I'm lucky enough to live in the Denver area that has one of the top 25 JUGs in the world. Technically, I suppose that makes it one of the top 25 in the universe. Java User Groups are a great way to get exposed to what's happening in your community.
The development methodologies and tools we use to build software can also be applied to the way we do other things in our lives. Software development literally becomes part of who we are. How many times have you been around a table of folks (who are not involved in the high tech industry) and someone asks you what you do for a living?
I’d like to take Eduardo‘s call to action one step further in terms of welcoming the non-English speaking international community to java.net. Java.net is a site with the potential to become the central train station for all things Java. As a community, we should be able to welcome all users and developers, regardless of their language.