It’s one of the few times of year where what I do made sense to those around me. It’s provided a place where I felt appreciated for my work and camaraderie in the hardships of working in media and being an educator.
Something I didn't state in my recent piece about going to conferences was this very point that Dan mentioned. Many people, in many industries, feel a bit lonely or misunderstood. They feel as though only people that do what they do, day-in-and-out, will "get" them. At conferences and meetups is where you find people just like you.
Excellent point Dan and I'm glad you had fun in Vegas. Also, I'm glad you're striking out on your own.