Tonight's Houston meet-up was so much fun! I added a post to the Google Groups page if anyone wants to start planning our next get-together there, and I also created a Facebook group called Houston Hairpinners. If you're not able to find the group, let me know--just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
@emilythe5trange I will be there early, and I know a couple of others will, too!
@fairlyalarmed NO I DO NOT KNOW THE SIGNAL! You can teach it to us. I printed out two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper that say "HAIRPIN" in 150 pt Calibri, which I plan to tape to the ends of a picnic table. I plan to wear pants. Possibly a shirt. Not sure if the ice house requires one for service.
@whereismyrobot I feel your financial pain--my parents (who are not wealthy) paid for my Accutane out of pocket, and it was insane. Best thousands of dollars they ever spent, though! Good luck--I hope it works as well for you as it did for me!
@pinta I think it depends on how bad your acne is and whether getting rid of it is worth the possible risks to you or not. For me, it was a no-brainer--my acne was so bad that it was taking over my life. I was in a lot of pain and had a hard time having normal social interactions because my face was covered in cysts. Curing my acne was worth any risk to me. Luckily, I just had dry skin and lips while I was on Accutane. (I only had to wash my hair once a week!!) I don't know if it affected my digestive system because I already had IBS before I took it.
@xtinam In 2001, I had layer upon layer upon layer of cysts on my face and GIANT cysts on my back. I couldn't sleep at night because it hurt to lie on either side OR on my back. I avoided talking to anyone or even leaving the house because people flinched when they looked at me. I went on a high dose of Accutane for six months. Now people who meet me don't even notice the light scars on my cheeks unless I point them out. And I can sleep in any position I want! Well, except sitting up--I will never master airplane sleeping. Miracle drug!
Accutane WAS a miracle drug for me, so I have to leave a comment in its defense. It was absolutely worth the side-effects. If you have just moderate to bad acne, it is probably not worth it, but if you have horrific, disfiguring, intensely painful acne? It can turn your entire life around.
@Xora I am thinking it will be super-fun and there will definitely be a next one. :-)
@autumng There usually aren't too many all-female groups at the ice house, but I can try to hang a sign from one of the picnic tables. :-) I'm so excited to meet everyone, can't wait!
I feel like the key to making friends in Houston (or anywhere else) is to meet that one really cool, friendly person who's willing to introduce you to people and include you in things. Then you kind of roll from there. But if you have a hard time meeting that one "starter" friend it can be brutal! Anyway, I am thinking the Hairpin is full of those cool, friendly types.