I have been thinking about this over the weekend, after the whirlwind day of going to Geddy's book signing on Friday. I wanted to thank everyone here and other Rush fans for making Rush fandom a great place to be! I ended up explaining this to my husband (who made 3 new friends on Friday, lol) when he said yesterday, "Everyone was so nice when I was in line for the book signing; it made things so easy for me. The guys around me held my place and didn't mind when I kept leaving to check on you. (long story; I didn't feel well for a bit.)
I was telling my husband that yes, seeing and meeting other Rush fans was almost as big of a thing as seeing Geddy. (of course, we already know this . . .) It was a huge part of the day to meet the people around us and (of course!) they were all friendly and very devoted. There was an ER nurse near us that worked the overnight shift, slept 3 hours and started the drive from southern Maryland to come to Philadelphia. An older guy in a man skirt (I can't even describe it other than something they would wear as a joke on McHale's Navy but he owned it) and his wife were a riot to talk to and had driven 5 hours from Virginia. A very young guy right behind us had driven from upstate New York, not knowing anything about Philly and doing the long drive alone.
Everyone here from TRF has been so supportive, also, through my seven months of posting, "I hope Geddy comes to Philly!" over and over. Thank you! Special shout out to Rod from Toronto, who spread positivity when we were stuck in gridlock on the way and I didn't think we would get to the bookstore at all. Anyway, while talking to my husband about Rush fandom and reflecting on all of the "we came because we don't know if we will get a chance to see Geddy in person again" comments, it really hit home with me that maybe all we have left of Rush is the music (which is huge, not denying that), but also the memories, and each other. I'm so glad you guys have made the Rush universe a great place to be.
Edited by blueschica, 21 July 2019 - 10:59 PM.