4am, I pulled the sheets off and hopped in the car to the airport – vapefest 2012 awaited. Unsure how the day would pan out I was understandably a little nervous. Little did I know then I was about to have a vape weekend to end all vaping weekends!
@ The Airport
So I chucked all my juices into a clear baggy ready for customs (I left the syringes behind as although I know customs are ecig friendly I wasn’t so sure about their thoughts on my possible transfusions of nicotine….)
After the long walk to my gate I managed to bat my eyelids and get the reserved seating with extra space and happy as could be I watched the ground fall from beneath me and passed through the clouds on cloud 9 – headed for Birmingham!
The journey was sooo sweet – the flight crew announced that one could purchase ecig disposables – no need for me, I whipped out my ce3 bottom coil clearo and filled the plane with vapour – at 6am that was a tricky task but it was a necessary one to get in the full swing of things!
Landing with a ceremonious thud which awakened me just 50 minutes later I was in Birmingham airport – by 8am I had hit the Tamworth arms pub – I had visions of me sitting on the curb of this pub for hours like a lonely waif but alas the lights were on, and they were home
The Tamworth Arms
After a nice cup of tea they arranged my room for me and I was on fluffy cushions in my room by 9am! After a wee sleep I headed downstairs to see if I could spot a fellow vaper, knowing that this was “the pub to be in” I hoped for the best.
I wasn’t let down as my first fellow vapers to stumble across were Shane (organiser of the Irish Vapefest) and his friend. There was also in attendance the inventor of the Ego – Mik Dahl of Janty.
I sat and had a chat and a vape and the surreal feeling crept over me that I was vaping in a pub with not so much as a bat of an eyelid or a request to explain myself – pure heaven. To top all this off I was chatting to those who understood the addiction, not to the nic but to the hobby and the pursuit of the perfect ecig – which brings me to Mr Janty himself.
Mik invented the ego battery – if you vape you can understand why I was starstruck, if not, well this guy is pretty much an inspiration and an innovation in the world of ecigs – he changed the way we use ecigs and adopted the most unique, simple yet effective design which has been copied the (ecig) world over….imitation is the highest form of flattery – but I don’t think he quite sees it that way. Not only this but he has designed some other incredible ecig devices and the MID series which is not on shelves until late this year will be his latest and greatest pursuit.
Purple Tanks & Provaris
Amid all this a little lady with a purple tank on a provari checked in to the tamworth arms – Elfish was soon to become my right arm of the weekend and we were almost inseperable – except when we were doing our own thing! This lady can sing like a Diva and is as cool as they come. So as she checked in I mentioned that we were grabbing food later and she should join us – join us she did and let me tell you – the food in the MoatHouse is to die for! Could have been the lack of food for the two days but I never enjoyed a meal so much as then!
After a good bit of faffing about looking at the marquee for the next day and talking ecigs, when dinner was done we headed back to the Tamworth Arms. Sat beside an old friend on UKV BadSeed we chatted about imists and kuwako’s and such nonsensical things while it seemed everyone in the pub was wanting to have a go of it. The Kuwako is the most useless piece of ecig junk that just WORKS. It is a simple cover for the ego to transform it to a pipe but useless as it is it is also so very aesthetically pleasing and tactile. In the hand it just feels right and once you hold it like you love it, it is pure ecig pipe bliss….I have found my ecig nirvana with this device – I will use and abuse every day til break/melt/lose we do part! A little ode to Toby here too from iVapour as I vape it with my all time hero of atomisers – the ce3 bottom coil clearos – vape rapture indeed!
Pipes ‘n’ Probes!
Well this pipe o’ mine got passed about and was subjected to all kinds of kinky placements and debauchery but that is nothing to what iVapours Toby had commented the following night on my poor e2 ego battery – I can’t even bring myself to utter the words – you’ll have to ask him what he reckons it looks like (or ascertain for yourself below!)!
Off to bed I made my move at the respectable hour of 11.30pm!
Saturday 25th August – VAPEFEST UK 2012
I awoke to my alarm reminding me I’d booked a ridiculously early breakfast and wandered from shower to dryer to mirror to bar….following a wonderful breakfast sat with my newest pal badseed we were joined by my right arm Elfish.
In desperate need of a real coffee (I still can’t believe she told the arms to their face their coffee was shit!) we headed out in search of the nearest Starbucks, or something resembling ground coffee at least. Upon discovering her ethereal vice we set off back to the arms and were greeted at the gate of the MoatHouse at just after 9.15am by a queue the length of an army…..feck that, we headed back to the arms to be there fashionably late 😉
Fashionably late – 10am!
Back at the Moat House the day was hotting up. I must have hugged at least 50 people on the day of Vapefest! I hugged the organisers, I hugged the vendors and mostly a lot of people I know by username alone! You guys were the making of the day for me. Seeing all those shinies and chatting to the people behind the avatar made every moment so worthwhile. If I name you all here we will be another page and a half of waffling so just know that each and every one of you that I met made my day that bit brighter and that extra part special
Newbies & Celebrities
I spoke to some absolute newcomers to ecigs and shared what I could in those brief moments and I spoke to some of the industries innovators – modmakers and DIY enthusiasts. I met the PR side of things – the founder of CAM VIP Russell and the radio presenter of RY4 Tim Weston, the famous reviewer Scott Bonner(igetcha69) and Katherine Devlin of ECITA– these are the bread and butter of the vaping community who should have Sir’s included in their titles (among many others who are far too many to mention) and although very modest they are the backbone of the community and it is a truly wonderous thing to have seen them all in one place in one moment – these were for me the moments in which Vapefest 2012 drew its strength.
Raffle & Roll
The raffle was fun and not too lengthy, the winners were deserving and it was a very fair draw, prizes were beyond amazing and my only regret was not taking more pictures of the amazing goodies dished out on the day
Karaoke came and went – PinkVaper was in the spotlight for a song but that shall only ever be immortalised in the form of this sentence thankfully – no video evidence – phew!
A Perfect Day
Escaping the clutches of the music for a moment I hopped down with marcovanbasten to record for the perfect day video and this, little did I know ,was the best thing I did that night – to have a video of Vapefest as a memento that I was part of is something I will treasure and am very grateful to Marco for having me be a part of it
(this video is dedicated to the memory of Fudge, MaroVanBasten’s four legged best friend who sadly passed away today, 27 Aug. 2012)
The night was long and filled with fun and laughing, sat around a table of fellow vapers, vendors and enthusiasts all singing the praises of the hobby we adore was the perfect night cap! I didn’t want it to end – I truly didn’t want to go home that next morning….
A long goodbye, made short at 5am
But all things must come to an end and it was with an overwhelming feeling of sorrow that I had to say goodbye to my Vapefest journey for 2012. Packing my bags at 5am I didn’t have time to dwell on it as I slid into the taxi and spun away while the world was still sleeping.
Looking back on it with fresh eyes I can only see it as a perfectly rounded, everything I could hope for, dream, want and wish for…and more….weekend – a pure vapers paradise. I believe these things are always what you make of them and as those who happened across me will probably tell you I hugged the bejaysus out of Vapefest 2012
See you next year for more frolics in Fazely!
Your doting PinkVaper
Taken from the excellent PinkVaper Blog.