attend Moonrise Picnic - Sat 26 Jan 5:30-7:30 PM, Pont des Arts

Ahoy there and Happy New Year,

The next moonrise picnic will be Sat, Jan 26 from 17h30 until 19h30 PM. Moonrise will be around 15h45 PM (so don't be late!)

This full moon was known as known to American Indians as the Full Wolf Moon as wolves howled nearby in the long winter night. It has also been called the "Moon After Yule." Catherine will be the host as Captain Bob is in the US.

Please RSVP Catherine if you're coming: [masked]

WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share. Hot drinks are HIGHLY recommended.

WHERE: Pont des Arts. We'll gather around a bench towards the Left Bank side of the bridge. Nearest metros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.

WHEN:  Saturday, January 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.

WHO: You and your friends.

HOW to find us: Shouldn't be hard. We'll be the lunatics chattering in English - I mean we'll be speaking English and our teeth will be chattering. We'll also be the ONLY ones on the bridge. Check in with Catherine by cell phone if you can't find us: 06.8726.5239.

THEME:  Crisp Celebration. Apple Crisp ("Crumble") anyone? Hot cider, hot chocolate, spiced wine, coffee, etc. will be most welcome.

PUZZLER: The circumference of the Earth is approximately 40,000 km at the equator. Imagine circling the Earth with a rope 40,000 km long that snuggly touches a smoothed surface all the way around (no mountains or valleys). Now cut the rope and add 3 meters to it's length. Now imagine the rope distributed equally around the Earth, ie. floating an equal distance about the surface all the way around the equator. Question: Would you be able to slide under the rope without pulling or stretching it.

Don't read the Puzzler Answer if you first want to figure out whether your intuition is correct.

PUZZLER ANSWER: Yes. If you figure out the new diameter of the rope after you add 3 meters, it turns out that the gap between rope and Earth will be about half a meter all the way around. You can figure this out yourself using the formula that Circumference = 2πr.

ciao for niao,
Captain Bob


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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was nice, people were friendly, the hostess was very sweet. But I would like more, perhaps to start conversation about the moon, or ways for all of us in the group to interact during our meet up.

    January 26, 2013

  • Catherine J

    Hi Lupita, Wine is fine, or any other drink and whatever food you want to share, from elaborate to a box of chips. As organizer, I bring cups, opener, etc. Wear warm clothes and comfy shoes as we'll be standing up out in the cold (mutual good cheer warms us up a bit). Looking forward to having you join me and the other old and new lune-atics. :)

    January 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, all of us lune-atics! :-) It looks like most of us attending are women. Shall I post this on other social networks so that we can be more gender-balanced?

      January 25, 2013

    • Captain B.

      Hi Lupita (and thanks Catherine for your response), Please DO NOT repost this on other social networks. Since you've never attended before, you don't realize that I invite a huge mailing list outside of Meetup of people who attend regularly. This event has been going on successfully for years long before I opened it up to Meetup.
      That said, it is true that women seem to be attracted to these full moon gatherings more than men. I would be happy to hear your suggestions about using other social media. Why don't you send me an email after you've attended once?
      Thanks, Captain Bob

      January 25, 2013

  • Catherine J

    There are usually quite a few people who haven't signed up here, from other sources. The final mix is always changing. I'd prefer if you asked Cap'n Bob himself when he gets back before diffusing to other sites. But feel free to bring along anyone you know.

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since this would be my first time. Will Sat night be a picnic/bring something also? What do people usually bring? A bottle of wine, or just crackers or what else? :-)

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Saying hi, and that I looked forward to this event! I witnessed the marvelous full moon in Napa, December 2012 -and the moon eclipse late at night. The most amazing experience! Let's see if this Paris moonrise thing can compare ;-)! Looking forward to making new friends.

    January 21, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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