As a remote employee I often found it difficult to get the “Geek” out of my system. This was especially difficult after I had finished a long project. The exhilaration after finally fixing that one bug that was sending me up a wall was quickly muted with the unavailability of a coworker to high five. My cat was a solid stand in, but, let’s face it, even he even he started to think it was getting weird after a while. This is what led me to start looking for Esri and GIS user groups in the greater DC area.