Time to get some sunshine
Getting out into the real world, helped by a website called Meetup.com
Date: 6/16/2009 5:31:42 AM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 3108 times
I have been posting too much here lately, so I thought I'd get some fresh air. On the internet, you don't get to know people properly, there is nothing that beats the real thing.
I found a good website called Meetup, http://www.meetup.com
- it has interest groups in cities everywhere. It's all based around actually meeting up with like minded people in real life. maybe some people here should try it!
I went to one and it was called emotional connections or something. In the upstairs room in a pub, we had to pay a fiver for room hire and expenses that's all. Most meetups are free. It was really interesting. One of the exercises was to look into your partners eyes and appreciate their value for say, 20 seconds. We swapped around. Some people simply coulnd't do that without blinking and even smiling, I then had to look away from them to ease their tension. Others, including the organiser, gazed straight into mine, she was a bit more in your face than the others. But it was okay.
I walked back to the tube with a couple of people, but I doubt we will meet again because we don't have enough in common. However the whole point of that meetup was not that it was an interest group, but it was to prepare people for meetups. A sort of pre-course course if you like, ha ha!
So I have my new job where the hours are flexible, and all my diving friends seem to want to drink or dine these days (should call it the dining club) and dives are not so common because kids take up the time. I also have a local social group I go to, they are really nice people, I like them. I guess my work hours will increase if I do well, but I might join a few meetups, they have one group that goes on holidays and does various activity things on weekends, they look good.
It's better to meet with real people, because you get to see the body language, everything, you don't get that on the web. So that's what I am going to do today, shut the laptop, turn it off, put it in my rucksack (he he only kidding) and go out for a cycle ride. Seeing as I now fit into my cycling shorts from 20 years ago (I hoard things). Then I'll come back and do some work work in the evening.
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