This is what I missed last night.
So last night I went to a gigantic nerd-fest known as the release of the Lord of the Rings films on blu-ray, at the Best Buy in Westwood. I knew about this a few weeks ago (yes I'm on the onering.net mailing list, I told you I was confessing nerdiness), but I didn't plan on going that night, just because, well, I'm not THAT big of a nerd.
Let me quantify. I would probably never do what the people below did.
Thats not to say that I don't like costumes, they're cool and all (and in the spirit of continuing to confess nerdiness, I was really close a few years ago to ordering a custom made Daredevil suit and wearing it to my second Comic-Con... close, but in the end couldn't do it - although I think I could of pulled it off).
But even considering my love of the LOTR lore, I'm not hardcore enough to dress up as an elf. I'm just not.
Anyways though, one of my coworkers who works with us at night in our office was conspicuously absent the night of the event. I had no idea where he was, but later on that night, he called to tell me and my coworker that he was at the release event, and that he could get us on a "list" to get in. I knew that if I went I would be temped to buy the box set, so I initially declined, because I figured the event wouldn't be much but people waiting to buy the set. I intend to eventually buy it, but considering the $120 price tag and the fact that I spent *a lot* on computer parts this week (building a new computer, more on that in later post), I figured I would just stay at work.
Needless to say, I eventually came to my senses and realized that there would probably be some industry folk there to hobnob with at the very least, and it would be a nice break from work for a bit, so I decided to go for an hour. When I got there, I realized there was no "list", I just got a wristband that would make me eligible for a signing of some sort. Anyways, I found my coworker (he was the editor on the music that was playing during the pyro show), and we talked and watched the costume judging contest - BTW, no offense to the woman who won, but she did NOT have the best costume (the balrog, really?).
So afterwards things were kinda moving away to signings and stuff and the doors had opened to buy the box set. John Noble, who played Denathor in the films, as well as one of the stars on Fringe, and the guy who was Sauron in the movies (sorry guy, I'm close to leaving work and can't be bothered to look up your name) were there to sign, and since I had nothing I wanted signed and I was steely in my resolve to resist the urge to buy the set, I decided to take off.
Today I came into work none the wiser. My coworker however, had some news.
"Hey, after you left, you know that list you were on? It got you into the VIP reception, and at the end of the night, they gave out gift bags to everyone there."
I'm pretty sure you can guess what was in the bag.
Missed opportunity indeed.