North American Chapter of Eternal Idol
May 30, 2012
Marriott Courtyard Inn, Roseville MN
The second annual meeting of the North American Chapter of Eternal Idol was convened at 7 pm and adjourned at 11 pm at the bar in the Courtyard Inn. Since the organization has yet to elect a president, the meeting convened itself.
Present were charter members Dan Johnston and Juris Ozols.
Absent was charter member Aynslie Hanna who was sorely missed, as noted numerous times during the meeting.
A collage with the Eternal Idol logo and photographs of Dennis Price, Aynslie Hanna, Alex Down, and Dan Johnson and Juris Ozols at the previous NACEI meeting was prominently displayed on the bar throughout the evening.
Everything possible to discuss about Stonehenge was discussed. That included “The One and Only True Answer to Stonehenge?” – with regards to that, it was concluded that the question being answered could not be established, so the discussion trailed off to Bluestones and other more solid topics.
Bluestones were a significant topic off and on during the evening. Of note is that bar manager Chris, a comely lass, joined in the Bluestone discussions and displayed an amazing level of knowledge for a Minnesotan.
The “human transport” and “glacial transport” theories were debated at length. The consensus was that glacial transport has absolutely zero physical evidence to back it up, despite great efforts on the part of various blokes to promote it. But the question remains open.
The possibility that the Bluestone Dilemma might be the question to which TOAOTATS refers was brought up but could not be established and again the discussion trailed off.
Due to less than complete note taking and various factors, the other topics discussed cannot be fully documented but a small smattering included:
- Dendrochronology and the Y-Z holes
- Stone 16 as an axe symbolStonehenge acoustics
- The intelligence level of the Stonehengers
- Alex Down
- The absence of written language at Stonehenge
- Tom Flowers
- Easter Island and Polynesian Voyages
- The age of ancient finds in the Western Hemisphere
- Mesa Verde and Monte Verde
- Hoppy beer
- Custer’s Last Stand
- And…..Lots and lots more
The discussions were greatly facilitated by the efforts of Barmaid Mary (pictured below), another comely lass, who made sure the glasses were kept full. Some ten or so different beverages were sampled. All were great.
Mary was amply rewarded at the end of the evening for her kind attention. She requested a link to the EI web page which will be provided.
Dennis Price was elected as an Honorary Member of NACEI. Dennis would have been a prime candidate for full membership, but unfortunately does not meet residency requirements.
Alex Down was elected as an Honorary Member of NACEI, emeritus.
A toast to absent member Aynslie was raised, Belgian Blue Moon.
Toasts to many other people and ideas were also raised.
The meeting regretfully adjourned at 11 pm. It was decided that the next meeting will be held next year at an appropriate location.
Also, Aynslie better attend this one or she will be put on membership probation.
Submitted by: Juris Ozols, for lack of a better secretary who has also not been elected yet.
The photo above shows the end result of the extended discussion of the Bluestones and their transport mechanism. No definitive conclusion could be reached, although the majority of opinion somewhat favored the “human transport” theory over the “glacial transport” theory. This issue will continue to be addressed at future meetings.