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Kate has sent the news:

June London meetup as follows:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 20th June, 11am onwards.

Knitting, crochet and other crafts this time.  Please bring projects, or stash, or come and talk to us while we knit.  I can teach knitting to intermediate standard if you want to learn, but others who can teach knitting and crochet are particularly welcome, and please bring stash etc. if you can.

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.  Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

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

(July meetup will be on the 18th.)

Cheers,
Kate

Enjoy yourselves!

Kate has sent the news about the monthly London gathering. New Yorkers, see the P.S.

May London meetup as follows:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 16th May, 11am onwards.

Colouring in again! Please bring stuff to colour, paper, pencils, pens, anything like that. Or just come & chat.
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. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

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

(June meetup will be on the 20th.)

Cheers,
Kate

PS: I am going to be in NYC from the 22nd to the 31st of May and I would love to meet up with people. If you’re interested please email me, or I’ve started a thread on the forums.

Enjoy the day!

Sal has written with the details for the next LA Awkward MeetUp:

The first LA meetup was a really wonderful, friendly gathering, and
I’m very excited to host another one. Come join us!

Let’s meet on Sunday, May 10 at 10:30am at Barnsdall Park for a
BYO-brunch picnic on the lawn! I will also bring some pens and paper
because I know some truly excellent pen-and-paper games for those who
are interested. You can bring your own food from home, or get food at
any number of nearby places (including the Los Feliz farmers’ market,
which is on Sundays!) Or you can just come and hang out if you prefer.
Barnsdall Park is also on a hilltop, so the lawn treats you to really
lovely views of the city and the Hollywood Hills.

How to find me: I will bring a picnic blanket and also a small stuffed
bat so you can identify me. The lawn at Barnsdall Park is not very
big, so this should not be too difficult.

Barnsdall Park is easily transit-accessible, near the Vermont/Sunset
stop on the Red Line as well as the buses that run on Sunset, Vermont,
and Hollywood. There’s also a small amount of parking inside the park.

I’ve also posted this on the forums, so feel free to ask questions
here or there.

Hope to see you then!

-Sal

Have a lovely time.

Kate has sent the news about the next London meetup:

April London meetup as follows:

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 25th April, 11am onwards.

And it’s time for the Bad Book Swap again!

The idea here is that you bring any Book which is Bad, using any definition of that which you like (cover too purple, not enough detail about the rivets of the steam engines, too much or too little porn content, anything else which is Bad on your terms).

And then, someone else may like it and give it a home.  Or if not, I will take leftovers to a charity shop.

You don’t have to bring a book, or take a book

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.  Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

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

(May meetup will be on the 16th.)

Cheers,
Kate

If you feel moved to photograph the terrible books and post the titles here, I would not hate that.

My friend and Agony Aunt colleague Robin “Miss Conduct” Abrahams has written an excellent piece that combines two of my favorite things: Better Caul Saul and boundaries. Kim Wexler, a character on the show, is a master of boundaries and you don’t have to watch to appreciate the piece.

Piny linked me to this great piece from Heather Havrilesky, “Can I trust my judgment around men?” It’s very relevant to our discussions of the
Darth Vader partner and how they come on so strong and magically at the beginning (bolding mine):

When you meet someone who’s charming and very intense and he immediately starts talking about long-term goals for love and marriage and kids, that’s a seductive thing. In my experience, that kind of intense talk can actually be a sign of trouble, a sign that the guy is trying to quickly correct all the mistakes of the past and award himself a “happily ever after” without knowing much about the person in front of him. The one time I met someone who talked this way, it was hard not to get caught up in it. So this is how it feels to finally meet The One! I thought. You both just know, immediately, that you’re meant for each other! After years of encountering caution and hesitation from dates and even boyfriends, I was thrilled to find someone who could recognize in an instant HOW GREAT I WAS.

Even once I discovered that he was newly separated and still reeling from his wife’s sudden exit, I didn’t give up. I didn’t recognize that he was handling his sadness by escaping into something new, something that HAD to lead to marriage to make up for what he’d just lost. Looking back, I can’t believe I could be so dumb. But at that point, I had never experienced that kind of confident intensity from a man. He was also older than me. After years of dating one man-child after another, I thought I was meeting a mature adult male for the first time.

Hello, 31-year-old me staying up all night on the phone with some guy who talked really big. Hello younger versions some of you, too. Jedi Hugs to our younger selves, and to our older, wiser selves.

There is a Washington, D.C. Meetup in the works for April 26. Details:

Washington, DC Meetup

Rubymendez and Flightless have arranged an event in DC.

Time/place: Sunday, 5pm April 26th at Dupont Circle’s THE BOARD ROOM (http://boardroomdc.com/)

They serve happy-hour-priced drinks from 5-7pm on Sundays, with board games for rent — EVERY board game you can think of! They don’t serve food, but they allow you to bring in food, or get it delivered, so hopefully all dietary needs can be accommodated. For instance, you could grab empanadas from Julia’s down the street and bring them over (we will have some bites to share!)

To find us: rubymendez will be wearing a rainbow winter hat; flightless has blue hair and will be wearing a railway conductor’s hat. Feel free to rock your own hats, rainbows, or zany garb! We’ll also have stickers or blank nametags you can customize as desired.

You can post on our DC Meetup thread in the forums if you have questions.

FEELINGSNOTE: I MISS D.C. IN SPRINGTIME AND JULIA’S EMPANADAS. Have the best time. If you’re in Chicago and you did your taxes already stop by the Awkward Meet & Geek tomorrow at Geek Bar anytime between 6 and 10 pm and say hello. I’m also reading at That’s All She Wrote on Sunday night, April 19, Great Lakes Tattoo, 8 pm, BYOB/Free admission.

Finally, we have traced the creator of the Riding-The-Nopetepus gif if you wish to marvel at its glory:

Animated gif of a girl riding an octopus and saying "nope!"

Sarah has arranged an event in LA. Details:

Time/place: Sunday, 4/19, 10:30am, Grand Central Market. I’ll stake out a table near the Hill St. entrance.

There are many different food options, and you can also just sit and hang out if you don’t want to get food. More info here: http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/

It’s right downtown, across the street from the Pershing Square stop on the Red and Purple lines, and is also very close to many, many bus lines. There is a parking garage, but I hear it’s somewhat expensive, so I’d advise taking public transit if possible, or finding nearby parking that’s not their garage. Yelp says that it is wheelchair-accessible.

To find me: I’m a short white lady with very short brown hair, and I’ll wear my hot pink leopard-print pants to make myself as visible as possible! You can also post on the Meetups thread in the forums if you have questions.

Have a great time, LA!
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