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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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November 15th, 2004

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05:41 pm - PSA, an observation, and my other life away from the woman and kids. . .
Sound strange? it is.

Over the past few years, I've spent a lot of time working with the Pagan Student Association. It's kinda been the place I go that swallows up some of my time, where real life becomes something of an amusing soap opera and fluff and insanity mix to form a beautful hodge-podge sometimes worthy of the Principia.

It's given me so many things over the years. It somehow created a vortex of fate that sucked me into a life with Tina, it gave me great friends that I've never forgotten, and it's earned me the best quote in a newspaper ever.

Swing by my PSA page some of the finer things I've written for 'em.

This morning, I decided that I had a few things to give back.

More to come. Need to talk some things over with Brian first, and I might be contacting autumnfey, wishesofastar, rfunk and nontacitare in the very near future.
Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
Current Music: "Manana", -JB

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[User Picture]
Date:November 15th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)
Sheep lactating! *g*
Date:November 15th, 2004 03:02 pm (UTC)
<3 Sheep Lactation!

And, know that your PSA-ness is much appreciated by me. It means a lot that you've kept up your involvement.
[User Picture]
Date:November 15th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
*Picks herself up off the floor and wipes away a tear*

That is the best quote EVER!!!!!

Now all the other people in the computer lab are looking at me like I'm crazy.
[User Picture]
Date:November 15th, 2004 06:54 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't think I ever asked you a question in response to that one LJ prompt. So I'll ask it now:

What exact facial expressions did you and your interviewer have when that exchange occurred?

I would love to be able to visualize this scenario to enjoy it more thoroughly. I mean, I can think of several amusing ones, but you gotta share. Was it like this:

Mike: "We celebrate sheep lactating." *stares hard into interviewer's eyes*
Interviewer: *caught up in writing, but suddenly realizes what has just been said and looks up quickly. Interviewer is caught in the stare and feels extremely awkward. Stare continues.* Er...?
Mike: Do you know about lactation? *stares*
Interviewer: *awkward noise...* Ah, when the sheep make milk and...
Mike: That's not what I mean. *stares*
Interviewer: Thank you, that will be all. *runs away, deciding not to transcribe this quote*

... Or was it more like this?

Mike: We celebrate things like harvests, and solstices, and equinoxes, and... most sacred of all... sheep lactating. *falls to the ground with a strange and emphatic hand gesture, as of someone milking an animal. Does this for several minutes with eyes closed and expression of ecstacy as the interviewer stares in horror, but then abruptly stands up with straight face, being normal.*
Interviewer: *after a pause* That's very interesting. What can you tell me about the significance of sheep lacta--
*Mike immediately falls to the ground and does gesture as soon as the words are said, forcing the interviewer to wait. This continues until the interviewer realizes never to use the words "sheep" and "lactation" in the same sentence.*

Haha, I'm sure I could make up scenarious with this for hours, but the real deal has got to be the most fun.

Date:November 15th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
You are really rather strange.


I love it. :-p
[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
autumnfey and I were sitting across from Christy, the reporter. She was a cute blonde (the reporter, not autumnfey, who is a cute brunette), and we were just running through questions. autumnfey was handling most of the questions, as she was the PSA Co-Chair, and I was just chiming in occasionally.

Finally, she asked me a pointed question, and said, "So what kind of holidays do you guys have?"

As I recall, I started talking about the 8 High Days, and then summed them up in the rather succinct manner, "We celebrate things such as harvestings, plantings, and," (here I paused, searching for something else to make three, and I thought of a comment nontacitare had made the week before, where we had talked about the significance of Imbolc, and ran with that) "sheep lactating."

Maybe it sounded like a dramatic pause when I stopped to think, but I smiled as I said it. She dutifully looked up from her notes to make sure I was finished, and moved onto the next question.

I imagine that autumnfey was looking at me with a rather incredulous (or perhaps angry) expression, but I don't remember.

After a few more questions, the interview was over. Next thing I know, I pick up the paper.

That little quote got us the best milage out of any quote ever, though. I had people I hadn't heard from in years emailing me to tell me that it "wins the prize for the best Lanter quote ever!" My Classics 222 (Classical Mythology) professor announced our group to the 700-person class, saying, "We apparently have a Pagan Student Association here, and apparently they celebrate things like sheep lactation."

Later that year, I received a book from someone on the OSU Fencing Team, "Raising Milk Goats for Fun and Profit". It sits on my shelf where the other books I often reference sit, to remind me of what the hell I said, and why PSA tries to keep me away from the press.
[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
You know, I think I wasn't surprised to hear you say it, I was definitely more surprised to see it printed.
[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC)
Well, it had been a major topic of conversation for the previous couple o' weeks for some reason. It came up in at least three meetings prior to that interview.

Strange as it may have been :)
[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
My greatest contribution to the American NeoPagan community...
[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
Could be worse. I know some Neo-Pagans whose greatest contribution is their ego.

[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 06:50 am (UTC)

Well of course we do!

Now that I think about it, Pagans serve a crucial role. If we weren't out there celebrating sheep lactation, just how many others would?

On a separate note, I do believe the writer of that article should receive an award for most uses of the word "said" in a noncreative manner.
[User Picture]
Date:November 16th, 2004 07:03 am (UTC)

You know you're a hardcore pagan when...

... you don't blink an eye over comments about lactating sheep. I followed the link to your article, read through it, and scratched my head wondering what quote was so odd. Had to read the comments before I figured it out.

Celebrating sheep lactation... um, doesn't everyone do that? Er, oh. Guess not. [sheepish grin]

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