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Intellectual Snob Meetup: "Things We Could do Without" DEBATE

According to the most recent detailed hourly forecast the "storm" is being way over-hyped for this Meetup location,
http://www.timeanddate.com/weather/usa/cambridge/hourly

NOTE! MBTA subway between Harvard and Alewife will be buses only. Parking is available at the Charles Hotel parking garage.

Welcome to Chap XXIII the 23rd Intellectual Snob debate with Nerd Fun! We will have reservations at the tall tables behind the reception area. Feel free to exchange seats so you can talk to everybody.

Please bring cash and tip generously your patient waitstaff. Tabs are not encouraged. Please be on time or you risk losing your seat.
...a journal:

--Truck reverse warning signals--!
--LEAF BLOWERS:
--waiting in a line just to pay somebody for groceries;
--additives in food under the pretext of described "tomato paste";
POTHOLES; (the absence of pavement);
--Orange juice --95 % water-- not labeled as "Water Juice";
--cashiers with greasy palms;
--weather forecasters who don't apologize for wrong forecasts

--boredom; a movie you can't stand but can't leave either (you want to impress your date):

Thumbnail for version as of 11:13, 22 June 2011

(...this debate could get interesting; who will debate in support of the leaf blowers, ...potholes -- effective as speed bumps? How can you fire cashiers for greasy palms?)

...maybe we can make this into a theatrical skit.
IT'S OK-- this time you may COMPLAIN.


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.

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

    We will reschedule this it was fascinating, (most signups were spooked by the unfounded Boston weather forecasts).

    February 24, 2013

  • Stacey

    I'm sorry to miss this, but I'm not feeling well. I'll look for it next week if it shifts secondary to the snow storm. Otherwise, have a good one. Cheers!

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought this event was postponed due to the weather. Unfortunately I will not be able to travel in due to the expected storm. I will attend if the date has been moved.

    February 23, 2013

  • Sylvia

    I'm very sorry to miss this one, but I have a work conflict.

    February 23, 2013

  • Stacey

    Hi Lauren! So this event is now on March 3rd?

    February 22, 2013

  • Amy

    are jeggings allowed?

    December 13, 2012

    • Helice

      Can definitely do without those.

      February 21, 2013

  • Brenda M

    Hi, this might be my first meetup with this group. Is the intent of the night to be witty? Are topics preselected (it seems so by the comments)?

    December 29, 2012

    • Helice

      Hey Stranger!! Maybe see you there!

      February 21, 2013

  • Chris C.

    Is this things we COULD do without or things we'd PREFER to do without? I could do without mass entertainment too, but I'd prefer not to, cause it's such good downtime background noise.

    I could do without political parties.

    December 13, 2012

    • Chris C.

      The alternative is elections as contests between individuals free to vote their conscience without fear of losing campaign funding from party leaders.

      December 17, 2012

    • Helen H.

      Contests between even more than now restricted to the rich individuals

      February 15, 2013

  • duncan

    Brenda yes the intent is very much to be witty. The topics are only a guide because topics were requested. Your own topics are very welcome & thanks.

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe-Premise sounds intriguing and promising. Will keep RSVP up-to-date.

    December 13, 2012

  • Suzanne S

    I'm a pseudo intellectual according to the test. I've always been a bridge between the average guy and the intellectuals. I understand both sides and help them work together.

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    None of the above are on my list. I would prefer to do without promotion, mass entertainment, fashion, drug laws, and ice underfoot.

    2 · December 13, 2012

  • Shava N.

    I can do without pseudo-intellectuals. (Just snark but how could I resist? ;)

    December 13, 2012

  • Kevin

    Looking forward to spirited discussions.

    December 13, 2012

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