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How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:09 pm
by Valerius Claudius Iohanes
Salvete, Sodales Sociique -

Pridie Idus Quintilibus adsumus. From the calendar, "... I pray to You, Apollo, inventor of music and of all the healing arts, come to my aid and this undertaking, bless it with Your laurel." (Ovid Remedia Amoris 75-76) The day is Comitialis: Comitia yes, Courts yes.

The Fora are mostly empty, but the Sun (Sol iam Invictus) shines brightly this Summer.

I also pray to you, Apollo, that your Immortal Spirit come preside over our gathering, that you invest us again with your broad, inventive, Summery spirit.

The toils and coils turn and twine amid the Furor Vitae, but for me it remains that from this a Living Peace should be drawn (ex qua mihi Pax Vivens extrahenda manet).

Vos voco, Sodales - Aestas adest. It's Summer; voices should be heard in the Fora.

Optime valete.

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:30 am
by Annia Minucia Marcella
I've moved to Louisiana and I'm currently looking for work. In the mean time I've been trying to do a little exercise, some yoga, and getting some sewing projects done.

I've also been playing Rome Total War, hehe!

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 1:18 am
by Valerius Claudius Iohanes
Salve, Annia Minucia -

So how are things in Louisiana for you then? Did you just pick up and go, and start looking for work? Or did you have friends down there to stay with? Just curious; my days of "picking up and going" are pretty much behind me, at my age - it's my kids' turn now.

I have not gotten back to Rome Total War for weeks. (I fear I'm really not much of a gamer.) And, of course, when I was playing, I was still in tutorial stage, really. Maybe I can get my sorry self into training again tonight; I have an Empire to defend! (I started with the Barbarian invasion stage.)

Bene vale.

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:02 am
by Annia Minucia Marcella
I'm still doing tutorial stage as well. Just to get used to it.

LA sucks. It's too hot, too humid, not enough starbucks, the internet connnection sucks, the car insurance is twice as expensive as it was in MA. I can't wait to get out of here. This situation is temporary, hopefully.

The Wolf Howls

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:19 am
by Aldus Marius
Salvete, amici Romani...

In late April I got offlined for a week by a corrupted network adapter. I came back to people saying that we were too P.C., that the magistrates were harrassing/being harrassed by Formosus...people editing, people deleting, people being profane, people being banned...and then the same Formosus, who I had considered a friend, vandalising the Forum on his way out.

Earlier that month we somehow managed to convince a distinguished visitor and old friend of mine, Ursus from UNRV, that we were just another Roman forum after all, and one not very far removed from Nova Roma either.

Oh, and Scerio/Poplicola, to whom I owed a renaissance of my Romanitas a few years ago, saw fit to shake our dust off his caligae too. Apparently we weren't Nova Roman-*enough* for him.

And then the Board died.

How do you think I'm doing??

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:15 pm
by Valerius Claudius Iohanes
Salve, Marii -

Yes, Marii - sorry about all the drama. But that's why I started this thread - to see where we are after the whole Poplicola-Formosus mess. I decided that the cloud had passed, that all that is over, that misfires and misfortune ( :roll: ) are not the whole story here.

So I'm glad to hear from you, at least. :)

Per minora adversa atque ardua, valeamus.

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:48 pm
by Annia Minucia Marcella
Who's Formosus?

And if that's all the drama you've had these past months then you're doing 20 times better than NR. You should feel good about yourself. >({|:-)

A Question of Scale

PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:49 am
by Aldus Marius
Salvete ambobus...

Na, we don't have one-ten-thousandth the shenanigans that they do over there. (An old-timer once said in the Comitia that we're so civil, we're boring.) But that we could be compared with NR at all in some other way than by stark contrast--that we could even have an uproar to compete with theirs--makes a bad joke of our origins, our heritage and our mission. What origins, what heritage, what mission? --Nobody seems to know anymore, and few of us even try to teach them. The sense of societal cohesion we had here, even as recently as last year when so many of you saw me through the Cub crisis, has seemingly vanished.

In 2008, for the Feriae Latinae gathering in Austin, NR officialdom was a big fat no-show. Why? --Because "the Roman Republic Reborn" had had another one of its periodic nervous breakdowns, this time featuring two close friends of mine who got on opposite sides of an issue there. One cancelled out when he learned that the other one was coming. Turned out the other one couldn't make it either. For most other prospective attendees, there was not enough time to plan...because we held back the announcement until the Pontifices could officially announce the dates for the Feriae. We broke away from Nova Roma eight years ago (nobody noticed the anniversary this year)...and we are still being affected by the general bullshittiness of the place.

On the plus side, we've gotten a lot of fine, friendly and active Sodales from within their ranks. Okay, so one or two of us have been sucked into the abyss, perhaps in exchange. Even so, the NR ex-patriates here will probably be the ones who save my sense of purpose and what's left of my morale.

In fide...

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:32 am
by Annia Minucia Marcella
btw, I'm in Louisiana now, so is there a way to change it on the member's list?

Are there any other folk in LA, or nearby(I'm near Shreveport)? From the member's list there isn't any, but I don't know how long ago it's been updated.


PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:12 am
by Aldus Marius
Salve iterum, amica,

> btw, I'm in Louisiana now, so is there a way to change it on the member's list?

Done. Will this be a temporary or a permanent thing?

I update the Album Sodalium when we get a new member; when a member notifies me that their info (Roman name, residence) has changed; and when someone receives an honor, such as being elected or appointed to an office or being granted Equestrian or Patrician rank. New members have to show up on the Board before I will add them to the Album. Before today, I last updated it in late May. All members are encouraged to check the Album to make sure their listing is correct and up-to-date.

[Heia, I even got to update the Member Atlas!] >({|:-)

In fide,

Re: How HAVE We All Been Doing?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:41 am
by Annia Minucia Marcella
It's temporary. I might be headed to Virginia.