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The Backstory

I was tearing down a copy of an obscure Victorian book on Edinburgh history yesterday, prepatory to rebinding it. Like most books of its period, it had a spine lining of recycled paper. It was not, mercifully, newspaper (which disintegrates rapidly, destroying the book along with it), but rather a piece of writing paper. Unfolding it, I found an inscription in a copperplate hand. The paper crumbled as I handled it, and not all of the passage was legible, but I have reproduced the text below. The prose style makes me think it is a copy or translation of an earlier passage.

be.  On certain days, a spirit of Banquo walketh abroad.
Summon'd by the brethren of Omnia Secunda, it joineth se-
lected parties as they sup.  On not all days may it be
found, for once it is exhausted it must needs rest before
appearing again.  It needeth a full moon's cycle after the
Feast of Love, and sleepeth the first three days of every
week.  Afore the Feast of Fools it takeeth a week to hus-
band its might, and in the height of Summer doth it dev-

I'm game for an adventure.

I propose, fellow Scotnoders, that we summon this spirit of Banquo. The only dates we can be sure of are coming right up. If it needs a full month after the Feast of Love, then there's no point trying before March 15. We need to meet on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, since the spirit sleeps for the first three days of the week. And our window of opportunity closes a week before April Fool's.

By stunning coincidence, this precisely covers the dates of SEF's planned visit to Edinburgh. (Who would have thought it?) It even happens to match up to my working week. (Gosh!) So the plan is this:

SEF, the EasterBunny and I will find a table in The Elephant House on George IV Bridge at or about 3 in the afternoon. As a party of three noders, we will declare a quorum and start the meet. If no one else comes, we'll just sit and chat. If anyone else comes, we'll, erm, sit and chat. Then, at some later time (probably determined by the toddler), the three of us will send everyone else to the pub.

The Date

The votes are in. The date is Friday, March 21. The runner-up's concession speech was not broadcast.

The Place

Current front-runner is The Elephant House on George IV Bridge. Still open to negotiation. It has to have the following characteristics:

  • It's got to allow children, at least during the day.
  • It must have a capuccino machine, because I'm a latte addict.
  • It should be relatively cheap.
  • It should be fairly central

The People

  • call, who has seen things he can't explain
  • TallRoo has always wondered
  • fuzzie will try anything once
  • Oolong will try anything twice, because you can't trust first impressions
  • 409 may bring a ouija board

  • Gorgonzola, who says it's all bunkum
  • ascorbic has to clean out a sock drawer
  • Nenneth, who may try televiewing from out of the country
  • Catchpole had a message from the Other Side not to come
  • SpudTater has already met Banquo
  • will is forced to work with a skeptic who debunks all his theories.
  • wertperch's aura scares spirits away.
  • Imprecation thinks anything is possible, and therefore that anything is impossible, and gets lost in thought

The Inevitable Bedroom Scene

Unfortunately, the evilrooster coop is not available for noders to stay over. Between the toddler and SEF, it is full up.

Any Edinburgh noders able to help out? /msg me if you can.

Update 6/5/2003: Nodermeet pictures are available at http://www.sunpig.com/abi/spirit.htm

Mama, Peppa and Mark took me to a place full of effants, and I fell in love.

  • I love Gritchka, because of all the words he knows. Maybe one day I'll know as many as that.
  • I love Oolong, with his long hair and quiet voice.
  • I love diotina, who let me use her camera. I hope she likes the pictures of my feet.
  • I love Imprecation, who surprised Mama by coming without telling her. Why do I love him? Well, red is my favourite colour!
  • I love nine9 because he does what I tell him to, and because, well, just because.
  • I love Tiefling, because he gets so enthusiastic about things.
  • I love lagrange, because he has a phone and knows how to use it.
  • I love SEF, because she's my grandma. She gives me ginger snaps for breakfast and indulges my every whim.
  • I love evilrooster. She's my Mama, and I can't help myself.

It was a wonderful time, but it tired me out. I was glad when Dada came and took me home. But even a full night of sleep wasn't enough. When we were going to meet up the next day, I got too excited. I started to cry, and just couldn't stop. Mama had to take me home.

I'm sorry about that, because I would have liked to go to the castle with everyone. But I still love them.

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