Why would AN take an ad like that? I suppose a dime is a dime and if they want to waste it advertising on this site- well then, I agree it's funny. We are in town through July 24th. A pool party sounds like a nice idea!
Yay! I saw your RSVP on Meet-up. If the others who are attending don't want to join the meet-up group, you can simply add them as guests under your name. I'm planning on going out to DeKalb tomorrow or sometime this week to check out parks. Any suggestions?
I hear what you're saying about the weeknight traveling! We haven't had a meet-up on the weekend, but that's not to say we couldn't. I like the idea of trying to get the two groups together. When I see Todd (organizer) on Tuesday, I'll discuss the idea with him. If we did something like that, maybe it could be in the DeKalb/Sycamore area.
I looked at your blog, which I liked. I posted a short compliment, but it was under anonymous as I did not fit any of the other posting choices. Has your Rockford/Beloit group actually met? Our group (Fox Valley Atheists if you wanted to search Meet Up) meets on the second Tuesday of the month, so we meet on the 14th this month. We usually go to a restaurant on Randall Road, which is about 20 miles east of DeKalb. I don't know your exact location relative to Rockford proper. If you are in the city or toward the west or Northwest side, it could be quite a hike. Traveling from the east side might not be so daunting. Getting together somehow would be fun, or if it's manageable for you, please join us next week. You can go on Meet-up or let me know and I will provide details for the 14th. The group started with only 3-4 members in January of 2008 and now we're up to 88. We average between 10-15 participants at our gatherings.
I joined a couple of months ago and am still figuring out how to navigate everything! I belong to the Fox Valley Atheist Meet-up and our organizer told me about Nexus. I thought your bio was very interesting and at the risk of saying something you've probably heard a million times, are you aware of the Non-Prophets radio show that's broadcast every two weeks under the sponsorship of the Atheist Community of Austin (TX)? One of the hosts is Matt Dillahunty and he speaks often of his experiences which include a Christian upbringing and at one point his intention to become a minister. However, I think not much in the Christian world experience can come close to a Calvinist/Evangelical experience. Congratulations on your "escape!"
Good idea about the Atheist Cigar group! Everett might be interested too... Maybe combine it with home-brewing and golf? One my favorite things to do is have a cold beer & good cigar on the golf course. Life can be tough. :-)