Bristol, UK Meetup!

Transatlantic awkwardness!

Hey Captain!

Myself and Elodie (of Velociraptors fame, OMG SO MUCH FANGIRLING) are going to hang out with a beer at The Watershed on Bristol Harbour from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday the 20th of October. It’s all accessible and they do soft drinks and food as well as some fancy (and less fancy!) local cider.

There will be a sign of some kind so that you know it’s us and people can get in touch with me on twitter @FunnyGrrrl or by email onΒ

Yay for transatlantic awkwardness!

Hope you’re good,

Rachel Scotland

Filed under: Places I Wish I Could Be, Invent the Teleport Already

55 thoughts on “Bristol, UK Meetup!

      1. I’m in York also! People wanting a York meet-up please contact me via twitter ( @autistliam ) and if there’s more than two or three of you I’ll start thinking about venues, ‘kay?

      1. Alas, Rachel and Elodie, Bristol is out of my price range for train tickets. I hope I’ll get to meet you both at some point, regardless.

        On the other hand, York would be lovely, as would Leeds* or Manchester. However, as my weekends are fully booked between now and the end of November, I’m going to think about a mid-week date for Manchester because that’s where I am. I’ll get back to you all on it. πŸ™‚

        *generally central for North UK but I don’t know it well enough. If anyone does…?

        1. Seconding the ridiculously expensive train tickets. I’d be into a Manchester meet-up, definitely.

          1. Awesome! I’ll get my thinking cap on. I have ideas, just need to check some things out. πŸ˜€

      2. Alas, Bristol is out of my train ticket price range. Elodie and Rachel, I hope we’ll meet at some point.

        In other news, York is do-able, and it’s a lovely city. Leeds would also be very handy but I don’t know it and so can’t suggest a venue. Manchester, on the other hand, I can do. My weekends are almost fully booked between now and the end of November, so I’ll think about a mid-week date and venue and get back to you on it. Just so I know, are there other Awkwardeers in/near Manchester?

    1. Sorry to be a dick here and on Twitter. I hate comments that are “Oh no, I can’t go that day” or “That’s not close to me” with no suggestion. It makes it seem like you’re expecting someone to set up something close to you or figure out when you’re available. There’s no magic place/time that will work for everyone who wants to go, so I really want to take pressure off the organizers to worry about that.

      This goes for everyone: If you see a meetup that is far away from you and you can’t go to, set up your own meetup. Or post in the thread to say “I’m not in x town, but I’m in Y nearby – can anyone else in Y step forward and we can plan something?” Or “I’m not free on x day, but I would like to organize something on y day the following month, same place.”

      Give us something to work with, otherwise it looks like you’re just complaining when people are doing something nice.

      1. Huh…I read that kind of comment as meaning “That’s too bad I can’t make it, it sounds fun!” Especially when it’s the first meetup on an entire continent, it must be frustrating to realize that you’re just a little too far away, or busy on that day. I could be wrong, though. *shrug*

        1. You’re not seeing the volume I’m seeing. It comes up in EVERY meetup thread. Sometimes there is a little internet :sigh: in the comment.

          If the person meant “Hey, that sounds fun, wish I could be there, let’s do one near me as well” then they should say that.

          Also you and I are on a trend of reading stuff way differently today. πŸ™‚

          1. I think both are true — “oh dear, no-one ever organises a meet-up in my city” is a perfectly natural and normal response from people who are a little embarrassed to try, but fifty-six comments of them can still be totally soul-draining to whoever DID organise a meet-up and whoever has to moderate the comment threads.

            But I apologise for suggesting something that’s already obvious to you without any actual solution, sorry 😦 I don’t know if there’s any easy fix: people need to be reminded that most successful meet-ups in any forum come from one person who decided to try it, and had the determination to make it happen when no-one else was sure if they’d be able to come, and the best thing to do is try it and see if you can make it work. But lots of people are still embarrassed to put themselves forward unless they’re SURE it’s ok.

          2. That makes sense–I can see how it can be annoying in a large volume, even though each individual person probably meant well.

            And yeah, we’re definitely reading things differently today! Between the two of us, we’ve covered all possible interpretations of everything. πŸ™‚

        1. πŸ™‚

          I am in Cambridge, but I would come to a London (UK?) meetup if it’s at the weekend. I’ve only lurked, but Captain Awkward’s articles have been really really good (thank you!)

      1. Ermahgerd! Yes please! I’ve been trying to think of a suitable venue all evening but I’m coming up blank.

        1. My favoured London venue (where I hold Bi Coffee London) is Leon, Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street Station. NOT Sundays as then it is heaving. I’m totally up for organising/helping to organise one.

          Leon @ Spitalfields is wheelchair accessible including toilet, serves both non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, has food that works for vegans and meat eaters, and a bonus feature for trans people who are early transition/non-ho/non-op they have a unisex toilet.

      2. I’m not far from London! It’s possible I might manage Bristol, but this month is being a git to me, so not very probable. Hope you all have an amazing time, BrizzleAwkwardeers!

    2. “If you mention in the pub that you intend to drive from, say, Surrey to Cornwall, a distance that most Americans would happily go to get a taco, your companions will puff their cheeks, look knowingly at each other, and blow out air as if to say, “Well, now that’s a bit of a tall order…” – Bill Bryson, Notes from A Big Country

      “The difference between America and England is that the English think 100 miles is a long distance and the Americans think 100 years is a long time.”

      As an American who previously thought nothing of driving three hundred miles roundtrip in a day for the sheer unadulterated hell of it, I’ve got to admit I still find this charming. Previously I was all “Vermont to Ogunquit? Hell, it’s Friday night. Lebanon to Boston? Why, I just put gas in the car! Hey guys, let’s leave work early and go to Montreal – tonight, we dine on poutine!”

      And then I came here and it was like “You want to go… to LONDON??!?!?! FROM BRISTOL!!?! ARE YOU MAD?!!?”

      “It’s like 100 miles away. I’ve known people who do that for their daily commute?”


      “Maybe I’ll just go to Bath, then. It’s only thirteen miles away.

      “HARK! NOW THE MADWOMAN PROPOSES TO TRAVEL TO BATH! Be sure thou packeth a lunch and some digestive biscuits, and verily, be ever present on the mobile, lest ye be set upon by highwaymen.”

      1. New England suffers from this, too. “I am taking the train for an hour and going from Worcester (area where my folks live) to Boston.” “CALL ME WHEN YOU GET THERE. WHAT WILL YOU DO? HOW WILL YOU EAT?”

        1. It is so true. I think people in the UK like to think they live in a much bigger country than is the case, and thinking of distances of 10 miles as ‘quite far away’ helps. But now, boringly enough, petrol costs so much that it’s about 100 USD for a round trip of 100 miles, whether you go by road or rail. So yay, suddenly the country seems a lot bigger!

          1. That’s a factor I hadn’t considered – yes, 100 miles seems much less distance in the US partly because petrol/gas is so much cheaper than in the UK. Word. /nod

      2. Three hundred miles in a day?!!! What were you thinking?! That’s London to Newcastle, for crying out loud.


  1. I should point out that if nobody comes, I will still be stunningly happy just to drink delicious local cider with my amazing new friend Rachel. And then I will watch “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” So you should have your own meetup, and we’ll have ours, and maybe we shalt meet again in thunder lightning or in rain.

    1. I’m in Surrey but darn it, I’m already booked for then (toddler’s party, lots of hurly burly to be done!). I hope you have fun – and I’m very interested in any future UK meetups (I’ll keep an eye out for a good Guildford venue too…)

    2. I am SRSLY considering hopping on a train just to get to Bristol. If not, I’ll keep hoping that someone will do a London meet (or get off my ass and do one myself, right Cap’n?)

    3. One more Bristol-based lurker expressing surprise there are awkwardeers nearby! I will be there and I would also definitely like to see that movie too… Looking forward to meeting you all, awkward brizzlers. (If you’ve not been to the Watershed before, it’s really really great.)

      1. WOOT!
        Perhaps when life isn’t so hectic I will have headspace to organise a Perth gathering.

  2. *comes out of lurkdom*

    Bristol meet! Never did I imagine such a thing! I will work out some way of being there!

  3. Anyone in NYC wanna meet? I’d love to organize a meetup but since it takes so dang long to get anywhere around here, it’d be helpful to know which borough is most convenient for fellow Awkwardeers. I’m in Brooklyn and would be happy to host something in BK or in Manhattan, but don’t want to discourage folks in Queens and the Bronx from coming too.

    1. Hi!

      Definitely do a NYC meet if you want to.

      I strongly suggest that you pick a time & place that works for you and run with it rather than try to coordinate the schedules of a bunch of strangers (and have me read/moderate every single “Me too! Howabout Thursday?” comment). Email me when you have a plan and I’ll post a NYC-specific thread.

      We probably need a Facebook page. I *really* don’t want to curate or deal with a FB page. At all.

  4. oooh! I’d love to come. I didn’t realise there were awkwardeers near me πŸ˜€ And I know the cafe is wheelchair accessible! So if I can arrange transport count me in

  5. Hmmmm…….I live in Dublin and I’ve a few friends nearby who I know read this. I’m kind of snowed under right now with stuff, but I think organising one in Dublin city could be an idea at some point. Which I could do, I’m not trying to force it on other people, but I don’t think I’ll be able to manage one in the next few months.

    I don’t think I’ll be able to make the Bristol one though.

      1. Yup, there’s been a Dublin in Ireland for at least 1,000 years. built by Vikings, though there was a settlement on the other side of the river already, but yes. Ireland is OLD. ^_^

  6. WHOO! I was totally intending to organise a Bristol meetup when I got into a better headspace and/or got a job, and now you wonderful people have done it for me! Watershed is only a ten minute walk from my flat. πŸ˜€ I will be there with semi-literal bells on! *bristolawkwardeersgrouphug!*

  7. WHOO! I was totally intending to organise a Bristol meetup when I got into a better headspace and/or got a job, and now you wonderful people have done it for me! Watershed is only a ten minute walk from my flat. πŸ˜€ I will be there with semi-literal bells on!

    1. If there are any Morris dancers in Bristol, they could come to the meetup with actual bells on! πŸ™‚ (I’m not a Morris dancer, but I do contra, and here in Boston there’s a decent amount of crossover between the communities.)

      1. If you are a Morris dancer, warn people in advance. I think it’s in one of the Terry Pratchett Discworld books…”No one likes an unexpected Morris dancer!”

  8. I knew Bristol was full of awesome people, and this just proves it! Sadly, I’m working that day so won’t be able to make it, but I hope you all have an awesome time.

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