At 2/23/10 06:09 PM, SuspiciousPenguin wrote:
At 2/23/10 04:09 PM, MattDelicate wrote:
Sorry, I can't be bothered to scoop through all those pages - any age limit? I'll be 15 by then.Not really it's just you obviously won't be able to go drinking with the older folks, even though i will only be a week off 18 DAMN YOU BIRTH-DATE! Also remember no one is responsible for you, so if you get lost, broken or stabbed your parents can't blame luis or anybody else.
Just an addendum to that - you're perfectly welcome to attend if you are responsible for yourself, or you're in the care of a parent or guardian if you're under 18 (or have their consent, with them knowing that no-one is going to look after you and you knowing that you're responsible for your own accomodation (should it be required) and/or travel (AND travel expenses)).
There were a few guys there last year who were well under the age of 18, and their parents came along and just hung around in the background. They got along just fine, the parents didn't interfere, and I *think* those guys had a good time. I won't mention their usernames, they can speak for themselves. There were a couple who showed up who had come on their own and just made their way back at the end of the day, when people started moving to bars in the evening.
A bad example of someone turning up (and I won't mention any names, since I can't remember the names) is someone who went to a meet and didn't have a return travel ticket. Luis ended up paying it out of his own pocket after talking to the kid's dad over the phone, who was mad as hell and held him responsible for his kid's situation (which is absolutely ridiculous).
Luis might feel bad telling that story, but I don't, on so many levels:
1. If you're under 18, your parents/guardians should know what you're doing and where you're going. There's absolutely no reason to lie, unless you feel that they wouldn't like you looking at content on NG, in which case, you shouldn't be here in the first place and that's their failing as a parent/guardian (from preventing you looking at stuff that they think you shouldn't be looking at)
2. You're THEIR responsibility, not ours
3. Who turns up somewhere knowing that they can't get back home, or don't have anywhere to stay? That's stupidity on a number of levels
Having said all of that, if you do want to show up and are under 18, then all the main events during the day are in very public places (Namco is right next door to the London Eye and if the weather's good and we go to Hyde Park again, then that's very public, too).
Just make sure that you clear it with your folks/guardians first, and let them know your itinerary. Once you arrive, call them, once you leave, call them, etc.
Note to Dangan: don't forget your ID this time.