It was on the 26th of June 2007 that Tiernan started a thread on the message boards of melindafan.net that started one of the most important threads in the history of Melinda’s Backups. It started
“Okay, this is in response to the thread listing all of the many blessings we’ve received because of Melinda. I’m here to list the ways in which she has ruined my life!!!”
and proceeded to list 14 separate ways that had happened.
It was not so much these 14 points, or the fact that a whole set of other backups realised that they agreed with them, but the fact that this started a whole set of discussions about how each backup was more obsessed than the next, leading eventually for one of them to bring into the conversation about being captured and locked into a mental institution that just happened to be at Nutbush (from the song Nutbush City Limits).
It was then that the story started, a story about escaping for the asylum, hiding in the outhouse (think about the words to the song) and waiting to be rescued by backups who turned up on motorcycles. But the story spiraled from there, into a romp across the country, with kidnapping and rescuing of Melinda and the eventual Melinda’s Backups first concert with Melinda at the meadows at Yosemite National Park.
The fantasy had taken to the end of July to get this far, but little did we realise that by November there actually would be a real Melinda’s Backups first concert and party – not in Yosemite, but just outside Nashville, at Franklin, Melinda’s home town. You can read about that in my blog post here
Anyway, Melinda’s Backups all left melindafan.net and setup their own web site and message forum (“http://www.melindasbackups.com/forum (registration required). Before we left we were able to capture the whole thread and turn it into a .pdf file.
If you would like to read it, you can download it from here