Fiona Apple has an in-store performance and autograph signing this Thursday at the Tower Records on Sunset in West Hollywood, and wristbands were given out at 9:00 AM this morning with the purchase of her album, Extraordinary Machine (interestingly enough, they made us purchase the DualDisc version). I arrived at 6:30 AM and the line had already snaked down the side of the store to the trash bins, and the wristbands (seemed to be) all gone by 10:00 AM.
More after the jump.
The thing that bugged me about the experience was not necessarily waiting in line for those wristbands, but the retarded offsite parking lot that’s just east of Tower and next to The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. According to the postage signage, it costs $1.00 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, with a flat rate of $4.00 from Sunday through Thursday, and $6.00 on Friday and Saturday.
However, this morning when I moved from the main lot to this offsite parking lot at 7:00 AM at the urging of Tower employees (who said everyone’s cars needed to be moved before 8:30 AM), I put $2.00 in the machine, expecting to be charged from 8:05 AM-10:05 AM, but nope, I got charged for 7:05 AM-9:05 AM. So of course I tried putting in another dollar, hoping the machine would be smart enough to extend the time to 10:09 AM (since I put in more money at 7:09 AM by that point), but nope, I got charged for 7:09 AM-8:09 AM. So I wound up putting in another $3.00 and finally got charged for 7:15 AM-10:15 AM. All told, I spent $6.00 on what wound up being a comedy of errors.