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Re: reunion

Posted by antigua2013 on October 16, 2013, at 22:23:05

In reply to Re: reunion antigua2013, posted by Dinah on October 9, 2013, at 20:23:53

Hello Dinah,

I hope things are well with you. I need to catch up with the boards.

Life has been pretty complicated so I had to stop writing.

Therapy-wise, I'm still in it, despite my best intentions to be done with it. In the midst of painful times, but I have hope!

Take care,
antigua

 

Re: Psychobabble Reunion

Posted by alexandra_k on October 27, 2013, at 15:29:59

In reply to Re: Psychobabble Reunion, posted by vwoolf on October 11, 2013, at 12:21:38

> My life for the most part has become rich and complex.

I keep thinking about this...

I have found myself wondering a lot about what the point is. Underneath or behind the defenses there is (for me) this awful fragmentation. So I have been having trouble understanding why it is that one would want to work towards doing them less, or whatever. I mean, I've really been having a hard time with this.

Complexity.

Perhaps that is it. A lot of my defenses seem to be about simplifying things. Breaking off a chunk because a bigger picture is too much. Too unwieldy for me to deal with, or something. But the cost of a simple bit is lots of little simple bits and a fairly fragmented life in its own way.

Anyway. I'm not sure if that makes sense. But this feeling. Ambivalence. Variations of something like that. Complexity. That is... Rich. And pleasing somehow. Maybe that is it. Part of it at least.

 

Re: reunion antigua2013

Posted by vwoolf on January 11, 2014, at 4:48:09

In reply to reunion, posted by antigua2013 on September 1, 2013, at 23:47:32

I'll be coming to the US for a mental illness conference next month, and will be in Chicago on 23rd February. Would any fellow Babblers be interested and available for a small reunion? Dr Bob, would you?

I would like that very much.

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 17, 2014, at 0:35:51

In reply to Re: reunion antigua2013, posted by vwoolf on January 11, 2014, at 4:48:09

> I'll be coming to the US for a mental illness conference next month, and will be in Chicago on 23rd February. Would any fellow Babblers be interested and available for a small reunion? Dr Bob, would you?
>
> I would like that very much.

I would also.

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 23, 2014, at 3:04:38

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on January 17, 2014, at 0:35:51

> > I'll be coming to the US for a mental illness conference next month, and will be in Chicago on 23rd February. Would any fellow Babblers be interested and available for a small reunion?

OK, here's the plan. Sun. afternoon 2/23 is definite and Mon. morning 2/24 is a possibility. If it's just Sun. afternoon, we'd meet close to the airport. So far, there's two of us. Anybody else?

Bob

PS: If you'd prefer to be more private about your interest, please feel free just to email me.

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Poet on January 24, 2014, at 13:28:00

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on January 23, 2014, at 3:04:38

I could meet on Sunday afternoon and near the airport is okay. I'll just drive instead of taking the train.

Poet

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February Poet

Posted by vwoolf on January 24, 2014, at 13:51:43

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Poet on January 24, 2014, at 13:28:00

Dear Poet, I'm so glad you will be coming. I remember your name and quite a few things about you from years ago when Babble was about all that kept me alive.

It will be wonderful to meet a fellow babbler at last.

My flight is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at about 12.00

Looking forward to meeting you and Dr Bob then.

Best

vwoolf

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by vwoolf on February 5, 2014, at 1:36:27

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February Poet, posted by vwoolf on January 24, 2014, at 13:51:43

Ok, my trip is confirmed. Are we still on? I hope so.

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 6, 2014, at 2:30:20

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 5, 2014, at 1:36:27

> Ok, my trip is confirmed. Are we still on? I hope so.

I'm still on! Mon. morning, too, or just Sun. afternoon?

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February vwoolf

Posted by Poet on February 6, 2014, at 17:58:56

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 5, 2014, at 1:36:27

I'm still on for Sun. afternoon.

Poet

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 7, 2014, at 17:03:10

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on February 6, 2014, at 2:30:20

> Mon. morning, too, or just Sun. afternoon?

Maybe the more relevant question is, Sun. evening, too, or just Sun. afternoon?

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Poet on February 8, 2014, at 17:23:17

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on February 7, 2014, at 17:03:10

Sunday afternoon and (early) evening would work for me.

Poet

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by vwoolf on February 9, 2014, at 4:37:54

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Poet on February 8, 2014, at 17:23:17

Sorry I haven't been getting back to you, but there is a new complication. I have been invited to speak at a university on the west coast and am having to reschedule my travel plans to try and include that as well as Chicago and my conference. I'll be in touch in the next day or so as soon as things firm up.

Apologies for the uncertainty. V

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 9, 2014, at 23:29:35

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 9, 2014, at 4:37:54

> I have been invited to speak at a university on the west coast

It's great you're in such high demand! Do please keep us posted,

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by vwoolf on February 10, 2014, at 0:03:23

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on February 9, 2014, at 23:29:35

It's called "living in the fast lane".

The thing is, having come so far (physically and metaphorically), I'm trying to do as much as I can with the little time I have.

The trouble is, I'm feeling exhausted already, and I haven't even left home yet.

Sigh.

V

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 11, 2014, at 12:34:12

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 10, 2014, at 0:03:23

> It's called "living in the fast lane".
>
> The thing is, having come so far (physically and metaphorically), I'm trying to do as much as I can with the little time I have.
>
> The trouble is, I'm feeling exhausted already, and I haven't even left home yet.

The fast lane has pros and cons. Maybe it's time to shift gears?

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by vwoolf on February 11, 2014, at 12:48:02

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on February 11, 2014, at 12:34:12


> The fast lane has pros and cons. Maybe it's time to shift gears?
>
> Bob

That's exactly what I've done. I've double declutched and moved into second gear.

I decided that the west coast is just too far (I hadn't realised it's almost the same distance as between Cape Town and Cairo). So I'm not going. I'll spend a night in Chicago and a couple in New York and then home, and that will be the end of my trip. It will be quite exhausting enough.

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 12, 2014, at 22:35:53

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 11, 2014, at 12:48:02

> I decided that the west coast is just too far (I hadn't realised it's almost the same distance as between Cape Town and Cairo). So I'm not going. I'll spend a night in Chicago and a couple in New York and then home, and that will be the end of my trip. It will be quite exhausting enough.

I'm glad we'll have more time together -- and you won't be as exhausted. Plus we have more options if we don't need to stick close to the airport.

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Dr. Bob on February 24, 2014, at 2:00:13

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on February 12, 2014, at 22:35:53

> I'm glad we'll have more time together -- and you won't be as exhausted. Plus we have more options if we don't need to stick close to the airport.

What fun to get together and celebrate your and Poet's accomplishments!

Bob

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Poet on February 24, 2014, at 16:04:27

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Dr. Bob on February 24, 2014, at 2:00:13

It was fun and the company was interesting. Dinner was great and look at the photo- I allowed VWoolf to actually hug me and vice versa. Me on the left with the hat.

Poet

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by vwoolf on February 25, 2014, at 10:40:42

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Poet on February 24, 2014, at 16:04:27

I just have a few minutes before my long flight back, and wanted to say how much I enjoyed our reunion. It felt like meeting old friends; warm and comfortable and kind. And also a lot of fun, with lots of interesting ideas. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity. Thank you.

I feel sure we will meet again.

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by vwoolf on February 27, 2014, at 5:20:05

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 25, 2014, at 10:40:42

Home at last. Very tired and jet-lagged and suffering from severe climate maladjustment (after the snow and ice of Chicago, I have just been for a swim in the Indian Ocean), but happy that my trip and the reunion went so well. Thank you again.

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by Poet on February 27, 2014, at 10:04:04

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by vwoolf on February 27, 2014, at 5:20:05

We could have all skated on Lake Michigan. I'm so glad you're back home where it's warm, I envy your swim in the ocean. It was wonderful to finally meet you and it really was a great reunion. Thanks for making the journey to the freezing zone.

Poet

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February

Posted by alexandra_k on March 3, 2014, at 2:13:56

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by Poet on February 27, 2014, at 10:04:04

glad to hear it went well. i suppose i feel ambivalent about babble meets... but i do feel a little sad that i don't get to go. i was a lot sad to have missed the one in australia (years back) but my supervisor went and nominated that whole weekend for our annual workshop and there was no way i could miss that and live to tell the tale and there it was...

how was the weather? i guess spring has sprung for y'all...

 

Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February alexandra_k

Posted by Poet on March 6, 2014, at 20:46:24

In reply to Re: reunion in Chicago on 23rd February, posted by alexandra_k on March 3, 2014, at 2:13:56

Not even close to Spring weather yet. Lake Michigan was frozen. Bob's new photo is of ice on either the lake or the beach. I felt so bad for VWoolf who is far from used to cold weather.

It was a small, but nice gathering despite the weather we walked along the frozen beach and I wish more people could have come.

I'm sorry you missed the one in Australia, who knows maybe they'll be one in NZ some day.

Poet


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