I have never not enjoyed meeting an HN poster in person, and if you're reading this, I am (still, in 2023) more than happy to buy you a cup of coffee if you end up in Boston. don't hesitate to reach out. For personal matters I can be reached via email at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' or as 'eropple', 'ed.ropple', or 'edropple' on pretty much any service you care to look for me on. My Keybase identity list is probably a good start.
Given the rate at which Hacker News sprouts green-text commenters who tend to really, really like bigotry, I read HN with a plugin that automatically folds all green-text comments. I apologize if you're a new user acting in good faith and I don't read your post. Please feel free to get in touch with me via the above email.
[ my public key: https://keybase.io/eropple; my proof: https://keybase.io/eropple/sigs/o9U8phHSrpBd_HL4r_Fb_hutO3mrRucKWwIFL7dquhI ]