This group is for anyone who wants to have a fun time Twice a month (monthly in some cases) discussing articles and current events over a delicious dinner.
Every month, we will post links to four unrelated web pages, usually news stories, to discuss them while having dinner. Members are encouraged to read these articles (and other sources) and join the group for dinner to talk, brainstorm, and challenge our believes about these articles. The intent is that this REQUIRED reading will take about 2 hours (uh uh - yes! A challenge). The events will generally be every other Sunday or Saturday evening to give members time do the reading.
The idea is to be like a book club, but with far more modest demands on peoples' time.
RSVP's will be limited.
Sometimes we can cook at my house or other members places (if they want to accommodate us). In addition, there will also be a focus on having a nice meal from a variety of cuisines. We will only go to restaurants that agree in advance to do separate checks. Specific information about the price of a restaurant (if not a link to an online menu) will be provided.
***When going to restaurants, please make sure to let me or any co-admin if you are not coming with at least a couple of days in advanced. This will give us a chance to update a reservation with enough time, and this way create a better experience for the rest of the attendees. If a member fails to update the admin of the meetup 3 consecutive times, he/she will be removed from the group. The reason is that we are all about being responsible and respectful. ***
ANONYMOUS MEMBER POLICY ==============================
This meetup does not allow anonymous members. All new members must have a picture, less than 10 years old, clearly showing their face, posted, and must post a human first name. There are two main reasons for this:
• Part of the experience that I am trying to create is that people will get to know each other, and when deciding whether to attend, will be able to look at who has RSVP'ed and recognize their friends. People who don't list the names they are referred to while present, and who don't have recognizable pictures of themselves up, are very hard to keep track of.
• Anonymous people are sometimes very badly behaved. For example, they will lie in the discussion on the event pages or on the discussion board, and it can take a lot of work and research to expose them as liars, at which point they just trade in their old anonymous identity for a new one. Also, anonymous people tend to be much more rude than others. For those reasons, I would prefer that everybody in attendance have a reputation at stake.
PRE-EVENT DISCUSSION ========================
Sometimes there will be pre-event discussion, as comments on the event page, or on the discussion board, about the topics. Rude comments will be deleted at the organizer's discretion, as will comments by people who won't be attending, especially if they are running down the topics.