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  1. Afigueroa22

    Afigueroa22 Well-Known Member

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    Is anybody a member?
  2. notherbob

    notherbob Active Member

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    I was not a member but I attended a few meetings for a while in the early 1980s in north Dallas and they break down into a bunch of special interest groups so people can discuss their favorite topics and the sex special interest group was kinda fun for a while but the general membership meetings became a little boring after a while with everyone playing "I am smarter than you." Sometimes it seemed that a lot of the people came only to talk and not to listen except to pounce on misstatements but it keeps you on your toes.

    It's not really the smartest people but it is people interested in intellectual things. To join you have to pass a test but you can take it as many times as you need to to pass it. Basically, the people were fun and rather uninhibited and I attended a clothing optional pool party and of course, no one wore any - what a freeing experience. The sex special interest group tried to turn it into an orgy and had to be reminded that the pool party was for the whole group and not just them so they retired to one of the bedrooms and everyone was happy.

    When nobody has any clothes on it is hard to put on airs or try to act superior. I was one of the last ones to venture out to the pool wearing nothing but a towel and I felt very self-conscious and out of place until I removed the towel and then I felt fully accepted and very much one of the group. Once the sex sig left things settled down to an evening of pleasant and relaxed conversation and it was easy to look people in the eye. Things always seemed to go a little better when the sex sig met separately (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

    Most of the meetings were like typical college faculty parties. If you like to be around mature intellectuals who are pretty frank mostly devoid of most people's hangups and you don't mind them being quick to point out a flaw you might attend a few of their meetings; guests are always welcome and they are generally a pretty friendly group but I moved away from the area.
  3. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Went to one of their meetings, they were a bunch of morons... :D
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    No it was just you :laugh1:
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    read an article about a reporter that fudged things to get into one and watch what went on. Said it was like a one upmanship challenge.
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Are you sure it was a MENSA party and not a Roman Bath house society meeting? :p: ;)
  7. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    There's a difference? :laugh1:
  8. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I attended one in Dallas and saw enough...

    It is... a bunch of very smart people that have little common sense trying to "one-up" the next guy...

    Remember that scene in Mr. Mom where Michael Keaton was trying to impress his wife's boss by pretending to remodel the house?

    First of all, Martin Mull asked a dumb question "You gonna wire it 220?" Why would anyone wire an addition for 220?

    Michael Keaton's answer... "220... 221... whatever it takes"...

    There's your Mensa meeting...
  9. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    this thread is a riot that a psychiatrist could use for a semester's worth of teaching
  10. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    Did you talk about garlic in any of your conversations?

    If so, I bet you blew them away!

    :D
  11. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    QFT!!!
  12. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I'm betting bob got to shag some hhhhhoooooooott wimmen in his day.
  13. Afigueroa22

    Afigueroa22 Well-Known Member

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    :laugh2:
  14. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Sounds like a thread on CZ.
  15. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    only the threads you're in....







    I kid, I kid :laugh2:
  16. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    You can hear that?


    :confused:

    You must have magik ears.
  17. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Exhibit A. :)
  18. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    hey a lawyer joke, I see what you did there lol:D
  19. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    Nope but I just took a Wonderlic test for a job, so that's kinda funny.
  20. notherbob

    notherbob Active Member

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    No, this was before I became involved with garlic and was selling those new things called microcomputers but these people were not techies so I never mentioned them. I must admit, though I was thrilled to win a game of Scrabble at one of the meetings.

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