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Intellectual Snob Chap. XXX-- "Things We Could Do Without"

CONFIRMED: LEGAL SEA FOODS LOWER PATIO SUNDAY. Forecast: overcast. Chance of rain: only 1 in 6. Source: timeanddate.com. 

This is the NOT the swanky Legal Sea Foods Restaurant on the upper level. No pressure to order food. This is the lower level patio directly in front of the MAIN entrance of the Charles Hotel, Harvard Sq.

(Rain forecast default location= Cafe Noir, just inside. the main entrance.)

IMPORTANT: Please wear your finest fake mustaches for this event. (Disclaimer: no one is required to wear one, we pledge equality for all). 

PLEASE BRING CASH to help your patient & hard working waitstaff.

In the true Intellectual Snob tradition as usual we are here to pooh- pooh things we disapprove of. 

For a list of suggested things we could do without scroll down to the end.

You don't have to be a genuine intellectual-- pseudo-intellectuals are also welcome.

All you need is an aloof attitude full of irony or some baffling ideas, or-- dare I say it-- some unanswered metaphysical question you try & get answered incognito.

Humor in good taste-- ALLOWED. Intellectual apparel: allowed. Startle the waitstaff with a goatee, Periwig, or monocle. Fold-up sunglasses, corduroy jackets with elbow patches-- allowed. No Meerschaum tobacco pipes, please. Absinthe is not served.

Here's the list of suggestions of things that we could do without,

--Intellectual Snobs.
--gray cars. Noted: they call the color "silver". It's gray! How about some orange or bright red; purple? /...brown houses. How about some beuatiful bright blue or even orange?
--certain personalities we could do without (specify).

--"sports" which include brawls
--ingredients once called "artificial flavors" now called "natural flavors" or "spices";
--1- ply toilet paper
--TV stations which raise the volume when there are ads,

--weather forecasters calling snow flurries "storm systems"
--bicyclists wearing dark clothes with no lights at night or helmets
--stores making $5 on a purchase requiring the customer to make exact change on a cash total of $10.01.
--fake internet sites with pop-up ads
--very heavy wheelchair "accessible" electronic doors which don't work.
--unintelligible subway "T" employees, way over-amplified & repeating the same info between stations as if it is a play-by-play to the point that no one can talk or even think
--unlabeled additives in wine (there are dozens)
--live TV reporters sent to remote/ non greater-area Boston locations where there is the most extreme weather to comment on the severity of weather events whereas most viewers live in Boston
--music stations that continue playing the same songs over & over until you can't stand them any more  
--obnoxious car horns. Why can't cars play a sweet melody to say "please do you mind moving out of the way", instead of "move it, idiot"!
--recent legislation in Massachusetts outlawing electric bicycles
--Local news i.e. police log plus weather plus celebrity report
--The planned cloning of a Woolly Mammoth from DNA found from fossils (yes, really)


(...this debate could get interesting; who will debate in support of the misguided forecasters, --? the Woolly Mammoths?)

Parking: unrestricted on Sundays in Cambridge. Otherwise put your old clunky Volkswagens at the Charles Hotel Parking garage, 1 Bennett St.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I find plenty of meetup groups have bad percentage turnouts. Most of the time it doesn't matter to the event if people show up or not so most don't change their RSVP to No when they decide not to come. Things come up in everyone's life, however I would have thought an event host would send an email (though perhaps you didn't even have time for that). Thank you for your past hosting.

    August 19, 2013

    • duncan

      Well Gail, thank you for your good points. I had set the specific location up & even I only expected 10 people (one third of the signups).

      August 19, 2013

  • duncan

    Something very unexpected came up & I couldn't go! But it must be said that Nerd Fun has the worst percentage turnout with Meetup.com. I'm certain of that cause I host about 8 other Meetup.com groups.

    I was able to make all the other 29 Intellectual Snob Meetups, however! My biggest disappointment was that I couldn't bring my stash of leftover mustaches yesterday.

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There were only 7 of us there. What happened?

    August 18, 2013

  • Sylvia

    I had the only mustache there!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • charlotte

    Duncan where were you? Only 7 of the 30 who rsvpd yes showed up.

    August 18, 2013

  • Henrique Ribeiro A.

    Great idea. Let's do this conversation.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Charlie

    Something we can do without: Sentences that contain "metaphysical" for no apparent reason and grammatical errors.

    August 13, 2013

  • Judi

    will be on Cape...next time.

    August 13, 2013

  • Erin

    I'm new to the group but assure you I'll bring my fair share of snobbery. Most of my geeky peeves are brought to the surface due to a dearth of proper grammar. C'mon people, using an "apostrophe 'S'" is NOT difficult. Neither is figuring out whether to use "fewer" or "less." See, my geek rant has already begun!

    I hope this isn't already a tight-knit group, and I hope you welcome a fellow nerd to your ranks.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Eric

    HA!! This sounds hysterical. I'm in.

    July 22, 2013

  • Mary

    Alas, I will be out of town on business so I can't impart my snobery on all of you. Hopefully next time.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Sylvia

    I will be sorry if this is the last one. Duncan is uniquely suited to host these, IMO. However, if they continue afterwards, I'll still come.

    1 · June 24, 2013

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