Friday, September 30, 2016

Come on up, lay your hands in mine

Happy Friday, my friends. I'm still riding yesterday's coattails, basking in the glow of a very quick, very awesome photo opp with The Boss.
Bruce Springsteen was at the Free Library of Philadelphia promoting his memoir Born to Run, released earlier this week. I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon and am actually excited to read non-fiction - I know, who am I - so my signed copy is going to my Dad. He couldn't go yesterday and I might not be the huge fan I am today if I didn't grow up on this music. When he called not an hour after I was back at my desk I knew he'd say, "No, you keep the signed copy, that's yours," and SPOILER ALERT, he did. But it's mine and I do what I want and what I want is to give it to him.
I thought about some things I might say to Bruce in the three seconds we interfaced, like how I grew up on his music or how I cried when Clarence died or how his lyrics speak to the blue collar piece of me or how many times I used his catalog as a road trip playlist or how his energy in concert feels like a tangible parting gift he gives to every person in attendance; then I realized if I attempted to say any of those things I'd probably tear up or babble or squawk like a high pitched chicken, so I just smiled and clutched on to him for dear life, which he graciously allowed. He had a strong, calm, humble vibe like after all these years as a legend he was still surprised and grateful that people came out to see him.

Huge thanks to Jimmy for the pre-sale code and shout out to my peeps in line. Standing in the misty annoying rain for over 2.5 hours was worth it for the five second interface. Plus I got to test out my rain jacket for Ireland. Pass, with flying colors.
I never thought I'd meet The Boss, and I'm happy I had the opportunity to. I'll never recover in a good way. There are very few people I fangirl over, and he is at the very top of that list.

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27 comments:

  1. I mean talk about major life moment - you look quite comfortable in his arms LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. WOW. That's so cool! I would bask in the glow from that for WEEKS!

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  3. That is so awesome!! I am glad that you were able to meet him - the wait was surely worth it!

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  4. This is awesome and it's okay to fan girl over him. I'd do the same thing!

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  5. I would have been a babbling idiot. Lol. So thrilled for you! Life is but a beautiful and sweet dream. Happiest Friday to all! We need the rain. Love. Your. Momma.

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  6. That is AMAZING, so worth the wait!!

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  7. What an awesome pic, and a perfect gift to give your dad. Glad you got to have the experience of meeting such an actual legend!

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  8. That is so AWESOME!! Those are such great pictures. His son went to school here and he would come to visit alot. People always said he was super super nice when they ran into him. It's totally ok to fan girl over him.

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  9. I can't even imagine how excited you were- what an amazing experience! There are few things that are worth waiting hours for (especially in less than stellar weather), but this is so awesome.

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  10. This is so amazing, and I'm so happy for you that you got to meet him!! And also amazing that you got a signed copy. Fantastic pictures too!! I'm going to try to get his book and read it asap.

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  11. I'm so happy for you! And the pic is great. Can we also shout out whoever organized the event so the rules were clearly established ahead of time and there was someone there to hold your bags and take the pic?

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  12. While I'm not a Bruce fan per se (not that I have anything against him; I just never developed that love—the horror, I know, what with me being Jersey to the core) this is so, so awesome. Meeting someone who had such a huge impact on your life and is so ever-present in your memories must be so wild. Great picture!

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  13. Too cool for you! That's an awesome experience! I've only met one mildly famous person. I have a small list of folks I'd fangirl-out to meet :)

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  14. He's a great person to fangirl over - for sure.

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  15. I am ecstatic for you! I know you're not one to throw your fangirling around; you save it for those who are special and it's awesome that this happened.

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  16. that IG pic blew me away! so incredible you got to meet him. I probably would have passed out LOL

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  17. this is seriously so awesome. i always end up like a blubbering fool when i meet famous people, like on my trip with my mum, i met my childhood version of the backstreet boys and it was like i was 10 years old again, but not in a good way.
    but really. this is so awesome! look at his arm around you! so cool!

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  18. Ahhhhhhhh so cool and your picture turned out wonderful!!!!!!!

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  19. So awesome! And I bet your dad is so happy!

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  20. I have often said that I do not want to meet Jon Bon Jovi (the top spot of my fangirl list). That surprises most people that know me. But, I've had him on a pedestal for so long, I don't want it spoiled. I'm not sure how it could be spoiled, but he sits in this glow of perfection for me, and I want to keep it that way.

    That being said if JBJ allowed me to smile and clutch on to him for dear life (as you described with Bruce), I'm pretty sure I'd want that to happen after all. This is why I am overjoyed for you that this encounter happened.

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  21. What a fabulous opportunity! I'm so excited for you!

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  22. How awesome you got to meet him and you're giving the signed copy to your Dad. So sentimental....glad you got to meet the guy on the top of your list.

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  23. I have no words. I'm just sitting here in awe. That would be such an amazing experience.

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  24. That is SO awesome. What a moment for you!! Glad you got to meet your dude!

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    1. How cool is this?! Love than your fan girl moment worked out and The Boss was a true professional about it. Love that your dad tried to make you keep it, too... But yes, Steph does what she wants!

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