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Tallahassee Area Mensa a local chapter of the High IQ Society, American Mensa. The Tallahassee area serves Florida from the Apalachicola River east through Taylor County including part of Madison County and even a bit of Dixie County. Our area is also the only area in all of Florida, Region 10 of American Mensa, to include a portion of Georgia. For a full view of the area we cover, visit our map.

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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

Welcome to July! The Executive Committee has decided to dip our toes into the world of virtual meetings. This month, we are going to begin with a virtual dinner on our usual monthly dinner gathering night - the third Wednesday of the month. So on July 15, at 6:30 p.m., we will gather together virtually for a meal. You can order something for delivery from your restaurant of choice, you can pick something up, you can make your own meal - the choice is entirely yours. At 6:30 we will join a Zoom meeting and we will get to see each other's faces and enjoy our meal together, while conversing and laughing and maintaining physical distance. Our own Doug Klotter will be setting it up for us and providing the link for the meeting. Watch for an email with more details as to how to get the link.

There are some groups around the country that are holding a LOT of virtual meetings and some are opening them up to all members of Mensa even if they are not part of their local group. National has been talking about putting together a calendar of virtual events that are open to everyone, but I don't believe it has been completed yet. There has been a lot of discussion about it on the Mensa Connect site. So if you are interested in participating in some other virtual gatherings, discussions, speakers, etc., you may want to check out what is available out there.

With the bedroom construction finally happening, life at home has been very disrupted. I have my king size bed in the middle of the living room and the bedroom is completely blocked off from the rest of the house while the work is being done. It is very much like living in a small, ridiculously crowded, efficiency apartment. It has been an adjustment for the critters as well, their normal routines and sleeping spots have been completely disrupted. But things should return to normal as July progresses.

I had an adventure this week that resulted in a delay in getting this newsletter out. I was mowing in the evening after a very hot day and was attacked by a swarm of bees. I turned the mower off and raced into the house with the bees in hot pursuit. I ran into the demolished bedroom and jumped, fully clothed, into the shower. After I got the bees off of me, I changed into dry clothes and drove to the TMH Urgent Care - the only walk-in that was still open. It was a bit of a scary drive as I had no idea how my body would react to all these stings. Naturally I had to go through the Covid checks before I was allowed in, but she could see the stings all over me. They got me in quickly and the woman who came in to deal with the stings pulled 2 more dead bees out of my hair and one that was still alive (that freaked her out). She pulled out 15 stingers, that is in addition to the 5 I had pulled out at home and the 3 I pulled out in the car on the drive in. So I got about 2 dozen stings. They shot me full of drugs and sent in a prescription I could not get until the pharmacy opened the next day before I was released. My first order of business was to find some chewing tobacco, which I finally did (the clerk was insistent that I tell her what flavor I wanted even though I said it was for bee stings and flavor was immaterial). Putting the tobacco on stings on the back of my neck was tricky, but I managed to get it on several. I can tell which ones did, and which ones did not, get the tobacco treatment, the ones that didn't remain much more painful. I was pretty useless for the next couple of days, between the pain and the drugs I couldn't do much. So if you find anything in this issue that makes no sense, blame the bees.

The mower is where I left it. I have not been brave enough to go crank it up again, but I have gotten it covered. I will be calling beekeepers this week to see if anyone can relocate them. If not, their fate is sealed.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!


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