...That "the next Indy BlogMeet" area is blank.
It's no secret that I have been trying to get out of scheduling these events for quite some time -- even though I enjoy them (though with my declining hearing, they are something of a challenge), and the overwhelming majority of the attendees are fun folks indeed, there are down sides.
Ever since we had an outright white-supremacist type show up at one, all smiles and sidling remarks about "those people," and not get found out (as more than merely a jerk) until after the event, I've been reluctant to have open meetings; I have no interest in facilitating the recruiting efforts of such scum and would as soon spare our local pubs and eateries the bother of hosting public confrontation. I went to invitation-only for the next few BlogMeets, which was not entirely satisfactory.
Recently, I had someone try to "win" a disagreement by attempting to divvy up mutual friends, the majority of whom are closer friends to that individual than to me already. I won't play that game; bedamned if I will put friends in the position of choosing up over issues they have not themselves raised and may not even have strong opinions on. Nope, instead I will bring to an end any situation where they might feel obliged to choose. That includes, at least for now, BlogMeets. Tam K. can set 'em up if she feels so inclined, or whoever else wants to.
Racist scum are bad enough; clique battles are the last straw.
Peer pressure won't work on me. I'm not very social or sociable and there are something like 4,000 books filled with friends lining the walls of my dining room.
(ETA: I will probably do one (1) BlogMeet during the 2014 NRA convention in Indy, because I'd like to do that; but please note that attendance will indicate nothing other than an interest in firearms and blogging.)
(Fuzzy Curmudgeon, please e-mail me, I need to return your book.)
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