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Cassandra
Cassandra

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Location: Back in Paris... for now !
Member Since: 8th Jun 2001
Total posts: 4224
Posted:Good Morningeveningafternoon smile

Well... I have been on this board for almost 4 years, traveled around the world to many different meets ranging from 2 people to a few hundred... I have amazing memories of Paris, Clapham, Houston, Koh chang, Bangkok, Guatemala and other places which still dance in my heart, but i also had my share of bad experiences, smoetimes even in the same places wink

What got me thinking is that , after not having touched a poi in months and months and months, llast sunday i went to the sunday meet in Melbourne. The people were really friendly not just to me who knew a few people, but also to some random people passing by. How absolutely lovely it was...

Do nice gatherings tend to lost their soul after a while and if so why ? how? If not or even if so... what can one do to prolongue the friendliness and magic?

Things I found participate to a nice atmosphere in a gathering :
- someone "in charge" coming up to newcomers/passers by to welcome them, explain the possible rules, do a few introductions
- Food shared
- Themed gatherings (Moon Pixie, YOU ROCK) ubblove
- Safety applied, responsibilty shared, issues gently but firmly explained to newbies or stubborn people
- Sharing of skills with unlit toys (day time or even night time, but just sharing of skills)
-music, drums...
-bonfires
-blankets to sit on and share
-nutella wink

Things I found were inducing poorer atmosphere:
- NOONE welcoming new people
- clickey groups who ignore others (and mind you I DO realize that sometimes we are just having a blast with friends we only see rarely and it may be intimidating to others, and that is ok, it is just about remembering what it was like to be new and keeping it in mind and sometimes looking around to see if maybe we can share a smile with a stranger who seems a bit lost or shy...)
- alcohol in general
- substance abuse combined with use of fire
- no respect of others toys, safety, space
- competitive attitudes
- vegemite wink

Thi is really not me being an old fart singing the song of "those were the times", this is truely a quest for the receipy/receipies for a warm gathering... perhaps it will give people ideas, or even make some people realize that their gathering could get some warmth and love input to renew the dynamics.

How intimidating are those gatherings... how amazing and inspiring they can be too... so why not discuss it and then possibly try to apply it

idea? feedback? anyone?

Shine on
Cass

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ben-ja-men
ben-ja-men

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Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 12th Jun 2003
Total posts: 2474
Posted:Written by: Valura

A lot of the time at burleigh only the *really good spinners* would get a clap after they spun, and a lot of the public would slag other spinners (audiably) because they were not as good as the previous spinners.



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LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:*bump*
because the first post is brilliant
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Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:YAY! clap

- a chai kitchen
- good weather (high temperatures)
- a lake closeby
- understanding and participating neighbors
- absence of and no necessity for LEO's
- lots of huggies
- friends
- 200 free containers of body paint

ach I could go on and on and on


the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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georgemc
georgemc

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Location: Christchurch
Member Since: 16th Oct 2006
Total posts: 2387
Posted: Written by: FireTom


- 200 free containers of body paint


eek * tries to shake mental vision of Tom nekkid enuff to use 200 containers of body paint! * eek ubblol ubblol ubblol

Good thread - well bumped Angel!


Written by: Doc Lightning talking about Marmite in Kichi's Intro thread

I have several large jars of the stuff. I actually like it... a little. And don't tell anyone I admitted to it.
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FireTom
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Member Since: 20th Sep 2003
Total posts: 6650
Posted:ubblol *psst* add 300 girls of Mouse'size... or 100 each sex' - whatever your preference wink

the best smiles are the ones you lead to wink

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LazyAngel
LazyAngel

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Cambridge UK
Member Since: 29th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2895
Posted:well with the summer coming up: should we be taking notes?...

Hell yeah!!
smile

Tom: what are LEOs??


Because ActiveAngel sounds like a feminine deodorant

Like sex, I'm much more interesting in real life than online.

'Be the change you want to see in the world around you' - Ghandi

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_Poiboy_
_Poiboy_

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Location: Raanana, Israel
Member Since: 12th Jan 2004
Total posts: 1113
Posted:great thread, just went through it all. I'll mail it to Gal so the next israeli gathering will be even better.

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