2010.03.06 19:00 - The Whale is Still Hanging

    The Guardian for this meeting was Bleu Oleander. The comments are by Bleu Oleander.


    Eliza Madrigal, stevenaia Michinaga, Archmage Atlantis, TH Ordinary, and Sylectra Darwin attended.



    Bleu Oleander: hi Eliza!
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Bleu :)
    Eliza Madrigal: I love the way you dress.. very elegant
    Bleu Oleander: oh thank you!
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Bleu Oleander: you too!
    Eliza Madrigal: Thank you... I play around with clothes a lot in SL, not so much in RL :)
    Bleu Oleander: me too
    Eliza Madrigal: Isn't it funny
    Bleu Oleander: it is, but keeps me out of the malls!
    Eliza Madrigal: haha, yes true. A practical use :)
    Bleu Oleander: so I claimed the log
    Eliza Madrigal: Great... no issues?
    Eliza Madrigal: Did you enter your email address?
    Bleu Oleander: so i'll see if i can follow all the instructions later
    Bleu Oleander: seems pretty easy

    Eliza Madrigal: It should be. There are little things which can trip one up along the way...
    Bleu Oleander: i'm sure i'll find them :)
    Eliza Madrigal: the chat being posted in the right place, etc... but not factor
    Eliza Madrigal: hahah
    Bleu Oleander: how did your scribe meeting go?
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, I thought it was fun. We covered quite a bit of ground, and so we'll have another one soonish
    Eliza Madrigal: Thanks for asking :)
    Eliza Madrigal: I'll be sending an email to the group when it is posted, too
    Eliza Madrigal: The general consensus was that more attention needs to be drawn to the scribes when posted and on the wiki...
    Bleu Oleander: yes, i didn't really even know about that ..... are sat nights quiet
    Eliza Madrigal: so that's a good thing to pay attention to. Also, that its nice to get together to discuss and compare notes
    Eliza Madrigal: Hm, they really vary
    Eliza Madrigal: So one night maybe one or two people, another 'many'
    Bleu Oleander: hi Steve and Arch
    Eliza Madrigal: Hey Steve :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Arch
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi again Eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: I can't stay long, but wanted to stop by :)
    Bleu Oleander: oh i'm glad you did
    Eliza Madrigal smiles :)
    Archmage Atlantis: Hello Steve, Eliza an Bleu
    stevenaia Michinaga: :
    Bleu Oleander: hi Arch

    stevenaia mentions his day trip to NYC and kindled some nostalgia for NYC from some NYC fans.

    stevenaia Michinaga: I will be out of town tomarrow, missing the morning meetings
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hi Arch
    Eliza Madrigal: something fun I hope, Steve
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: NYC day trip
    Eliza Madrigal: Nice
    Bleu Oleander: how fun!
    Bleu Oleander: what are you doing in NYC?
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, always good food and museums
    Bleu Oleander: do you live near?
    Eliza Madrigal would love to live so nearby as to take a 'day trip'
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: you should take an extra day (or 2) when yu are up here
    Bleu Oleander: we're bringing our group to NYC in May
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, can't ... another time that would be great
    stevenaia Michinaga: Group?
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Th
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi TH :)
    Bleu Oleander: our RL salon group
    Archmage Atlantis: Thank you both for that memory...day trips into NYC
    TH Ordinary: hi everyone!
    Bleu Oleander: hi TH
    stevenaia Michinaga: perhaps if San Francisco works out, there can be a retreat in NYC
    Bleu Oleander: that would be great!
    Eliza Madrigal: Oh, it really would!
    Bleu Oleander: are you going to SF?
    stevenaia Michinaga: not me
    Eliza Madrigal heard that you met Fael when you met Pema also... when with your the group, Bleu... We were connecting the dots
    Bleu Oleander: yes! I just put that together
    Archmage Atlantis: Shopping in the AM. early dinner, theator......I still have all the playbills from back then
    Eliza Madrigal: (where did that 'the' come from in my sentence?) hah
    Eliza Madrigal: Nice, Arch :) There is no place like it
    TH Ordinary: what is your favorite nyc spot?
    stevenaia Michinaga: have you been here before TH?
    Eliza Madrigal: Steve, this is the website to group referenced ... http://www.spiritofthesenses.org/calendar.htm
    TH Ordinary: yes
    Eliza Madrigal: I was really impressed with the site
    Bleu Oleander: yes, TH has

    stevenaia Michinaga: Hello Sylectra
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Sylectra!
    Bleu Oleander: hi Sylectra
    Sylectra Darwin: Hi!
    Eliza Madrigal: Nice to see you
    TH Ordinary: hello!
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I;ve seen it on Blue's profile
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Sylectra Darwin: Good to see you guys :)
    Bleu Oleander: there are some nice photos from our princeton trip on the site also
    Bleu Oleander: we had a great time with Piet
    Eliza Madrigal: I giggled when I got to the end of your pictures/events....
    stevenaia Michinaga: We go to the MET, TH , always something new to see
    Eliza Madrigal: (sorry, brb)
    TH Ordinary: yes, i too like the met museum
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, Princeton could be at stopover, if we went a certain way from SN Philly or the Poconos
    Bleu Oleander: is the art dealers show this weekend?
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes at the pier
    TH Ordinary: the natural history museum is a favorite too
    Bleu Oleander: that's always a fun show

    Archmage Atlantis: Is the whale still hanging in the n.history museum?
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, I need to go. Glad to be able to stop by and sure all will be well posting the log and such, Bleu :) Nice to meet you, TH, and to see you, Sylectra :) Bfn
    stevenaia Michinaga: Museum of Nat History , Yes Arch
    Bleu Oleander: thanks Eliza
    Bleu Oleander: have a great evening
    Eliza Madrigal: Hugs, Nite :) You too!
    Sylectra Darwin: Eliza, see you!
    stevenaia Michinaga: night ELiza
    Sylectra Darwin: Great to see you :)
    Sylectra Darwin: Wow, brief stopover, huh?

    stevenaia asks Sylectra about her upcoming meeting and a discussion of contemplation and simplicity begins.

    stevenaia Michinaga: Can I ask about your meeting tomarrow? Sylectra
    Sylectra Darwin: sure!
    Sylectra Darwin: Anything in particular or would you like me to ramble on?
    Archmage Atlantis: I did get a last trip to NYC.......a little bit harder to manage with a cane or walker
    stevenaia Michinaga: how would you compare Quaker meetings to PaB
    Sylectra Darwin: oh, they are very similar - surprisingly so!
    Bleu Oleander: what meeting are you talking about?
    Sylectra Darwin: I am a new visitor to Quaker meetings but I like their flow, because they are so much like PaB meetings.
    Sylectra Darwin: Diversity is encouraged and there are periods of silence.
    Sylectra Darwin: There is not one leader and anyone may speak out of the silence if they feel moved to do so.
    Sylectra Darwin: I love the simplicity and the adherence to sitting in silence as a way to - what would you say? Enlightenment is too strong a word.
    stevenaia Michinaga: contemplate?
    Sylectra Darwin: But there is insight from the silence, certainly. Yes, contemplate.
    Sylectra Darwin: People occasionally speak and it's usually something really profound. They think about it a lot before deciding to speak up.
    stevenaia Michinaga: like typing, more deliberate
    Sylectra Darwin: smiles
    Archmage Atlantis: My frends, a gay couple, were active in the 1980s...it wa one of the first denominations to recognize gay marriage
    Sylectra Darwin: Yes, in fact there is a committee for those issues and they are politically active.
    Sylectra Darwin: They give me room to breathe and don't try to interpret things for me. So it really is nice.
    stevenaia Michinaga: hmm, from simple thoughts to political action
    Sylectra Darwin: maybe a little conflict there, do you think?
    Archmage Atlantis: I find it ironic that Richard Nixon was a Quaker by birth and practice
    stevenaia Michinaga: indeed
    Sylectra Darwin: I heard that! Wow, huh?
    Sylectra Darwin: LOL
    Sylectra Darwin: I believe there is wisdom in all faiths and even in people without a specific faith.
    Sylectra Darwin: Have visited many churches and got something out of each.
    Archmage Atlantis: I agree Sylectra
    stevenaia Michinaga: learned much about many beliefs from this group
    stevenaia Michinaga: they have much in common with each other, seems the older the religion, the deeper learning
    Sylectra Darwin: let's see, we have met people from Jewish, Baptist, Buddhist, and probably many other faiths here. Also many agnostics and at least one atheist.
    Archmage Atlantis: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: where, here?
    Sylectra Darwin: yes
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Archmage Atlantis: And shamanic
    Sylectra Darwin: That's just from the conversations I remember
    Sylectra Darwin: oh yeah? Cool!
    stevenaia Michinaga: one of the reason's it's nice to have Adam's little museum representing so many beliefs nearby
    Sylectra Darwin: What I find interesting is the tradition of sitting in silence, or meditation, goes into many religiouns


    I ask how others observed the 90 second pause and reflect on memories of my past, whales and growing up in NYC and how those memories are an important part of who I am.  I think about how it feels to drop those identities and just be.  But memories of Dean and Deluca interrupt those thoughts and I was saved by the bell.


    Bleu Oleander: how did you all observe the 90 seconds?
    Archmage Atlantis: There is a place in ourselves that is only reached by stillness ( aka meditation) in my personal experience......sometimes it can be tapped by music, or art......but silence is allways available.
    Sylectra Darwin: my 90 seconds was somewhat fried and tired. Focus difficult as I am sleepy.
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Bleu Oleander: I reflected on my memories of the whale still hanging in the n.history museum and realized how important some things are as touchstones from our past
    Archmage Atlantis: Focus is an active thing......stillness is without effort.
    Bleu Oleander: how our memories create who we are
    Bleu Oleander: relection gives us an opportunity to see ourselves
    stevenaia Michinaga: Arch the same is true with holding on and letting go
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes
    Archmage Atlantis: And I am glad the whale still hangs there
    Bleu Oleander: me too!
    Bleu Oleander: the big dinosaur is my fav
    Archmage Atlantis: As in BenStiller "Night at the museum" *g*
    Bleu Oleander: :)
    Sylectra Darwin: I think I'd better log and get ready for bed as I have to get up in the morning.
    Bleu Oleander: bye Sylectra!
    Archmage Atlantis: Bye Syl
    Sylectra Darwin: So nice to see you guys!
    stevenaia Michinaga: bye Sylectra
    TH Ordinary: i enjoy the experience of central park and the brooklyn bridge too
    stevenaia Michinaga: there are many peaceful places even in a city
    Bleu Oleander: it will be interesting to hear about the SF trip when they get back
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, I know the area and SF is one of my favorite cities
    Archmage Atlantis: I enjoyed ( as I do not know if they exist anymore) Balducci's, Dean and Delucca, and Zabar's
    stevenaia Michinaga: Zabars is always our last stop
    stevenaia Michinaga: bring food home
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, restaurants come and go
    Bleu Oleander: I think Balducci's closed, but D&D and Zabar's are still there

    Archmage Atlantis: I remember taking the Path to the WTC and dining in the restaurants there.....going to the observation deck....eating at Top of the World
    stevenaia Michinaga: I msut be off, see you soon
    Bleu Oleander: bye Steve
    Bleu Oleander: yes, I went to the WTC many times
    Archmage Atlantis: I don't know the symbol for a wry bittersweet smile. so the text will have to tod
    Archmage Atlantis: *do
    Bleu Oleander: yes
    Bleu Oleander: do you live in the NYC area Arch?
    Archmage Atlantis: Time to go....thanks for your company.....ah no Bleu, no longer, in Florida by the Everglades now
    Archmage Atlantis: Take care
    Bleu Oleander: you too .... take care
    TH Ordinary: bye
    Bleu Oleander: bye
    Bleu Oleander: bye TH
    TH Ordinary: bye bleu
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