In September, my family and I relocated to Dallas from Chicago.
Chicago is chock full of bad ass skeptics. The skeptical community there is thriving. It’s pretty fantastic.
Dallas, however, is not thriving. There’s freethought groups, atheist groups, humanist groups and the like who have nice numbers, but finding skeptic-skeptics is hard. I’ve been hanging out with the North Texas Skeptics, and they’re a great group, but still small. I want them to be big and have a huge reach. I want to go out with them and meet dozens of other Dallas skeptics. I want to get rowdy and take over entire bars… but a bar full of Dallas skeptics seems like a pipe dream. And that makes it kind of lonely because if I’m honest, I have to admit, I don’t play nice with people who aren’t skeptics.
So I want to build this crotchin’ community, ground up. And that’s hard being a transplant who isn’t familiar with the literal or social landscape. But there has to be people out there who want to be my friend… or at least who want to be friends with the kind of people I want to be friends with. I’m going to need a plan if I’m going to take over this Rick Perry-lovin’ state. Maybe you have some ideas? Maybe you need some ideas?
What’s the skeptical social scene like where you live? Is there one? Have your community blossomed recently? What are skeptics near you doing? Are you in Dallas? Do you want to be my friend? If you do, I promise to drink heavily in your presence and be hysterically funny (but I apologize in advance that most of my hysterically funniness is only funny to me… but I promise to be funny to me.)
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