theCryptofishist wrote:It's true that the only way to sleep in a tutu is to be very drunk. otherwise, too uncomfortable.
BBadger wrote:That doesn't mean, however, that these same people don't want to engage and interact; they're often just shy or intimidated by it all. Many people on the streets need an opening in which to participate or interact. Approaching a small camp bar can be a big step, like being the only customer in a new restaurant where everyone is watching you eat. That interaction can be daunting; so you have to make the first step and draw them in. Make them feel welcome, don't just expect that a sign and you staring down people will draw a crowd.
A thousand times, yes. Even a slightly bigger camp can be intimidating. I thought Revofuckinglution was a great looking bar camp, but I actively got nervous as I approached, and turned right back around. Now--that was my own damned issue, but good light & welcoming faces (or words) can make every difference. Signs, too. (They had a great sign; it's what drew me forward in the first place).