Yeah, I’ve hung out with the Barenaked Ladies. And when I say “I’m friends with the owner of Saffron” (for which I have to thank Wendy and Marc), I mean when I show up he picks out a special table for me and my guests.
But I don’t know people the way that Pierce Watters knows people. Pierce is a consultant here at Paizo, he’s been in book and magazine publishing for years. I’ve known him from the TSR days. And chatting with him today he mentions off-hand, “I’m having dinner with Michael Moorcock next week.”
Now that is knowing people. :)