Flying west, passed through the San Francisco Bay Area the weekend before a meeting of the Nearby Supernova Factory, which meant there would be people in town from places like Paris, Lyon and Bonn, as well as the usual ones from Berkeley and the surrounding area.
If you ever want to get a bunch of cosmologists to show up for something, the secret magic word is, of course, "brewpub." In this case, the Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. My cousins in the area are also susceptible to the use of this word. Unfortunately, I failed to get photos of a few people who were there.