I’ve been trying to think through all that I need to do to get the scarves distributed to anyone who might want to buy one. But my efforts at planning have been hampered by mood swings between hope and terror. It’s the same kind of feeling that I get before big games; the sensible side of my brain tells me that Birmingham City will probably lose but there is a little bit of hope that we could win. My sensible side knows that getting a scarf made is the easy bit; getting Blues fans to buy them will be much harder.
I’m trying to hold on to any encouraging thoughts that flit through my brain and one of them is that 300 is an appropriate number. I didn’t chose to order 300 for any symbolic significance the number might have but because that was enough to make the price per scarf reasonable but few enough to keep the total price down to an amount I could afford to lose if the idea doesn’t catch on. But it’s just occurred to me that 300 was the number of heroic Spartans who fought to the death at Thermopylae. So, depending on your point of view, anyone who is willing to wear one of the scarves is either
- showing he/she belongs to a heroic group
- going to die of embarrassment if the idea doesn’t catch on.
If the idea does catch on then I’m hoping some entrepreneurs will take over the production and sale of scarves and related items. But if they do, I’m hoping that they will leave off the date, October 2013, because I’d like the first 300 people to adopt the idea to be able to prove they have one of the original scarves. When I’m in a hopeful mood I like to dream that they may become a collectors’ item.