Lessons learned at “Skeptics in the Pub.”

A beer mug.

Skeptical beer is still skeptical.

You may recall me posting about the upcoming Skeptics in the Pub event that was scheduled to take place on the 25th of the month. Well that was yesterday, last night specifically, and I took the afternoon off work to attend.

I was, as I often am, later in my arrival than I had intended to be. A good chunk of my afternoon was spent writing up the email reply from the previous post and arguing with an anti-vaccination nut over Twitter. (Not recommended as 140 characters just isn’t enough room when you get on a good roll.) Then I had trouble locating the Garmin so had to resort to Google Maps only to find I hadn’t installed a printer driver after I last restaged my computer.

There were just under a dozen or so folks in attendance when I did finally arrive and Michelle, the host of the event, introduced me as a real-life Internet Celebrity, which is a first for me and probably more fanfare than I deserve. I was impressed with the age range represented with the oldest being a surprisingly sprightly 84. Alas, because I was so late, I only got to talk to some of the folks for a short while before they had to head home. I also didn’t manage to memorize everyone’s names, but in addition to Michelle I can also recall the names of Ethan and Dan as two of the folks I enjoyed chatting with.

This was the first meeting so things were a bit fluid in terms of what to talk about, but if there was one message I took away from the event it was this:

Nick really doesn’t have any excuse.

This was a point that was brought up repeatedly and often. The same way many Republicans like to repeat whatever talking point they’ve latched onto. I’m not quite sure what Nick doesn’t have an excuse for, but I’m pretty damned certain he doesn’t have one and should have known better right from the start. In fact if you see Nick and he tries to give you an excuse, you should probably stop him in mid-sentence and let him know, in no uncertain terms, that he doesn’t have any excuse whatsoever that could possibly justify anything. It’s all his own damn fault and he’s got no one to blame for his situation other than himself.

Perhaps, one day, I’ll have a clue as to who the hell Nick is. The big question right now, however, is would I go to another one? Yes I would. Or at least I would be willing to if I’m not working that night. Plans are to make this a monthly event so I may not make it to March’s event as I should still be working afternoons, but April is a possibility depending on if it falls before or after my contract ends. If you’re in the area and would like to hang out with other skeptics and myself then you should make plans to attend as well. I’ll be posting details on when and where as soon as Michelle announces them.

Skeptics in the Pub event to take place in Ypsilanti later this month.

A beer mug.

Skeptical beer is skeptical.

SEB reader Michelle Bell contacted me about a Center For Inquiry event she’s holding in Ypsilanti, Michigan later this month. It’s called Skeptics in the Pub and it’ll take place on February 25th from 6 to 9PM at Corner Brewery.  The address is 720 Norris Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.

Alcohol will be available – Happy Hour is 4 to 7PM – but consumption of it is not necessary to have a good time. It should be a great way to get together and celebrate life with some people who think similarly. Michelle says she’ll be there early to take advantage of Happy Hour and get things set up and will probably stick around for as long as people are there. So consider the “official” start and end times as more of guidelines than written in stone by the hand of a divine and inflexible being.

If you want to contact the host and ask questions and the like you can call her at 734.780.4759 or e-mail at MerrieMelodyxx@gmail.com. If you call be sure to leave a message.

Working afternoons I wouldn’t normally be able to attend, but I may see if I can get the night off so I can participate. If I can then you can consider that an added bonus. Or not, depending on your point of view of how our first Podcast went.