About two weeks ago, I learned that Hillary Clinton would be doing a book signing at the local independent bookstore in my town. I hurried in to be one of the first 1,000 to purchase the book and a ticket for the signing, and yesterday was the big day. I arrived at 9:30, and was pretty surprised to see that a long line had already formed about two blocks away from the store. It snaked much farther than I ever thought possible, and I spent a full three hours waiting in that seemingly endless line.
The information provided with the tickets informed us that there would be no personalization, and no posed photos. What I didn’t anticipate was that the photo-taking area would be tiny, and designed in a way that made it virtually impossible to get a picture of anyone but the people in line in front of us. Here’s the best shot I got:
One more step forward, and I would’ve been outside the photo-taking area. Since there was a large Secret Service officer standing next to this area, I decided not to push my luck.
Everyone in line had a numbered wristband, and a Post It was placed on our books with our wristband number. Once we got to the final waiting area, our books were taken from us and handed to Secretary Clinton. She was busily signing the books as we approached her, and was therefore somewhat distracted. I get pretty star-struck around politicians and other leaders, but I managed to shake her hand and stammer a “thank-you-for-coming-to-our-town”, (twice, I think – I’m so smooth!), and to ask how Chelsea was feeling. (Well, she informed me.) And with that, the line moved forward.
A friend asked if it had been worth it, and on balance, I’d say it was. Sure I waited for three hours for about 20 seconds of her time, but when else will I speak to Hillary Clinton?? Or get one of these:
Have you had any encounters with celebrities – political, or otherwise? Do you get star-struck around them, or maintain your cool?
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