It was beyond me
Saturday May 03rd 2008, 12:56 pm
Filed under: Friends

Come ON dear, we have to GO, I tried to hurry him.

But in the end, we ended up leaving not that much later than I had been planning on anyway, and in the end, it would have made not one iota of difference either way.

Googlemaps notes a distance of 223 feet to merge onto Cancar Drive.  That was the fast part of the trip: 20 minutes.  I think half the population of the Bay Area was trying to go where we were trying to go.  I was marvelling at all the cars, thinking, I haven’t seen traffic like this since the Loma Prieta earthquake at 5:04 pm, where everybody was trying to go home at once and none of the streetlights worked.  Wow.

We creeped up to the faire’s parking lot and got waved on past.  At four minutes to noon, I figured Stephanie was probably done–I dialed Jasmin from the passenger seat.

It rang, she picked it up, and I heard about five words. Stephanie over a mike.  Then clapping, as Jasmin tried to make herself heard over it.  She had an extra copy.  She’d also talked to Stephanie beforehand, and Stephanie had told her how much she was looking forward to seeing me.  Thank you, Jasmin, thank you, Stephanie, that helps very much!  It really does.  I needed that.

Judging by where people were walking from, I was going to have to walk a mile in the noontime sun to get back to where Stephanie was going to be signing after the now-finished talk, assuming we were able to get parked and walk back there before she was completely gone.  Gotta watch that wonder publicist of hers.

Richard told me, “I’m not going to tell you what to do.  I CAN’T tell you what to do.”  (Heh.  He’s onto me.)

And with that we bailed.  The northbound freeway traffic facing us was well snarled up to that exit.  We walked in the door at home, I glanced at the computer, and just at that moment it pinged.  Email from Lene.  Hoping I was having a good time there.

And that’s when I finally cried.

23 Comments so far
Leave a comment

oh I am so sorry you missed it!!! I can truly relate, am supposed to be visiting my sister right now in Connecticut but illness hit me bad in the middle of the night so here I am reading blogs and praying —-but its not about me, I feel so badly for you, I know how much you wanted to be there!

Comment by grace 05.03.08 @ 1:36 pm

I’m so sorry. So, so sorry.

Comment by amy 05.03.08 @ 1:50 pm

Oh honey, I’m so sorry, how truly frustrating and sad and and and… I’m just beside myself and nearly in tears for you.

Comment by marianne 05.03.08 @ 2:20 pm

Sigh! What a shame! But you know you did the right thing.

Go cast on a consolation piece, eh?

Comment by Barbara-Kay 05.03.08 @ 4:15 pm

Oh Alison, this is NOT how I was imagining this event for you!!! 🙁 I was sure Stephanie would remember the roving you sent her, find you and have a private reunion with you. After all the anticipation, bad traffic and missed laughter, I can only believe there will be another time that will make up for this missed opportunity. I hope you are knitting the blue wedding shawl now to immerse yourself in joy.

Comment by Tunie 05.03.08 @ 4:15 pm

Oh, how sad… and to get that close…
Does it help to think that maybe you were saved from catching a germ by not going in? Naw, I didn’t think it would help. Sigh. We are sorry for you.

Comment by Anne in Wy 05.03.08 @ 4:55 pm

Sorry you didn’t get to see Stephanie. My sister Marilyn did and has already sent me photos. She is so generous with her time – I feel certain if you could have gotten inside you would have had all of her attention. You must know that there will be a next time………….you both have much too much knitting information/patterns, stories to share with each other and the rest of us. My sis said the environment with all of the knitting public is phenomenal – so friendly and generous and helpful. One woman helped Marilyn fix a hole she had made in her knitting and they were complete strangers at the start of the day. I can’t say enough good things about the knitting community.

Comment by Melanie Zahara 05.03.08 @ 5:19 pm

The eagle has landed. Your book is at the “drop zone”.

That’s what friends are for, Alison. 🙂

Comment by Jasmin 05.03.08 @ 6:46 pm

Oh hon, I’m so sorry you couldn’t make it! What a letdown. *hugs!*

Comment by no-blog-rachel 05.03.08 @ 6:52 pm

Alison, I am so very sorry. I know how disappointed you are…if it helps at all to know there are others out there who understand and feel your disappointment….and wish things had turned out differently for you…crying helps – and someone else caring helps…you have so many out here who care…and, in the end, it’s very likely you would have suffered from that long trek in the sun…and your joy would have had a tremendous cost to you…not that that is consoling but…I hope you get to see her again soon…and that it will make up for today’s disappointment. In the meantime, I’m glad you’re ok – not suffering from the exertion/standing for too long/or for being in the sun…
Best wishes to you…and many blessings,

Comment by Abby 05.03.08 @ 6:53 pm

Well, it was crowded. Pictures on my blog…if that helps. Hugs.

Comment by Jocelyn 05.03.08 @ 7:14 pm

Oh no! I’m so sorry you missed out.

Comment by Michelle 05.03.08 @ 7:40 pm

Alison, you were so close. Don’t be upset with the hubby, he is just taking care of you. Things happen for a reason and there will be a next time. I had to wait a year for her to come back to Lex. KY. I know how much you wanted to attend. I will hope for you to have an extra special day tomorrow.

Comment by Sonya 05.03.08 @ 8:05 pm

I’m so sorry, dearheart.

Comment by kristine 05.03.08 @ 8:06 pm

Don’t worry, Sonya, he made it my decision (and then was relieved). The hubby… Okay, picture us in the delivery room. I refer to the not-quite-here-yet baby for the umpteenth time as “she” and the doctor challenges me, “How do you know it’s a girl?”

Richard stops him with, “You don’t argue with her. If she says it’s a girl, it’s a girl.”

He’s a smart man, and a good one. Michelle agrees, too.

Comment by AlisonH 05.03.08 @ 8:53 pm

It’s days like this that make you resent your body. Sorry (again) you missed it.

Comment by Lene 05.03.08 @ 9:00 pm

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that you missed hearing Stephanie! I was thinking about both of you this morning, hoping you were going to have a good time. {Hugs!}

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 05.03.08 @ 9:43 pm

I’m so sorry you missed the fair. Reminds me of Joan probably not being able to go to MDS&W. :o(

Comment by AmyS 05.03.08 @ 9:54 pm

oh boo – this sucks eggs – I would have cried too. sucky sucky sucky …. and something that would so totally happen to me too.

I’m paying for sun exposure right now – and I swear to you that I was in the shade every minute other than walking from the car to a restaurant last weekend. luckily the worst of the skin issues are on my neck and chest where clothing keeps irritating it – the hands and arms and face are a bit calmed down as long as I don’t brush them agains anything … stupid stupid sun!!

Comment by rho 05.03.08 @ 10:21 pm

Oooh. What a disappointment. I’m sorry it didn’t work out… *hugs*

Comment by Susan 05.04.08 @ 7:47 am

I’m glad you made that decision. It just would not have been a good thing to be in the sun like that. (((hugs)))

Comment by Amanda 05.04.08 @ 5:14 pm

I’m so disappointed for you I can hardly type.
I’m really sorry…but wonder if something awful may have been avoided..we never know.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 05.05.08 @ 9:59 am

No! Your saying you were going to see Stepanie is part of what inspired me to take off outta here at top speed to meet BarbaraC. Work. Nap. Race off despite humidity. Rest, rest, rest in hopes of returning next day to the same spot to meet other people.

Lucky for me the event I attended isn’t terribly well known among most of the people I know. When I told Scott I was going to Maryland Sheep & Wool he was shocked. Shocked! Why would the wolves be with the sheep?

From what I gather, though, Maker Faire is known to everybody there. Everybody and her brother.

Comment by RobinM 05.05.08 @ 4:56 pm

Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>