Monday 8 September 2008

Points of Contact

I'm late! I'm late!

Oh dear, my membership was a little overdue. I thought I'd better pay it though I am a little unsure exactly why I am even a member of

Granted there seems to be benefits to being a member but I have only been to one event since enrolling over four years ago. Has it really been a benefit to me?

Another group I seem to be a part of is Unlimited Potential. This one seems a little more hip than NZCS which seems to be a little more white collar.

Even though I've been a "member" for almost as long as NZCS, if memory serves, I have yet to make an UP event.

Now I'm really bad.

I one group I did turn up on a regular basis is the Wellington .NET User Group. It began with the Porirua .NET User Group but that seemed to fizzle out. I'm not even sure they still have a meeting. But I even gave up on the Wellington group even though I now work in town. I just don't seem to have the time any more.

Then other groups suddenly sprouted up all over the place. I tried to start going to the SQL Server group, but all it meant was I'd be eating more and more pizza.

Not really all that good for my waist-line.

Then those Geek Lunches started happening on a weekly basis. They were interesting and more importantly extremely handy as they were held across the road from were I worked.

But then my place of work moved and it was nolonger very convenient to walk halfway across town. I am basically a lazy bugger when left to my own devices.

I do regret letting the Geek Lunch thing flag as the people at those discussions are very clued into the technologies and methodologies I really need to get in to... I need more time in my day...

So what is my point?

There are so many great opportunities for getting out and meeting like-minded people who are driven and excited about the same things as I am. But I have to get myself off my A and get it into G and make the most of these opportunities. I am not getting any younger.

I have to stop making excuses and make the time to attend events and meetings again. I don't have to go to every single one of them. I'd never have time to spend with my fiance in that case.

But at least some of them... Starting tomorrow... Or next week... Once I'm over this cold...


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