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Re: [AustinGeeksAndGamers] Giving thanks for my fellow geeks

From: Jodin
Sent on: Saturday, November 24, 2012 2:32 PM
Congratulations on 200 members Johann!

From: Johann <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, November 24,[masked]:16 AM
Subject: [AustinGeeksAndGamers] Giving thanks for my fellow geeks

Hello my fellow Austin Geeks and Gamers!
Just last week, we broke 200!  We are building a great geek community here in Austin, and I wanted to express my thanks for everybody who has joined us, whether or not I have met you at one of our events yet.
I also wanted to share a personal story about why I run this group. Like most of us, I was not popular in high school. I was the weird, smart kid with few social skills. Since there was no back then, I found another “geekish” group to join – Mensa (the high IQ group).  Even though I was only 15 at the time, I found a community of adults who warmly accepted me as one of their own, and treated me as an equal. I found a place where I belonged, even if I did pick an argument about gun control at my first meeting. (Turns out, the Mensa member I chose to argue with was also a member of the NRA. He gently, but thoroughly, put me in my place.) In any case, it was that level of understanding, acceptance, and belonging that got me through those difficult years with sanity mostly intact.
There is an important mission to Austin Geeks and Gamers beyond the occasional movie, board game, or pinball meetup. I see our community as a haven for any of us who have ever felt out of place at social gatherings. You may think of yourself as shy, introverted, weird, socially awkward, or just not fitting in. It doesn’t matter. Here, you belong. You will always find tolerance and acceptance here.  And I want to ensure that all our members practice the same level of acceptance with each other.
That said, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meetup. There are still a couple spaces left for next Saturday’s “Share Your Favorite Movie” night at my house. And you know you want to see “The Hobbit” in its opening weekend, so why don’t you join us at Gateway Cinemas on Friday, December 14? I look forward to seeing y’all there.
Live long and prosper,
Be seeing you,
Game on,
Jeff Johannigman
People Type Consulting - [address removed]

"Helping people discover their unique strengths
and value the differences of others"

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