Oh well. The people on the sub turned out much better:
My internship (powerHouse Books) holds large events on the majority of week-day evenings. This time it was about meat and butchers and food... the reception had wonderful food (including an edible sculpture made of chocolate: The Butcher's Guide to Well-Raised Meat). I stayed for the reception but not the event because it was already getting late and I hoped to reach the sub before it started pouring outside (that failed -- I got soaked).