Hey folks, it’s been a while since I did an actual update. Life has been fairly interesting and busy over the last while. There have been lots of ups and downs, some of which I’m not ready to talk about publicly. What I do want to tell you about are some events/places that I’ve visited lately.
Ok, so first up was Pecha Kucha Durban Vol.11 back on Thursday 12 June. For those of you who are familiar with TED talks or Ignite talks, this is something similar. People get up on stage and tell the audience about something they are interested in. Each speaker has 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. It’s a tough one but it means that people have to get to the core of what they want to convey without being overly verbose. The night I went had an interesting selection of topics from organic farming, to architecture, to co-working spaces. I am really glad I went and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of people who attended. The event was hosted at The Foundry and afterwards the Open Plan Studio, which is next door, was opened up for people to take a look around.
Next up was National Board Game Day. Some time back I did some Googleing for a friend and found out about a place called The Unseen Shoppe. This is a small shop devoted to various forms of gaming, whether it be card games, board game, RPGs, wargames, etc. I had thought about checking out the place, but just hadn’t got that far. Well, this past public holiday, 16 June, I figured I’d go check it out. When I arrived I saw 3 games in progress on tables in the front of the store. I wandered around, not recognising any of the games that were being played, but I recognised a few that were available for sale. I was greeted by one of the members of staff who asked if I needed any help or if I’d like to join their game. I decided to just watch initially and sat down to watch what looked like a really fun game where the objective is to survive a zombie apocalypse. After that game ended I was again invited to try a game, this time a simple, but very fun game, involving dragons flying around the board trying to not crash into each other or fall off the board. I joined the game, but had to leave shortly after we finished. Something I loved about this little adventure was that this wasn’t a completely male environment. Yes, the ladies were outnumbered by the guys, but everyone seemed to get along fine doing something they enjoyed. A bit of further research indicated that there is a group called Geek Girls Durban who seem to hang out at the Unseen Shoppe and another place called The BatCave. I’m looking forward to hanging out at the Unseen Shoppe more in future.
So that covers my recent adventures, now for some info about events that are coming up.
This coming Saturday, 21 June, The Durban Linux User Group will be having a get together at Gloria Jean’s Coffees in Davenport Square from 10am to 2pm. More details can be found on the event pages on Facebook and Google+.
On Friday 27 June, the Durban kink/BDSM community will be having a play party. Booking is essential so go find the details on Fetlife.
Next Saturday, 28 June, there will be a number of events happening. Firstly we have the Durban Polyamory social breakfast at Circus Circus Beach Cafe from 8am to 10am. There is Durban Pride at the Sharks Stadium Outer Fields from 10am. Geek Girls Durban will also be hosting a Second Hand Book Sale at The Unseen Shoppe.
I think that covers June. Eish, what a busy month, especially after moving during the first 2 weeks. Stay tuned for July though. Dates still have to be confirmed but I will be hosting the July Durban Polyamory Lunch/Picnic with the topic of “How to make safer sex fun”. This should be an interesting one. There has also been a suggestion for me to do a talk about the stuff I do with rope, in a more public setting, though I haven’t even had time to think about that one yet.