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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!

I am always entertained by the tug-of-war the seasons exhibit as we move from one season to another. As fall is wresting control away from summer, we have had the fun of needing the air conditioning on Wednesday and the heat by Saturday. My siblings in Michigan have already gotten snow and are settling in for months of snow and ice and serious cold. I'll take our version of winter over the Michigan one!

The property in Chipley has not yet closed. It is beyond me why things are taking so long, and I am eager to have it finally resolved. Since we cannot travel with this pending-closing hanging over us, I have been working on going through my filing cabinets and my library of books. I have been shredding and recycling papers that have been in those file drawers for decades! Some go all the way back to when I first moved to Florida in 1979! I also purged a lot of old work files dating all the way back to the mid-80s. So many of those papers do not bring happy memories, so it feels really good to let a lot of those old things go! On the library front, I have a ton of books, and there are MANY books I love and would never choose to let go. But there are also books I know I will never read, and they are just taking up space on the shelves. As a result, the Goodwill donation center is receiving a lot of great books that I hope will find their way to people who will enjoy them and give them good homes.

Reminder - we are still in our election cycle. Please use the ballot that was included in the October newsletter, or send an email to Don Swaby with your membership number in the subject line and your votes in the body of the email. I realize some people see this as an unnecessary process, but it really is important for the group and keeps us in compliance with our bylaws.

Ray and I recently re-joined the Challenger Center which comes with a variety of perks, including some free movies. We decided to go see the 3D IMAX movie of the blue whales. We arrived to find the lobby filled to overflowing with little kids and their adult chaperones. They were all there on a school field trip to see a movie too. It turned out the blue whale movie had been switched and they were showing Under the Sea in that time slot - which was what the kids were there to see. We opted to go in anyway. The kids were remarkably well behaved, and the chaperones did a great job of keeping the kids quiet and in their seats. The movie began and it turned out to be the blue whale movie after all! I was delighted!!

After the movie, out of curiosity, I went to the desk to make sure the Under the Sea movie was a different movie than we had just seen. They did not even realize the Blue Whale movie had run and not the Under the Sea one. She was concerned I was upset and complaining and I assured her I was, in fact, very pleased because that was the movie I had wanted to see in the first place. I am curious though if the school complained as it was not the movie they had wanted the kids to see. We also went to the Planetarium there recently to see Beautifica. It is a sensory treat, beautiful music and great visuals over your head on the dome. It is not a regular event but worth seeing when it comes around.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you gather with those you love!


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