I had a schedule conflict this morning that made for a busy day. I've been wanting to get back into my Patriot Guard missions and there was a "feel-good" event today. Naughty me, I haven't ridden my bike once since it's been out here in the beginning of September. I overdressed for the cold (it wasn't that cold), but it was great to be back out on the bike again. We did a flag line for a group of Young Marine recruits that graduated today. YM is a great organization and it was so cute to see the little eight and nine year-old kids (both boys and girls) in their woodland cammies and covers. I would definitely be interested in having my future children participate in the Young Marines.
As soon as that event was over, I booked it to the Meet & Greet Darryl was doing at the PX. I made it just in time, about ten minutes before he was supposed to be done. There was one woman behind me and then an AAFES worker who was halting the line. When I finally got up to meet Darryl, I mentioned that I was one of his "tweeps" and while he was processing that at first, he did say he remember seeing my name around Twitter.
I never understood the appeal of Twitter until I started my account. It's not as simple as a bunch of Facebook-style status updates, you really do get to interact with friends, family, as well as companies, celebrities, and musicians. I've been lucky enough to have some recognizable names tweet me and/or follow, which is a killer feeling! I remember being ridiculously excited when Darryl tweeted me for the first time.
I'd been saying for a while now that I'd make a sign for this concert, with references to Twitter. I snagged some butcher paper from school, and immediately after the M&G I went home and made this sign. All of the letters were cut out (freehand) with scissors. I had to work fast, as I didn't have a lot of time. I also couldn't fit his entire Twitter name (@darrylworley), but I figured this got the idea across. I wanted to make a birthday sign (his 46th is on the 31st), but I didn't have enough time.
I was really happy with how my sign turned out and trotted off to the concert, ready to go! I took a picture of my sign and Darryl even replied to it! I think I got three or so tweets from him before the concert even started. Cloud Nine! When he hit the stage, I made sure to throw that puppy up and I saw him see me and point at it! After the first song, he invited the crowd to come up to the stage, thankfully! The chairs in the theater were abnormally narrow and uncomfortable. They weren't designed for concerts and I felt really passive just sitting there and not being able to move around. When I went up against the stage, I was able to put my sign right up there so he could see it.
The best part of the evening came when Darryl picked up my sign, acknowledged how cool it was, and then proceeded to ask me if I wanted him to sign it, as well as paused so that I could take a picture (for Twitter, naturally). AWESOME!
If you're not familiar with Darryl's music, do check it out! This man is a huge supporter of the military and military families. He frequently goes on USO tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, and he writes songs that speak to the military community and our experiences. He is currently offering all military families a free download of his new song Unsung Heroes, which recognizes the spouses and families left behind. It's really well done and he doesn't leave out those male military spouses either!
Thank you Darryl Worley, for a most memorable evening! The only way it could've been better is if I were able to two-step in that theater with my DH! <3