It used to be so easy to get tickets. Go to the convention center, walk upstairs, buy your ticket, and you're in.
Not this year. This year, they instituted a new system. You had to sign up for a membership ID prior to tickets going on sale. I did that four weeks ago.
Yesterday, Saturday, the tickets went on sale at 8:00 am pacific time. Armed with my membership ID, I clicked on the site at 8:00 am exactly. I didn't get onto the site.
I did it again. Still, no luck. Finally, the third time, (approximately at 8:02 am) I got onto the site.
I was number 45,670! As in there were 45,669 other people who logged on to buy their tickets ahead of me.
UNBELIEVABLE. So anyway, I stay on, waiting patiently for my turn. The site seems to be able to process about 1000 people per minute which is pretty impressive. Anyway, when I get to be #36,700 in line all the four day passes are sold out. That is okay, I tell myself. I'll buy a Friday and Saturday one day pass or something.
I wait some more. I think I'm on line now an hour plus when the message flashes that All Friday and Saturday passes are sold. I'm still #25,600 in line. How did this little comic book convention become such a big dealio?
I give up and quit the line.
Ah well, guess it wasn't meant to be.