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For the past few weeks & months, I've contemplated how more members in this group can meet one another.
I could be wrong, but my conjecture is having/raising a child is challenging and expensive.
Being a parent is life-changing. Not only is your free time dramatically reduced, but your priorities and expenses also change.
Some parents might be stressed, exhausted, and interested in meeting other adults (parents who are in similar situations and who can relate/empathize).
A few parents in this group have asked me about hiking & backpacking with other parents.
What a great way to spend quality time together, right?
Kids can meet other kids while hiking (play date). Parents spend so much free time with their child(ren), meeting other adults who aren’t co-workers is sometimes desirable.
Hiking and backpacking are low cost compared to new video games, electronics, phones, toys, tickets to children’s events/activities.
Plus, with the increased rate in child obesity and Type II diabetes, introducing kids to an active and healthy life-style is beneficial.
Our group has a decent number of members, so surely some are sincere in wanting to meet others.
And since some of my camping trips get full and I feel bad some people can't go b/c there's no room, having more group get-togethers makes sense.
Many weekends don't have anything scheduled.
My priority (and passion) will always be volunteering, so I'll be busy with my other groups:
...but I still want some of you in this group to have an opportunity to actually meet.
In all honesty, I started this group on an impulsive whim, with thoughts of just having an extra group for 6 months. But 6 months turned into a year, which has continued on until now...
and as much as I have enjoyed planning group camping trips and meeting friendly people from this group, I don't know if this can be sustained forever.
As of now, I'm comfortable with the camping trips planned in 2019, but after that (i.e. 2020 and beyond), I honestly don't know.
So in case this group eventually comes to an end, while there's still time (and an opportunity), you all have the ability to participate.
Many of you are probably in other groups.
I am in (and have been in other) groups, but have never attended their events.
People have different reasons...
Maybe some are genuinely busy and haven't had the chance to attend yet. With so many different options and limited free time, it's hard to be active in every group you're in.
Maybe some groups aren't active, or don't offer appealing events, or don't fit your schedule.
Maybe some are nervous and reluctant to meet new people (strangers).
I once was in that situation. I only joined Meetup because I was part of a volleyball group mailing list, and they moved over to Meetup to communicate about future games, and I initially thought this whole platform was for losers with no friends.
It kind of seems weird, awkward, and embarrassing, right?
I eventually got over my ego/pride and attended an event, and was pleasantly surprised some cool and friendly people use this.
It's kind of like internet/online dating. In the beginning, some looked down on it and viewed it as sad, lame, and pathetic...but now, it's pretty common and normal, and many have even gotten married.
Anyhow, totally fine if some people remain scared and timid.
But if any of you do want to meet new people and make new friends, then this group is available for you to do so.
Again, since I plan only a few events, many weekends are open and available for other events. Or feel free to suggest something on a weeknight or weekday if that fits your schedule better.
Would anyone want to plan a hike, day-trip, weekend get-away, or another fun event/activity?
Maybe there's a hike you really want to go on.
Maybe you want to do something casual (e.g. walking at a park or beach, bike riding, kayaking, roller-blading, running, etc.).
Maybe you want to do something more intense (e.g. rock climbing, skydiving, bungee jumping, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.).
Many of you are smart, organized, and knowledgeable of fun activities and events, so your help is welcome and appreciated.
If you live in a geographic region and are open to meeting others in your area.
Or if you have a specific preference as to demographics...
...maybe you want to meet others who are like-minded and similar to you:
age or gender
culture / ethnicity / race
religion or political beliefs
hobbies / interests
Maybe you're a single parent who wants to meet other single parents. Various women have contacted me to ask about hiking (and backpacking) with their kids, so that's one possibility if any moms (or dads) want to coordinate something.
Many women are social, so if you want to plan a women's social (ladies-only) event like brunch, happy hour, or lunch/dinner, that's fine too.
Maybe you're divorced / separated and want to make new platonic friends or meet other divorced individuals or singles.
Maybe you're really into yoga / pilates....or you want to meet others who share your faith or political affiliation.
Maybe you want to meet others who are vegetarian / vegan.
Maybe you are gay/lesbian/transgender and want to meet others in the LGBT community.
Maybe you're single and haven't had success on Tinder or other dating apps / sites. Would any of you want to plan a group activity to meet others singles?
Maybe you live outside Los Angeles and Orange County, and there aren't many Meetup groups in your area. I've seen people join this group from outside LA and OC....so just lmk and maybe we can connect you with others who might be in this group. There's no shame or embarrassment to living wherever you do. So just lmk and maybe we can try to find others who live near you who are open to making new friends.
For example, one group member is in Santa Barbara.
A few members have joined from areas like Ventura, Conejo Valley, Palmdale / Lancaster, South OC, Temecula / Menifee / Murieta, Redlands, etc.
So wherever you live, South Bay, Westside, downtown LA, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Riverside, Chino, Covina, Pasadena / Glendale / Burbank, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Long Beach, South Central LA, Pomona, Upland, etc... wherever...just lmk if you want to plan something to meet others in your geographic region.
Many of you are active and want to live healthy lives.
While some people stay at home to binge watch tv shows or movies on Netflix, or stare at their computer screens or phones, fortunately some people want to get outside and enjoy what life has to offer.
Instead of looking at videos or photos of others on Facebook, Instagram, etc. who are living life, surely some of you want to have your own personal experiences and memories, right?
So if you want to plan anything like a hike, backpacking trip, day-trip to San Diego or Big Bear, or a walk at a beach or park, or even something like attend one of the free music concerts, art walks, or Shakespeare plays during the summer, or go to a museum, cultural festival, movie, etc., just lmk.
I plan only a few camping trips, so not much else happens during the rest of the year.
Especially if any of you want to go hiking on a weekend, feel free to plan something. With a decent number of members in our group, surely some others will want to join you for going outside and enjoying nature.
This verbose/bombastic monologue is almost over. :)
I'm posting this from my other account (because Meetup sends me MANY reminders/notifications).
Sometimes I leave my phone on at night, and Meetup will sometimes send exasperating notifications at 3 or 4 in the morning, and throughout the day...so I'm using this secondary account on an old, inactive phone.
So I might not see if anybody posts comments on here, and I'm very slow to check messages on this account, so if anyone has an idea for a group meetup event, it's best to message me on my main account.
Not all in this group might participate, and that's okay.
Some people who have attended my camping trips have had positive experiences and made new friends, so hopefully a few more members can meet through other events/activities.
Again, if anyone is shy, introverted, nervous, socially awkward, etc..., then I get it.
It took me some time to overcome my embarrassment and trepidation, so if any of you do decide to participate and try meeting others, then I sincerely hope you have a good/positive experience in this group or another group.
Life is short.
Why be alone/lonely on a weekend when you can do fun stuff with others, right?
So give it a try.
If you have a bad/negative experience, then okay...but who knows, maybe you'll be surprised that there are some good/cool people out there, and make some new friends.