Confession: I'm terrible about attending Meetups.
Most Meetups where I live happen from 6pm to 8pm or later. After a long day of work, I'm tired and want to go home. And 99% of the time, I do go home. When you're exhausted, it unappealing to forego rest and relaxation for the same cheap beer and pizza that every meetup has. I'm in my 30's; my body can't handle that anymore!
It's not that I don't want to meet other developers and share knowledge. I do! But I don't do well with the late-night format. I can't be the only one.
So I've got a question: why don't we do lunch events instead?
I work with lots of economists rather than developers, and they attend so many lunch events! But I've never encountered developer lunches. Do such developer lunches exist? Have they been tried, but there was no interest? (I found a breakfast once, which was great! But then they moved it to the evening...)
Am I just being a grumpy old person? Or should developer lunches be a thing? If you had the choice between Meetups as usual or developer lunches, what would you choose?