Geekation 2014 finally came to an end with the usual blues that comes after a community meetup. We referred to ourselves, over the year before Gonna Geek, as a digital family and as with every family at some point kids needs to fly on their own. I am particularly proud of you all making this 1st Geekation a success. Our community has survived though everything that could be thrown at us and made the bond between us stronger then ever. I like to think that we proved that together, if we put our minds to it, we can accomplish anything…. or take over any city.
In the next couple of weeks many of us will have to explain to our friends and blood family why we went to Las Vegas. The usual “I don’t understand’ looks will be given followed by “these are not real friends” comments. And as the usual I will feel sorry for them for not opening to the larger world. Good people are good people and if I have to travel to another country on a regular basis to meet them I will gladly do it. Most of you now know me better than geographically closer friends and I like to think I do to. With you I never had to be someone else, to put apperance first or even try to fit in and for that I thank and love all of you with all my heart. THAT is what I call friendship. More invites came my way this year and I assure you I will fill your couches at some point or another ( I know Rum daddy, you have a guest room ;).
Seeing all of you is always a pleasure only matched by the pain of leaving. I hate goodbyes and I have shed some tears on all of your shoulders upon departures. These tears do not only represent the void inside when you leave but the love I have for you all. They will travel to your homes so I can still feel connected to you until next time.
What will I take away from this 1st Geekation:
– Keir can summarize a day on Facebook like no other
– An Irish pub seem to be our place of predilection anywhere we go
– Moscow Mules are better than Beef donkey shows
– A Nerf war can be damaging for your eyesight and boobs are good targets
– Why play in Casinos when you have boardgames in the suite
– Dressing in a mask and a thong can be entertaining for others
– Don’t even try to beat Badgerspoon in Cards Against Humanity
– If there is no more mixer for drinks, just use ice, nobody will notice
– Waking people with a side of Beef makes them happy
– You can always find some fellow geeks in a bus you just walked on to
– Don’t let the French near tip jars
– If you follow Rum Daddy, there will be Rum (duh!)
– A sith lord can go to a Casino unnoticed
– Even geeks like giant displays of dancing water
– Shawarma is as good as it sounds
– Giant Jenga is a concussion hazard
– Always follow the tallest person . . . unless you need to pee
– Bloody Marys are the best hangover cure (and can be ordered with bacon)
– Using “It’s not my fault I’m French’ as an excuse causes a barrage of nerf darts
– and finally, DO NOT eat Thai food before taking the plane
As we, at some point, were all wearing Doctor Who shirts I will leave you with my favorite line:
Before I go, I just want to say you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I!
John D. aka Wing