Well, last weekend I was down to New Orleans
meet up with Templeton
. My very first meeting
with other noders, and my very first meeting with people that
I had met online
. Despite the oddly coincidental appearance immediately after
my arrival of enough plastic sheeting
to "wrap a body in" (to paraphrase
), I was not reduced to easily fondue
able cubes in the
manner that one of my friends expected.
- "I'm going down to New Orleans to meet up with some of
the people from that Everything2 website I'm on all the time."
- "You mean the cult."
- "No, no, website."
- "No. You mean the cult. You'll be dead by Sunday."
Some notes on the trip:
- People such as Templeton, Byzantine, Accipiter and
likely others on this website that I don't know about, people
who open their homes to others based solely on their gut feelings
about a person, have my admiration and give me reason to hope
that people in general are not as cold as I believe they are
becoming. May you never be disappointed.
- To support the preceeding point, Templeton mentioned that
all the noders she had personally met seemed to be reasonable
people. I'm glad I went out of my way to meet some of them,
and I'm hoping I get the chance to meet more of you in the
future. I personally am impressed with the quality of human
beings that are associated with Everything, as my host seems to be. I wish my trip could
have been longer.
- As with everywhere, get a local to show you around. I saw
more in one day with guides than I had in a week during Mardi
Gras last year.
- If in New Orleans and you get the chance, there is a rotating
bar at the top of the World Trade Center in N.O. from which you
can watch the tankers and cargo ships roll out along the Mississippi.
Something to see - and if you have the right company, a great place
to sit and get to know people over drinks.
- Stay the hell out of karaoke bars in Slidell, Louisiana. 'Nuff
By the way Templeton
, in thinking about it, in terms of structural
, an open condition
is an exterior or
interior portal blocked by a door
, air conditioner
other post-installation obstruction that may, under unusual seismic
or wind conditions may be torn out and thus must be treated as an
opening or portal. Whether or not the precept
s of metal building
analysis can be made to jive with Sri Lanki
mysticism is uncertain -
given that you seem to lack the natural defenses to devils Byzantine
discussed on the way to the Mississippi
, you may want to check any Virginia
prospects against the first rule of sinhalese architecture