July 8, 2003

Hey, is anyone else going to the Third Annual Nigerian EMail Conference?

Monday group last night was surprisingly…caustic.

At a certain point, the members a group become comfortable with joking with each other. That’s good. We’ve certainly reached that point; we’ll talk smack at each other, and laugh.

But last night felt different. We talked a lot of smack, and while we’d still laugh, there was something simmering under the surface that felt…not right. I felt like there was always a barb waiting to be said.

I think that some of us were so comfortable with the group that we were being incredibly intimate (not sexually), and that it was inappropriate in that setting. We were “letting it all hang out” when the group just hadn’t progressed to that point.

At what point does a group become too comfortable?

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