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Organizer Kate has sent the news:

February London meetup as follows:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 21st February, 11am onwards.

Time for another colouring in meetup. Please bring stuff to colour in, or colouring pens and pencils, if you can. Or come anyway, we’re not fussy!

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.
Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RFH_map.pdf

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/ One time I forgot it but I will do my best this time, however if I forget again I will put up a sign. I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(March meetup will be on the 21st.)

Cheers,
Kate

Have fun, London! If you are interested in planning a meeting of Awkward Army folks where you are, there’s guidance here.

The Emperor from Star Wars saying "Be My Pal-Patine." There’s an Awkward Meet & Geek this Thursday at Geek Bar Beta in Chicago. Games! New people!

This guy who wrote into Carolyn Hax sounds FUN and definitely does not remind me at all of someone reading a consumer report trying to find the best smartphone. “What if I find something with great battery life and an intuitive interface, but the color I want is not available?” :flashes Bad Advisor signal in the sky:

And now a question:

Hi Captain!

Any thoughts about surviving St. Valentine’s for a single-and-never-ever-been-on-a-date-much-less-had-a-SO student?

Many thanks! And thank you for the whole site.

all the best,
OortCloud

Hi Oort Cloud!

Use the day to:

  • Han Solo: "I'll be celebrating Valentine's Day Han's style...Solo." Do something nice for yourself.
  • Do something nice for a friend or family member. There are lots of kinds of love, and there are lots of people in your life who might like pancakes or a new book or a card or a mix tape.
  • If you’re feeling down, ask your friends to be nice to you. “I’m feeling a bit blue about Valentine’s Day. Anyone feel like having Palentine’s Day?
  • Do something nice for a stranger – paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line, volunteering somewhere, shoveling sidewalks in your neighborhood.
  • Do you have a crush on someone? Perform this outside their window.*

It’s a perfectly good Saturday, so:

  • Don’t beat yourself up for not following a certain script in your life. If you read the site, you know that the “haven’t had a date or a significant other yet” club is large and adorable.
  • Don’t buy the necklace made from 2 butts stuck together.

Sometimes it feels better to make cutting remarks about how it’s a stupid made-up holiday created by advertising executives and greeting card companies and nurse your fierce proud cynic’s heart. Do what you feel, but try to do it without pooping directly on someone else’s fun, ok?

 

*This is a joke. Do not play this, or any music, outside someone’s window.

Hello! Happy 2015! Perhaps you will enjoy reading how  multiple bloggers & writers discussing are giving up things we suck at this year.

Kate in London has planned this month’s London Awkward Gathering:

January London meetup as follows:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 10th January, 11am onwards.

We are going to start the new year by being awesome, so if you would like to please bring something awesome (object or youtube link or anything else that you like), or talk about something awesome from 2014 or 2015.  No pressure, though, awesomeness is not compulsory.

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.
Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RFH_map.pdf

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/  One time I forgot it but I will do my best this time, however if I forget again I will put up a sign. I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/.  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(February meetup will be on the 21st.)

Cheers,
Kate

We’re having another Awkward Meet & Geek Singles Event at Geek Bar Beta on January 15. We’ve updated the FAQ slightly, with the following info:

Can I come to this event if I’m not single?

We aren’t checking relationship statuses at the door, but you will probably feel more comfortable coming to one of the many other great Chicago Game Lovers events that are for anyone and everyone (of which there are about 50 every month all around the Chicagoland area!). Check out the calendar page (http://www.meetup.com/chicagogames/events/) to find a great event that will probably be more up your alley!

I know lots of people want to make new friends, but we going to keep identifying this particular event as a space for single people to meet each other. As an alternative, the Women In Gaming MeetUp January 10th is the identical setup at the identical bar, and there are other events practically every day that have the same culture of “show up, grab a game, meet some new people.”

Finally, piny is coming to town, and has planned the following event on January 17 (inspired by the excellent past work of Chicagoan Digital Tart):

January 17, 2015
Time: 4:00pm
Location: The Chicago Cultural Center Lobby (1st floor), 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602.
Transportation: By CTA buses and trains. By Metra/Electric District/South Shore Line, Millennium Station. Parking is expensive, if you’re driving.I’m going to bring Scrabble and maybe Bananagrams; if people want to bring other board/card games, they should feel free.  I’ll have an Awkward Army sign and nametags.  (And like DigitalTart said, suggestions for activities or anything else would be very welcome.)

I’m also doing a (strictly optional!) book trade, since I have some good lit fic paperbacks.  If people would like to bring books to trade, I think that would be awesome.

I can field questions in comments to the MeetUp post.
Finally, if you’re interested in live storytelling performances in Chicago, the Fillet of Solo festival is getting underway. I’m reading at 8:00 pm on January 17 at Lifeline Theatre as part of the Story Sessions bill.

There’s a meetup happening this weekend in Bristol, UK.

Hello, Captain! We at Bristol are running another meetup – details below, brazenly copy/pasted from the Facebook event. Apologies for the last-minute reporting, hope it’s not too late to get it on the main page.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1503275666624083/

Plangent honkings and pre-season’s greetings, fellow awkwardeers! Get ready to start your pengines and synchronise your swatches for Bristol Awkward Army Meetup: Doodle Edition.

WHERE AND WHEN?

11:00AM, 6th December
The Canteen, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

We’re going to be chatting, sketching and maybe playing some drawing games. If previous meetups are any indication, there may also be pancakes and tea and lovely people.

WHAT DO I NEED?

Nothing! Pens and paper will be provided. If you have your own favourite colour though then you should definitely bring it, because nobody will ever love burnt fuchsia as much as you do.

The Canteen is wheelchair-accessible with a disabled bathroom, and caters for organic, vegan and gluten-free diets. Parking is free for an hour, or all-day for £5. More details (including a sample menu) on their website:

http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/

I will be there from 11:00 and will have some manner of stuffed animal (genus tbc). Hope to see you all there!

Mark

 

Have fun! As a reminder, you can plan your own Meetup anywhere in the world. Guidelines here.

If you’re in Chicago, and you’re free on Tuesday night, come hear me read a story at This Much Is True. 7:30 pm, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N Lincoln Ave. Doors open at 7 pm, no cover or door charge. I’ll most likely read the astronaut story if you want to read along at home, and there will be other writers sharing true tales.

Speaking of stories, Dana Norris, founder of Story Club, is doing an advice column at Role/Reboot and is actively seeking questions. Ethics and good taste forbid me from directly forwarding her half my inbox, but go! Get in on the ground floor! Email is deardana AT rolereboot DOT com  ORG. She specifically requested questions about FEELINGS.

And now, the big thing: The London Awkwardeers are celebrating two years of monthly socializing. From organizer Kate:

Two years!  Incredible!  December London meetup as follows:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 13th December, 11am onwards.

Amazingly, the group has now been running for two years, and this will be our 25th meeting.  Also it’s the holiday season.

Therefore, 2nd birthday/Christmas/holiday/Saturday party!

Please bring and share food if you want to – any and all food is welcome, please just bring an ingredients list so that people can check for intolerances and other restrictions.  And if it’s messy food, please bring trays/plates/napkins.  :)

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.
Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RFH_map.pdf

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/  One time I forgot it but I will do my best this time, however if I forget again I will put up a sign. I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/.  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(January meetup will be on the 10th.)

Cheers,
Kate

Incredible work, Kate & fellow London people.

Hello, we’re doing another board games event for single people at Geek Bar Beta, and will most likely get into some kind of monthly groove with these.

Details:

  • Thursday, December 11
  • 6-11pm
  • Geek Bar Beta @Storefront Company
  • 1941 W. North Avenue
  • Many many board games & console games are available at the bar, but you can bring your own – lots of people did last time.

You can RSVP at the Meetup event page, in the comments here, or you can just show up on the day as the mood strikes you. We had quite a turnout last time.

I could use suggestions for more geeky coloring pages.

In other news, I’m slogging through grading & finals right now, so posting will be light and the box is temporarily closed to new questions. The forums are open for business, though, so go check them out!

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