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I had some thoughts...

From: Joe
Sent on: Friday, September 28, 2007 6:44 PM
First, I'm not Jeff, but if this is the "ASS" meetup, I just joined last night.  Lovely to hear from you either way.  For what it's worth, I did read your message a bit, and from participating in other groups, my opinion is that sit down meals don't allow people to mingle.  I think happy hour is a good idea under certain circumstances (i.e. not all you can drink, or a notorious meat market - I've thought the Tusk Lounge at The Brass Elephant might be a nice place).
Anyway, perhaps I will meet you at some point - I may be swayed to help organize, and I have a couple of ideas about activities.  I made suggestions as part of another group, but it got 'cliquey' (is that a word?) fast, and so I left. Besides, I too live on this side of town (Towson/Parkville area) so scheduling things up here might be a good idea. 
Joe Sauer  

Marci Ziese <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Jeff,
Sorry Missye and I had to cut out early.  Long way back to Parkville/Hamilton area.  I think things turned out very well.  Shame Rhonda and Yinka didn't stay around long enough for me to talk with.  Other than the awkwardness at the other end of the table until we mixed- up, I think things went very well.  People seemed very relaxed and friendly and no one had had enough to drink to account for this.  Actually, it was one of the nicest parties that I have attended where I didn't know a soul.
I don't know whether you are working on it, but when I  checked the member list just now to help better establish the names/identities in my mind (I'm bad with names), I noticed that there was not a "1" by Steven's or Terrapin's(i.e. Terry) names for number of events attended.  Since they were two of the shy ones, unless they asked not to have this noted, it would be nice to acknowledge their presence, as they will feel remembered and welcomed.
I'm trying to think of someplace that might be a little quieter where we could interact more as a "group" next time.  That is unless you think small groups talking within the larger group is better.
I was amazed at the variety of backgrounds and yet the meshing and overlapping of many of the backgrounds/occupations of the participants.  What I liked about the meeting too was that people seemed to be genuinely interested in talking with each other and didn't obviously be cruising for "partners."
I wonder if for one of the upcoming meet-ups we could either have an activity that everyone might enjoy, or a topic.  Maybe if each person either briefly described how and why some book they read or some person in their life influenced them, this might lead to further discussion.
Just some thoughts.  You managed to bring things together very well.  I thought of one activity which might lend itself to an agreeable gathering.  Sunday October 21 at Boordy Vineyards from 1 - 5 P.M.  a local Irish Band will be playing.  If it is still warm enough we could perhaps bring picnic items (I believe their is some food available too, if people just want to buy food).  We could come up with an alternate meeting place if the weather won't co-operate.
Here is Boordy's web-link:
It is in northeastern Baltimore County.  Here is a web-link for directions:
It could be a wine and cheese party with no whining. Tee Hee!
Maybe making a few suggestions in the next week and having people "vote" on it would be a way to do this.

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