Hah, sorry if I gave an impression that this is suddenly my general opinion of the scene. It's not, really. I just hate how often I'm meeting shitty stereotypes when in the meatland. My experience with people at Games Workshop stores is the exact same thing: insufferable grognard wannabes at the stores, really cool people on the internet.
And thanks for the offer, I know that I would have a great time. I can repay in GMing ;). That said, my student visa was rejected for reasons I'll just describe as Catch 22. Unless I'll get a job in the USA, my best bet at getting there is an inconspicuous dinghy.