As for stepping out of my comfort zone, a few years ago I took a huge leap and attended an event here, the Indy chili cookoff. A nervous Nelly, that all dissipated once there. I was met with smiles and hugs of welcome and these people have become treasured friends. Now we get together periodically for this or that; truly a blessing
I haven't made it to a CM event, yet. Perhaps that needs to go on my bucket list.