Response to Ng London Meet VII 2010 2010-07-31 05:18:02
At 7/28/10 10:30 PM, Black-Ops wrote: Up until a couple of years ago when I started attending Glasgow NG meetups I always thought of my folks as too protective of me (I don't blame them, I got mugged in my own town once, lolol). I probably wouldn't have gotten to see Doug and Kieran that fateful day if I went about it like it was some covert rendezvous, and have to make up stories or get people to lie on my behalf, there's so much that could go wrong. I told them about the Glasgow meet, replied to their questions honestly and they let me go. I guess it also helped that I talk about Newgrounds occasionally in casual conversation.
If you can be confident enough to tell your family what Newgrounds is about (for the love of God don't mention hentai), and why you wish to attend one of these meets, then you're confident enough to travel to one of these meetups with peace of mind that you're going to have a good time.
Problem is a lot of kids now a days tend to cast out their parents and have this very angsty "I will do as I please" attitude about them. I understand that, yeah you're a teenanger whatever, you feel more independant, but at the end of the day London is a dodgy area. I've had countless pickpocketers try to steal from me, i've been confronted by groups and such, even in the towns i've lived in i've had some fairly serious issues with people. It's just not entirely safe, and unless you and your parents are both aware that you are responsible enough to go out and act like an adult (regardless of age) Then there's no point in you going.
As Luis was saying before, it also has to do with background.
It's good to know a lot of the younger users have had their parents around during the meets, just in the background but it shows good responsible parenting. You walk around my town, which is really only a little village, kids are always out and about, can't be any older than 13 half the time, it's just obvious their parents don't give a shit.
At 7/30/10 09:02 PM, Wonchop wrote:
Any good hotel suggestions or shall I just opt for a Travelodge again?
In all honesty Travelodge is your best bet, i've stayed in around 5 of them in London now and they've all been your bog standard hotel, nothing to complain about.
The prices are usually relatively affordable too.