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Details from your host, “Cat,” who self-describes as “a regular lurker:”

Hello, Awkwardeers in Atlanta! I am going to try hosting a meetup in Decatur, in the Decatur Square, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, on Sunday, May 21.

You can get there on MARTA rail: get off at Decatur station, take either exit, and turn 180 degrees and go up (the square is directly overtop the station). There are many shops around the square selling food, there are some public port-a-potties, and public bathrooms in the library across the street.

I will be sitting at one of the tables underneath the trees. I have a long brown braid and glasses and a rainbow plush Cthulu toy. I will be sewing or other crafting, but no crafting project is required: bring a book or pokemon go or whatever you enjoy and come and say hi.

Rain Location: Rain location will be inside Java Monkey coffeehouse, across Church street and to the left as you come out the church street exit of the Decatur MARTA station.  Accessible entrance is through their outside patio.  

Enjoy!

In other news, it tickles me that Cthulu has become an unofficial symbol of Awkward Meetups everywhere, especially since I enjoy a game of Arkham Horror as much as the next nerd and I’ve recently read Cherie M. Priest’s very fun Lizzie Borden-Meets-Lovecraft novels, Maplecroft & Chapelwood. If you have a high tolerance for tentacles and other unnameable horrors from the sea, vivid descriptions of smells, and are looking for some creepy summer reading, you could do much worse.

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Edit:  On floor 2 now, to the right of the Clore ballroom if you’re facing away from the river

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 13th April, 11am onwards.  Please note slight change of location, same as last month – Green Bar rather than Blue, e.g. same thing as the previous location but the opposite side.

Book swap! Please bring any book you don’t like our don’t want (cover too purple, not enough werewolves, etc.), and exchange it for someone else’s book. Or just come and chat with us.

The venue 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 Green Bar (go up in lift 1, sadly not as musical as lift 7).

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

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 the 10th.)

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 25th March, 11am onwards.  Please note slight change of location this month – Green Bar rather than Blue, e.g. same thing but the opposite side.

Crafting day.  I can teach knitting to intermediate, or please bring any other craft which won’t mess up the venue too much (and if relevent please bring stash/needles to lend to beginners?)  Or just come and chat with us.

The venue 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 Green Bar (go up in lift 1, sadly not as musical as lift 7). I have tried to check with the centre to make sure the Green Bar is free, but if not I will update this post and in the Facebook group to say where we are – or email me if you’re lost…

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/  I have shoulder length 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

(April meetup will be the 22nd.)

From your host, boxed_light:

Hi Captain! Peregrinations got busy this week, so I’ll be hosting our next Bay Area meetup! I’m boxed_light on the forums. Here are the details:

San Francisco Bay Area Awkward Meetup!

When: Sunday, March 12 at 1 pm

Where: PIQ in Berkeley – UPSTAIRS is the plan!
91 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Google Maps link below)
1.5 blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART station (on Fremont-Richmond and Richmond-Daly City/Millbrae lines)

What: Bay Area Awkwardeer meetup! Feel free to bring knitting, crafts, books, etc, or just yourself

About PIQ: PIQ is a bakery, cafe and pizzeria with a wide range of meat-based, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, and it looks like they have a couple salads for gluten-free folks as well. They have a big open floor plan with lots of seating and a reasonably quiet atmosphere (good for talking). We will ideally be on the second floor which is fully handicap accessible (there’s an elevator on the main floor). If we are not there, check the main floor, also fully accessible. Bike parking available, street parking for cars.
PIQ’s website: http://www.piqbakery.com/berkeley

Menu: http://www.piqbakery.com/menu
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/piq-bakery-berkeley

How to find us:
I’ll be seated inside on the second floor, and will have small stuffed sabertooth cat with me. I’ve got brown and blue short hair as well, so I should be decently easy to spot. I will make a foldover sign saying “CA Meetup” to put on the table. Again if you don’t see me on the second floor (aka there wasn’t enough space), I’ll be on the first floor.

If you’re shy or nervous, feel free to bring a book or crafts so you can chat as little or as much as you wish! Last time we got some excellent crafting done during our hangout. ^_^

For more info:
Feel free to pm me on the forums (boxed_light), or leave a comment on the post, I’ll be monitoring them up til the event.

Hope to see you there!

Enjoy yourselves!

I’m doing stuff out and about. Join me? Events listed in the order that they’ll happen:

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017: I’m teaching a short smartphone video workshop for beginners  at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. Want to shoot & edit video on your phone? Want to make it look and sound better? Still some spots left! $70.
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: I’m reading at the final That’s All She Wrote show. 8pm, Great Lakes Tattoo, 1148 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. True stories. Free admission.
  • Saturday,
    cafe-le-jardin-du-petit

    Image of the cafe’s outdoor space (source: TripAdvisor) They have comfier-looking chairs inside, too.

    March 18, 2017: Awkward Meetup in Paris, France. I’ll be at the Cafe Le Jardin Du Petit Palais at 2:00 pm that day, with Mr. Awkward in tow. From what I can tell they have various coffee, tea, and sandwiches in a nice, centrally-located space with free admission. If you know you’ll attend, RSVPs are appreciated so we know to look out for you and how many seats to save.

 

Correction: March meetup will be the 25th again sorry

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 18th February, 11am onwards.

Bad book swap!  Bring any book you don’t want, for any reason (cover too purple, too few explosions, etc.), and take away one someone else didn’t want.  Or just come and chat with us.

The venue 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). I have tried to check with the centre to make sure the Blue Bar is free, but if not I will update this post and in the Facebook group to say where we are – or email me if you’re lost…

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/  I have shoulder length 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

(CORRECTION March meetup will be the 25th.)

EDIT: 14th not 15th as a kind commenter pointed out!

 

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 14th January, 11am onwards.

The theme is New Year’s Revolution! This is the time of year when we’re deluged in body shaming etc, so let’s counter that. Please bring a (positive, supportive) resolution to donate to the group, and then people can take away any they find helpful. Or just come and chat with us.

The venue 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). I have tried to check with the centre to make sure the Blue Bar is free, but if not I will update this post and in the Facebook group to say where we are – or email me if you’re lost…

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/  I have shoulder length 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

(February meetup will be the 18th.)

Cheers,
Kate