Today my wife of 15 years and I celebrated our anniversary by driving an hour to the Best Buy in Maplewood for a Jason Kubel autograph signing at noon. Well, it really wasn't a celebration, but I took a day of vacation so we could spend the day together and she agreed to spend it this way. We also snuck in some shopping, a little of which was for her, and we had lunch together, so it was nice. At least for me.
Anyway, we got to Best Buy at about 11:25 for the noon signing. There were already quite a few people in line, and by the time he started signing, the line wrapped all the way around the store and out the door! It was a single file line, so it wasn't really as long as it looked, but I was amazed that so many people were there on a weekday.
The first time through the line my wife and I each had him sign a black Rawlings Big Stick bat for our sons. They were surprised and happy to get them when they got home from school.
After we got through the line, I thought we'd probably have time to get through again and sure enough, we got through the line by about 12:50, about 10 minutes before the signing ended. I had him sign a 2009 Metrodome Commemorative ball, partly because I still have about a dozen left, and also because my favorite memory of seeing a game live at the Dome was when he capped off hitting for the cycle and completed a huge comeback by hitting a grand slam against the Angels last April.
My wife had him sign a 2010 Topps Heritage for me.
By that time, there were only a few people in back of us, but I decided not to be greedy and we headed off for lunch.