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Silly Car

Never Decreasing Circles...

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I suspect this thread will descend into a pit of despair fairly quickly, but I have been reading the TRC Rollcall thread and I must admit I am a little disappointed in the general undertone of some of the replies...

DodgetheRog has obviously spent a lot of time putting together those words and when he read it out at the Memorial Meet, he was met with acknowledging nods, smiles, titters and a round of applause at the end. He has captures a lot of what the spirit of TRC is all about.

The Memorial Meet is NOT a cliquey affair, not in the slightest, I am not the best person at walking up to people I don't know, but over the past three years when it have been a weekend affair, I have had a thoroughly good time, chatting to, listening to and meeting new people.

As far as I am aware none of the events, whether it be the various Winter Balls, the summer camping trips, the tours organised by Adam, Phy5ic5, Flash and others, the Treasure Hunts, the numerous drinks all around the country are invite only, it is generally a case that the same people who like mixing and meeting up tend to attend.

It beggars belief that some people think that there are is a clique, if knowing people for perhaps up to 10, 11, 12 years makes it cliquey, counting on these weird internet people as friends, for good and bad times, trading compliments, insults, help, a listening ear, a sounding board or just someone to go for a pint on a Thursday afternoon between meeting one mate for lunch and meeting someone for dinner on an evening in a small town miles from home, then I am pleased that I am in a clique, the clique known as TRC.

I have lost count of the people who will go out of their way to help others, I am one of those people who has benefited from it but I also hope that I have put more back into the system than I have taken out.

I am not naive enough to think that people don't get together and have camping holidays, tours, holidays, appear on TV, get married, have children, whatever with people from the forum, but it isn't a case of being exclusive it is just friends being friends.

After typing all of this, I can't be arsed with the potential fall out, the hand wringing, people saying it is just some soft lad from up North attention seeking, so to the blog it will head and most likely disappear without a trace.

ps I have had lunch with two TRCers in the last few weeks and didn't invite anyone else, I am surely going to hell for forming my own clique!

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  1. katana's Avatar
    Think that clique thing is a bit daunting to a new person as there are in jokes (what happened to the soapy tenner) and the impression as there is a lot of meeting up, house parties and generally being a big group of friends.
  2. Bonners's Avatar
    With my serious head on, well said young man. There were a few people who I'd never met before at the do and I'm pretty sure we all made an effort to make them feel welcome and they had an enjoyable other words not cliquey at all.
  3. Qfm's Avatar
    Nice blog young sir!!
  4. katana's Avatar
    Bonners, did you give them a hug?
  5. Adam's Avatar
    You aren't as aware as you think.
  6. Silly Car's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Adam
    You aren't as aware as you think.
    I *think* that is covered under 'friends being friends'.

    Of course there are invite only events but AFAIK they aren't paraded in front of the unwashed in order to taunt them...
  7. The Martian's Avatar
    My first forum outing was to a house party where I had never laid eyes on another person (from the forum) before. I was made very welcome by the party holders (FA & Metz ) and as such have gone on to other TRC events and become "one of the regulars"
    I havent joined a clique as far as I am concerned as new people are always welcomed, like I was and one of the best things about the group is that it is always open to new people
  8. Fruity's Avatar
    I ... is just some soft lad from up North

    Not even that, you're a plastic Mackem at best, soft lad!

    Where was my lunch invite?

  9. Silly Car's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fruity
    Not even that, you're a plastic Mackem at best, soft lad!

    Where was my lunch invite?

    You, as you well know, were not invited...

    The bloody pub you recommended was closed!
  10. Fruity's Avatar
    I told you I hadn't been there for a year or so. It was good.
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