I have gone to socialize and I have returned! OK, it was only a couple hours. I fear I went into babble mode because I was so nervous. It did not help that the people who I was sitting with at the MeetUp did not ask questions or help much with the conversation. I actually attempted to flirt with one guy that I met at the main bar and he brought up his fiancee fairly quickly.
So there you go! Two hours of being with IRL people and I did not completely embarrass myself although I did kind of turn into chatty Cathy.
Thanks for the support , fellow introverted Jezzies!