Sunday, December 6, 2009
About a month or so ago, a friend of mine sent me a link detailing that some of the veterans portrayed in HBO mini-series, "Band of Brothers", would be appearing at the local Air and Space Museum for a book signing event.
Naturally, I was stoked about this event, so I preordered my admission, not because it was $5.00 cheaper than paying at the door, but because knowing events like this, it is better to pre-pay, so you are guaranteed admission without standing around.
So, yesterday, a friend of mine and I arrived at the event 45 minutes early, checked in with the admission staff, and went to the bookstore to purchase our books, because after all, this is a book signing. Well, much to our chagrin, they had already sold out of all the copies of the book, as well as every other item for the event except for some 5x7 pictures.
I must say, this bit of news was very upsetting and disappointing to many people, myself included. Folks were saying, "this is a book signing, and you don't have any more books?", only to be informed that, although they (staffers) were sorry, unfortunately, all the books were sold out. Well, file that under 'No Shit!'
Now, I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not place any blame in any manner on those veterans of 'Easy Co.' who were there to sign the books for the people who came to see them, I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the event organizers.
The organizers should have over ordered on the books, plain and simple. The organizers should have known that having a military installation in close proximity to the museum, in a Red State, with a sizable veteran population, would draw a large crowd wanting to meet these veterans. The organizers should have posted a disclaimer notice with the book signing, at the very least, that the supplies of books would be in limited quantities, which would have allowed people to purchase the books from another source.
As we used to say in the military...FUBAR!