Spaw, you have a say - I'm just surprised it's so thoughtful and not invoking TNYCFTS (or whatever that acronym is...LOL)
I came up with an analogy I liked in a note to Jeri:
The Getaway was sortof like one of those parties that couples or housemates sometimes give, where they invite everyone they know from their different workplaces, their church, their bowling league, their theater group. Even though everyone's pretty nice and they all know the hosts, pretty soon there are small clusters of people in the kitchen and the TV room and standing awkwardly in the living room, talking to the folks they know. It takes a really skilled people person to get the groups to mix and mingle happily, something which most of us inadequately socialized folkies are not particularly adept at.
I'm not trying to say folks were out-and-out rude; I just wanted to raise the level of consciousness about the issues involved. That done, I think that the Mudcatters ought to explore renting a camp in a centralish location (in the US?)and throwing our own big blowout weekend for the 10th!