It is a bit akward, i remember the first time i went to London, i was on the plane saying to myself... ok well no backing out now.. and i was kinda nervous about going overseas to some country ive never been to and trying to meet people ive never met, etc. Lol i remember the customs agent at immigration was giving me some grief, cause he kept grilling me on how i knew these 'friends' i was visiting.
Long story short, it was a great deal of fun and the hospitality i got from the people there and anywhere i visit really is really warm. I dont necessarily recommend doing what I did because it does carry its share of risk and had i not been older and independent i wouldnt even dream of doing it. I was actually kind of nervous in NY cause i felt like it would be a stickam meet and i dont really visit that place enough but it panned out fine and i made some new friends and caught up with some old ones.
My advice would be that if one of these road shows comes within arms reach, it wouldnt be a bad idea to pop up, whether you are well known or not. I think in the end youre just a user of the site and nobody really gives a shit if you work for ng or are a mod or a level 59 etc. Youre just a user who visits the same site and WORST case scenario you always have that topic to fall back on.