newsletter of Ask-It-Here
Vol. 1 No.
To those getting the first
copy of the new Arrow I would like to welcome you back to AIH. This has been a
very long winter and now that the trees are in bloom again and the flowers are
coming up it's appropriate that signs of life are coming back to AIH. I would
like to take this opportunity to thank the one person who made this possible.
John Frazer has dedicated an incredible amount of time and effort into getting
AIH back up and running. Without his hard work and dedication I would still be
staring at a blank computer screen.
I would also like to thank the loyal
members of AIH who have stuck around and waited for us to get things back up and
working. This is an instance of finding who your friends are in a crisis. I
appreciate each and every one of you that has stuck by me and the site. It's
people like you that I would want in the foxhole with me in case of a
The Regional Gathering in Pittsburgh was
a huge success. We had a lot of fun and it was great seeing faces that are
connected to usernames. Solana and Deb are the sweetest people you could ever
meet. Marvin is a very funny guy and a great host in Pittsburgh. AussieMike is a
really great guy. It was indeed a pleasure to meet him and he is a very bright
and good looking guy. Rachel is very nice and a lot of fun. IMBizze is such a
pig. I never saw a 100 pound woman eat like that. She is also an incredible
sweetie and a very nice person.
The site is back and we are stable. Soon
we will be adding new members when we get the registration process up
and running. We lost a lot of members when the database was pillaged, but
hopefully we can add new members that will be good additions to the site. Again,
thanks for standing behind me and AIH.
Up close and personal
something about yourself, your hopes, your dreams, your aspirations. What
revs your motor?
1da: Art, color, line, shape,
texture, space. Exploring and searching in these, I see the essential
process of life. If you get me talking about art, I tend to get very
wordy. Art is a world of unknown boundaries to me, always there to
explore, very much like life. When I talk about art, I find myself talking
about the same things as life. Art is a way of exploring what is inside of
me. I like to play. I like to play with words and color, and
thoughts, and ideas.
Watching things grow amazes me - plants
or poeople, paintings or drawings -- they all grow. Stones fascinate
me. When I was little, I learned how to pick something up and put it in a
pocket. Since that time, I have returned from almost any outing with
stones in my pockets. A few years ago, I revisited the area where I grew
up, along the rivers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. When I got
on the plane to return to Hawaii, I was hand carrying almost 120 lbs. of
rocks. I think on one of the trips to the moon they brought back 140 lbs
of moon rocks. Maybe I should be an astronaut.
Arrow: We know
you live in Hawaii. What can you tell us about it that we may not
know? What keeps you there?
Not that I do, although I have been
there. I do sometimes us a boogie board or body surf,
Did you know that as well as "black"
sand baches here, there are "green" sand beaches here, too? We also have
whitish and warm tan sand beaches, too.
Did you know that there is a new island
forming here? It is a few feet below the surface of the ocean, a little
east of the big island (the island that is actually named "Hawaii.") It is
rising up. Of course, it may be another thousand years before it actually
Did you know there are wild kangaroos
that live here that can not be found in Australia? Back in the 1930s, I
believe, some kangaroos were brought over from Australia. They escaped
captivity and found an ecological niche where they could live high in the Koolau
mountain range. Since that time, they have done quite well. They
have evolved and adapted to this environment to such a degree that scientists
now classify them as a separate species that does not exist in
Arrow: Do you
have a personal motto or saying that you live by?
No, not really. I do believe in kindness,
among other things, although sometimes it is a challenge to live up to my
beliefs. I recognized and understood my belief in kindness when I read
what the Dalai Lama said when asked "what was his religion?" The Dalai
Lama replied something like this "I have no religion other than kindness.
Kindness is my religion."
Arrow: What was
the best thing that's happened to you so far? What was the
1da: The best thing so far is probably that I do not always get
what I would really like or think I want. What I have found is that often
when something seems to go wrong in my life, it can lead me to some of the best
things in my life, including art. Sometimes it takes a while to find how
things are better. I have found that I can speed the process up by making
an effort to look for the "good" that can come out of what I think of at the
time as "bad." Among the good things in my life: The discovery that
I like a wide range of music from rock to classical, folk, indigenous, blues and
more. The discovery of words and books and reading and writing and
language. The amazing world and direction of dreams, meditation and
Arrow: Tell us
about your hobbies and avocation.
1da: I have a difficult time thinking of the things I enjoy
doing as a "hobby." I dabble in a lot of things. Mostly (and
sometimes unfortunately) I am a collector -- or maybe I should say that I
collect. Sometimes it is coins or stamps that wil interest me. Rocks
and fossils are always an interest. I am not particularly organized
however. That is curious, given that organization is often one of the
primary elements in art. I do collect art, but not in an organized way
either. Before I moved to Hawaii, I knew very littlae about bonsai.
All of my bonsai experience, which is not that extensive, has come in the last
15-years. I did take a class from a master, but I also have many books on
the subject. Now I am beginning to do bonsai the way I like to do it, with
lots of rocks. I am not always even aware that I collect something.
I am a collector though. Sometimes someone will ask about something and I
will think "oh, I have quite a few of those..." The I wonder, "Is this a
hobby of mine?" I noticed the other day that I have quite a few
flutes. Old flutes, wooden, bamboo, metal, brass, etc. In fact,
sitting here I can see 14 flutes in a large ceramic cylinder I made. There
are more flutes scattered around, too. Most of these come from travels and
are indigenous in the making. Flutes from Peru, Ecuador, India, Indonesia,
the Dominican Republic, Europe. I seem to be attracted to flutes when I
travel. I have even made ceremic flutes. I can make sounds on these
flutes, but I can not play you a song. I enjoy playing on them. But
I play my own way, nothing you would recognize, I'm sure.
Arrow: Is there
anything else you'd like to share with us?
1da: Yes. If anyone has
any questions or comments, A-mail me here at Ask-It-Here.
A new day
When I was first asked to write this
column for the first edition of the Arrow since AIH came back on line, I wasn't
sure what to write. I was told that I could write just about
anything. We all know that anyone can write "just about anything."
It's having some meaning behind it that makes the difference. I've been
wondering for a while what exactly to write about. Do I write about AIH
coming back up? Do I write about some little social issue? Or do I
just go on some rant about things that tick me off? Like earthquakes, for
example. In particular, 7.2 earthquakes that tick me off at 2 a.m.
I'll save that story for another day. Then it dawned on me. I can
write about any dang thing that comes to mind when I write this column.
I'd be happy to take suggestions and incorporate that into these
editorials. Now, that would be interesting.
We need to address the re-opening of
AIH. Sure, we could all sit here an talk about why it went down to begin
with, who to place blame on, and all that other stuff. Why focus on old
stuff? That fact is that AIH is back on line. For most of us that's
all that matters. We're in a rebuilding process with something old and
something new. New in the sens that this is pretty much of a new look and
style and old in the sense that it still carries the same name,
Is it the same site as it was
before? No, not at all. Not by a long shot. Call it an
upgrade, downgrade, whatever you want to call it, AIH is very different these
days. Sure, the colors may not appeal to all, and some of the features are
not functioning. But again, AIH is back up and Yahoo groups is no longer a
needed evil. I'd like to hear your thoughts. That means it is up to
each user to help make AIH better. Note how I say "hellp make AIH
better." I did not say "make it what it used to be" or "bring it back to
its glory days" or something like that. The AIH we all knew is dead and
gone. This is a new AIH that is going to require a lot of work, in
addition to the work that's already been done by Dilbert, god and Grisson.
That's the work of rebuilding an on line community.
One of the mistakes I've seen in on line
communities that go down are how the members want to reclaim "the old
magic." They want to get back what they once had. The truth is that
can never be. We have to build new magic. Times change, people
change and ultimately this site has changed.
It's interesting that one of the
residences has been renamed from Denver to Phoenix. I think just about
everyone is aware that Phoenix is the bird of fire that dies and burns to ashes
and rises from its own ashes to be reborn anew (not cloning.) I can't be a
Ms. Cleo and predict the future, but the future will be very interesting as
months go on.
Before I go, I will add this little
bit: If you want to comment on this column, agree with it, disagree,
insult, whatever with what I've said and/or written, please feel free to contact
me at email@example.com.
Input is always a good thing. Until next time.
Contest Winner: a
day in the life of a toenail "Butted Up to #2"
G'day, my name is Joe. Joe Nail,
and I hate my life. Just this morning, I woke up again to find my tail
being slashed through another sheet. Then my other end, his name is Servo,
smashed me down on the cold floor and then he kicked me up against the bed
again. Now, I've got a splitting nail ache and he's gone and grabbed the
clippeers again. This happens every couple of days and each time I lose a
little more of me. I don't know how much more I can take of
That was about an hour ago and now
Servo's just finished trying to drown me in the shower again. He didn't
dry me properly and that bloody toe's tinea is creeping up on me again.
He's bound to try and suffocate me again later. He always does. I
don't understand why, but almost every dayhe puts a bag over my head and then
shoves me into some kind of suana. He leaves me there for hours and I can
hardly breathe. He takes me out eventually, but only to put me under those
covers again. At least I can get some rest under there. But then it
will start all over again tomorrow. I hate my life.
Note from the
I hope you've enjoyed this first all new
edition of The Arrow. It's the reader that ultimately allows a publication
to live. You are its lifeblood, the heart and soul of AIH and The
Arrow. It's your contributions that matter. I could not include
certain features this issue due to time constraints. Look for Tech Talk
next month. Look for Poetry. Look for this newsletter to eventually
become an organized web page with a link from the main AIH page.
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