Como Zoo’s Wine Event, Bouquets is Next Week

Last year, the last in-person thing I did was volunteer at the winter fundraiser, Bouquets.  It's an event full of good food and drink, beautiful warmth and scenery in the middle of winter.  Normally the ticket sales are limited by the size of the Conservatory, but not this year.

Visit comofriends.org/events/bouquets/ to see all the options, from a free-will donation Live presentation at 7PM, to a few tastier box with wine, beer, and food samples.  Lynne and I will be there in spirit(s), consider joining us. Tickets are available online, and all proceeds benefit Como Friends, the charitable arm of the Como Zoo and Conservatory to fund educational programs and Zoo improvements.

Slainte Mhath!

-Phill

How would you have done in the Scavenger Hunt?

We held the first online Scavenger Hunt after the last Nokomis meeting.  There were 20 clues or questions in the 30 minute hunt;  if you knew the answer you got points; if you brought the answer to the screen you got even more points.  How would you have done?

Here's the clues. Some are Trek related, some are not.

  1. What is yours but is always used by others more than by you?
  2. Some take me in the morning, some at night. But when I'm taken I don't go anywhere.
  3. I have eyes but cannot see. With great power comes my great responsibility.
  4. The more I dry, the wetter I become
  5. Just one of me you can have not, because if you have one you have a lot.
  6. What starts with a T, ends in a T, and is full of it?
  7. What has teeth but cannot eat?
  8. I make something black and blue, and Red all over? Who am I?
  9. King or Queen I may not be,  but your measure is what I see
  10. I rise to the occasion when put on the spot, you'll know who I am and who I am not. Who am I?
  11. I have ring, but I have no finger.
  12. I am full of holes but still hold water.
  13. One sheet, two sheet, three sheet, four - some use less, some use more
  14. I have a face but never frown, I have hands but do not wave. I answer one question with many different answers.
  15. I have not flesh, feather, or bone, yet I have fingers and thumbs of my own
  16. Forward I am heavy, backward I am not.
  17. I can be held in your left hand but not your right. You give a thumbs up when you get this one.
  18. Sometimes I'm portable, sometimes I ain't. When interacting with mice I am called quaint.
  19. I appear ones in every minute, twice in every moment, not once in a thousand years?
  20. I cannot be burned in a fire nor drowned in water.  I'm an enemy of one and friend to the other.

I'll post the answers in next week's newsletter.  Good Luck!

PayPal and Venmo and Post (Oh Myyyy!)

Now there are more and more options for paying for things these days, and we're doing our best to allow as many as we can.    Log in to the web page for details about each.

  • Cash is classic, checks are just as good.  You can hand them over or mail them in.  Address information is visible when you log in.
  • PayPal started as a payment clearing house for buying things on the Internet, like stuff on Ebay.  You can use your PayPal account if you have one.
  • PayPal is also our clearing house for credit cards.  They've branched out now to being more of a full service merchant service, so they take credit cards, bank transfers, and a host of other services.
  • Venmo is strictly person to person, using mobile device apps to keep it simple and well-protected.  You'll need to have a Venmo account of your own to send money to us that way.

The Nokomis is set to use all of these.  Log in to see our contact info.

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A New Year, a few New Spins

With the start of a New Year, let's try some new ways to do some traditional after-meeting events.  Here's two that are coming almost right away.

Scavenger Hunt - We've done a few of them, hunting around the Mall of America for the answers to cryptic clues.  In January we'll spin it just a little differently.  After the regular business meeting, I'll send you all an email with the clues, and the answers should be something you have at home. Don't worry, we're not gonna make you take a picture with a mannequin (who has that?) but we might ask for a picture of one. We'll keep it to half an hour to find as many things as you can, and we'll do a quick grade online.  Care to try? Come to the January meeting

Beer Tasting Rabble- For 5 years in a row we headed out to new brew places on the road to try new places and new flavors.  We've also brought them together for tasting contest - so here's the spin.  At the February meeting I'll ask for who wants to participate.  We'll need to know how many at that time so we know how many households need beer samples.  Yep, we're gonna do it at home.  Sometime in late February I'll drive around and pick up all the samples and 'obscure' them from view with paint or something.  They'll be numbered so we can all try and grade them at the same time.  Just think: Lots of samples to taste, and no possibility of having too much to drive.  Interested?  Come to the February meeting to find out how it all works.

I expect we'll still be at home in March and just about ready to chew the furniture.  A little distraction might help, and with luck we'll all be together sometime in the summer.

Cheers

Phill Goldman

Next Meeting: One Week Later than you’d Expect

Are you expecting information about a Zoom meeting on the 12th of September?  Well, you'd be the only one there.  We moved the meeting from the 12th to the 19th before we knew bowling would be impossible.  The bowling ended but the move remained.

Be sure to tune in to the September 19th meeting for a few big items

  • The Board proposes a calendar for the upcoming 12-14 months, see what's on it and propose fun stuff if you can!
  • Hear about the Blood Drive and when the next ones might be
  • Did someone say Discovery Season 3?
  • No Bowling
  • Lower Decks and Trek Yet to Come.

More? You bet.  Be sure to mark your tricorders with the right date and time.

We only wish 2020 was hindsight.

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I'm ready to start a new year and put 2020 in the rear view mirror.  Let's start having some fun.  A couple of months ago I'd asked you for ideas we can do online as a group, assuming we still need to meet with some spacing.   Which one of these seem like they might be fun?

  • Online scavenger hunt - fill a list of items from stuff you have right there at home (note: Living in a Target store might be cheating).
  • ZOOM Murder Mystery - everyone has roles to play, hints and info to give.  It uses the best of Zoom to let the group play out the mystery, and breakout rooms for those 'private' conversations.
  • Comedy Shows - there are some great shows online for a fraction of the in-person prices - we pick one and all attend remotely.  I saw one that lets you bring a group that are 'sitting together' in a breakout group at the show.  I attended one with dozens of attendees visible and hundreds on the attendee list.
  • Take a virtual tour of someplace we could never go as a group - The Grand Canyon, Philadephia Museum of Art - let's see what we can find

Got more ideas?  I've seen virtual bowling, watching baseball games as a group - time for some creativity!!!  We'll talk at the next meeting!

Dues Paying Options – PayPal, Cash, Venmo (Oh Myyy!)

It's September, that time of year when we remember how to use some of that once-a-year technology.  Now there are more and more options for paying for things these days, and we're doing our best to allow as many as we can.    Log in to the web page for details about each.

  • Cash is classic, checks are just as good.  You can hand them over or mail them in.  Address information is visible when you log in.
  • PayPal started as a payment clearing house for buying things on the Internet, like stuff on Ebay.  You can use your PayPal account if you have one.
  • PayPal is also our clearing house for credit cards.  They've branched out now to being more of a full service merchant service, so they take credit cards, bank transfers, and a host of other services.
  • Venmo is strictly person to person, using mobile device apps to keep it simple and well-protected.  You'll need to have a Venmo account of your own to send money to us that way.

Log in to see our contact info.

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Movie Night – Outdoor-Safe on August 22nd

star-trek-movie-night-600x520The Backyard Movie Night is coming This Month!

This is one of the few events we can host outdoors and stay safe from the scourge.  Mary's agreed to host a socially spaced event outdoors in front of Storage Bay 3 (the shed) so we can get together at least once in six months.  We'll do the Star Trek movie set starting at 7PM, and host the food using the best party subs Jersey Mike's has (thanks Emma and Harrison).

The event will only take place if the weather is good, there isn't a good option to move indoors if it rains.  We'll make the call on the day before the event.  If we have to cancel due to weather we'll fully refund the money you paid.

With just over a month remaining, it's time to reserve your place at the event and pre-pay.  The link below is for PayPal, or you can send checks to Pam and she'll hold them until the night of the event.  We are looking into Venmo, but we're not quite there yet.

It's been a long time since we went virtual, let's have some in-person fun.

 

Ok, what now ….

That's it, that's the question.  What now. We've been having to cancel way too many fun things and it doesn't seem to let up.

Let's find a new rut to be in.  So, I know we've all asked for new things to do, but what about doing old activities in new ways?  How about an online bowling tournament?  Simultaneous beer tasting?  What about we all go to different movies together? Overnight camp out in each other's living room via Zoom?

I don't know how to do any of these, but I'd bet you do. Let's take this crazy pandemic to the next level.  I don't want it beat us, I want to see how we can re-dig our own rut.

Next meeting, let's take it up higher, schedule something even the pandemic can't cancel.  Starting with the August meeting, let's share your best Limerick.  And the heck with being perfect, just have fun with it.

Lower Decks raise the Fun

The Star Trek franchise enters a Rick and Morty-like universe in the new trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated comedy series heading to CBS All Access this summer.

The show, developed by Rick and Morty vet Mike McMahan, “focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380. Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.”

Unlike every Star Trek series that proceeded it, Lower Decks puts the emphasis on humor, with the cartoon set up as a class comedy between the “bridge crew” — the main focus of every Star Trek series — and the workers in the “lower decks” of the spaceship.

The voice cast for Lower Decks features Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawnn Lewis and Jerry O’Connell. The first episode of Season 1 premieres August 6th, with the remainder of the 10-episode first season to follow every Thursday after that.

Preview?  Here's one.

Thanks to Rolling Stone for the article.