
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Adams Dubrovna: almost the same thing
    Riddle Sideways: each has a favorite adiction
    Riddle Sideways: somebody lst week mentioned intelliual adiction

    might have finally made the connections...
    each of us do repeated things that others do not.
    we have our part to play, our place, our station, our duty and we pin that part to reality.
    The bar down the street is still open and available to me to visit once a year because that guy's habit of being there every day. .

    Riddle Sideways: That lady that is always sitting on the end table in the library
    Adams Dubrovna: haha
    Adams Dubrovna: shhhhhh
    Riddle Sideways: those old timers sitting at that same table down at the coffee cup
    Riddle Sideways: the lady at the end of the block that is always out watering her plants
    Adams Dubrovna thinks there is a difference between habits and addiction
    Riddle Sideways: earlier I thought so too, not so sure now
    Adams Dubrovna wonders if he is addicted to work since he always seems to be there
    Riddle Sideways: seems to be adicted to washing dishes
    Adams Dubrovna: part of cigarette addiction is habit but there is the nicitine too
    Riddle Sideways: part of work addiction is the avoidance of home or other life, but there is the pay too
    Adams Dubrovna: oh my, yes
    Riddle Sideways: part of the watching TV addiction is the mindless escapism, but there are informative shows on PBS
    Adams Dubrovna: but in these econimic times there is some pressure to be relevant or one's job might disappear. hard to tell when enough is enough
    Riddle Sideways: yes, we have 2 people that are just putting in their time. And 2 people that can't retire or the company would fold
    Adams Dubrovna nods
    Adams Dubrovna: where downsizing is taking place, there are other pressures
    Riddle Sideways: if that guy didn't sit at the end of the bar, the place would close
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Riddle Sideways: If Jonathan did not come in, we would close
    Riddle Sideways: <bell>
    Riddle Sideways: if Adams did not come in...
    Riddle Sideways: well, we'll keep that lights on for ya
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Adams Dubrovna: Nice to know someone is here when we want to come to PaB
    Riddle Sideways: You have a goodnight, Mr. Dunahee
    [Jackie Gleason reference].
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Adams Dubrovna: On that note, I must return to my other world :)
    Adams Dubrovna: (where I never wear a tie)
    Our habits, adictions, traditions, customs, rituals, etc. keep us coming to [SL, PaB, bar, library, church, etc.] even when a small crowd or just us.  So that the place stays open for weeks.  Eventually, that infrequent visitor will come by. They wil stop in for a while and it will make a difference.  That instant flash, the Ah-ha moment, Satori for them/us/you that comes in an instant, but took your entire life to approach.
    Riddle Sideways: Storm, thebartender will close up and
    Riddle Sideways: Turn Out The Lights, turn out the lights
    An over night success with 20 years of experience.
    Adams Dubrovna: :)
    Adams Dubrovna: Have agood day Riddle :)
    Riddle Sideways: You too :)
    Adams Dubrovna: thanks and bye :)
    Riddle Sideways: Thanks
    This was my first time playing with the BELL tags and it sure was not very smooth, will try better next time.
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