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The sky looked much too threatening to go bicycling today; dark low slung water laden clouds skulked northward this morning, and a quick check of the radar imagery of the area confirmed this was not to be a dry day. Still, there was no rain presently, so I took the cats out for their supervised long walk-about the area. They usually appreciate my company, and it seemed more-so today. The other day Beren returned all fluffed out from a bad encounter, probably he caught sight of the coyotes. We were out almost an hour when the weather started to turn quite nasty. We made it inside before the major downpour began, and now I am watching tree branches being snapped off then launched skyward.

It looks like most of the west coast is getting this heavy weather. kightp reports Corvallis is looking bad. My housemate in Santa Cruz wrote to me that the storms are getting ferocious anew. I tried calling songteller (Buffalo) in Oakland but the rains are so bad there that his phone line is swamped in line static. 

Buffalo wrote something interesting in his journal: "Is this a valuable tool or a seductive invitation to a bunch of pseudo-relationships? Or, just a waste of time?" I think back to the many friends who I met virtually, and the goodly percentage of them who I eventually met in realspace, and I have to say, yes, it was and remains a wonderful way to stay in contact with my friends, and to meet new folks too. Yes, there is always the problem of fraud, but I find it a managable risk.

Oh, while gliding through the Crystal Wind a few moments ago, I came across Callahan's Card Deck, and in there I found some old images of our younger selves.



My temperment:
calm calm
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On April 16th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC), wcg commented:
Yeah, we were all younger then.
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On April 16th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC), elimloth replied:
Yeah, we were all younger then

Well, we all looked younger then, but much time-earned wisom later, I am still free of fossilization effects. I'm pretty sure you are the same in that regard.
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On April 16th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC), rowanf replied:
Wow. That is a blast from the past, indeed. Wow. Thanks for posting us.

I definitely value the friendships I made in a.c, many of which continue to this day in Lj (and in RL). It is nice to see Buffalo here too. :-)
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On April 16th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC), grey_lady commented:
Funny you should post this now; I've been doing some digging through the a.c archives, reading the old posts, enjoying my own rediscovery of those times. I'm not sure which card deck I found that actually had an amazingly rare snapshot of me, probably from a realspace in California that was put together when I was visiting on business.

There are too many people I've lost contact with....
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On April 16th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC), elimloth replied:
There are too many people I've lost contact with....

I agree, I too have lost contact with many of the folks - diaspora, way too much traffic, and just plain not keeping up. I was happy to find my way to the LJ space, at least here I can stay in touch in a quieter venue.

My favorite find was to see that little photo of Mithrandir, Selene's and my grey wanderer cat. It brought back wonderful memories both of him as well as his a.c. persona: the dragonet Foehn, and his cybernetic friend L'Dae.


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On April 17th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC), jilara commented:
Wow, is that a trip down memory lane! I'd forgotten some of those folks, over a tale of years, but it all came flooding back! (I've been actually going through ancient postings, lately, myself...nostalgia.)
Hmm, I think I'm one of those who was particularily fortuned by alt.callahans. Out of meetings there came not only my ex-husband, but one of the long-term boyfriends who followed him (Chris Phoenix), and a dear friend whom I jokingly call my "kid brother" (Taldin), as well as many others I stay in touch with either in email or realspace.
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