Finally, at 8:05pm, I arrived at the Center with sweat trickling from my head from the walk. All I could do was hope they'd actually let me in. When I walked in though, it was strangely quiet and I only saw about four people. But then, in front of the empty ballroom, a sign was posted explaining that the lecture had been cancelled due to inclement weather in Philadelphia, which prevented him from making the flight to Wilmington. Are you kidding me?!
Of course I was disappointed. But the sign indicated the possibility that the author may be rescheduled. So it's still possible that I might be able to see Charles C. Mann speak. Even better, lesson learned, it's possible that I'll be on time for it!