Well, I finally made it back, and what a meeting it was! DHH was there, along with Combustible Software(?) from Vancouver BC-- the folks trying to hire some Ruby ninjas. All told, there were 17 of us there.
Ryan talked a bit about Ruby2C, then DHH fielded questions about Rails (he did pretty well for a guy who's biological clock read 6AM), and we closed up by finalizing our plans for A CodeFest Proposal.
If you're a ruby hacker, and you're not part of a Ruby Brigade, I'd heartily recommend joining one (or starting one if there isn't one in your area). If you're anywhere in Western Washington, you might think about joining up with the pdx.rb, the Vancouver Group, or the Seattle.rb.
This looks really cool, I've read about Gladys Knight's choir and their firesides and have watching and waiting for their debut CD. I'm looking forward to grabbing a copy and adding to to my normal listening rotation. (BTW, 'As Sisters in Christ' from the Women of Destiny is a pretty cool song and has become one of my wife's favorites.)