The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40429   Message #578773
Posted By: Allan C.
24-Oct-01 - 12:04 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat and FSGW/Other 3d organ.
Subject: RE: Mudcat and FSGW/Other 3d organ.
Frankly, I could see no reason for introducing people at the open-mike as to whether they were FSGW or 'Catters. The FSGW folks all seem to know one another and the 'Catters seem to know one another as well. It really didn't amount to a hill of beans to me one way or another. I didn't hear any thunderous applause from either group whenever their group's name was mentioned - the way it would be if, say, you had two opposing football teams in the same room. So, it seemed as though it didn't mean a hill of beans to anyone else.

I fully agree that the segregated housing seemed to reinforce the divisions. Such segregation may have been a good idea when the Mudcat contingent was brand new to the gathering; but now it really is superfluous to continue it. As mentioned above, most of the Mudcats know one another by name or at least through pictures we have seen.

The so-called late-night Mudcat session in cabin #10 was not exclusive in any way. Anyone at all would have been welcome there. In fact, I was rather disappointed that (as far as I know) it was the ONLY session in any of the cabins. Everyone else seemed to insist upon trying to have their sessions in the dining hall. This meant that there was quite a bit of overlap of sound which, in some instances, resulted in a marginally unpleasant cacaphony. If more of those sessions had been in the cabins, it would have been much nicer all around. (IMHO)

I guess what I am saying, and what has been said by others here and on the "memories" thread is that there were things that were done to reinforce the divisions which could easily be eliminated or at least reduced in future years.

As I see it, on one weekend of each year, a bunch of like-minded folks gather at Camp Ramblewood. Nothing more; nothing less. I enjoyed getting to know many of them. I hope to meet more in the future.