Shortly after Protium first invited me to Australia, he asked if I would be a guest speaker at the Perth Atheist Meetup group that he was organizing, specifically to "give a 30 min talk about your Lutheran background, becoming an Atheist and religion and home schooling in the US of A from a sepo perspective?"
He later revoked the sepo reference feeling bad that sepo is Aussie slang for American and derives from "septic tank" which rhymes with "yank" and you know Aussie's are all about the rhyme. Me, I think "sepo" perfectly describes the average American and America as a whole as well "full of shit and in desperate need of a flushing of the floaters that we've got". LOL! Yep, sounds about right to me.
I think the whole meetup went off rather well, it certainly was a lot of fun to do and it looked to me like a lot of people there had a pretty good time and the rest of them had a fantastic time. I'd call that a success! :D
I really REALLY wish that I had video or audio to put up here so you could hear it. (WOW The arrogance of that is overwhelming!) but it didn't work out so all I've got are my notes (you can see them on the seat next to me in the middle photo- how cool is THAT! *snerk*) a few pictures and some wonderful memories. Hopefully more pics will show up on the Meetup website.
Here is a pic of a bit of the group mingling beforehand.
Yours truly is in the brand new bright red shirt. (Betcha can't guess my favorite color?) Protium is on the far left, Thump is on the far right.
I don't gesture when I talk... nup... not at all. lol If it wasn't going the wrong direction you might think I was miming talking about flute playing.
Throughout the talk there were questions from the audience as needed for clarification or further details. This is one of me listening attentively...lol. From the direction of my gaze, I would guess to the young man from Singapore who was talking about tribal thinking and growing up in compulsory diversity. (In Singapore they have ethnic quotas and in an apartment complex, once they have enough Chinese, or whatever... no others from that background can buy a flat there. Plus the various ethnic varieties are deliberately dispersed throughout the complex so as not to form racial pockets and territorial issues.)
It was a fantastic evening and I met some truly fabulous people there. Now I want to live in Perth more than ever just so I can hang out with them. YAY PERTH!!!!!!