I'm usually more of a preorder than a lineup guy, so I find myself in unfamiliar territory this morning. If I wasn't going to be on the road all week, I'm sure I would have settled for the 2 AM Central time online preorder and 2 to 3 day free shipping.
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Tales from the Apple Store Line

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I’m usually more of a preorder than a lineup guy, so I find myself in unfamiliar territory this morning. If I wasn’t going to be on the road all week, I’m sure I would have settled for the 2 AM Central time online preorder and 2 to 3 day free shipping. But, with my coming travels over the next two weeks, I decided to get in line at the Saddle Creek Apple Store in Germantown, TN.

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I arrived at a little after 3 AM, which is MUCH earlier than I had anticipated. I got back in town from a work trip to Nashville late, so it made sense to just head on over. I’m glad that I did, because the line was already up to 50 when I arrived.

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I can’t say it hasn’t been fun, though. I ran into an old friend from school who I haven’t seen in many years. I saw someone who goes to church with me. A local television crew even showed up and did a live spot around 6 AM. I guess I have Apple Guy stamped on me somewhere, because they picked me for a spot interview. I was definitely not expecting that!

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Time to go. The Apple Store employees will be passing out cards that represent the different phone models shortly. I’ll report back later, and let you know if was able to get the 32 GB Gold iPhone 5S on AT&T that I came here for.

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Update: I did not get the gold model I was looking for. Or the silver, which was my second choice. They ran out quickly. Space gray it is.

Update 2: And here it is. The Space Gray 32 GB iPhone 5S in all its just unboxed, unused glory. Now it’s time to go home and sleep while it does the obligatory iCloud Restore.

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  • Scrotum Repair

    How does being on the road all week prevent you from waiting to buy this phone?

  • James Rogers

    It means I won’t be home to get it for two weeks. We also do the device pass down in our house, so I have 3 other phones to get re-activated and set up after mine. It takes time.

    Are you satisfied now? Whether you are or not, I’m sure you and the other Phandroids will have plenty of opinions to share about how everyone else live their lives.

    • Toilet Seat Wipe

      And two weeks in your life is?

      Let me guess….Two weeks of railing on the “Phandroids”….You need to get over your self. it’s not very appealing.

      • James Rogers

        All of the authors here appreciate a good, civil discussion. Trolling and flaming, not so much. People are free to post what they like within certain bounds of public descency, but don’t expect us to sit idly by while the same few come over here to an Apple and iOS site to stir things up. If you don’t like authors pointing out the stupidity and meaninglessness of trolling comments, then go find another iOS site full of sitting ducks.

        • Toilet Seat Wipe

          Seems you are the one who escalated this discussion to the adversarial level.

  • Toilet Seat Wipe

    Hmmmmm

  • Romin Mcgowan

    Forget about people looking to start B.S it’s cool you posted this I was there and have been googling it to see if anyone posted any pics Thanks!

  • Scrotum Repair

    Another first world problem. Embarrassing to think that we are willing to stand in line for an electronics device when so many lack food and adequate health care.