I have discovered a website called Meetup where people find like minded people to, well, meet up. I joined "PHP as a Social Activity". The first meeting I attended was actually joint meetup with SLUG, the Suncoast Linux User Group. A young man named Brad gave me a Linux CD (Ubuntu) and I have since installed Ubuntu server on an OLD IBM NetVist computer that someone gave me several years ago. I actually have 4 websites running on it, but they are all just coming soon pages because I haven't take the time to do anything else with them.
So, now I'm not only a coding geek, but I'm on my way to being a Linux geek too.
I am now a member of both meetups.
There is talk about a "Maker Space" or "Hacker Space". I hope to be able to get involoved in that too.
We had a good meeting at Panera Bread on Westshore in Tampa last night. I was a little over an hour late, but I still had time to engage with Sam, Matt and Dan.