Like millions of people my wife has really enjoyed Harry Potter and last Friday after my wife went to bed I decided to brave the crowds to try to pick up a copy for her to have it sitting on the breakfast table in the morning. I simply didn’t realize how crazy things were going to be when I made it to Border’s in downtown Santa Cruz. I’d reserved a copy a few weeks ago but my first clue came when I hit Bookshop Santa Cruz and I had to slow down to drive through hoards of people leaving with their copy with some even carrying the empty cardboard boxes the books were shipped in. I made my way to the parking garage and walked over to Border’s. The street was full of people and Border’s itself was packed wall-to-wall with avid fans either waiting in line or seated on the floor reading the 700+ page book.
There was a wrist band system in effect though it wasn’t explained anywhere so I muddled through the crowd looking for clues of how to proceed until I finally ran into an employee who clued me in. I made my way to the wrist band line and after half an hour I got a small purple wrist band and was told that I’d probably get my copy around 2:00am, it was 12:40am. After wading through the crowd trying to assess the accuracy of that timetable I reached the conclusion that even that was probably optimistic so I headed home. I should have snapped a few pictures with my cell phone but I always seem to forget that I now have a camera wherever I go.
Anyway, the next morning we went to the farmer’s market and on our way back to Scotts Valley we decided to run by Costco since they had the book too. We parked and I ran in and found a palette of books right next to the 300 flat panel TV’s (if you’ve ever been to Costco you know what I’m talking about). Anyway, I ended up with a copy of Harry Potter for $19.74 tax included. The retail price was $34.99 and my wife mentioned Border’s had a 30% discount so we saved a little money.
Anyone else succeed where I failed?