I hung out after the end of the meeting, and while chatting with some folks, a guy wandered in. There was no indication that he was there for the MeetUp (this was at a coffee house), but he eventually injected himself into the conversation, and then referred to me by name (which, needless to say, sort of freaked me out).
It turns out that he was an old contact from my publishing days (well, actually an even older contact, as he was the younger brother of a kid that was like 4 years behind me in highschool), who had been pitching the concept of a machine that would automatically print and bind books from a database (or delivered file) almost 10 years ago ... I find it freaky that he suddenly appears in my timestream right after the introduction of the "Espresso" book-printing machine (http://bit.ly/4bUAEa) which I guess is a great-grandchild of what he was involved with "back in the day". He's not a part of the current project (although he might have a piece of one of the constituent patents), but it's so weird that right after I'd been talking about him (when discussing the Espresso at some event), he appears! Strange world.
Anyway ... I have about 20 possible job openings lined up in my tab bar, and I need to start cranking out the resumes ... I hate this "getting a job" job and want one with some variation and a paycheck!