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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.

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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!

Hello Chicago!

This is an event co-hosted by the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup, Geek Bar Beta, and me. We are trying out a thing. Read on for more info.

Date: Thursday, November 13

Location: Geek Bar Beta, 1941 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

Time: 6pm-11pm

Event name: Awkward Meet & Geek

Description: Put on a clean shirt and come out to play games and meet some new people at this low-key event for single people sponsored by Geek Bar Chicago and Chicago Game Lovers hosted by Captain Awkward. More details below!

Who can come to this event?

Anyone over the age of 21.

Is this speed dating?

Nope. We’ll have board games like Settlers of Catan, Battlestar Galactica, and King of Tokyo, some video games like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Pokemon Stadium, and some art supplies and coloring books so you’ll have something to talk about and do with your hands. We’ll also have little cards you can fill out with your contact information, like so:

“Hi, my name is ___________. I really liked _________________(playing x game/coloring/geeking out) with you and I’d love to hang out again sometime. If we did get together, I would like it to be a (check one) _______ DATE-date/_______ FRIEND-date. If you’d like to get in touch you can reach me at _____________@________________________.”

If you like someone, you can fill out a card and awkwardly hand it to them before you (or they) leave. They may email you. They may not – there is absolutely no obligation! The idea is to make a low-key and friendly event where everyone can meet some new people without any pressure or “hitting on” (please see Geek Bar’s anti-harassment policy) needing to take place.

Is this for straight people only?

Nope!

What if no one of my preferred gender or orientation shows up?

SOME nice people of some sort will show up, and you’ll play games with them, and it will be a pretty fun night out of your house.

What else should we know?

There’s a full bar serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a menu of awesome food you can order. Also, you can sign up for a free 10-minute consult with Captain Awkward or Geek Bar’s Fleet Admiral David Zoltan. Discuss your dating hopes and woes, get some fresh eyes and perspectives on your online dating profile, or let us take a few recent, flattering photos of you.

I’m scared it will be awkward.

We are (wo)men of action, and lies do not become us: It will probably be awkward, for the first 5-10 minutes. Putting yourself out there as ‘I am single and actively looking’ is awkward and vulnerable. It’s also an incredibly brave and wonderful thing to do. If you come to this thing, you may not meet the R2 to your Threepio, but you won’t be alone.

Meetup Members can RSVP at the Meetup Event Page, you can RSVP in comments here, or you can decide to roll on in at the last minute – no worries. There’s no cover charge. I hope to see some of your smiling faces there to keep me company and play games.

Organizers Mercy and cookie sent me the details:

We’re meeting up in Munich again! This time we’re back at Cafe Klenze, Tuesday, October 28th at 6pm. The cafe is open until 8pm on Tuesdays.

The address is:
Cafe Klenze, in der Alten Pinakothek, Barer Straße 27

It’s is on Tram line 27, the Schellingstr. stop, or the Pinakotheken stop of Bus line 100 (which runs between Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof).

Website: http://www.victorianhouse.de/index.php?id=191

The café sells cake and small food stuff (soups, salads, quiche, bagels), but are fine with people only ordering drinks.

We have checked with the café, and they say it’s ok if you want to bring your own cake due to food allergies or the like, as long as you order the drinks there.

The green stuffed frog toy will be in attendance to help people identify the group.  :)

According to this website, the cafe is accessible, although the counter is poorly designed for people with wheelchairs:
http://www.cbf-muenchen.de/lokale-muenchen/lokal/klenze1

It has a ramp to the entrance and so does the building. There’s an accessible toilet, too.

You can come and join the meetup spontaneously, or let us know by sending an e-mail to munich-awkwardeers@rauschpfeife.net , or by posting in the Germany Thread of the FOCA forums (http://friendsofcaptainawkward.com/forum)

See you there!
Mercy and cookie

Caaaaaaaaaake.

Kate, intrepid organizer and Knitting Inspector has sent the details:

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

Knitting and other crafts – crochet, sewing, macrame, or anything else you want to do.  Please bring spare yarn/needles/whatever if you have them for people to try, or just come and chat to us while we knit.  I can teach knitting and sewing to intermediate levels, but not the other crafts, so anyone who can teach them would be particularly welcome.

Last time we knitted we also ended up casting a tension-filled Knitting Procedural Drama (I have omitted cast names other than me, but feel free to comment to add yourselves):

- Knitting Inspector, solver of knitting-related mysteries, and stash buster – me!

- Sidekick and comic relief to the Inspector
– Grizzled veteran of the team, traditionalist, insisting on 100% wool
– Criminal mastermind known as the Great Unraveller
– Evil Minion
– Informer, playing both sides against each other for money
– Expert consultant called in by the team for knotty problems
– Shadowy figure

If you would like to cast yourself in (or on) to this drama, or come up with tangled plotlines, go ahead…

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).  If you have been to a meetup previously on the second floor, we are now in the equivalent place horizontally, but two floors up vertically, if that makes sense?

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

(November meetup will be on the 15th.)

Cheers,

Kate

Have fun!

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