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Finally getting a chance to stop by :-)

Aunt Dora Baggins
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Nov 10 2012, 7:55pm


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Yesterday I was grading calculus exams, and determined not to take any home with me over the weekend, so I "fell into a vortex" (as Jo March would say). Luckily, my students did pretty well, which makes the grading go faster, so I was done by 6 (I get to work at 7:30 in the morning.) I was pretty proud of myself grading an exam and five sets of homework papers all in one day.

This morning was writers' group, and this afternoon I was supposed to go to a memorial service for a family friend, the man who was in the car with my folks during the Big Thompson flood. But the service was in the mountains, and the forecast was for snow, and I let my dad decide, since the man was mostly his friend, and he decided we shouldn't go, so we didn't. I'm following the webcam at the place where the service is, and trying to decide if we chose well. I think we did, but I'm still not sure.

Looking back over the last 11 years, there are too many memories of TORn to mention. One of my favorites was the first time I met any TORn folk in person. A woman I haven't seen here over the past decade, poppyroper, had an Oscars party at her house in the spring of 2002, and several of us got together. I met Altaira in the driveway as we were going in, and felt an instant rapport. We knew we were in the right place when we saw the sign on the door: "No admittance except on party business." It was the first time I had ever met people from the Internet in person, kind of scary but it turned out so great.

And then a few weeks later we went to see FotR in the theater together, nine of us. We laughed at totally inappropriate places, much to the annoyance of the audience. Like when the horse says "Hi,' and when Gandalf says "I'm known in these parts as a disturber of the peace" and someone whispered "And a pervy hobbit-fancier'.

Then there was the time our school showed RotK on the wall of a building, and Altaira came up to see it with me, and there was a raffle to see who got to sit on a couch instead of on the grass, and she won, so we had great seats. As Aragorn drew Anduril from its scabbard the first time, a meteor streaked across the sky.

I never went to any line parties or cons or anything big, but I've sure enjoyed the "mini-moots' with Altaira and BG and Rosie-lass and Arandiel and Inferno and Greendragon and L.Ron and Lily Fairbairn and GAndyalf and other great sibbies.

The best surprise was when I ran into Ethel Duath on the flank of Longs Peak. She was out for a vacation and we had met at a restaurant the night before, but we didn't know we were both hiking on the same trail or that we would run into each other. And there we were at 11,500 feet on Mills Moraine.

I'm also thinking of the wonderful support I got from TORn folks when I had major surgery in 2004. It was routine, but not for me, and I was pretty scared. I printed out a hard copy of all the well wishes from TORn and took it with me to the hospital, and I think it helped with my swift recovery.

And I'm thinking of the time one of us passed to the West, and someone had the idea that at the same time we should all stand for a moment of silence and look west and think of her. I was in a meeting, so I couldn't stand, but I closed my eyes and thought of all the TORnsibs all over the world who were together in spirit at that moment, and it was very powerful. We really have something amazing here.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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