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December 5th, 2006


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10:58 am - Traveling, dinner, and adding in more training to ADF
"Gods do not, generally, have a lot to say, but what they do say is worth listening to."
     -Phil Hine, Pseudonomicon
Last night's Feast of Saint Barbara went well: I managed not only to cook enough food for everyone but also to do it in a timely manner. Tina, Maggie, tesinth, and singingwren all joined me for dinner, and I think I managed to get enough things that people liked that everyone ate their fill.

Of course, I cooked things I can't pronounce (or spell), but that's what makes it an adventure.

It appears that the ADF Initiate Program will be up and running in the very near future. . . I'm excited to see how this program is received by the general membership. We'll have a bare-bones study guide up and available as well as all the courses. It's just pending a confirmation of approval from the ADF Council of Lore.

Oh, and Greece. . . I have my itinerary set (April 6-14, 2007), I just have to make sure it happens right in my office. . . There's some conflicting vacation to work out between myself and a co-worker, but I don't think it's major. Then I need to find a cheap flight. . . At the moment, things aren't looking too promising on that front.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Kick It In Second Wind", -JB

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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. You should come along :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Day 1: Eleusis
Day 2: Perachora/Perahora, Corinth, & Methena
Day 3: Delphi
Day 4: Athens
Day 5: Brauron, Sounio, Rhamnous, and possibly Marathon (if there is time)

Just some major points.

Oh, and the current plan is to hike up Olympus.
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Haha, the schedule has changed a bit-- just because of Easter Sunday being that week. We're also going to Dion, which is a great place.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Oops. Ah, well. Schedules are scheduled so that you can pretend to be on schedule when you really have no idea what the schedule is.
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Exactly!

I am finding conflicting information about climbing Olympus. Half the places say April is ok for climbing (not great, but ok), and half say you should only start in June. Gah. More research is required! And probably an ice pick.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. . . I wonder if I can find a way to take that on the plane. . .
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Check it. ;D
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I thought of that, but then, it'd be cooler to take as carry on.
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
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With your whip.
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From:singingwren
Date:December 5th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
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How do you get your itinerary set? I've got a whole summer in Europe and I've not gone one definitive place I am going or even a vague order!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
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It wasn't difficult. I mean, I said, "I want to go to X" and worked out a plan to get there.

It doesn't hurt that mazisexton and ferrelux did a lot of the legwork. At this point, all I have to do is show up in Litochoro on April 6.
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Yay! And a good time was had by all. :D

I am still trying to figure out Olympus, I have to call some people to see if we'll have somewhere to sleep when we climb it or what. Now, if my sciatica gets worse I am not sure how well I will be able to climb, but we'll work it all out somehow.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
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*nods* I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to make the train connections from Athens to Litochoro on my own, not speaking Greek at all, but I'm fairly confident that I can make it. I mean, I know to carry a Greek phrasebook this time around :)

I don't think that my ability to quote:

Go tell the Spartans, thou that passest by,
That here, obedient to their laws, we lie.


in Greek will get me directions.
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
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There are train connections from Athens to Litochoro you have ot make on your own? I'm meeting you at the airport silly. We're going up together. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
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*does a little monkey dance, a rehearsal for meeting you at the terminal*

Oooh. I wasn't worried about not making it, I admit. I have a tendency to believe it'll all work out.

But I won't mind at all not having to make those connections on my own :)
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
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The monkey dance of doooooom!

I don't know how we're getting there yet. There is a train from Athens to outside Litochoro, and then a bus from that station into town. I just do not know a.) the times or b.) how to get to the proper Athens station from the airport.

But yes, it'll all work out. If not, I speak Greek. And by I speak Greek I mean I don't know a single word.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Maybe we'll just have to try and navigate by trying out combinations of phrases in the phrasebook and various historical phrases I have memorized in Greek and seeing where those take us?

Imagine me with my phrasebook, asking people (in Greek)

"Excuse me. . . a wall of wood alone shall be uncaptured, a boon to you and your children."

"How much is a cheeseburger, and in exchange, must all through the whole Laconian country mourn for the loss of a king, descendant of great Heracles."

"We require a room for the night, also the dragon, earthborn, in craftiness coming behind thee."
From:snakesinspace
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
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I think this is one of your best ideas ever, it belongs in the top ten. It needs to be done.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Then it shall. Most certainly, for black blood drips from the highest rooftops.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
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You're presuming I can manage to pronounce it correctly :)
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From:elvengeek
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)

Initiate Program

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I suppose this will all be announced when it's finalized but- what is the difference between this "Initiate Program" and the GSP, and so forth? Or is this a revision of an earlier training program?
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)

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It will be announced pretty soon, I imagine (I should probably check to see if I'm supposed to write the announcement for it or not, now that I think about it).

The IP is a more. . . skill-set focused program. All the coursework *can* count toward clergy training, but it won't necessarily lead there. It focuses a lot on individual skill in things like magic (practical use), divination (again, practicum) and trance (very much practicum), where the GSP 1 doesn't really focus on that sort of stuff.

It's more experiential, though you'll still get a good chunk of academics (this is, after all, ADF). :)

I think I'd have to complete three or four courses at this point to pass it, and they're not easy ones. It's a higher level of difficulty than either the DP or GSP 1, mostly stemming from the fact that it's a movement into working more intimately with a lot of things: the Kindred, your Patrons, and trance and magic in general.
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From:igsaisbdedicant
Date:December 5th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Initiate Program

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This may get confusing, don't you think?
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 5th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Initiate Program

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*nods* We're working on ways to keep such confusion down.

However, the more I look at it, the more I see the varied programs as advantages, rather than sources of confusion.

Unlike, say, OBOD or AODA or any of the other training programs I've seen out there, ADF doesn't stick you with a "one size fits all" program of study. We're actively trying to play to the strengths of our members and help them develop along a line similar to what they thing they should go down.
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From:igsaisbdedicant
Date:December 5th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)

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Based on the admittedly summary description you gave, I can't help but wonder if this isn't duplicating some of the guild study programs.

I'll await the announcement for further information.

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From:chronarchy
Date:December 7th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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I will see what I can do. . .

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