Hello, my name is Michael Ford. I am a life long geek that lives in Reno, NV. Back in early 2013, I grew fed up with having very few friends and nothing to do that interested me in my area. I decided to take action into my own hands and told my wife that I wanted to throw a big birthday party that would coincide with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi. My wife was skeptical, but supportive. I posted ads online for the party. I annoyed a lot of people, posting in Facebook groups without asking permission. I also shared on Craigslist and in a few smaller forums. I contacted the 501st, the Rebel Legion, and the Jedi Assembly. My wife contacted Aikido of Reno to see about a live demo.
After several months of planning, the day finally arrived. The weather looked great that morning. We put out tables and tablecloths. I rolled out the R2-D2 cooler I had been lucky to find and filled him with Mountain Dew. We got the BBQ going and setup games.
Then something amazing happened, people showed up! I met people from the local area who I actually had common interests with!
Being Northern Nevada, the weather turned. It started to rain and we had to quickly pack up everything. One of my new friends helped me move the now monumentally heavy R2 under cover. And then the party moved inside. It was cramped, but no one seemed to mind. We talked for hours. We talked about Star Wars and Star Trek and Firefly and all the great geeky stuff that I loved. I got to show off a couple of my prized collectibles.
We all had a great time and I met some amazing people. I never wanted that night to end.
Out of that night was born the idea of a local group for like-minded people. A group was formed and a few meetups took place, mostly to go see the latest geeky movie. Life and money eventually got in the way and the group stopped meeting.
A recent change in jobs has finally given me the time and energy to dedicate to getting the group moving in the right direction.
This is an exciting time to be a geek in Northern Nevada. Every month there are events that celebrate geekdom. More and more groups are forming dedicated to special interests within geekdom. Northern Nevada is becoming a place where geeks can thrive.
Together we can help that process. Together we can make Northern Nevada a place for geeks of all kinds to come and share their love of all that is geeky.
I look forward to meeting all of you. May the Force be with you.

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