The odds of you seeing this, I'm sure, are quite slim. However, I had to get it out somehow. I met you in Raleigh, but I wasn't really able to say much (literally). The truth of the matter is that the trip was my first big "thing" since 2019. I'm a public school teacher, and "vacations" can be scarce and greatly pared down from what some may consider vacations. I've loved you for a long time, and I support you in your roles, but I also simply support you as a human being, which includes everything with the strike.
The person in front of me was a jerk (to be nice with my words) and he upset you. You were rightfully upset with him. I'm very sorry for how he acted and the position he put you in with his comments. You were angry with him, and he'd already left the area, so I got the tail end of the anger toward his confrontational demands and comments. I followed up the release of that frustration/anger by having a complicated and ridiculous name to deal with writing, as you said. You were caught off guard by the jerk in front of me, and you were upset. I was anxious (as I am, naturally, since I deal with anxiety) and overwhelmed. After all that took place, I was also simply disappointed, heartbroken, and a little trapped in my own mind.
I didn't get to say anything I wanted to say. I could hardly say anything at all. I couldn't tell you how much I loved you, or how excited I'd been to meet you. I couldn't tell you that it was my first vacation in years, or that my mother paid for everything to see you (for my birthday) because she knew I was upset over having lost my cat (and constant companion) to cancer just before my birthday. I couldn't tell you how much I had looked forward to meeting you, and how happy I was to be in your presence for a few minutes.
I needed to tell you that, somewhere and somehow, and this is the only place there's even half a chance to say it.
It is now several days later, and I'm still admittedly a bit heartbroken that our encounter went the way it did. I hope that you'll be back somewhere close in the future (since I drove and don't really have that much money for travel outside of driving distances), so that I can have a chance to meet you again and, hopefully, to have the kind of wonderful, positive experience that everyone seems to have had.
I think, in the future, I'll get out of line and circle back if there's a jerk in my general area.
Take care of yourself, good luck in all your endeavors, and I really hope to have the chance to meet you again (under more positive conditions) in the future. If you read this, thank you for reading.