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In line at the Apple store

Somewhere in the past couple of years, I jumped the Apple shark. A downward spiral where Steve Jobs has taken my soul and replaced it with one of those free Apple stickers you get in every Apple box.

I’m a month shy of my 40th birthday, its 4:22am back home, and I’m standing in line at the Keystone mall in Indy waiting to buy the new iPhone 4. I’ll let that sentence soak in for a minute, I know I had to.

There are over 1000 people here(there could be more as there was 1000 when I got here an hour ago). I made it inside the mall, one of the lucky ones. They stopped letting people inside the mall about 50 people back of me. So, my best guess is that I’m about number 200 in line. Not bad as I hear people lined up all through the night.

I’m not the oldest, by far, but the average age of the crowd is about 24. I committed to putting in my two hours before the store opens. My one hope now is that the activation servers don’t crash.

Once I get my new iPhone, I will share a video or two. If you got a new one too, hit me up for some FaceTime!

…Update…

Well, after about 7 hours, my old iPhone went dead, so I was unable to give any more updates.  You will see from the picture where I ended up spending 9 hours yesterday.  I did get my phone, as shown by the attached picture. 

All in all, it wasn’t that bad.  The way that I look at it, it was my Apple right of passage.  I have seen the lines in blog posts and read the stories online about rabid Apple fans lining up for days (if not weeks) before the launch of a major Apple release.  I guess that since I had never be able to do that before I felt that I hadn’t earned my Apple street cred.  I have it now, bitches.

It wasn’t without it’s highlights.  I stood behind an older couple and one of the guys that I was standing with shot this video and uploaded it to YouTube before we even knew it.  (He had a new iPhone 4 that he got the day before in the mail, he was buying another for his mother.)  She kept offering us carrots that she with her, by the end of the day, I think they had been dipped in LSD.

So I have my new iPhone 4, and after a good night sleep last night to rest my aching back from standing most of the day, I think it’s great.  The camera is amazing and it’s hella fast compared to my old iPhone.  Never mind that fact that you can probably walk up to the store today and buy one without waiting, that’s fine.  You missed the experience.

I forgot about the band.  My Yellow Rickshaw played before the mall opened.  They also had free snacks, water, and Starbucks for us.

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