Run or walk?
I have not been in one, but I've looked at them online. To me, AS's are like Siamese cats. When I was a kid, I didn't like them (cats). I thought they were aloof. Perhaps the scene in Lady and the Tramp where they sing "We are Siamese if you please" was part of that. My neighbor had one. I thought their meow was annoying. But then at 18 I stayed at a relative's house for part of a summer, where there were two and I loved them! They may be aloof to strangers, but they were loving and friendly cats to each other and to their family; they welcomed me as part of the family.
So, as a kid, I thought AS's were awful. Rounded like my mom's old refrigerator or that old wringer-washer with the gears that tore open the skin on my curious three-year old finger. Aluminum rather than fiberglass (like a Corvette) or plastic (There's your future, kid, go into plastics . . . ). But now, I recognize the intrinsic beauty of an AS.
I didn't like Coors as a kid, either. That aluminum can! That slightly longer shape! That tan paint on the can! Who did Coors think they were? My tastes changed, obviously; I love Coors now, especially the Silver Bullet. Perhaps that's partly why I like AS's now; long, rounded, and silver, like a beer can.
So, here's a question. If I showed up at an AS rally with a BaseCamp, would I be treated as an outsider, the poor cousin from Yonkers? (No offense to Yonkers intended; it's just a funny name, like Talahassee, Yosemite, and WaKeeney.) Or would I be welcome?