OK – I’m gonna be honest here – this may not be as good as Sean’s blog But, I just wanted to share a few quick thots about the meetup….
First, let me say I am an unrepentant GWC geek. I started listening to the ‘cast back at around #25, or so. I remember really kinda feeling right at home from the start. Chuck, Audra and Sean were fans of Galactica, true…but there was more to it than that. There was a budding sense of community……even before the actual “community” that we now call our own. Then the forum started and soon, I found that there were some folks who didn’t just like Galactica, but Star Wars, Star Trek, Matrix and on and on and on. And then comics, and TV shows and books and the list just kept growing. And wherever you turned, there was someone (and it many cases a LOT of someones) who shared your love for this show or that movie or that book or those comics. You didn’t just have someone who shared your enjoyment, but people you could bounce ideas off of. (for cryin’ out loud—there is a thread about Bacon!! How frakkin OSSIM is that??)
It was that same feeling of belonging and inclusiveness that I felt this past weekend. it was like experiencing the Forum outside of the computer. Everywhere you turned, there was someone who enjoyed what you did and added to it. Had a great discussion about Caprica with other GWCers, that was coherent even after a few shots. It was something I had missed out on last year, and was thrilled to be a part of it now.
I also wanted to say that without Chuck, Sean and Audra…we would not have what we have now. And it is to them I will be eternally grateful and humbled to be a part of. So, from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU.
I will admit—I was a little awestruck at meeting Chuck, Audra and Sean the first time. (Like I said, unrepentant GWC-geek). Hoping to hell I wouldn’t say something stupid. Next thing I knew I was talking with Chuck about Star wars comics, Audra about movies and religion, and Sean about DEBS and Death Note, like I had known them since forever.
The GWCers I met (and those I still haven’t)…well, OSSIM doesn’t come close. We’re more than a bunch of sci-fi geeks, we’re more than a community, we’re more than a Hivemind. We’re a family. .…the fact you’ve touched my life is a blessing……the fact I can count myself among you is an honor.
I’m gonna stop before I get even more misty-eyed than I am now….just wanted to say…so say we all.