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Dec 17 2012

The first rule of Hug Club…

Over on Twitter, Sasha Pixlee (@sashapixlee) tweeted this:

Lets make something like fight club but for hugging.

(Here is the original that this is satirizing, for those who aren’t familiar with it.)

So I immediately came up with these:

1st rule of Hug Club: Let’s talk about Hug Club a lot!

2nd rule of Hug Club: Let’s talk about Hug Club some more!

3rd rule of Hug Club: If someone says “stop” or goes rigid, the hugging is over.

4th rule of Hug Club: As many people can hug at a time as they want!

5th rule of Hug Club: All the hugs at a time!

6th rule of HugClub: Shirts and shoes are fine if that makes you more comfortable. If everyone agrees, you can take them off.

7th rule of Hug Club: Hugs will go on as long as we want them to!

8th rule of HugClub: If this is your first night at Hug Club, you can hug if you want, and you don’t have to if you don’t.

BTW, if you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @gretachristina .

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  1. 1
    moulton

    Great List. If you had two more then you could carve then on foam tablets. Foam tablets would make great couch pillows. Seriously though it really is a great list.

  2. 2
    michaeld

    Plus you could hug the tablets! ^.^

  3. 3
    Argle Bargle

    If I take my shoes off I can hug with my feet.

  4. 4
    Nick Gotts

    Rodney Nelson@3 – that sounds dangerously close to boko-maru. Beware of The Hook!

  5. 5
    Argle Bargle

    It’s not my fault I have prehensile toes.

  6. 6
    =8)-DX

    There is no hug club.

  7. 7
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    I like this idea!

  8. 8
    smhll

    I needed some holiday cheer. Thanks!

  9. 9
    opposablethumbs

    DaughterSpawn came home for the holidays yesterday – hadn’t seen her for almost five months. There have been A LOT of hugs in the last 24 hours. It’s like we have a backlog to catch up on, I’ve missed hugging her so much.

    Hug club: – yup, I’m in :-)

  10. 10
    apostrophobia

    Thanks for including 3 and 8. I’m not a hugger, but hug club sounds great!

  11. 11
    daviddurant

    If there were t-shirts of this I would buy 3 immediately.

  12. 12
    Ani J. Sharmin

    Totally love this.

  13. 13
    Rene Horn

    We can hug if we want to.
    We can’t leave our friends behind.
    Cause if your friends don’t hug
    And if they don’t hug.
    Well, they can still be friends of mine.

  14. 14
    Crudely Wrott

    Well, then, shucks (twirls toe in sand). Hugs Christina. Hugs for you and for those who need some or just like ‘em. =)

    (reflects on feeling fundamentally better overall)

  15. 15
    kaboobie

    Sasha’s tweet and Greta’s responses reminded me of a time long ago, when I was at a party feeling down (IIRC a guy I liked was hooking up with someone else). A friend noticed, and said, “Here comes the Hug Patrol.” Another friend chimed in with, “Call 1-800-NEED-A-HUG.” And then they hugged me.

    I am definitely all for Hug Club!

  16. 16
    usingreason

    @9

    Second daughter spawn is due in 4.5 hours; I am warming up the hugging muscles to avoid injury. It’s been about 4 months. Last time as her and her mother ran to each other and hugged it elicited a chorus of ‘awwws’ from the crowd at the airport. A ‘Love Actually’ moment.

  17. 17
    No Light

    #There’s a little rainbow sign at the side of the road,
    It says “Fifteen miles to the Hug Shack”,
    Hug Shack yeah yeah.

    I’ve got me a catbus it’s as big as a whale,
    And it’s heading on down to the Hug Shack,
    I’ve got me a catbus it seats about twenty,
    So come on! And bring your juke box money.

    The Hug Shack is a little old place where we can get together,
    Hug Shack baby, Hug Shack baby!

    Everybody’s smiling, everybody’s schmoozing,
    Folks lining up outside, for our hug-round

    Everybody’s smiling, everybody’s schmoozing baby,
    Fluffy little shack, Fluffy little shack! #

    *shimmies*

    Fabulous, I’m in!

    I miss hugs, proper hugs. I cannot wait till I’m a bit better, because I have sooo many hugs to catch up on.

  18. 18
    pensnest

    Surely the first rule of Hug Club is ‘Ask first’?

  19. 19
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    I donate an indeterminate number of hugs to the club treasurer, to be used or not as the club sees fit.

  20. 20
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    F, you rock. Mind if I snag one of those hugs?

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    On Sometimes Feeling Okay and Sometimes Not: Grief and Cancer Diary, 12/19/12 » Greta Christina's Blog

    [...] about human rights violations against atheists. I’ve been joking around on Twitter about Hug Club. How bad could it be? What’s all this darkness and exhaustion [...]

  2. 22
    Suggestion Saturday: December 29, 2012 | On The Other Hand

    [...] The First Rule of Hug Club. I like this idea but I have complicated feelings about hugging. I’m cuddly with my spouse and love hugs from family members and friends but social situations in which one is expected to give physical affection make me quite uncomfortable. Hugs should always be given and accepted freely. They should never be an obligation. [...]

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