The Pioneer Woman Book Signing, Los Angeles Edition

by jenjenk on November 23, 2009

I didn’t even know about Food, Home, Photog blogger Ree Drummond’s book signing until Saturday night when I saw it tweeted by @WhatsGabyCookin. I had a copy of Ree’s book that just needed to be signed.  The only thing is that I’ve never waited in line for anything other than a Sample Sale. I just don’t do lines very well unless I know for fact that I’m going to get a HUGE bargain on something. It was with surprise that I found myself waiting in line for over 2 1/2 hours to get The Pioneer Woman to sign my book for me.
Step 1: secure seats. actually, step 1 was arriving an hour early, buying a couple more books, and getting the “pink” wristband [aka Group 2]. Then it was to secure seats. I was lucky that there were just a couple of seats left.  The person next to me asked if I had a blog to which I replied, “blog?? what blog?? no, I don’t have a blog…”
Step 2: take really, really blurry photos of Ree as she walks in because I don’t want to stand and block anyone’s view.  *SIGH* [Ree is the glamorous reddish/brown one, not the hairy one]
Step 3: Stop myself from asking questions so as to not attract attention to myself during Q & A. Although she did sing “No Business like Show Business” for a clip.  A clip that I unfortunately was not quick enough to get on tape.
Step 4: Belatedly realize that I should not have secured a seat so far up front because now I’m at the back of the Group 2 line.  Hmmm…how long could it take to get through a couple hundred people [halfway point shown below, about 1 1/2 hours into event]?
Step 5: near the front of the line only to see the wave getting started by the lunatics behind me [just kidding guys...you were super cool...if a little nutty!].
Step 6: Finally get to take my photo with Ree, when I attack her in a bear hug
Step 7: Am amazed by the fact that she actually remembers my name considering that we met only once before.  I can barely remember my brothers’ names.  She asked me if I knew what I was getting myself into when I decided to come down to the signing.  Well, not so much but it was all worth it!  And I finally got some Christmas and birthday shopping off my list of things to do!
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