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Nice... umbrella.

Friday night on my way home from work, I decided at the last minute to do a little errand. I called my date for the evening to tell her that I would be a few hours late, as I just wanted to stop by the Apple store to pick up an iPhone.

A few hours. Right. Methinks I wasn't right in the head at that very moment.

I've never done an opening night for anything. Movies, book releases, nothing. But for some reason, standing in line for the iPhone seemed like a jolly good idea.

I practically offended the woman behind me in line within the 1st half hour. As we were gazing east on 14th Street, she had noticed an owl hanging off the roof of a building not too far away. I pointed out that it was an owl replica designed to scare pigeons as well. When her eyebrows lifted in disbelief, I explained my past profession as an exterminator and that it was a common tactic in the field.

To which she was aghast. Apparently this woman wouldn't even kill a roach crawling on her sandwich, and she once rescued a mouse trapped on a glue board. I chuckled and agreed about how awful glue traps are... they're mightily inefficient and unreliable. Poison works much better.

She didn't talk to me for an hour. Oops.

At the three hour mark, my date actually came to wait in line with me. (Is it really a NY thing to say "on line," instead of "in line"?) The previously offended woman noted how she must really like me.

Of course, a stupid decision must end in stupidity. Three hours  later (yes, I waited in line for 6 hours!), clutching an Apple umbrella that was handed to the crowd to fight off the sun, we were told sorry, no iPhone for you, take this handy dandy card instead and come back tomorrow. We'll even let you cut the line.

I didn't give them back the umbrella. It's mine now, bastards.

Anyway, I have it now, and it is a thing of beauty. I took a lot of ribbing from lolitasir and naylandblake today as I tinkered with it, but it really is a marvelous piece of machinery. Now if I could only receive phone calls on it!! Sprint is taking their sweet ass time porting over my phone number. I can make calls, receive and send texts, but incoming phone calls go to my old Sprint phone. It's a pain in the ass to carry two phones.

Now I go back to fiddling with it. Hee.

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impgrrl
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
YAY iPhone! Sir and I got the earlier model (long after the early-adopters - you suckers :P), and are pleased as punch with them. I'm synching mine as I type!
nipper_dawg
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
i bet the umbrella works best with i-rain ....
clayfoot
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm getting fed up with my Palm LifeDrive, and the iPhone is one candidate for replacing it. I'm curious to know how well it works for you.
bootpig
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Welcome to the Light...

May I suggest:
Urban Spoon
Voice Notes
Nirvino
Where?
Jott (without which I would die)
and Speech Cloud

em_yrt
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
You're so sexy...
kafuela
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
It is very much a regional phrase. One only waits "on line" in New York...or at least its a northeastern thing. As best I can tell. A quick search revealed two anecdotal reports of this. I can't find anything conclusive, but I certainly haven't heard it anywhere else that I've traveled.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0YQW/is_2004_Jan/ai_112799695
http://quay.wordpress.com/2006/12/20/standing-in-line-vs-standing-on-line/

And in related news, I thought this was interesting in light of recent events:
http://www.walletpop.com/2008/07/01/standing-in-line-at-the-grocery-bank-retail-how-long-is-too/
rhiannonstone
Jul. 14th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
It really is a New York thing to say "on line" to describe the process of waiting in a queue. I've never heard it in any other part of the country I've lived, other than from New York transplants, and they get looked at real funny-like by people who haven't watched enough TV to recognize the colloquialism.
ne_penthe
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
It's a British colloquialism.
I think we here in NYC hear it more often than the rest of the country, and it's bled in a bit.
cleovale
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
NJ people say "on line" too :D
daizeymaizey
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Heh. We passed the line of people outside the Soho store yesterday and noticed the umbrellas. Glad you finally got yours.
warmsapphiretes
Jul. 14th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Must be the weekend for new technology. Congrats on your new phone and umbrella. The folks at Verizon only gave me a fabulous price on my new Blackberry.
freakybondage
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
*Wave* HELLO
Sorry to hear that an idiot iPhone:) Well, the battery is one WORSE than the original iPhone, I ever used. I really not happy of the iPhone camera without flash! But Am hoping for an improvement when Apple announced the new 3G version. Apple is an IDIOT. You are ROCK :D

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