Just attended my first meeting of the Berkeley Drupal Users Group at the UC Berkeley campus. Thanks to Tao Starbow for making me feel welcome.
I became interested in this particular user group after presenting at BADCamp 07. BADCamp attracted such an interesting and diverse crowd that I had to see if it was reflective of the Berkeley Drupal Users Group and I am happy to report it was!
The most important information that I learned from this meeting was that each installed module will impact the speed and efficiency of your Drupal site. For me this reinforced that developers need to keep each installation as close to the core program as possible.