We are excited to share this shiny new segment here on our blog as we put the spotlight on some of the coolest Everyday Nerds, the unsung superheroes of this incredible nerd community. Each of their stories may be unique, but the one thread that ties them together is the positive impact that they’ve had on the world around them.
The first of our Everyday Nerds is Laura and she shares with us her involvement in making a special moment happen at Stephen Amell’s Nerd HQ panel.
I saw a young lady walking along the front of the New Children’s Museum cosplaying Felicity Smoak from Arrow and she looked amazing! When I pointed out her glasses to my friends, she stopped and we began chatting. I asked Felicity (aka Amanda) if she was going to Stephen Amell’s panel. She said no explaining, that she had multiple people trying to get tickets, but no one was successful. She was holding out hope to get a photo op with him and our conversation ended there.
I later ran into Amanda again and she looked absolutely downtrodden. As we were talking, I started thinking about how many times I’ve met Stephen and how lucky I was to interpret for his panels at Dallas Comic-Con. I had more chances than she ever would ever have to meet him. I turned to my friend and told her I was going to give my front row ticket to Amanda. Hearing her excitement that a stranger had given her a ticket made it all worth it. The best part was watching her getting to share a Coke with Stephen. Her glow made my year.
You can relive the Felicity shares a Coke with Oliver moment here:
Our next story is from our very own, Roni, about our dear, Jayne from Northern Ireland.
We were all very lucky to have Jayne attend Nerd HQ last year! Sadly, she could not attend this year, and though she was greatly missed, she was still a big part of making our HQ 2015 experience a great one! From over 5,000 miles away in Northern Ireland, Jayne surprised many of us with panel tickets. She stayed up late to try for panel tickets and watched the live streams. Because of her, Jaime and Rich were able to attend 2 different panels, and I was able to attend Badass Women. Well, Jayne, you are one badass lady and I thank you!
Last, but not least, our final Everyday Nerd is Michelle, who shares her magical princess moment in San Diego.
I was chatting with my fellow princesses (our group cosplayed steampunk Disney princesses) after taking a photo for a local radio station. As I was talking, I suddenly felt something tackle me and wrap around my legs. I look down to see a little girl, who had to be 3 or 4, tightly hugging me. At first, I was shocked but then immediately crouched down to her level. I look over and see her parents walking over to me apologizing while laughing, “We’re sorry, she saw you and just ran towards you.”
The little girl proceeded to tell me that her name was Elizabeth, that she was a girl, and that she loved my movie. I was so taken aback that this little girl was so excited to see me or “Ariel”. It reminded me of how excited I was when I was her age to see Ariel at Disney World and to be able to give that experience to another little girl? I have no words. I was trying to fight back tears and stay in character for her. She talked to me for a few minutes while her parents snapped some photos. As she was leaving, she came back for one last hug.
The whole experience was so surreal. It’s one I’ll never forget. That little girl will never know just how much of an impression she left on me.
As witnesses to this precious moment, there were definitely tears of joy. We’re tearing up just thinking about it now!
Cheers to the Everyday Nerds
There is definitely something about the nerd community that creates this sense of camaraderie and charity. We happen to know these three ladies personally and like most superheroes, their goodness was just enhanced by their environment. If anyone at The Nerd Machine happens to stumble upon this post, we hope it puts a smile on your face knowing these special moments are made possible because of you and what you’ve created with Nerd HQ. Thank you, nerds. Keep being your awesome selves.