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Re: [diningout-362] Dinner and Discussion

From: brian d.
Sent on: Sunday, June 8, 2008 9:08 PM
Kenneth, dont go on and on!  Ill toss over the table, lol!

On 6/8/08, Ken <[address removed]> wrote:
> My two cents:  I have occasionally been invited into a friend's "salon."
>  Granted, these are all couples with a similar background who have known one
> another for 20 years or so - but the idea is very nice: they agree on a
> topic for discussion, they meet monthly on a rotation basis, and the
> host/ess provides refreshment.  They start by 7 or so, and do a round robin:
> everyone has their 10 minutes of fame (although many people go on and on).
>  Topics could be to agree to read a book and then present thoughts - or even
> something a la Toastmasters: pick a word like "smiles" and then you can do a
> poem, a painting, music, read a report - whatever.
> I found it delightful, even though I was an outsider - they felt I had
> something to contribute.  It may be hard to replicate if people aren't
> established and have homes that can accommodate a group.  Meeting in a cafe
> / restaurant is difficult: most want to turn the table over and move the
> next group in and out, and the cost of food and drink is a consideration (at
> least for some of us).
> Potlucks favor the cooks and inspired.  Often guys (yes) will bring a
> six-pack. a bottle of wine, or some takeout.  Hardly in the spirit, but it
> satisfies the "letter of the law."  And then there's the unforeseen: bad
> weather, crowds, parking, bugs, nowhere to sit/set a table, all the paper
> plates and cups (unless it's all finger food), and the inevitable vegan or
> kosher or macrobiotic or organic-only dietary restrictions as a group gets
> diverse.
> Just the same, it's worth a shot.  Go for it.

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