Not community as in a sitcom that I haven't watched, but community as in a group with common interests, both online and offline, which was in evidence in a small way today in the scenic confines of downtown Oakland. I motored over to enjoy the company of (and I hope that having had more luck with people's IRL names this time than I did last year at House of Shields, I don't screw up the screen-names too badly or -worse - leave someone out): Calnet and Paleodan (with the very cute and impressively quiet Marshawna), Twist, Kodiak and Mrs Kod and their charming daughters, Ragnarok and AndBears, Golden Oso, Cugel, Raptors, and latterly CalBandGreat and his delightful fiancee.
I was delighted to have people be enthusiastic enough to come out to say hello, and to sample the broader CGB get-together culture. It's a little odd to be so predictable to people with whom I (now almost) always interact with online that I was ID'ed immediately on the basis of being a pale bald man driving past in a Mustang. In any case, much as it has been a pleasure to discover, in the form of the DBD, like-minded idiots online, it was a pleasure to see everyone - there aren't a whole lot of online or indeed offline groups I'd think it was worth making the effort to join for high-end sausages and beer, after all. So hurrah for community, and thanks to those who were able to come out on a school night.