Going through my old saved blogs I never posted (there are a surprising amount of them) and came across this gem. I wrote this post on January 30th after seeing the Tour de Nerdfighting in Vancouver. I don't know why I never posted it I guess I kind of forgot about it.
I need to write this down before I forget about it. Before I forget the emotions and the atmosphere and just the sheer excitement of everything.
Tonight the Tour de Nerdfighting came to Vancouver. And it was awesome. John and Hank 3 feet away from me on stage seemed a little surreal. It all seemed a little surreal. Looking back at the pictures I took it feels much more natural to look at them on the screen than it did to see them in real life. Or irl if I want to be really cool and internet-y. But really that is what it was. It was vlogbrothers irl which is just a crazy thought to me.
I think my favourite moment was when they arrived. I was on a coffee run from the lineup and was walking back and heard screaming. And then I was running back. And I kind of almost got run over by their tour van in my frenzy to see them. When they emerged from the van the crowd broke into O Canada to welcome them and they waved and smiled (and looked exhausted- but really what do you expect after a 3 week tour). It was all a little surreal and I'm not gonna lie I almost cried a little. Although I'm a crier.
I was just overcome by how everyone sitting in the theatre were all nerdfighters like myself and who all had this one big thing in common. It's such a strange concept- nerdfighteria but this made me realize that it really is more than an online community. The internet is really amazing when you think about it. This whole community of people brought together by John and Hank and by the internet to do amazing things.
I'm always scared when I see people in real life that I am somehow going to be dissapointed. That reality will not live up to my expectations. Here are two people that I feel like I know quite a bit about and have a pretty good idea what they are like. But what if they were not the John and Hank I know and love? In some senses they weren't. But I think I liked it more. John seemed nervous and shy even. And this is something I'm not used to seeing him be. But I liked it.