The other folks I wanted to meet were mathew and his wife, sarah. mathew is the world-famous creator of alt.atheism. If you Google "mathew" his web site will come up first or second in the listings. I "met" mathew in 1990 when I was on sabbatical in Germany and have corresponded with him over the years, but this was the first time I met him irl. He was exactly as I expected him based on our Internet communications--intelligent, geeky, and charming. We had dinner at the Magnolia Cafe on South Congress, which has great vegetarian food. Sarah (rothko) was equally delightful--she had an amazingly robust, midwestern handshake for a wispy young woman and a hearty laugh to go with it.
One of the things mathew had suggested as a "thing to experience" while I was in town was First Thursday, which just happened to be on South Congress where my motel (the Austin Motel) was located. It was something, all right. The party atmosphere rivaled Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I uploaded a clip of my walk through this event at http://www.personal.psu.edu/~j5j/videos/FirstThursday.ram to give you a taste of the night.