Category Archives: Get Connected

GC In The Field – 6 May 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 227

Decibel: ~60 building to 75
Quantities Consumed: Due to under-anticipation from weeks past significant amounts of food were present including both a non-meat ‘goo-lash’ and cooked meat, tomato stew, and boiled wheat collectively called ‘spa-get-ee’

Stories were told by some tribal Elders as well as initiates regarding their enjoyment of a recent day-time outing at a local nature preserve as well as their desire to repeat the outing throughout the growth season

One of the governors of the collective spoke regarding their life, telling the story of their transition from childhood to adulthood and the continuity of experience

The tribe was predominantly quiet but with momentary bursts of unrelated conversation likely an attempt at diffusing tension

Subsequent to the story the tribe was uncharacteristically energetic

GC In The Field – 29 Apr 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 226

Decibel: ~60
Quantities Consumed: Sloppy Joes were well received, fresh supplies of buns were required at least once

Half-way through gathering several returned from participating in a separate gathering near the municipality’s capital, at which one of the tribe spoke

Memories of the ceremony were greeted with highly respectful silence as an Elder of the group recited their words from the event

Much rejoicing followed the speech as well as a great deal of congratulation

GC In The Field – 22 Apr 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 225

Decibel: 70
Quantities Consumed: Taco count somewhat reduced from previous iterations

 

Plans for an outdoor gathering are solidifying, the bulk of the time was taken with a complicated card-based game called “Cards Against Humanity” where the participants seem to compete with each other for the most vile combination of emic concepts

GC In The Field – 15 Apr 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 224

Decibel: 65
Quantities Consumed: Pizza boxes were looted and pillaged with gusto

Presentation on Gender Identity was entertaining, though some terms were met with confusion

Subsequent social time was dominated with discussion of a rising independent musical star and plans for future speakers

Elder members are preparing their own separate gathering and seem eager to hive

GC In The Field – 8 Apr 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 223

Decibel: initially and throughout presentation 60, during social swiftly rose to 75
Quantities Consumed: Fair to middling

Self-guided sandwich bar is still well received.

Presentation on HIV and sexually transmitted diseases was very visually engaging, the tribe was highly attentive for a surprising amount of time.
(suspicious on connection to “YouTube Generation” multimedia obsession: further research warranted)

Subsequent social time was dominated with discussions of high school debate resolutions, twitter rap battles, and something the natives call “slap chap” or “snap cat”. Nuances of the “slap cat” communication method, which is quite commonly utilized by the tribe, are difficult to decode with accuracy as the messages are ephemeral.

Tribal integration continues apace, new arrivals are now nearly indistinguishable in most situations, with occasional groupings by region of origin after extended conversation. Reinforcement of these selective moieties are now actively discouraged by the majority of the attendees.

GC In The Field – 1 Apr 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 222

Decibel: approx. 60
Quantities Consumed: Variable

Self-guided sandwich bar was successful, fresh fruit more so.

Preperations under way for National Day of Silence Event on the 14th as well as brief discussion of Prom.

Discussion of overall behavioral expectations continues.

Tribe more somber this week, possibly due to several of the tribal elders being absent.

Cards Against Humanity provided high levels of entertainment, likely due to shared boundary transgression rituals as discussed by Goffman.

Establishment of individual identities within the tribe becoming a high priority as new members have asserted their presence, suggestion of ‘pronoun placards’ to avoid confusion was extremely well received.

Presentation on the topic of gender identities and romantic considerations left as many questions as answers within the group, dividends may be long in coming.

 

GC In The Field – 25 Mar 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 221

Decibel: approx. 60
Quantities Consumed: Tacos level below normal

New members continue to incorporate into the tribe.

Beanies were absent.

Some new discussion of behavioral guidelines left the tribe contemplative.

“Stay Connect” was little discussed.

Food suggestions for future gatherings were very entertaining. Waffles are apparently very popular.

GC In The Field – 18 Mar 16

The continuing story of a room ruled by teens and the adults who observe them.

Week: 220

Decibel: unstable but approx. 65
Quantities Consumed: Honey and Spicy Chicken Nuggets – 100

Notes:

New members arrived, the tribe was friendly and inviting. Little ritual seemed to be required for incorporation.

The beanie hat population has remained relatively stable.

Suggestion of requiring pterodactyl calls for membership was roundly rejected. The cause for the suggestion was difficult to discern.

Atari logos are apparently now ‘retro’ and my familiarity with pre-wifi internet connection computers is considered quite funny.

The teens now have their own group chat and have thus formed new Facebook connections with each other. Group cohesion has been reinforced.

“Stay Connect” is forming organically as the older teens begin to establish their own group identity, it should prove to be an interesting study in transitional states.

The suggestion of using a spray bottle for infractions was ultimately rejected.

GC in the Field – 4 Mar 2016

The continuing story of a room controlled by kids and the adults who observe them:

Week 218

Decibel: approx 75
Tacos consumed: approx 80

Notes:

Beanie hats apparently still ‘in’, white people dancing to hip-hop definitely ‘out’. Overall coolness of “Supernatural” disputed.

After contentious debate decision was reached to hold a picnic day on the 30th. Theme for Prom will be “Masquerade”.