Dieselpunks have a lot to learn from our Victorian cousins, the Steampunks. While there is a sizable Steampunk presence online, Steampunks are getting together in the real world. They have numerous Steampunk Meet-Ups and "Airships" (essentially clubs), which can range from just a few people to dozens of members. Usually these Airships will have members who share common interests ranging from Cosplay to Makers to Steampunk as a Lifestyle. There are also Steampunk organizations and conventions.
In my view, it's time for Dieselpunks to learn from Steampunks and start real world associations of our own. There are many advantages to face-to-face meetings. Studies have shown that humans are by nature a cooperative species. Humans who have real world friendships are often healthier and happier than those who limit themselves to cyberspace friendships. As the saying goes, "No man is an island." In addition, outside organizations can help those of us who make Dieselpunk a lifestyle. It allows us to share resources and support.
To put my money where my mouth is I've taken the step to start a local Dieselpunks organization: The North Texas Dieselpunks. Our first meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2011 as an "Eat, Meet and Greet" in the banquet room at Spring Creek Barbeque, 12835 Preston Road at LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75230. It'll be an opportunity for local Dieselpunks to get to know each other and to make plans for future meetings and activities.
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Therefore, if you’re in the North Texas area and would like to join the North Texas Dieselpunks stop by and joins us for some Texas barbeque and a chance to meet likeminded individuals.
Note: the legendary Dieselpunk artist Stefan Prohaczka designed the North Texas Dieselpunks logo.