2009.11.01 13:00 - shared silence, appreciating the waves

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Fox Monacular, filling in for Maxine. The comments are by Fox Monacular.

    We sit silently for a while, sharing the playgoda space.

    Lia Rikugun: hello fox
    Fox Monacular: Hello Lia
    Lia Rikugun: wanted to check if someone came to grab the log :)
    Fox Monacular: I can do it:)
    Lia Rikugun: oh ok great, I think there was a message that the GoC is not able to do it
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hey there
    Lia Rikugun: hello yakuzza
    Fox Monacular: Hi Yakuzza
    Fox Monacular: it's rare that I can make it to 13 00 sessions!
    Lia Rikugun: what time is it for you?
    Fox Monacular: 4pm, but usually i'm at work where SL is disabled, ot with a baby who thinks a laptop is for cartoons only
    Lia Rikugun: :)
    Lia Rikugun: hello wol
    Fox Monacular: Hello Wol
    Wol Euler: hello fox, lia, yaku
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hi wol
    Lia Rikugun: what would you like to talk about?
    Wol Euler: me?
    Lia Rikugun: :) anybody and yes you too wol ;)
    Fox Monacular: :)
    Lia Rikugun: silence :)
    Wol Euler: I'm just back from holiday, and am still processing being here again
    Lia Rikugun: how nice :)
    Wol Euler: I'd forgotten that Stuttgart was hilly :)
    Wol Euler: only away a week but it seemed like ages
    Fox Monacular: Hi Pila
    Wol Euler: hello pila
    Pila Mulligan: greetings
    Lia Rikugun: hello pila
    Fox Monacular: funny contrast: it's silent in PaB and very noisy in the coffee shop where I am right now:)
    Wol Euler: :)
    Wol Euler: can people there hear the birds here?
    Pila Mulligan: maybe its the coffee
    Fox Monacular: no, I'm wearing headphones:)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: good night everyone
    Lia Rikugun: bye
    Pila Mulligan: bye Yak
    Wol Euler: 'night yaku, sleep well
    Lia Rikugun: will go to bed too :) good night
    Pila Mulligan: bye Lia
    Fox Monacular: night Lia:)
    Wol Euler: night lia
    Fox Monacular: so where did you go for vacation, Wol?
    Wol Euler: I was in Israel for a long week
    Wol Euler: it was lovely.
    Pila Mulligan: interesting
    Fox Monacular: oh great
    Pila Mulligan: first time?
    Wol Euler: mmhmm, but not last!
    Wol Euler: I loved Tel Aviv, a very easy city to be in.
    Fox Monacular: I've always wanted to go... perhaps one day...
    Fox Monacular: did you go to Jerusalem too?
    Wol Euler: not this time, I chickened out when the protests in East Jerusalem became violent
    Wol Euler: if it had been Paris or London or somewhere else where I could speak the language (and read street signs!) I would probably have gone
    Wol Euler: being unable to read the local alphabet is very disconcerting
    Wol Euler: hello qt
    Qt Core: hi all
    Fox Monacular: hello Qt
    Pila Mulligan: hi Qt
    Fox Monacular: yes, I know what you mean, Wol, about not being ablt to read street signs... I went to Hungary for one summer...
    Fox Monacular: had my phrase book and a dictionary on me at all times
    Qt Core: same for my summer china trip
    Wol Euler frowns. I thought Hungarian used the Latin alphabet?
    Fox Monacular: yes, but the language is different from Russian or English:)
    Wol Euler: ok, but you could at least make a guess at how names sound.
    Fox Monacular: yes:)
    Wol Euler: The Hebrew alphabet is entirely different from Latin, I couldn't even guess at pronunciation let alone meaning.
    Fox Monacular: :)
    Wol Euler: I realized this when I was IMing with a friend from a cafe, trying to tell her where I was.
    Wol Euler: I had *no idea* what the cafe was called!
    Wol Euler: there was a menu in front of me, but all in Hebrew :)
    Pila Mulligan: did you have freinds there to guide you around?
    Wol Euler: so I gave the phone to the waitress and asked her to talk to my friend.
    Fox Monacular: :)
    Wol Euler: yes, sort of. They were at work, we met in the evenings.
    Pila Mulligan: ahh
    Wol Euler: I met Fefonz and his wife, twice :)
    Pila Mulligan: nice
    Pila Mulligan: how did oyu happen to got to Israel Wol?
    Pila Mulligan: waht drew you there?
    Wol Euler: curiosity, really.
    Wol Euler: I have friends there, not just Fef, and have several times been close to visiting but something always came up
    Wol Euler: most recently the Lebanon war.
    Wol Euler: I found myself with time off, a pocket full of money, and a strong desire for sunshine and warm water
    Pila Mulligan: funny thing, with all the tension there, I've heard airports in Israel are easeir to use than airports in the US -- maybe they have better refined the art of security
    Wol Euler: well, I wouldn't say that. It took over an hour to get through the *three* security checks in Ben Gurion on the way out.
    Wol Euler: The interrogation on the way out was sterner and more intimidating than on the way into the US :)
    Pila Mulligan: hmm
    Pila Mulligan: did you get to the the beach?
    Wol Euler: oh yes :)))))))
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Fox Monacular: :)
    Wol Euler: hard to avoid, actually, Tel Aviv is a thin stripe of buildings alonside a beach
    Pila Mulligan: see any kite surfing?
    Pila Mulligan: some friends from here like to kite surf when they visit family there
    Wol Euler: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...69523&t=k&z=14
    Wol Euler: (google maps satellite pic of the downtown and beach)
    Wol Euler: saw some, yes, but didn'T do any myself.
    Wol Euler: I hd a very lazy week, just walked around and ate a lot of marvellous food
    Fox Monacular: cool
    Wol Euler smiles
    Pila Mulligan: interesting (in the Google image) how they form the beach
    Pila Mulligan: in arcs
    Wol Euler: oh, hang on, wong thing. Paragliding, not kite surfing.
    Wol Euler: the waves are far too small for proper surfing
    Pila Mulligan: yes, kite surfing doe snot use waves either :0
    Pila Mulligan: or not necessarily any way
    Wol Euler: the Med is nearly tideless, the waves are hardly a half-metre high unless there's a strong wind
    Pila Mulligan: maybe the beach architecture is to prevent sand erosion or drift
    Pila Mulligan: with the barriers
    Wol Euler: the breakwaters? yes, quite right
    Wol Euler: I went to the beach at sundown one day, and took over a hundred photos of water
    Wol Euler: the rounded shapes in that image are from the wave action
    Wol Euler: the breakwater stops most waves, and the gap creates a circular wave effect
    Wol Euler: propagating from teh gap towards land
    Fox Monacular: sounds awesome
    Wol Euler: that rounds out the sand in that pattern
    Wol Euler: and where two wave sets meet, you get some fascinating interference patterns
    Wol Euler: waves crossing each other at nearly right angles
    Wol Euler: marching through each othter
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Wol Euler: and the water was so warm, like a bathtub
    Fox Monacular: really really jealous
    Wol Euler: :)))))
    Fox Monacular: it's been a really long time since I saw the sea...
    Pila Mulligan: that pattern also occurs naturall when two ocean currents meet, like off Cape Hatteras and some other places
    Pila Mulligan: naturally*
    Pila Mulligan: "Two major Atlantic currents collide just off Cape Hatteras, the southerly-flowing cold water Labrador Current and the northerly-flowing warm water Florida Current (Gulf Stream), creating turbulent waters and a large expanse of shallow sandbars extending up to 14 miles offshore." -- wiki
    Wol Euler nods
    Wol Euler: there's something very calming and relaxing about watching waves.
    Wol Euler: and listening to them too
    Pila Mulligan: yes indeed
    Wol Euler: after a while I put away the camera and just sat and watched and listened, and let my mind flow with the waves
    Pila Mulligan: were you staying near the shore -- so you cvould hear the sea at night?
    Pila Mulligan: that sound is a very conducive to sleep for me
    Wol Euler: no, too far for that alas
    Wol Euler: I have slept in a house within hearing distance of hte sea, it was quite wonderful
    Pila Mulligan: also much fun is camping on a beach overnight
    Fox Monacular: when I was a child we used to spend every summer in a small village in Latvia - where we had a whole beach for ourselves, it was very far from touristic places
    Fox Monacular: I still dream about that beach... I think I can remember every dune there... something very primal, basic.. archetypal perhaps
    Wol Euler nods and smiles
    Pila Mulligan: sounds loively FOx
    Wol Euler: have you been back since, Fox?
    Fox Monacular: no, I haven't, and I think that if ever I'm back I'll be ablt to find my way around with my eyes closed
    Wol Euler: mmhmm
    Fox Monacular: but that might be an illusion, of course:)
    Qt Core: especially if "progress" and modern things got there too
    Fox Monacular: yes, exactly
    Wol Euler: yeah.
    Fox Monacular: I have to go, hungry boyfriend waiting for supper
    Wol Euler: :)
    Qt Core: the only progress i'd like in places like those is wifi ;-)
    Pila Mulligan: and lunchtime here, so me too
    Wol Euler: :)
    Wol Euler: goodnight all
    Pila Mulligan: bye for now
    Wol Euler: enjoy your days.
    Fox Monacular: bon appetit pila
    Qt Core: have a nice meal you two (three)
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Fox Monacular: goodnight wol, Qt
    Wol Euler: bed for me, qt, falling alseep in my chair
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