Thought Scythe would want to say something about the Bristol Meet but he only alluded to it on the forums so I thought I would write something.
I had decided to make a day of the trip and had arranged an early morning session with John, the Bristol Meet and an evening session with my brother at a club making it quite a busy day. Obviously it costs quite a bit to get around and I wanted to maximise the bang for my buck so to speak.
So arrived earlier than planned at the Trenchard St car park and sent a message to John, who purely by coincidence had arrived at the same time so we met up outside and made our way to the Boston Tea Party shop. John is helping me with the FTP site which is currently behind schedule as I have little spare time. The status is that the site is now ready and we have the arduous task of uploading and labelling all the files. John has been collecting these files for 15 years and has done a sterling job of sorting them out. I will build the directory structure and we will start the uploads and when we have a few up we will open it for access.
After we had finished this we wandered along to the park to await the others and as we arrived earlier than the start time we did a little exploring. There is a watchtower there build in the late 1890s which has a fantastic view of the surrounding city and countryside. The park itself hold a wide variety of wildlife and non native plants. Worth a visit especially armed with the plant sheet that was distributed on line by Terry and brought nicely laminated by Scythe.
As we didn’t know anyone from the area and I had only see a picture of Scythe we spent some time trying to identify any of the others we were expecting. Eventually we spotted Scythe and after introductions, Scythe thought John was BigPaul, we settled down to wait for the others and chat. It was a long wait and thus we had a long chat.
As before, at the Book Meet, I found that I had a very interesting time talking in a small group and we discussed many different things. Scythe had his Vibram shoes on and those were discussed as well, Scythe had also brought some shelled peanuts which he used to feed the squirrels, tree rats, and pigeons, flying rats, there was a nice variety of bird life there ranging from the usual culprits to jays, ravens and magpies.
It started to get could mid afternoon so three hardened survivalists gave up waiting, retreated to Starbucks to get warm and eye up the local talent. After another discussion and a drink John left and Scythe and myself went back to see if anyone else had turned up. Nobody had so we sat talking for a while longer before we left at 1700.
I went around to Scythes pad and looked at his location. It isn’t as bad as he makes out and he had plenty of capability for bugging in. I’ve made some suggestions to him about caching but, as always happens to me, I thought about it again later and think he should consider staying in place until the event has calmed down when he can consider the situation. I’ll talk to him about this offline.
Went over to my bothers then and after something to eat we went down to the Fleece to watch some live bands. The only thing there is how young the girls were. Made me feel old.
Although I was a bit disappointed about the turnout I still enjoyed the day. Although so far the turnout at all of these events has been low. This is pretty much the standard of the group that we are. Being paranoid and keeping your head down does mean you don’t want to get well known. I’ve already arranged the Bow and Arrow Meet and that one is an experiment. If it works out I’ll arrange others including more adventurous ones over longer periods but if it doesn’t I’ll be simply sticking to local pub meets when I’m arranging anything.
Why it is most of us talk about a UK or local community but we don’t seem to work towards one? My personal view which I have made public is that I’m looking at making local links for after an event whilst making wider links for friendship, knowledge and experience sharing. I don’t advocate, as some do, that I want to be alone after an event. If you think the same and don’t want to be alone then you need to start getting involved. I’m building up my relationships and feel that so far I have some good contacts.