On Pre-Thanksgiving


The XBox 360 launched. System allocations were extremely tight. Microsoft cut allocations twice in the weeks running up to the November 22nd launch resulting in a few customer service issues. But by Monday customers who knew they wouldn’t be getting a system on Launch Day seemed pretty accepting of the fact, and yesterday’s launch went very smoothly.

We did a midnight opening at the store. Initially I was against the idea–I didn’t really see the point with so few systems available, but in talking the idea through with my supervisor we decided to do a midnight launch. Then, after I’d informed the launch day customers of the midnight opening my supervisor decided I shouldn’t do a midnight opening. Rather than recall these customers and tell them that my supervisor decided against opening at midnight I decided to go ahead and do the midnight opening anyway.

Took all of about fifteen minutes. The Halo 2 midnight opening, by comparison, lasted an hour and a half. The World of WarCraft midnight opening lasted about forty-five minutes.

I closed the registers down, went home, had a Guinness, and went to bed. The alarm going off at 5:30 came too soon. I had to be back at the store at 7:00 for an eight o’clock opening.

The morning went fine. Less than ten pre-orders hadn’t picked their systems up at midnight, and we had no systems available to walk-in traffic. By about one I felt like I’d hit a physical wall, and in a way I had–between the midnight shift and the morning shift I’d worked a full day. So about two I called it a day, then went to Best Buy and puttered about for no particular reason.

I got home, took a nap, got up in time for House, and went back to bed. Tired, that I was.

It’s starting to feel like the Christmas season. It’s not unseasonably warm anymore. The malls have their Christmas decorations up. I put some Christmas music in the stereo–the Fab Four’s two albums of Beatles-inspired Christmas music.


Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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