Tallahassee Area Mensa
Welcome to the home page of Tallahassee Area Mensa!
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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98th percentile on an approved IQ test. There are two different ways you can join. One is by
submitting evidence of scores from any of a number of approved intelligence tests that you have
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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!
Happy New Year! It has been a LONG time since I stayed up to watch the ball drop (although in my youth my sister
and I would stay up, drink a toast with ginger ale with olives in it, and throw hand-torn confetti around at midnight)
and this year was no exception. I was VERY surprised to be awoken at 11 not only by the sound of fireworks, but also
seeing them through my just-replaced skylights (that was finally done right before Christmas). It was very disconcerting
to see fireworks that were going high enough into the sky and large enough that I could see them through the skylight!
I was glad there was no tarp still up there that might catch a stray cinder. The celebration continued until 2:30 in the
morning, which made for a bleary morning the next day.
I have lived in Florida since 1979 and have been in this house since 1986. In all those years, my sister (the one I
celebrated New Year's Eve with) has never been able to come and visit me. She retired this past spring, and the plan was
for her to come down in January for a long-awaited visit. I was very excited and have been planning the fun things we would
do together and the places I would show her. She has decided that with the pandemic numbers, not having gotten a vaccine yet,
and now the new more-contagious strain of the virus, she doesn't feel safe making a 2-day drive with a stay in a hotel. I
completely understand intellectually, but I am thoroughly bummed emotionally. It will likely be a year before she would be
able to come down.
All of the work on the house is completed, duct work, bathtub replacement, and roof repairs - finally!! And they all
overlapped each other for a day or two, which made for some really interesting parking events in the yard. I finally moved
my car over to the side yard to get it out of the way entirely. I am SO glad to have all of that work done and the house all
peaceful again. The painter even did the painting of the laundry room ceiling, so the water damage caused by the lousy roofers
is no longer visible. What a relief! This was truly the year of construction around here.
Christmas was just me and the critters, but I had a zoom call with my 3 sisters, had text conversations with friends and
relatives, and phone calls with a couple of people who do not use those other forms of communication. In spite of not having
anyone here, I felt very connected to a lot of people I love.
At long last we are in the final countdown on the Georgia Senate run-off political ads. I never thought I would long for a
boring ad break of car commercials, Geico ads, upcoming show promos, and PSAs. But after this extended time of these commercials,
more often than not running one after another after another after another through the entire break, I am looking forward to them
ending and putting all of this political rancor behind us. Stay safe everyone.
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