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Blogger Meet-Up Nude Dinner Party

Blogger Meet-Up Nude Dinner Party

April and I were talking last night (November 13th) about entertaining a few of her co-workers. We haven’t had a dinner party in a while and we talked about who we would invite and what the menu would be. Trying to always have my blogger’s hat on, I wondered what menu I would prepare if I had a Blogger Meet Up Dinner Party and the guests went native — nude like us?

What if I invited everyone on my blog roll to dinner and prepared a dish especially for each blogger. Needless to say I don’t know anyone’s favorite food, whether someone hates vegetables or is allergic to a specific food; but I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with and what your response would be. Be honest about what I have prepared for you and don’t worry, cameras and cell phones not permitted.

There are now 27 eligible invitees so I needed to come up with 28 individual menus. I also included an menu for people who might be added to the blogroll between now and then. Coffee, tea, beer, wine and champagne might not be written on the menus, but rest assured they will be present. The dessert course will be a choice of several items served buffet. After dinner we will be seeing a movie. Any requests?

This is just fun for me. You know I love cooking so don’t take this seriously. I doubt anyone would show up for my Nude Dinner Party if it were real anyway! However, if you were to show up, it’s a good idea to arrive with clothes on! There are plenty of nosy neighbors plus it’s very cold in December. Separate safe changing areas would of course be provided and don’t worry, April and I most definitely prepared your food fully clothed! Please enjoy this formal candlelight dinner.

If you were added to the blogroll before I started creating this post as well as the one on November 16th, and don’t see your name on the list below, please click on the Unexpected But Invited Guests (that includes you Catherine).

For all other blogroll members, click on your name to see the menu prepared especially for you, remove your clothing and have a seat  →

Unexpected But Invited Guests

Blaga Todorova

Cherlyn Cochrane

Chita Erayanie

Chris Ferrell

Christine Lines

Tom Baker

Emma Cassabaum

Galen Sterling-Smith

Iris Orpi

Iron Cook Carl


Jia Xin

Judy Santiago

Kari Cheng

Lusy Aaltje

Maria Carizza

Nathan Pralle

Norah Lucas

Rish Mangubat

Ron Rodgers

Rose Reynolds


Seth Winternight

Shelbie Moore

Sylvia Garza

Valencia Monroe

Yuuki Chan

This month’s Guest Blogger is Seth Winternight. His post will be about the human condition. You will find his guest post to be very insightful and inspirational. In the meantime drop by Seth’s blog, Welcome To My Residence to read a few of his posts before Saturday.

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Thank You Nathan Pralle

It’s Time to say thanks to Nathan for being my third guest blogger. It means a lot to me not to have had to post myself yesterday! Just kidding.

I found your post thought provoking and it made me want to cherish the time April and I have even the more. Leave a comment for Nathan if you have read the post and have not commented.

This blog and I are grateful and privileged to have had you post on this site. I always say this, but I mean it, if you feel the need to express yourself again, September through December are still open.

Guest blogging on April 3, 2010 will be John Ryan Recabar from Going Against The Current. If you have never visited his site or read any of his posts, head on over for a visit and get a taste of what you will get here in April. If you missed his post yesterday, Go read it! Thanks again.

If you have a moment I would like you to also check out a post on Racism and Prejudice. Not many people read that post of mine and it is important to me that everyone check it out and leave a comment.


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Guest Blogger, Nathan Pralle

Introducing Nathan Pralle from PhilosYphia

Let’s welcome Nathan Pralle. When you are finished reading Nathan’s insight on Time; click on over to his site and read more of his creative posts. In addition, it would be a great gesture if you left comments below for Nathan to respond to. Remember his guest post is a sacrifice because it means he neglected his own blog to post here. Of course it is a great honor for me to be able to have a guest blogger. As a favor to me show Nathan the courtesy you might want shown to you if you were a guest writer on someone elses blog. Leave plenty of comments and visit his site. It’s very interesting. Thanks.

I worry about Time.

Or rather, I worry about how our perceptions of Time are changing. Specifically, I’m concerned with the idea of whatever RIGHT NOW happens to be.

If you think back, it wasn’t a few years ago we were all very much used to the idea of time being somewhat…inspecific.   Not necessarily inaccurate, but there was a fudge-factor to what time it was supposed to be right at the moment.

This all had to do with the timepieces we employed ourselves with – from the golden fob on a chain in your father’s suit pocket to the Mickey Mouse Club red-banded watch on your elementary-school wrist, we had pretty decent ways of telling what time it was…somewhat.

Even the best of chronometers lost or gained some time based on any number of environmental factors – temperature, impacts, battery strength, the accuracy of the movement, cat puke, etc. Your particular time could be anywhere from 10 minutes before to 10 minutes after anothers time and the popular excuse was, “well, this watch runs slow, ya know.”

Today we have systems that synchronize and it’s getting harder to find ones that don’t. Computer systems all draw their time from a local server which contacts one of the many “time servers” on the Internet to get the correct setting, the servers themselves being set by the atomic clocks that only lose one second every 30 million years. Cell phones are slowly replacing watches as the source of personal time knowledge – I myself don’t wear a watch anymore in deference to my iPhone’s display. These, of course, are also getting their time from the company’s servers which in turn ask for the official time from the atomics.

In other words, everything’s really, really accurate — all the time, every time, without fail due to batteries, impact, or running it through the wash. How handy are we?

And yet, this has caused us some shifts in how we approach time. Getting together with friends now happens on a specific time, like always, but you both know when someone’s late and there’s no real question about it – everyone HAS the same time on their phones, so there’s no more, “Oh, sorry, this old thing must be acting up again.”  (shakes wrist in the air in frustration)

Meetings and appointments take on a whole new dynamic because your computer knows the right time, just as everyone else, and if you’re a minute or two behind you can be assured someone will be calling to see if you fell asleep. There’s no more getting to the meeting early and sitting around tossing the crap because a few of you had fast watches.

In some essence, we’ve lost a chunk of our interaction time based on the inaccuracy of time. It seems we do a lot more, “making time,” than we used to, which equates to having to schedule in a chunk of a moment to handle something we don’t normally have written down – reading a book to our child, visiting a relative, hanging out with a friend, talking to a colleague.   Many of these things used to just, “happen,” and then we lost the inefficiencies of the “times between” and gained…what, exactly?

I try to not let Time rule my life any more than is a necessary evil, but it’s very difficult.   I find my head pulling me in a logical direction when, “playing trains,” with my little boy goes a bit too long and the night creeps on. “You’re wasting time!” a small part says, noting that it’s now 10pm and we’re still playing.  Thankfully there’s an even bigger part of me going, “No, this is important. Screw the time.”

Time – it’s all we have and a limited amount at that.   The seconds ticking by trickle through our minds and our bodies and propel us onwards into the future – it’s all a matter of how much emphasis we ourselves put on it that makes it the fleeting thing that it is – or one of the most important.  If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to find the difference.


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