« on: February 25, 2006, 02:12:34 AM »
Undisclosed test, mate.
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gratuitous tralala quote.
wait, why bother, you can edit my posts.
I'm so glad this thread exists! I'm in the same situation and boy does it stink beyond belief...
Ok, I hope that was a joke.
OK my story:
I have a group of about 12 really tight friends who I graduated with. We're all black engineers or architects. We came into college together and left together and even though we're spread out all over the country currently, we talk everyday like we're still on the yard. Anyway, a little while back, (before my law school days) we got together and were walking through a certain mall in suburbia, all 12 of us. We're all prepped out in kahki's and sweater vests and button ups with blazers etc. looking about as intimidating as 12 Ushers or something. So anyway, we're walking through this mall for maybe 5 minutes right, and these 2 security guards walk up to us and tell us there's a problem. We politely ask what the problem is. They tell us that we're going to have to break up the group because, now get this, the number in our group is too intimidating and it makes the shoppers "uncomfortable." (there's that word again). They wanted us to break up into 4 groups of 3 and stagger behind each other so as not to make it seem like we were together. This, they assured us, would allow the other shoppers to feel more "comfortable."
So whenever I hear somebody say something like "it potentially makes A LOT of people uncomfortable" I have to laugh because it always makes me think back to that mall and how completely rediculous people can be sometimes.
My broader point is that we would all be better off if we knew each other better; that having separate child-boards defined by identity discourage this familiarity for a host or reasons; and that we should care about this, and seek to integrate ourselves better - something that I believe would be better achieved through an intermingling of our threads.
What are their names?