I had an idea...I think it's a brilliant idea but I want to see what you fine people think.
I was thinking of planning a reunion for the members of TA, in "real life." I'm not talking about some atheist event with speakers or an "agenda," I have in mind to throw a party, but a party with "class." I'm very good at putting on events and I was thinking more like a meet up some time next year (2014), some time before school starts for the kids but not around any holidays, possibly next August.
I thought it would be fun to have a relaxed atmosphere over a single weekend, (Friday, Saturday, Sunday sort of thing). Not a crazy frat house party but more like a beach house getaway vacation, somewhere that we can go swimming in the ocean and beach volleyball, sip margaritas and bring the family, kids, significant others welcome...a true reunion just to kick it and have fun!
I was thinking something like this should be planned starting now. I would want to make it low cost, simple, and just plain good fun.
What do you think? Would you like to meet the faces behind the avatars?
I had the destination of Charleston SC in mind, simply because I have connections there that could provide an amazing setting, but I'm open to feedback. I thought SC also so those from Europe don't have to come as far, although I'm aware that there are TA members world wide so it's going to be harder some more than others, but the destination doesn't matter too much at this point. I'm just wondering if you all would be interested?
And I'm sure my wife would have loved meeting another Spanish speaking person. The Latin community here in London kinda sucks, and my Spanish is terrible, but I am working on it.
Sounds like a brilliant idea. I'm not allowed into the US at the moment though.
Strega and I are meeting up in London next weekend for a drink.
I look a lot like my avatar.
Another option would be to hold 'local' meetings/reunions. Simon, Strega, I work in, and live near, London if you want to meet up with another of us!
You and anyone else in the London UK area are more than welcome to join us for a beer. We are meeting in a pub in the Kings Cross area on Saturday 15th June at noon (sounds a bit like a shootout at the OK corral). The pub is called The Skinners Arms, and it is at 114 Judd Street, London WC1 9NT. I look like my avatar here, which you can see better if you go to my TA page. I'm happy to give out my cell phone number in a PM or in chat.
It would be great if you can join us!
I don't know if I count in this invite, but I like the idea. I have limited vacation time available though, so would have to make the decision closer to the time frame.
I could do London or the USA. My avatar is “Science doG”. If there are fundamentalists around I should be kept on a leash at all times. For someone without a master I am well behaved !!
Reg, are you likely to be anywhere near us in London next weekend?
I could go along with something like this. (Heck I've already discussed it with a few people in chat.)
However, we might need a rule: no posting photos of avatared users on line. Many are hiding behind their avatars for good reasons; and in no case should one gratuitously "out" someone.
I agree; I've seen it happen. And a shit tonne of pictures get posted too. Gotta make it clear from the outset NO posting a pic of someone without their permission.
Count me in - as long as I get a couple of weeks warning, I should be good to go :)