It felt oddly like work, and in fact, I ended up talking to a lot of the development staff. But they're also the reason I felt completely comfortable going alone not knowing whether any other people I knew would be there. None of your colleagues are going to leave you hanging, even if you do have to talk shop with them. I almost skipped out--I'm so tired from being so busy at work. And if I had, I could have written about something much more interesting, but the events person at work told me I had to go. And it's true, once you RSVP, you should go.
That's it, The lesson I was meant to bring you tonight. Show up. Just show up. It won't kill you.