Well at MediaWest con someone posted a map with pins for people's locations. I stuck my pin in Richmond and upon checking back was surprised to see at least three more appear, so an idea was born. Since my significant other had to travel from New Jersey anyway, and we were planning on driving down to Dragon*con I decided to put out there the possibility of having a true road trip with multiple folks with similar plans and interest. So I search Live Journal to see if they had something similar to MediaWest's group and they did, so I posted. So far I've gotten 3 folks either interested in coming aboard or traveling with us, in their own vehicle(s) with one of the 3 floating the possibility of a larger group. So now I'm going to nail down the actual costs for this journey, by checking with the local guy on his RVs and of course actually checking out his competition as well. An ambitious plan but one that I'm glad to launch. It's a fun idea, and a good distraction from my job's current uncertainty, well at least I still have one for now, but their upcoming headquarter move to St. Louis isn't all that encouraging (don't ask publicly, policy prevents me from saying who I work for on these boards).
So now it looks like it may shape up to be a caravan of sorts to Dragon*con convention, and with an RV in the mix it brings up fun possibilities, for supplies and extra crash space for the convention. It was a bit of a stretch for me to come out of my shell and actually ask but I was emboldened by the fact that this weekend I actually met a few folks into some of my other hobbies and didn't turn into a pile of dust actually making new friends who didn't happen to be at a place that I had to go to shop for hobby stuff. A great project for my social life, a good chance to meet more people and make new friends something to look forward to.