Neil Peart has just posted a new entry to his "News, Weather, and Sports" blog entry on his website. This entry is aptly titled the Miracle in Colorado.
Readers of Peart's novel Roadshow: Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle know of the tale of Neil's lost side luggage case as he was traveling through Colorado by motorcycle back in 2004. As it turns out, he was actually headed to Kevin J Anderson's home for a visit. Despite a frantic search for the missing luggage case, which included some incredibly sentimental - and quite irreplaceable - items, Neil was unable to locate it. Even an attempt at posting a "missing" advertisement with a "significant reward" netted no returns. As time went by, as years went by, the memory of his lost luggage slowly faded.
Until February of this year when he received the most unlikely call:One morning in February 2015 I received a call from an old friend, Rob Wallis. For close to twenty years, with his longtime partner Paul Siegel at Hudson Music, we had collaborated on a series of drumming DVDs. Just a few weeks before Rob had been in Southern California, and we had got together with a couple of other East Coasters who were also in town for the annual musical instrument-makers’ show, NAMM.This entry recounts the unlikely story of finally locating his lost luggage case and how it essentially turned into a time capsule. As Neil goes on to say, "You can’t make that stuff up.".
Like many good friends who have many good friends, Rob and I are not in frequent contact, maybe once or twice a year. But to add to the truly paranormal aspect of these events, Rob had just been out shoveling snow around his house. He thought of my affection for winter and snowsports, and snapped a selfie to send to me.
When Rob went indoors, he picked up a mysterious voicemail. An elderly lady said she was calling from Colorado Springs, then launched into a story about her husband having found a duffel bag years ago, then forgot about it in their garage. Recently she was clearing out the garage, and found the bag again. She said there were papers in it with my name on them “dating back to 2004,” “a very nice watch,” and, somehow, Rob’s telephone number.
As Rob recounted these facts to me, he sounded hesitant and mystified—it made no sense to him. I knew right away what it had to be—though my brain was reeling at even the possibility.
It had been eleven years ago.
You can read the entire entry via this LINK.
And to check out every News, Weather, and Sports entry Neil has made dating back to 2005, they are all available at the News, Weather, and Sports Archives.