We have three very special devoted (deez-voted, even!) fans named Charley, Emma, and Amy. They came all the way to Cardiff from London. I hung out with them in line for a bit, their faces decorated in multicolored sparkles. They are great and deserve a blog shout out.
Also in Cardiff, we met up with our friend Lil, who took the band out for delicious noodles at Wagamama. When Darwin exited the venue and descended the stairs for our dinner run, the entire line burst into cheers. Pretty surreal.
Darwin and Lil had some interesting observations about celebrity, as we discussed Darwin’s own experience, and also our own run-ins with people like Neyo, Michael Cera, Everlast, etc. Darwin said celebrities are like free amusement park rides. When you spot one, you approach the person and obligate them to give you a free thrill. Darwin also compared the attention a celebrity receives to candy. When one first receives it, it’s very enticing, but if you feast too much on that attention, you’ll end up with a stomach ache.
Today is Greg’s birthday. At dinner, Darwin began with a toast: “Greg, not only are you MY best friend, but you’re THE best friend anyone could have.” We clinked glasses. “I heard that once on an episode of The Hills,” Darwin confessed.
Now we are at the Leeds University Ball. It’s outdoors. There are multicolored tents in a grassy field. It looks exactly like a festival, except for all the girls are wearing fancy dresses and all of the boys look like Mumford and Sons.