Okay, so you know how in the past, it cost $5.00 to get into FLUKE, no matter who you are or what you were doing (unless you were a sponsor)? This was the same for people who wanted a table and for people who did not want a table. Five dollars. That's it.
Did you notice how that was written in the past tense? That's because we're changing it, but in order to do so, we need your help. Okay, so here's the deal:
General admission to FLUKE 2011 will be $2.00 (two dollars). Obviously, we would prefer to be paid in two dollar bills, but we'll take what we can get.
BUT WAIT. I can tell you are thinking "Does this mean that tables are only two dollars now as well?" Nope. They're not. Here's the next part:
Table space at FLUKE 2011 will cost $8.00 (eight dollars). But see, here's the thing: Most people who get a table share it with one other lady or dude, so this means that if you and your friend want to go in on a table at FLUKE, the total cost is still ten dollars. See what we did there?
This is an experiment. We don't know how it is going to work. But we're trying it, because we want to lower the cost for people who are coming in to just look at stuff. In order for it to work, we are, as earlier stated, going to need your help.
We ran out of table space FAST last year. Now, the 40 Watt is at least twice as big as Ciné, so that means twice as many tables (maybe more). But we're still probably going to run through them fast. Here are ways you can help us:
*Remember that when you get a table for $8.00, you're paying for half of a 6 foot table. Please be nice about sharing with others. Everyone always has been nice about this in the past, so there's really no reason for me to think this won't happen, but it's still a good reminder.
*Remember that tables are still first-come, first-served. We may experiment with table reservation in the future, but let us get through FLUKE 2011 first and then we'll see what's up. That kind of thing takes all kind of effort and websites and PayPal accounts and professionalism. That's the kind of stuff we don't have a lot of. Maybe Wizard will buy us and then you can get all of those things.
*Remember that Wizard is not trying to buy us and that that was just a joke. Which isn't to say that we wouldn't sell out in half a heartbeat if they came a-knockin', but Oh, God, what am I saying. I am tired and it has been a long day.
*We don't know how we are going to take your money. We may have 2 separate lines at the door, one for tables and one for not tables, but this may split up groups and cause difficulty with people loading in. But that's your problem, not ours. Wow, that was a really rude thing to say. I apologize. We may also just let everyone in for $2.00 and then walk around and collect $6.00 from every half table in the place. This is how that they do it at the J&J Flea Market (they charge more for a table, though), and if it's good enough for them, it's certainly good enough for FLUKE.
*Please be nice. Always be nice. Remember that part in "Roadhouse"? It is very important. Even when Ben Gazzara has one of his minions drive a monster truck through your car dealership, be nice.
Please tell us how all of this makes you feel by leaving a comment on this blog entry. We're genuinely interested in what you have to say, and we really will take it into consideration. Also, if you're gonna be in Athens on Sunday, go to the J&J Flea Market.
We'll be back soon with the OFFICIAL FLUKE 2011 PRESS RELEASE, more information on the 2011 FLUKE Anthology book, and responses to your comments.