After reading An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (click for review), I was very excited to join my friend Shalom to meet the retired astronaut and get our books signed. The book (which I now feel a need to reread) is inspiring! He shares his boyhood goal of walking on the moon and describes his hard work and persistence that helped him become Commander of the Space Station.
It was a long wait for the book signing as Chris got stuck in traffic related to the mudslide on the 403. He was the passenger and tweeted his progress. He even had a live chat with the couple across from us and their children were awestruck that they were speaking to an astronaut. The individuals in the line up were excited, children were dressed in space suits and people were very patient. Costco handed out chocolates and water to help with the wait.
Finally, Chris arrived at Costco to hundreds of waiting fans. He was gracious and not only apologized to the crowd but reassured everyone that he would stay and make sure that everyone had their books signed. The store closed, the lights dimmed and still books were signed. Chris shook our hands and apologized to everyone individually for the delays. It was an honour to meet him and I am very happy to have a signed copy of his book!