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So I went to the start of the Tour De Nerdfighting UK’s first stop in Swindon today. 

Had a TON of fun, both with the show itself and fellow nerdfighters. I have a sore throat from talking and laughing so much with people I’ve never met before. So so much fun. John and Hank were both brilliant, and I only wish I could go to the one tomorrow in London (though one girl is).

Had a small signing-line chat with John on wearing my Nerdfighteria shirt in the hopes of finding another nerdfighter and how the Pizza John shirt was, he thought, better at that cause it was more obvious. Got hank to sign my copy of Pride & Prejudice and told him how I’d read the book to my grandmother on her death bed and I know she’d had loved Lizzie Bennet Diaries if she were still here. And also expressed hope that it would continue after the book to which he smiled in a sort of ‘we’ll see’ way. 

So so so much fun, and found some people who were on the same train home as me whom we continued discussions with for ages to the confusion of those around us.

That big poster someone is holding in the second to last photo is this big poster two men printed and got everyone to sign. I met them when I walked out the train station (they had it up on display) and when us and a few other girls got to the venue to see a queue and looked after their stuff as the queue started to really build up and they went up and down it to get signatures. They were the last people in the queue to see John and Green and a few of us stayed behind for ages to see them giving the poster to them. They liked it, and Hank is keeping it cause he has more luggage space btw.

Fantastic day, and btw Hank’s song based on TFIOS? May be one of my fave ever.

On the way home though I kicked myself for not saying what I most wanted to - “THANK YOU”.

If you see this, Thank You, for you, for what you do, and for building this community that I love.

Singing “THEY’RE TAKING THE HOBBITS TO ISENGARD!” in the middle of Swindon with people staring at you wondering what the hell you’re all doing whilst one guy in the group is a home made Swindon/DFTBA poster taped to a cardboard fruit crate on his arm as though it were a shield. 

Fun times.

Can we just go and do all of that again?

Oooo, we CAN. Guys, if you can get to Bristol in April we’re going to do a Nerdfighter meet on April 13th and are meeting at the train station to walk to Pizza Hut for food before the park. So. Yeah.

Anybody wanna come? Someone is setting up a facebook page for it. Someone who gets facebook unlike me who just reluctantly uses it.

OMG guys, I just spotted myself in one of John’s vlogbrother videos. Never thought that would happen.

Seriously, I can see me right there and clearly and wow. Strange. And the people I was in line with and spent hours talking to and having fun with and we’re all there (dotted around the place)!

Will always find it amusing how amazed John Green seems to be at our weather though. This is why it’s one of the biggest topics of conversation amongst Brits. Not cause of John, but because of what it’s like.

And John, if you ever see this, the signed book I got when I walked in the door? As I got my hardback signed by both of you guys I gave it to a woman at work who’d just finished TFIOS and fell in love with it after the events had sold out. Her grin was pretty big and and I think it made her day. So thanks for making that possible with all the signing you do. How you don’t have big time RSI by now I don’t know. 

PS - Virtual experiences can have a value of their own but how they compare to reality depends on what it is you’re trying to convey. Things with large vistas or where smells are important or where the atmosphere of the people around you are important? The virtual isn’t very good at. But stand alone things where the detail is what you’re amazed it? It’s pretty good.