Day: February 9, 2011

Writing Wednesday: Adventures in Social Awkwardness

Over the weekend, I went to my second meeting of the Philadelphia Writer’s Meetup.  For those of you unfamiliar with Meetup, it’s a website that allows individuals to create groups and schedule “meetups” for everything from kayaking to Goth parenting. In theory, Meetup is a great idea but in practice, it tends to attract large amounts of socially awkward folk who can’t help but adopt the behavior of a bunch of third graders on a field trip whenever they dare to actually venture out in public.  (“Where’s the organizer?”  “Are we there yet?” “Where are we going to sit?”  “Will we get a bathroom break soon?”  “Is it time for lunch?”) Having been homeschooled, I don’t deal particularly well with field trips of the group variety.  I know Meetups are all about meeting people but if I’d like to check out the view from the roof deck while the rest of the group would rather huddle around the bar lest someone wander off and get lost, then, by golly, I’m gonna go check out the …