Friday, July 20, 2007

First Person in America to own Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

At 6 AM Standard Chamorro Time, I used a magic marker to draw a lightning shaped scar on my forehead and drove over to Bestseller Books in Susupe. At 6:10 AM, 2 hours and 50 minutes before the official release of the new book, I was the first person in line!

I killed the time by reading the Saipan Tribune. Then I ate my donuts from Winchell's. Then I did the crossword puzzle. Then I did the other crossword puzzle.


John Perez screwed up the Coed Soccer story. He wrote that Brad had the assist in our last game. NO! I had the assist. Bastards!

The line never got that long. There were probably about 40 more people that showed up between 6:10 AM and 9:00 AM. Power 99 was there for the kickoff. Between songs they were asking Harry Potter trivia questions and giving t-shirts to the winners. I knew that Rubius was Hagrid's first name, Sami knew that Harry's wand was made of Holly and a Phoenix's tale, and Zoe knew that the Sorcerer's Stone was held in Gringotts vault 713. How the hell did she remember that?

The book was released on Saipan at the exact time as the release on London...which is five hours ahead of the East Coast.

Since I was the first person to buy the book and since we are where America's day starts, that means that I was the first person in America to own Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (screw Guam)!

Heck yeah!

A huge thanks to EJ who was there with me all morning! She did it for only a bagel and a coffee.

Oh yeah, I promised/threatened that I would post the end of the book as soon as I had it. Well, for those of you in America waiting for the book to come out, here it is, the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:



Rick MacPherson said...

you call that a lightning bolt?
that's an "N" on your face!


Winter Park Fords said...

Chunches in Santa Elena will sell Harry Potter in the morning. Kev is psyched!

Marianas Eye said...

You da man! (And EJ da woman.)

This should make you even more famous. Can someone call CNN? Seriously.

A few years ago a friend of ours was visiting from France. MCV did a story on him and it was picked up by CNN International and shown around the world. So at least get MCV to do a story.

seagor said...


Deece said...

I saw you. And Daddy Long Legz and some other Power99 dude - he helped me not ruin their equipment by picking up my cart and gently placing it on the other side of their cord.

That's a cute picture of you and EJ. Um, yeah, cause guys love hearing about when they're in cute pictures.

bradinthesand said...

you are my idol. teach me how to read so i can enjoy harry potter without having to go to the movies?

Shazam said...

We heard them talking about you on the radio this morning! blah blah blah, "Angelo Villagomez really likes Harry Potter!" Blah blah

Bruce A. Bateman said...

mufIs it in braile? Will you read it or feel it, Angelo?

Yes, I saw your assist with my own, astonished eyes! RETRACTION !

Get a second opinion next time before tattooing yourself.

Wilfred said...

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Congratulations on being the first to buy the Harry Potter book.

Thank you.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Is it only me or did anyone else notice that most others in line were, ummmm, 12?

Saipan Writer said...

Congrats on scoring the book, and looking cute in the photos!

Oh the (false) pride! Everything else in your life from here on will be such a letdown.

Because you were "first in America" --in your dreams.

But in reality, only first in Saipan. Cuz there was that little thing like the early release mistake, where hundred of people-in America- got the book early, the NYT reviewed it, etc.


But, hey! I count you as #1 man! #1 fan! And I bet JK herself finds out and wants to meet you. (When that happens, can I come along?)

Amy said...

I want to know how you're this dedicated and yet didn't remember that the Sorcerer's Stone was held in vault 713.

Amy said...

Oh, incidentally, you're lucky that your line was so short. There were at least 700 other people in line with me.

Not that I was bothered. The costumes were great. One guy was dressed up as a Snitch. I never knew that Luna Lovegood had such a devoted fanbase, though.

And I got a poster out of it, so ha.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Bruce, the girls are FOURTEEN, not twelve.

Writer, you would take away my glory because of the liberal New York Times and the anti-American early release crowd?

Shame on you!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Amy, I bought the 6th book at a bookstore in MetroWest in Orlando. After waiting for hours to get the book, I stopped at Walgreens to pick something up (forget what) on my way home.

The book was on sale there. It was the same price. There was no line.

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Here's the story on the launch:

hasselback said...

You need serious mental help. Right now...

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

You're just jealous because I was ahead of you in line for Transformers