- That awkward moment at a party….
I’ve gone for “through mountainbiking”.
For the people who know: know forums, racing, bike meets, friends of friends, all of that, it doesn’t really matter exactly, it’s all good, it’s all part of the wonderful thing that is the mish-mash of communities and shared loves.
For people who don’t know about all of that, it’s good enough to answer the question, and raises fewer follow-up questions than the alternative answer: “Internet strangers.”Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Have you ever seen what happens when internet cults collide? One of my motorbike internet cults once went to the pub and bumped into some sort of gumtree social forum internet cult for shy women. Never has there been so much socially incompetent copping off. We should have started up a little subforum right there and then and done all the chatting up with emoticons.Posted 4 years agolegolamMember
I find myself getting strange looks when I tell people I know one of my best friends because I spoke to her husband on a mountain biking forum (here) then met him on a remote moorland trail…
Apparently, it’s less acceptable than online dating, where most of my other friends have met their current men!Posted 4 years agoStoatsbrotherMember
That’s so true. Met my partner via the Internet = normal
Used to go skiing with people I met on the web (sH) = weird.
Online dating and FB is the norm now. Forums are to the rest if the world, perhaps save mumsnet, is considered uber-nerdy. A step which most have skipped. And the chat element of SnowHeads has all but gone.
Hey ho.Posted 4 years agosingletrackmindMember
When my friend Rich and I go skiing I deliberately play this game.Posted 4 years ago
There is usually a 30 – 50 year old lady who is intent on finding out everything about everybody. when asked where we live ( 100 miles apart ) I go down the ‘ Oh we met each other via the internet’ Then they imediately think ‘ Gay chat room ‘
Till I explain Snowheads Solo skiers forum.MoreCashThanDashSubscriber
I sometimes ride with a mate I met through here – his wife was very worried that he considered it perfectly fine to meet a complete stranger he’d met on the internet in a remote car park. I was more worried that at that first meeting the plastic bag I put my wallet and phone in was labelled “Tesco Value Mens Pants” (or the equivalent) and his was labelled “Figleaves.com”
My main biking buddy I met after I helped his wife and kids after they’d had a car accident – makes the internet seem normal!Posted 4 years agothegreatapeMember
I once tried to meet TJ when he posted on here about going wild camping somewhere near Bridge of Orchy, and thought it would be fun to pop along after dark with my dogs and throw sausages at his tent, but I accidentally went to the pub instead and by the time it was dark I wasn’t fit to drive. Probably for the best in hindsight.Posted 4 years ago
An occasional-STW but frequent-BearBones forum user, whom I’d never met, contacted me to ask if I fancied a bivvy trip up Glen Feshie. We set off and got as far as the bothy whereupon the skies opened and we decided we’d gone far enough.
A few hours later, out of the darkness, three girls come into the bothy.
After food and a couple of drinks we get chatting and one of the girls tells me where she works. I ask her if she knows Matt (OAB). Turns out she does. Then one of her mates (who works elsewhere) pipes up that she also knows him.
Then it turns out the guy I’d originally gone riding with also knew him.
It’s like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon 😆Posted 4 years ago
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