Why Being Early Isn’t Always a Good Idea

Like Don, I was amazed at the people lining up early for the Al Gore book signing. When I came past at 2:15 or so, people were sitting on the floor in front of the signing pavilion and standing in line further back. He wasn’t scheduled to be there until 3:45. I decided at that moment not to bother even trying for a signature. Amazingingly, at about 4 p.m., the line had dissipated. I went to the SLA Marketplace where Tattered Cover Books was selling copies of An Assault on Reason (I really wanted An Inconvenient Truth, but it wasn’t on offer). Also no line. I bought the book, went back to the Gore pavilion, waited maybe 2 minutes, and was whisked through the signing process. Being late was a really good idea this time around!

I was also interested to see at least two non-U.S. citizens collecting Al Gore signatures, one from South Africa and one from the U.K.

Marydee Ojala

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