< How fabulous is this group??
This past Saturday we had our awesome and too infrequent #BCSM TweetUp. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, share our recent experiences and build on our online connections. Each time, as I drive away through admittedly horrendous traffic I can’t help but think how lucky we are that the universe caused our paths to cross. And how VERY lucky we are to live in a city with a critical mass that enables us to meet!
So here’s how it goes…
The LA Farmer’s Market is a major hub of activity on any weekend (especially one as gorgeous as ours was), and so even scoring a table is a challenge. But we’re a persuasive bunch, and we managed to snag one. We straggle in, and bemoaning traffic morphs into gratitude that we are together. Once we reach a critical mass, it’s a bit like a family reunion…we pretty much talk over one another in our eagerness to get everyone’s updates.
This time I got called away from the excitement to tend to a rescue mission! One of us couldn’t get into the parking lot and was about to head home in defeat. Unacceptable! I found an open parking lot entrance and even fought to save her a parking spot. (Karma at work: one woman was so angry I was saving a spot that she threatened to come back and key the car, and then a man nearly ran me over and took the spot. Here’s hoping she DID key the car!! I’m evil, I know, but I’m ok with that.)
Once the table is full we spend the next hour or two sharing stories. Family, jobs, advocacy, and our health updates. Then a game I know a Jewish Geography – we figure out who from the #BCSM community has managed to meet whom, when and at which conference. I marvel at how connected we feel.
All in all, it is at once an uneventful and deeply powerful few hours. I sit, quietly wondering why we don’t do this more often and yet knowing how hard it is for us to make it happen at all. And I look forward to the next one!