Two years ago, Josh and I "met" each other in a public skeptics wave (you remember Google Wave, right? <.<). That encounter sparked my creation of the North Bay Skeptics Facebook group. Little did either of us know that Kernan, a mere three days beforehand, started another Facebook group, North Bay Skeptics in the Pub.
It was obvious to all of us we should join forces so I started this meetup group with Skeptics in the Pub as our first event. We quickly realized it was too noisy and crowded in the Third Street Aleworks, so we moved on to Mary's Pizza Shack. After a few dining room reservation SNAFUs—and general attitudes towards the fare—Kernan generously offered his studio for our use (the original studio was just down the street from the current location).
While I haven't been at many of the meetings this year, I have been truly amazed by all you have done. Kernan's design studio is the agency of record for the James Randi Educational Foundation. Terry and friends organized the first (annual??) TEDxSantaRosa. I've received quite a bit of "here look at this" ammunition from Dixon's "Gospel" series for use in arguments with the gullible. Not to mention all the miscellaneous events organized by others too numerous to name without triggering the Wrap-it-Up Box.
I hope you'll join us in ringing out the old year and setting our sights even further!
-- Matthew "Cogwheel" Orlando