I broke my Lent resolution the day before yesterday because the news were simply too big: Flat Richie had arrived back at my house, and I needed to inform Twitter about that. I had all the best intentions of diving into the package right away and share the big unwrap with you. But in the end it was technology that worked against me. I wanted to film the “unboxing” – more fun, more immediate and much easier than taking hundreds of pictures. But my beloved iPhone is on its last legs and drains the battery quicker than you can say ‘Richard Armitage’. The solution was to use one of my many compact cameras – which all happened to have run out of charge, too. So I charged and waited until today to film the great reveal. That had its challenges, too. I present you with the impressive camera set-up for an over-head table top perspective.
That is my funky tourist camera resting between two legs of a flimsy tripod, which is balanced on a shelf, held in place by a heavy quilt *waves at Jennifer*. Well, never mind. The point is, it worked.
And that’s all that counts on a shoot. Believe me, photo shoots are all about problem-solving! But the upload restrictions got me then – the video was too long for WP, Vimeo and initially for YT. It took last night to process the video, but now it’s up. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the video where you can see all the details.
After the unwrapping – which felt like Christmas and birthday in one – I chose my own three gifts.
I settled for the funky pair of socks and two crafty packages with the angel wings and the stickers and wooden cut-outs. Love it all. Thank you to whoever added these gifts to the box. There were other things I really loved, too, the choice was not easy!
After that I made myself a cup of tea and settled down to have a read of the Flat Richie log book. Receiving gifts is lovely, but if I am honest, I think Flat Richie is the real star of the show! I had so much fun looking through the book. I read every page, loved the photos you included, the fun stories of what you did with Flat Richie, the decorations, the messages to the readers and participants. I failed to take pictures of the log book, but I am thinking that it might be fun to have a flip through on camera at another time.
However, I do want to show you now what Flat Richie started out with, and what he brought back.
What a loot!
And now, once again, in writing, a huge thank you to all of you lovely peeps who took part in this project. You have been great, keeping the box going, everyone following the rules and doing their part to make someone else happy. That was the main aim of this project – spread a bit of happiness by sending gifts around the world. Along the way we have learnt a bit more about each other, have seen the places where our fan sisters live, and maybe have become new friends. Oh, and we got some gifts 😉.
I am chuffed that this has worked. I don’t want to be overly enthusiastic about fandom or *this* fandom in particular. Wherever people come together, there is also conflict
as recently demonstrated, once again. All the more astounding, that this project has been seen through right to the end. Across three continents, three oceans, 16 months and 27 participants. Maybe RA’s own signature, added to the log, helped, like a holy medal? 😉 So, for the last time, here is Flat Richie’s journey. Zoom in for more detail:
There is more to be said and also to be discussed, but for now, once again:
Thank you to (in no particular order)
Riepu, Be66, Tiny Clanger, Andrea, Eugeal, Monica, Armitagebesotted, Mezz, Helen, Rachel, Yve, Nordlicht, Michele, Kate, Kelly, Donna, Kathy, Cramerry, LoLo, jholland, abiwim, Korinka, Armidreamer, Zeesmuse and Squirrel
PS: We’ll talk about what to do with the gifts in another post.
PPS: Weekly round-up is delayed but will come this weekend, promised.