Long ago, I worked at a company named Echobridge. The lead engineer was a guy named Noel Rappin. He was a Squeak fan. I set about trying to convert him to Python. Years later, I picked up a copy of Jython Essentials. He was the co-author.
Recently, I started talking with a guy name Ben Bangert. He had the idea of tying together Paste and Myghty into a new framework similar to TurboGears, but more devoted to pluggable micro applications. I donated some code, but mostly said, "No thanks, I'm far too busy with Aquarium." His framework, Pylons, has taken off like a shot and is far more popular than Aquarium.
When I went to PyCon, I sat next to these two guys at a WSGI get together. One of them had an English accent. I remember he said, "We had a look at the other Python Web application frameworks, but didn't find them suitable for our needs, so we wrote our own." I just thought to myself, "Yeah, welcome to the club buddy!" Months later, a project named Django became immensely popular overnight. It wasn't until I saw a video with the authors of the project that I recognized who they were.
I was so close to being hip, slick, and cool ;)
I'm sure we all feel like that sometimes.