The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #40429   Message #578905
Posted By: SINSULL
24-Oct-01 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Mudcat and FSGW/Other 3d organ.
Subject: RE: Mudcat and FSGW/Other 3d organ.
I must have missed something. I found myself sharing tunes and songs with everyone. But I will admit that I met most of these people through the kids who were running around. Befriend a child and within an hour Mom visits. Already have a date with a young man and his mother for the Scary Story Workshop next year - he missed "Mrs. Ravoon" and was too shy to ask Kendall to sing it Sunday night.
I don't think I worked particularly hard at chatting with "strangers", just asked questions when I was genuinely interested and made friends. Two FSGW members have my name and email. They have lyrics and leads to some recordings I need.
I had only one minor incident but it raised a red flag: I approached a man named Bruce and asked if he were BruceO explaining that BruceO used to post on Mudcat but now I know him only through his webpage. The icy reply I received was "I don't OWN a computer." A woman nearby sniggered. I smiled and said "Well, when you get one, come visit me at Mudcat." and walked away. That small group obviously resented Mudcat but I did not see them taking part in much but their own private exchanges. I was offended but also confused - isn't BruceO a known entity at FSGW? Part of the inner clique, she asks facetiously? Maybe they actually resented his inner clique status, not Mudcat.
I never ate a meal alone - lunch almost always with non-'Catters. Lots of interest and amusement at how we all came together.Commiseration over the dreadful burgers; Thrills over the salad bar.

I guess the final test of whether or not there is a "problem" is whether or not you'll be returning next year...I will. And so will Spaw and Karen!!!!! Damn it.