A good problem to have!

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Registered: 05-23-2008
A good problem to have!
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Sun, 01-15-2012 - 9:27pm

Late last year, I took over as organizer of 3 different singles groups whose original organizers didn't want to run them any longer. Then just after NYD I grandfathered them together into a new group and re-named it Singles Who Make Things. Much of the reason why I did so is because there aren't any other local groups for single crafters---I've been sewing since 1979, woodworking since 1985, and metalworking since 1992, so I know what I'm talking about---but also because the group's focus is intended to be something other than the nightclub scene.

Well, as new members began to apply to the group, I quickly learned there's a whole demographic out there who don't like the nightclub scene any more than I do, because it makes us feel left out. Surprise surprise, the new group is now critically short of MEN---which is pretty much the opposite of the usual problem most singles groups have!

We haven't got enough people for a good-sized meetup yet, but the people who've been admitted to the group seem like really nice people, not the usual crowd who just want to guzzle beer and get laid.

But the point is... it looks like I found the missing mojo. I already have plans for combined meetups with 2 other singles groups whose focus is non-alcohol. :smileyvery-happy:

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Registered: 05-23-2008
Mon, 01-16-2012 - 7:15pm

Not at all. Guests are always welcome in both of my groups (I also run a meetup group for self-published authors).

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Registered: 05-14-1999
Mon, 01-16-2012 - 1:10pm
Hey there, I noticed you used the word "admitted" in relation to the meetup members. I was under the impression that you go to the site, find a meetup, and just show up. Am I wrong? Just curious :)
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Registered: 05-23-2008
Mon, 01-16-2012 - 12:41pm

@musiclover 12,

If you really want to meet men, ham radio may be just the thing for you. Get a copy of the Technician Class Amateur Radio Exam booklet, study it, pass the test, buy one of those walkie-talkies as small as a bar of soap, and join a couple of local radio ham clubs. Most of the people at the meetings will be male retirees older than most western countries, but there will be a few younger guys, and men outnumber women by 20 to 3. You just may bag a nice engineer! :smileywink: I speak as a radio ham of 16 years' experience, and I've gone to a LOT of meetings.

@marina90292,

It may take a little prodding, but we guys do have our own grapevine. It will only be a matter of time and a little effort... "hi, my name is John, and I customize cars". Though the group will invariably attract a few boozehounds who will want to do drink-a-thons like all the other groups...:smileysad:

I presume you live in or near MDR? We're practically in each other's back yards!

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Registered: 02-26-2011
Mon, 01-16-2012 - 2:30am

Shortage of MEN?!?!

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Sun, 01-15-2012 - 9:34pm

Hmm, I'd like to find a meetup group that has too many men, but I digress.