I will admit I didn't have the presense of mind to put the mug down and it might look like I'm posing for an ad about the benefits of drinking coffee.
But regardless of the oddness of my pose, you can see that I'm happy seeing people I probably wouldn't get to see in one place, any other way.
That's why I go. And that's why you should find events that work for you the same way... and go.
Oh, by the way, the event was Traffic and Conversion in SF last weekend. There were well over 100 people (of the 2000 in attendance) who I knew, there. My only regret is that I didn't get to see all of them.