A friend alerted me to the news from JRS from last week.....Good News in general, though announcing the availability of tickets without a plan is a bit cruel. I thought the permit was originally capped at 50,000? Where did this 58,000 number come from? Also, JRS says close to 58,000 tickets sold - so if they increased the permit to 60,900, that should mean there are at least 2,900 tickets, right?
As to the question of STEP, I can also confirm that the STEP registration went very quickly, and again, though I was there and trying as soon as it opened, no bueno. Busy, busy, busy, then no bueno, the queue was closed.
So why STEP? Well maybe because there are still some people in the second official "line" of 2000 that haven't gotten a ticket. The "first" line being the actual lottery registration... And, if the Borg doesn't follow thru with the STEP queue, they will look even more like idiots. (How many of the 2000 have gotten a ticket, anyway?)
So why NOT STEP? Because there are still many of us that were first in line for the lottery that didn't get a ticket. I was registered and had my Credit Card information submitted less than 5 minutes after the lottery registration opened. In any other year, that would have been as good as having a ticket in hand. Having your shit together and cash in hand ready to buy your tickets used to mean you'd be set, and if you snoozed you might lose. If being first in line to buy tickets doesn't show your commitment to getting a ticket then what does?
Remember before the internet, when you wanted a concert or event ticket? If you wanted front row seats for a really good show you had to camp out for the store to open - and when you got to the ticket window, you had your pick of the tickets - uhhhh, because you were at the head of the line!
I feel for the people that are in the STEP line, and at the same time there's been two really disappointing events regarding the ticketing for those of us who weren't awarded a ticket via the lottery and could not get in STEP. I really don't want to get my hopes dashed a third time waiting in another fucking line.
I'd prefer at this point that Borg Ticketing look at that original list, and count off the first 2900 people that enrolled in the lottery and weren't awarded a ticket, and offer them a ticket. If I'm not at the head of the line, that's fine, but I bet you that I'm pretty close to the head of the line.
And please, let us know in private. I'm not even sure why they bother publicly announcing the tickets other than to generate completely unneeded publicity.
If they must service the STEP line first to save face, fine - sell out the original line BUT DON'T REOPEN IT! There is already a line out there, they only need to look at the lottery sign up to find out who was most eager.
As far as offering an open sale? Please, NO. Anyone who wasn't in line back in January with everyone else doesn't deserve a chance at a ticket now.
Good luck to us all, I hope they can pull the trigger and let us know soon.