Today is a special day for me. A day only other chasers would understand. Today is my first SNC anniversary.
About this time, a year ago to date, the show was ending. There were two encores & I remember feeling like I just didn't want it to end. I bought With A Twist and stood in the signing line, confused because I couldn't find Don on the insert. I hadn't brought a camera. I would have asked for a picture with one of the guys with my phone, but I had filled up it's memory with videos I had shot during the show. I left the State Theater in Kalamazoo that Saturday night wanting more.
Things didn't really change for me until the following Saturday. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was raking leaves and feeling sad. I kept thinking about the story of SNC; how their "normal lives" had all dramatically changed, and how many adventures they had now. I wanted to have adventures too. My life was much too "normal" for my liking. I went downtown with a friend that night and noted the State Theater marque, now dark and sad. Only a week ago the building had been filled with light & music & laughter. I wanted that experience again. And that's the story of how I went from being a "fan" of Straight No Chaser, to "chasing" Straight No Chaser. This past year has been a blast. I have made so many new friends, seen so many new sights, and learned a lot about myself.
Thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for not only filling the State Theater in Kalamazoo that night with light, laughter & music, but for filling my heart with the same.
Join me in raising your glasses - here's to chasing a dream. And catching it. Here's to Straight No Chaser.