I know there are lurkers out there who consider, and reject, attending a meet up—I was once one of you. I’ve now attended two meet ups and one post-meet up binge, and I can definitely tell you that you really shouldn’t miss another. However, you will certainly want to take care to prepare yourself properly before diving in. Herewith I present my list of those things one must do if one wishes to come out of a SSS meet up (relatively) unscathed.
Step 1 (and really, most important): Abandon Hope.
Step 2: Fall in with the least crazy of the attendees.
Step 3: Bring a propitiating tasty treat or adult beverage.
Step 4: Be old enough that they instinctively show you respect. (For when your later behavior doesn’t merit it…)
Step 5: Throw in an f-bomb or two just to establish your street cred.
Step 6: Be the one who drives.
Step 7: Plan NOTHING for the next day. (Certainly not home-made blueberry pancake making and driving to airports…)
With these few helpful tips under your belt, you can, with confidence, meet and greet with the best of them. See you at the next one!