Left work at three and spent two hours in town trying to kill time - David had ordered me to go to Debenhams to buy the bag my mum wanted and I had to get a mother's day card, and I was also ordered to buy "£10.00 worth of jelly beans" - slightly misjudged that and ended up spending £15 instead. Oops. Went to Coffee Republic for a caffeine injection to keep me awake through the MGM, and then McDonalds for some food, and then tremulously headed towards Colmore's Bar...
Oddly, I recognised Paul/Yoshi (yoshi) and Luke/McWorkerton (legs11) recognised me, which saved on confusion all around. I was the first 'newbie' to turn up and was introduced to Mikey, Steve (stevenjos), Tangster (he does have a real name, I just can't remember it) and Tyler (ditto), and Tim (Mitophus) and probably a few others...
It was a great turn out. Jeanette (Scooter) turned up looked terrified and confused and we recognised her by her "spiky hair and pink hoody"; also met James Hill, Holacabron (he's got a real name, too), Gautam (G-Dogg), Lloyd (Loddy3dots), Sarah (butterflyburn) and didn't-quite-meet Kiwi but knew who he was. Plus others. It was all a bit of a blur.
We left Colmore's about 8.00ish and went to the Rainbow in Digbeth, (walking with Sarah, Kiwi, Tangster and someone else... I think it was Tim) where I also met Laura/ginger_girl (rubytitania) and spotted Steve King (kkingiking) from afar even though we weren't introduced. And also Denv (DJP) and later Geoff (Green_Tao) and LFNY (argh, forgot his real name, too... he did tell me.)
It was all very amicable and great fun. And random. Exceedingly random. Can't wait to see the photos. :D
I love meeting new people, especially people you've already 'met' anonymously through message boards, etc. It's oddly nerve-wracking, but also not... And it was weird, starting out the night shaking people's hands and ending it hugging them, though that was Sarah's fault... ;) You hug one and everyone wants a go, though it was worth it to see Yoshi fall backwards off the picnic table bench. :P
I left about half-nine-ish and walked about four miles (seemed like it) back to the markets to get the bus, and now I'm writing this up.
So, yeah. Woo.
Thanks for a great night, guys! See you all next month, definitely!