Yesterday was the annual Berkshire Hathaway stockholder's meeting. I got up at 5:30 in the morning and my SO and I left home at 7. The movie was scheduled to start at 8:30, so I thought we'd have plenty of time to get there. Boy was I ever wrong. Traffic was backed up all the way from the Qwest Center well out onto the freeway. By the time we managed to find a parking place and walk to the Center, it was about 8:45 and we'd missed the first part of the movie. After the movie, it was time for the Q&A period, which lasted until 3 o'clock. I wasn't really interested in that part, so we went down to the exhibit hall. This was really disappointing. I guess I've been spoiled by the San Diego Comic Con, where companies give away all kinds of stuff. There was almost nothing for free. Bags of M&Ms with Warren & Charlie's pictures? $5. Little rubber wedges to stick under a wobbly table leg? $1 for 4. They didn't even give out samples at the Sees booth, something they do in their retail stores!
The one place that did give out samples was Ethel's Chocolates. The line for this booth was huge. They gave me a sample of their pecan brittle, which was fantastic. The stuff cost $25 a pound, but it was so good I had to buy some anyway.
I also bought some stuff from Sees: a box of peanut brittle, some molasses chips, some lollypops, and a pound of chocolates.
The exhibit hall was getting really crowded, and we'd already seen all the exhibits, so we left around 11:00. After we'd already left the parking lot, I discovered the woman at the Sees booth charged me for two pounds of chocolates. Feh.
I found out today that some 35,000 people attended the meeting. That's the equivalent of 8% of the population of Omaha, all squeezing into the Qwest Center. No wonder it was so crowded.