On the website, there was a map showing the locations where the original participants were. None were in Lower Queen Anne, so I was worried there might not be someone in my area to have lunch with. When I got my email on Thursday morning, I was pleasantly surprised there were 2 people I was matched with. Like I posted about, we had to reschedule for Friday, but that was fine.
We met at 12:15 at Racha Noodle, one of my favorite Thai lunch places. I got there first, and though we'd exchanged info on how to recognize each other, I brought the NoonHat sign to display on the table. David arrived shortly after me; he's roughly my age, single (I think), a former software developer, now semi-pro photographer. After him was Austin; slightly older, married. I can't remember what he does, but he apparently knows the NoonHat founder, briandorsey. Austin mentioned another of Brian's social projects, which I will be very interested in after the summer is over.
I'd hoped for a lively group, but the search for common ground didn't yield much. I think we were all a little unsure of how to begin things; I need to review my first-date skills. A conversation on tech topics kinda defeated the purpose, I felt, so we ended up keeping mostly to photography. Austin was an enthusiast like me, and he's lucky enough to be heading off on an African safari (with another interesting story behind why he was going).
We did have a good time (we talked for over an hour), but I didn't get the impression that we really clicked, so I doubt we'll be having lunch with each other again anytime soon. Pleasant, but not as off-the-beaten-path as I'd have liked. I'll definitely be signing up again, though.