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Quick Weekend Summary

The Smoosh attended Florida Poly Retreat this weekend in Brooksville.

In short, it rocked. We got to see many friends whom we hadn't seen in years, attended some very informative and entertaining panels and workshops (damn fine job by everyone!), and generally had a great time.

The Smoosh even moderated a discussion on meeting individual needs in a group relationship, which went surprisingly well. I must admit that I was nervous about being at the center of attention, but the conversation flowed easily and naturally. I got a lot out of it, though I think that I can summarize my take on it as "don't be afraid to tell your loved ones that you need to devote more time to building kill-bots". :-)

Speaking of killing things, FPR is the only polyamory conference in the world that features siege engines! tacit led a workshop where we built a trebuchet. Needless to say, hilarity ensued, and many rocks and softballs were flung. :-)

Later, tacit, zensidhe, and I decided to take advantage of the encroaching darkness to fling glow sticks. We went to the dollar store to get glow sticks and various other odds and ends, and ended up having an unpleasant run in with the police. :-(

Long story, but suffice to say that no charges were pressed, nobody was arrested, and the only thing worse than a cop in Brooksville is a skittish dollar store clerk in Brooksville. *sigh* As much as I'd love to blame the whole incident on tacit, the fact remains that it was completely caused by zensidhe and I being boisterous. That and the locals being ignorant.

Another high point (for me anyway) was serolynne's panel on Transhumanism and Polyamory. I think that the topic was a bit out of the box for many of the attendees, but it's a start. It also gave me a better understanding of likely discussion points when broaching the topic of transhumanism with people not familiar with the topic.

I also got to see an indie documentary called "Women in Love", as well as the first episode of HBO's "Big Love". (Obligatory Wikipedia entry here.)

All in all it was a tremendously worthwhile weekend. serolynne has left some big shoes to fill, but the entire staff completely had their stuff together, so I'm confident that this will continue to raise the bar on poly conferences, and also hopefully become an honest-to-awesomeness annual event. :-)

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mladypain
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you all for coming to the Retreat! and very glad you've got good things to say about it LOL
Laura
zandperl
Mar. 29th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
How is "Big Love"? I have an ex-Mormon friend, so it makes me curious, but the potential sexism turns me off to it. That and I don't watch TV. :-P But I'm curious about it in the same way as I was about "Beauty and the Geek."
serolynne
Mar. 29th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Here was my take on episode one http://smoocherie.livejournal.com/341881.html

Keep in mind, I was writing it from a polyamory perspective.

There's also some reviews of each episode going on over at www.polyamoryonline.org .
serolynne
Mar. 29th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
awww... thanks. So glad I got to hand out with y'all some!
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