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I haven’t had this in a very long time. Today we were running out of the house to go to the laser tag place and I had to grab something fast. I didn’t have time to measure or think too much about water temp and I am down to very few types of bagged tea, so I grabbed this and stuck it in the Timolino.

I think that pu-erh isn’t really the best toodling around tea. Or at least not for me.

Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy this. It was leathery and a bit brothy like it apparently was the last time I had it, judging from my previous note. I just think that it’s meant to be sipped in peace and quiet and in smaller amounts.

I never realized how rushed my life is most of the time until I started having to fight for minutes to get tea made before leaving the house. Or even getting it ready to steep on the way. Sigh.

Courtney

Rushing is the worst. I hope you had fun at laser tag though. :)

__Morgana__

We had lots of fun! My older son finished second both sessions we did. I was not quite as awesome, finishing 12th and 10th. ;-)

Courtney

Haha, good for him. :) I’ve never played but it does sound like fun.

__Morgana__

It’s surprisingly entertaining. The first time I went I had no idea what to expect and I thought it would be a lot of running like paintball and I’d be dead meat. But one of the rules is no running, and stealth is rewarded. ;-)

Courtney

Very cool! I kind of thought it might be like paintball too. I’ll have to convince J to go one day.

__Morgana__

This is the only place I’ve ever been:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Quest

Other places might have different ways of doing it.

Kirkoneill1988

i like to hide and snipe when playing laser tag :D

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Courtney

Rushing is the worst. I hope you had fun at laser tag though. :)

__Morgana__

We had lots of fun! My older son finished second both sessions we did. I was not quite as awesome, finishing 12th and 10th. ;-)

Courtney

Haha, good for him. :) I’ve never played but it does sound like fun.

__Morgana__

It’s surprisingly entertaining. The first time I went I had no idea what to expect and I thought it would be a lot of running like paintball and I’d be dead meat. But one of the rules is no running, and stealth is rewarded. ;-)

Courtney

Very cool! I kind of thought it might be like paintball too. I’ll have to convince J to go one day.

__Morgana__

This is the only place I’ve ever been:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_Quest

Other places might have different ways of doing it.

Kirkoneill1988

i like to hide and snipe when playing laser tag :D

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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