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Monday, 13.Oct.2003

9:00 - it takes all kinds of people..

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So, yesterday as I was cleaning the bathroom (with ktbee's help), at one point she was sitting in the doorway to my room (it being right across the hall from the potty (*very* convienant when you've had a touch too much to drink (though I've never actually used it for that purpose yet, but I try to plan for the future when it's convienant to do so (actually, not much planning went into the room choice, the room I took just felt better for me, potty placement was a secondary bonus (damn, I really need to work on weaning myself off the parenthesis!) (shit, now I'm trying to properly close them off and I can't figure out how many there are (fuckit, I'll just put a lot and hope I covered them all )))))))))))))))).

so, yeah, that sentance just kinda disolved into a parenthetical mess.. Let's try this again.

So, yesterday, during the potty-cleaning, ktbee was sitting reading this month's "Bulletin" (the 'letters' section in particular -- my favorite part of it also) and one guy had written in on a topic he saw as being related to the "why join in the first place" question. His view was that it's mostly an ego-trip kinda thing. He cited various reasons that all boiled down to egotism. I must admit, I've seen a lot of that in the other members, but it's not all I've seen. Some people join (or, more appropriately, renew membership) for the activities -- the monthly gatherings, the AGs (and RGs), and other thangs. Some do it for the correspondance -- the SIGs and other resouces. There are all sorts of reasons and each attracts a different group of people.

And then there's me. I often ask myself why I continue. Why I joined is simple enough: I was bored (yes yes, I know -- I do weird things when I get bored). Why I renew, though, is something a little harder to grasp. I like reading the "Bulletin", but I tear up the monthly rag from my local group (long story, let's just say they and I don't get along well and leave it at that). I don't go to *any* events (again, I don't get along with a lot of the active members of the local group). I don't partake of any of the correspondance opportunities. Sure, I might work with the travel corrdinators when I go touring -- but that's a kinda silly reason to maintain a membership from year to year. Thing is, I really don't know *why* I continue my membership, other than I like it. The cost is not so prohibitive that it causes me trouble, and it's not even overly much more than I normally spend on some other magazines.

I don't think I use it for the ego-trip. I almost never even mention it, unless someone outright asks me. I don't think about it all that much at all -- just for a week or so once a month when the next issue of the "Bulletin" arrives. I have used it once as a defence in a debate when someone tried to pull the "well, I'm right because I'm smart" bullshit on me, but that was a while ago. I really don't see much of a reason for it, yet for some reason I do enjoy having the membership.

Perhaps it is an ego boost? It's not a concious one, at least. I trust my friends will tell me if I start getting overly egotistical.

edit: sorry, forgot to mention it's Mensa.

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From:tobin
Date:9:39 13.Oct.2003 (UTC)
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Umm..what group is this?
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From:lograh
Date:9:43 13.Oct.2003 (UTC)
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whoops, sorry.. forgot to mention that.. it's Mensa.
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From:ktbee
Date:9:54 13.Oct.2003 (UTC)
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One reason to keep a Mensa membership--when you move out of Sacramento, the membership could help facilitate new friendships in your new city. For example, you could go to the monthly gatherings of a new group and maybe find some people you would get along with.
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From:lograh
Date:10:23 13.Oct.2003 (UTC)
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hehe.. Duck Appreciation Society.. *snicker*.. I don't think they have a branch here in Sac.. :)
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From:macklinr
Date:10:22 13.Oct.2003 (UTC)
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I could tell it was Mensa without the edit.

Perhaps it's a part of the collection that is your sense of identity. Not the projection of identity to those external (that would be egotistical as you stated), but something for internal validation. Again, not a bottled-up egotistical thing, but it has been a constant in your life for how long? And you do enjoy those various constants in your life.

I don't think that's a clear explanation, but I'm not going to try reparsing it, because I think *you'll* understand it.
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From:lograh
Date:11:57 13.Oct.2003 (UTC)
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Yeah, I get what yer saying.. Technically, I've qualified for membership since HighSchool, when I took the test that I got in with. I didn't know I qualified till about '97, when a dear friend of mine and myself were somewhat intoxicated and a little curious so we surfed to their website to see what, excatly, it took to be a member. When I realized that I had qualified I got bored enough one day to actually send off the paperwork and get my member number. so, yeah, about 6 years now and it's become something of a constant part of "who I am". Even when I let my membership lapse I still associated myself with them because I could renew at any time and they couldn't deny me.

could be that's all it is.. Just another constant in my life. And yes, I do so like having them.
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