Delusionally, I thought I'd show up at Barnes & Noble around nine o'clock, find a seat in the Starbucks café, and just wait until midnight, wait out the crowds at the counters, and then pick up the book.
Absurdly, I thought I'd bring my laptop with me to pass the time.
Far beyond mistakenly, I figured there might be a hundred, maybe two hundred people there.
I haven't even been in the store. I could have gone in, but they're going to clear the place out at eleven o'clock. I figured I might as well go home for a bit. People who weren't so lucky as to have their local Barnes & Noble actually be just a couple of miles from their house... they'll be waiting in the Queue Of Over-Stimulated Under-Rested Urchins.
The last time I wore a wrist band was fourteen years ago to reserve my spot in line at the Boston Garden ticket office to buy Grateful Dead tickets. I got up at 4 in morning that day to drive to Boston to get my wristband for that, then drove in to Boston again two days later for the actual ticket line.
At least I'll only have to wear my Harry Potter wristband for a couple of hours instead of a couple of days. I'm in the third group of two hundred fifty people who will be admitted into the store when the doors re-open at Midnight.
1. David Singer07/16/2005 12:37:42 AM
I'm glad I'm having my copy delivered tomorrow instead of rushing to the store to get it tonight.
Here in Silly Valley, Fry's is selling the book on Saturday for $13.99+tax, which is cheaper than anyone else. Last time, their price was so compelling ($10.99+tax, if my memory serves me right) that I bought a second copy to take with me on a trip; this year, I have no imminent trip, so I can avoid Fry's. *whew*
2. Jeff Crossett07/16/2005 08:14:23 AM
Amen to UPS delivery. I may have a few extra hours to wait, but it will be in my bunny slippers.
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