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Secret Society of the Turd - (not so) First Meeting in Seattle

My, what long, strange trip it’s been. Since first discovering the importance and unique position of precious metals in the global economy, to searching out and visiting my first LCS, buying my first ‘stack’ of a meager ~40 ounces of silver to where we are today.

The value of a community such as this one has always been enhanced due to the contributions, personalities, humor, insights and perspectives of the participants. While the site from its outset has fostered a free exchange of ideas, encouraged interaction through comments, posts, forum threads and live webinars, I have long toyed with the idea that it would be really cool to meet my fellow Turdites in person. I've certainly 'met' and 'spoke with' many here whom I would love to have a chance to meet, and a few whom I am proud to call friends despite never having had that chance.

Until the grand, global Turdville Summit can be organized, I figured it would perhaps be possible to take matters into our own hands. I would like to propose a meeting of the Secret Society of Turd (SST©), Pacific Northwest Chapter.

Proposed date: Sunday, February 8th, 4:00 PM

Proposed location: to be released to confirmed participants, SW Seattle, where we can appropriately lament our individual and collective boating accidents. In the unforeseen event there is overwhelming interest/response, I can also look into a larger venue or event hall, but for now it’s just a bar.

Contact: john dot yossarian896 @t hushmail period com

This is meant to be a completely informal gathering for any and all interested Turdites, local or visiting town that weekend. I have heard many arguments over the years AGAINST face-to-face meetings, the risks and dangers. Come on public transport/foot/taxi from a nearby but not proximal parking spot (many will be available nearby). Wear a mask or Seahawks face-paint. Never reveal your real name, if you so choose. Photography will be strictly controlled to ensure consensuality.

Perhaps even a few lurkers who rarely if ever post, or are uncomfortable with leaving an electronic trail online might be coaxed out of 'hiding' for some realtime interaction.

But I am increasingly convinced of the importance of personal, ‘REAL’ contacts, an actual network for ALL aspects of life – and the significance of this is, in my view, only going to increase in the days, months and years to come. Whether to swap stories, drown nosediving mining share tickers in beer, network professionally, share tips on gardening and (negative or positive) experiences in educating friends and family, I think this could be a fun occasion. Worst-case scenario – we sample the tap’s many local brews, and part company, never to meet again. Who knows, y’all might be such miserably, blightly buggers that I’ll flee with the first pint unfinished… cheeky

OR perhaps this could be the beginning of a regular bi-monthly/monthly get-together. If only 1 pair of people click and become friends, it will have been worth it. And perhaps (lofty and egotistical aspiration as this may be) we can inspire others around the country and the world to have more similar gatherings, and raise their glasses to Turd and all the denizens of Turdvillle.

If there ARE others out there who are interested in organizing/hosting get-together(s) for the same date and time, I am happy to bring along a webcam, and create a video link so that we may make this a trans-American (or perhaps even trans-continental) event.

Curious to hear thoughts on the matter, pro or con. Please use this forum thread to indicate intent to participate, or email me directly. Please take the time to set up a non-personally identifiable email account – a prudent step in any case, and DO tell me your TFMR handle. Either email me from the account associated with your TFMR login, or indicate what that is. I would like to take every precaution to ensure that this is an invitation-only event, if it happens.

PS: I suppose, in re-reading the post above, I did not make this sufficiently clear. I am (obviously) in the Seattle area, and thus can offer to host a small get-together for other Turdites here. But the larger point is that ANYONE can do the same -- in their metropolitan area, just as easily. Just as we have already seen Pining, California Laywer and BBB meet in the greater LA area, and have borne witness to a gathering of eminent Turdites (incl. Ned Naylor-Leyland, if I am not mistaken) in London -- this can be done ANYTIME by ANY Turdville citizen.

By the way, dear fellow Turdite participants of these shindigs, please re-post the pics if you would -  I can't find them right now.

Just post the date and time and (surreptitious or open) directions for the pub, gathering hall or other public place here, or in the forums -- let's get more of these going, if anyone is of like mind. If you WANT to reach out and form your own chapter of SST -- the power is in your hands. There is no need for Tyler Durden himself to travel from city to city, from bar to bar to set up a local chapter of Fight Club -- the participants are ALREADY aware, are already subscribed.

If you own a bar or run a restaurant -- put out the call. If you know someone who does -- talk to them, and THEN do the same. If you are neither of those -- well, reserving a few tables at your favorite watering hole a few weeks out should not be too much of a challenge.

Go forth and multiply these local gatherings. I challenge the community to come up with at least 3 more gatherings for next weekend. There are, at a minimum, a few THOUSAND readers of the site out there -- reach out and touch someone today. Either post a response in the original posts's comments -- or in this Forum thread. Or start a new Forum topic of your own. Either way, the power to make it happen is in YOUR hands.

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Meet ups

I would definitely enjoy meeting fellow Turdites. When I traveled to Sedona last year for some R&R, I had a wonderful meet up with Doc Jerome and his lovely wife. We had a nice chat and I totally bonded with them. So I live in Kauai, which is usually a vacation destination for many mainlanders. So if your coming to Kauai for some R&R let me know if you want to meet up.

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I want to help out and attend meeting in seattle.

I want to help out and attend meeting in seattle.

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I Vote Kauai

South Seattle would be okay...but a nice beach party  and staying w/silverwood would be a fine choice!

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@JY

Well said and done. I will only add that my face to face meetings with fellow TF members have been very rewarding. Although a few were done via a group skype and were satisfying, nothing bettered the face to face with two other Turds.

I particularly liked this part that JY wrote. 

But I am increasingly convinced of the importance of personal, ‘REAL’ contacts, an actual network for ALL aspects of life – and the significance of this is, in my view, only going to increase in the days, months and years to come.

I caught this from Thoughtsmaybe.com abouts section

We’ve fundamentally built this resource to inform and inspire action—and no, we’re not talking about clicking the stupid ‘Like’ button on Facebook, signing online petitions, e-mail writing, or chirping with political figureheads on Twitter as part of the public relations machine—we mean informing and inspiring effective action, in the real world; with real-world tangibility, real-world consequences and real-world change; taking this information away from the computer, breaking away from screen culture, to rejuvenate strong networks with people around you in the real physical world; to discuss, plan, act. This is not clicktivism website and nor is it a simple collection of popular content, like the other websites available. It’s your resource to inform, inspire and provoke real-world action, to help generate a multitude of responses and reactions.

JY's writing hit the nail on the head. Wish I was closer in order to attend.

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Great Idea

Can't make this one but the future may open a way. This is a group I'd truly like to meet.

Maybe wear screen name tags

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2013 London Turdites "Plat du Turd"

https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/comment/348032#comment-348032 - 6th comment down

Since met with a couple of St Louis Turdites over Xmas break, each meetup has been a fantastic time meeting with like minded and diverse folks who share a common interest, I can't make the northwest chapter event but I'm sure it will be a hit

PS: spot the eminent Turdite.....

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Treasure Coast/Space Coast Florida here....Any Sunday

Outside on the deck (yes, currently, cause it's the Sunshine State) overlooking the river with good food, friendly folks and fine beer on tap.

Red vs. Blue and  stories of ignorant, unenlightened or nagging relatives strictly prohibited.

I'll try to check back here regularly.

Peace to you all.

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Thanks everyone

For the support and interest. Although it seems there are fewer Seattleites in Turdville than I expected, part of the whole point is to make more - so if coming, feel free to bring a friend. I also DO NOT have a fixed agenda of any kind, so think of questions and topics of interest. See you on Sunday.

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Not possible this time ----

But I would would like to meet fellow Turdlings (like that better than Turdites) , especially local folks.  I'm in Portland,  but rarely, if ever, travel.   If anyone ever visits Portland, send me an email and I will buy you a pint of local brew ---- your choice!   JY896,  thx for the idea and the invitation.  Make sure to contact me on your next trip here.

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A great thing JY!

Hope your gathering goes well!

I will put it out there.  Anyone in the central Oklahoma area, give me shout out. I am game for a meet up and can do a wide variety of meeting places.  Brews are always good, as well as getting together at the LCS (2 that would welcome us, plenty of space).

Maybe throw some lead?  A day at a members only range (guests are welcome at no charge), short or long gun, automated trap and skeet setup, bow area, meeting room and outdoor grill!

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The minutes of today's meeting...

...will have to be inscribed on foolscap, no digital transmission possible. In the interest of discretion (and because I did not think to ask), managed to choose the ONE pub in Seattle without wifi... :-)

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Dang boomer ...

That would be a great way to spend the day!  Chewing up some lead and some clay targets.  Grilling some cow and chatting about the goings-on of Turdville.  I used to live in Weatherford, but have migrated back north.  Sure miss the turkey and quail hunting.

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@ wax

Bring it on down!  Quail population in western Oklahoma is on the rise after the "no birds" years.  For almost 10 years finding a quail in the wild was precious, but now making a comeback.

I am heading out to Shattuck to pick a beef (dead critter for the freezer) in a week or two.  Planning on packing the 12 gauge and a few boxes of shells.  My neighbors family lives out that way and has a ranch we can hunt.

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Hey Boomer ...

That's a mighty kind offer.  Unfortunately, an "unwell" son prevents me from making any plans of that sort for what may be quite a while.  I need to stay close to home.

Only got to hunt quail for a couple of years, but it was great sport.  When I was a teen-age lad, my Dad and I would make a pilgrimage to Saskatchewan in the fall to hunt ducks.  Had an uncle in Regina who was our guide.  Almost every day, we would come across a covey or two of Hungarian Partridge.  A bit bigger than quail, but presented themselves much the same way as quail when they flushed.  He always got two birds out of every covey.  I would be very lucky to get one.  I finally asked him how he did that.  He said, "Ignore the flock.  Pick out ONE bird.  When that one folds, pick out another ONE."  The key ... shoot the bird and not the flock.  I remembered that years later in Oklahoma.  It worked great.  I was shooting a 20 ga. Winchester model 50 (auto), improved cyl. - 3 shots.  Routinely got two birds per covey flush, with an occasional 3rd late flusher.  Fun, fun, fun.  And tasty too!

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Two Turds met in a bar

me and TasSTL did our meetup in a bar in St Louis last Friday, finally I got to meet the last St Louis Turdite that I had been in contact with over the last few months as I travel there from old Londinium from time to time.

As can and would be expected a couple of blokes both on the same page just like the rest of us here in this great community...I just weep for the other 99.99999999999% who just don't get it.

Doom and gloomer, prepper, goldbug, conspiracy theorist...blah blah blah....lesser folk have called me way worse that's for sure...lol

'Twas an absolute pleasure to finally meet TasSTL (& the 2 other STL Turdite locals I have met) not to mention the London Turdites I caught up with nearly 2 years ago now, each and everyone fine folk and interesting to talk too....

If you ain't done it yet get ya act together and have a meetup!

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Meeting in Seattle

Hi,

Just came across your blog entry about a 8 Feb meet in Seattle. Tried to email you this week in case there are future meets, but email to john.yossarian896@thushmail.com bounced?

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@Rationalmind

It was intended to represent at hushmail, sorry about the confusion. Next meeting announcement coming soon.

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Turdville Meet-up Redux

As I pulled up to the side of the building, my heart sank somewhat. I was not so much bothered by the industrial feel of the neighborhood, but the lot next door was an abandoned factory, with rusted scrap metal heaps, garbage, and a sleeping wino next to the rear entrance. But hey, I picked the place, so I sauntered in.

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The first impression was that this is nowhere near as dark and dinghy as I’d thought (and perhaps hoped) – but seeing the beer sampler tray (a treasure map with 5 X’s to select your brew) put my mind at rest. Nevertheless, the hunt for a regular meeting place shall have to continue, and this time the emphasis will be on my own judgment of ambiance and privacy, rather than ‘boating accident’ theme and pirate treasure connotations… :-)

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I’d received a total of 5 (five) direct inquiries (and one decline) to my call for participants to the first meeting of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the ‘Secret Society of the Turd’, which was a little (lot) lower than I’d hoped BUT still ∞ times more than the number of Turdites I had met in person prior (though I HAD had the pleasure of seeing a few of you via Skype, you know who you are… :-) ).

As clearly as I can see the faces of the folks who arrived, I could not tell you for the life of me (for sure, at least) who came first. Perhaps it was longtime ZH-reader and then Turd follower William, with his dry wit and slender frame. Then maybe Ginny, the TFMR lurker/reader who liked guns, and looked elegant not so much because of anything she wore, but rather who she was. Gary, who responded first (and lived practically next door) was next, I think – followed by Jeff, who had trekked quite a ways to make it to that part of the metro area.

Despite never having seen any of them prior, I almost instantly felt at ease with the group. We each recounted how we’d found Turd, where we stood on ideas like prepping, bug-out locations, talking to friends and family (or the impossibility thereof), and which our favorite local LCS was and why. We discussed the derivatives pyramid looming over the global financial system, an extinction-level event suspended but waiting to happen:

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In retrospect, I should have (and thus of course now will) come with a bit more structured agenda, and perhaps a ‘homework assignment’ or two. But in all, the meeting was a relaxing, refreshing and very welcome reminder that I am not alone, none of us are. What was (at least to me) a bit surprising: everyone present (except myself) was either a lurker or an ex-user on the site – but I felt much like I might on a Main Street thread nevertheless.

One of these newly-found fellow Turdites mentioned to me a long-running organization not unlike what I was trying to start up – the Casey Phyles. Originally suggested by Doug Casey (with whom I know Turd has some not-so-minor disagreements) for readers of his newsletter a LONG, long time ago, Phyles are self-organized, self-sustaining organizations – loosely anchored by having all at one point or another been started by a member who was a Casey subscriber. Doug himself explains and elaborates in detail in an interview on the Phyles (http://www.caseyresearch.com/cdd/doug-casey-phyles):

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“Doug: Okay, well, a phyle is a group of people that’s self-defined by whatever values they share. A phyle is not limited by race or language or geography – or, most importantly, by borders on maps or other such fictions – although it could be, if its members chose to be so limited. The word phyle was coined by science fiction author Neal Stephenson in his masterwork, The Diamond Age. It comes from the Greek, φυλή which means "tribe” or “clan."But it would be at least as apt if they were called philes, stemming from the Greek word philia, which means “love”– the same root in the word “philosophy”. The basic idea is that man is a social animal, and we tend to prefer to run with others who are like us – or who love what we love. Birds of a feather flock together, in either case.”

When I received the invitation to join a meeting of the local chapter, and finally found their table at a local coffeehouse, I KNEW I was home. I often get a sense of (false?) déjà vu, of having met someone before – but never had I felt so with a whole tableful of people. It literally was like coming home, listening to a large Christmas dinner conversation between a large, extended family of Turdites. Membership ages ranged from mid-thirties to mid-seventies. Engineers and businessmen, energy consultant and grad student, network security guru and real estate broker alike were to a person friendly, knowledgeable, inquisitive, and willing to share their experience and knowledge. They also all had a damn good sense of humor (which is a requirement for anyone who owns PMs these days, I suppose…). I met a mobile network security expert with an ACTUAL bug-out residence in a sparsely populated area of a nearby state. I met a businessman with the skills and perseverance to not only found, successfully run and sell a medium-sized local manufacturing firm – BUT then to actually consistently make money in PM miners. I met a stacker who started accumulating in the early seventies – preserved wealth, sold out and started buying again when the time was right.

One member brought a (to me) impressive COMMO bag full of radio equipment, from scanners to long-range UHF/VHF handhelds made for non-US markets (with 3rd gen chipsets and no blocking of DHS frequencies), as well as CB radios – and held a detailed and informative presentation on their use, advantages and disadvantages, and gave me in particular a forehead-slapping a-ha moment. Even such a basic, hand-held unit can be boosted/relayed pretty much around the world, if one programs the transceiver correctly with relay stations – news that I certainly want to find out more about. Reasonably high-performance 8W handsets for around $60, step-by-step YouTube videos (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=baofeng+gmrs+relay) on programming protocol – free. Being able to reach your family halfway, or ALL the way around the world even in the case of a massive Pacific Fault earthquake or Bernanke Buck Meltdown Worldquake – priceless. TFMR was a regularly read by all around the table – and news of the Secret Society of the Turd© meeting from the previous week was eagerly awaited.

Despite the relatively small size of our initial ‘official’ Turdville gathering, I am far from deterred -- quite the contrary. Having met not one but TWO groups of people with similar values, perspectives, concerns and hopes – I am ever more convinced of the need for such real-life connections. In the course of just a few hours, I learned quite a bit that was more than just the (somewhat vain and self-serving) reassurance that I am not alone – even though that itself is of course nothing to sneeze at. I learned specific, immediately useful and low-cost survival skills that will help me whether TEOTGKE happens tomorrow, next year or a decade hence. Even more important, I had the privilege of meeting independent thinkers who believed in freedom, and were coming together to help themselves and each other achieve it.

It was also a reminder that for every registered Gold-membership holder, there are 10 or more members of the free side of the site – and that for each of THEM, there are at least an equivalent number (or possibly multiples) who never registered at ALL, never commented in the posts or the forums – but follow and agree with the basic values of our proprietor and (most) of the other members we see, read and interact with each day. And what I had set out to try to bring together – a meeting of like-minded, curious, independent people united in their desire to seek truth and gain knowledge (and preference for precious metals helps, too… ) – it seems already existed right here in my area. But it took this exercise for me to be able to find it.

Long story short – the next Seattle Turdville meeting is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 14th. Apparently the single barrier of an email to me for the location of the meet was too effective – but I am still reluctant to post this – so the same routine remains. I AM, however, interested in location recommendations – either in an easily accessible Seattle location, or even more preferably on the Eastside. I hope to see all of you who can make it. I hope to meet more of you, and to learn more from you. If you have had other meetings of a similar nature in the last few weeks (or earlier, for that matter), please continue to share them here in this thread, or in the original post comments.

Proposed date: Saturday, March 14th, 4:00 PM

Proposed location: to be released to confirmed participants. Most likely on the Eastside of Seattle, where we can not only lament our individual and collective boating accidents, but also sketch a plan for ongoing meetings, if there is enough interest.

Contact: john dot yossarian896 (what goes between username and domain) hushmail period com

Original post link: https://www.tfmetalsreport.com/blog/6648/turdville-meet-redux

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Mar 14

John,

Not in town that week. Loved the update that you had written today on the group discussions. I think fleshing various scenarios as the reset takes shape over a series of chaotic events, will add to the group preparation. E.g. during a bank holiday, freeze in credit card processing and 'dry' ATMs, should one deploy one's FRN for supplies or wait it out with one's existing supplies/preparations?

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