If you think Phoenix is kinda white bread, youâ€™ve never seen Meetup. Meetup is the grand-daddy of local group networking. The gist of it: if youâ€™re new to an area (say, â€œPhoenixâ€), you can sign up for Meetup and see whatâ€™s happening in relation to your personal interests. Whether youâ€™re into hiking, biking, drinking, or nudity, thereâ€™s a group for you! (I once saw one about nude fortune-telling. Iâ€™m serious.)Recently, the Ignite Phoenix After Hours crew was given an assignment. We had to think of new demographics to approach for IPAH #2. There was plenty of sex at IPAH #1, and damn, it was interesting. However, there are other edgy things out there that donâ€™t have to do with sex. I decided to take a close look at Meetup, Phoenix-style, and here are some of the groups I found â€¦
Vegan Zombie Beer Club. What do vegan zombies eat? Grains, of course.
Phoenix Red Sox Nation. If being a Boston fan isnâ€™t edgy in Phoenix, I donâ€™t know what is. (Go DIAMONDBACKS!)
West Phoenix Witches and Pagans. There are 130 members in this group! These chicks get together to prove that witches donâ€™t wear pointy hats and ride flying broomsticks â€¦ although thatâ€™s pretty cool stuff, if you ask me.
Phoenix Tantra. I know when you think â€œtantra,â€ you think about Sting and 24-hour-long sex marathons. (Well, I do, at least.) But tantra is a lot more than sex. Itâ€™s a spiritual experience, dude â€¦
Phoenix Dodgeball. Weâ€™re adults, and yet, itâ€™s totally acceptable for us to play childrenâ€™s games. Also, best line on their profile: â€œMeet people and hit them with balls.â€
Save the Sweater-vest! With the resignation of Ohio Stateâ€™s football coach, concerned Phoenicians are choosing to wear sweater-vests before the niche clothing industry goes into a tailspin. â€¦ Ha, kidding. I made that one up. (Go WOLVERINES!)
Anyway, there are several awesome, weird, and wild groups in Phoenix. There are several strong-willed individuals who do what they loveâ€”even if some people might think theyâ€™re â€œstrangeâ€ (ah-hem, Red Sox fans).
Who else has enviable strangeness in the Valley of the Sun?
Who else should we know more about??
What about YOU?