I may spend a lot of my time working on robots, but I like people. I've noticed this in my professional life: I'm happier and more productive working on a small team, rather than solo.
My day job has me working alone a lot of the time, so at the beginning of March, I decided to take matters into my own hands and "find the others." I knew about Noisebridge in San Francisco, but they didn't quite seem like my people — when I joined their IRC channel they suggested I jump in front of a train, in fact.
So I was delighted to discover a hackerspace right down the street from me: Ace Monster Toys in Oakland.