Between last year’s campout (18 days) and this one (8 days), we have had numerous reactions to the length of time we are willing to wait in line. Some of the more popular reactions are:
“Wow, good for you! I couldn’t do it.”
“This is so stupid.”
“That’s awesome! I wish I could join.”
“That is ridiculous and you need to get a life.”
“Apple sheeple, bow to the church of Apple.”
“You must have a lot of time on your hands.”
“Do you not have jobs?”
“You should have just preordered!”
Some would just take photos…and then quickly try to hide the camera and pretend they weren’t when they saw us looking. Smooth move, ex-lax.
But the most common word we hear is simply: CRAZY. “You guys are crazy.”
To them I say, maybe we are, but that’s not always a bad thing! I think we have been called crazy in every language, including sign language, and looking back I wish I’d put a quarter in a jar every time I heard that…I could buy an extra iPhone! 64 gigs with Apple Care Plus and accessories! My favorite still has to be the person who called us “nuttier than squirrel poop” last year on MacRumors forums. And as i responded before, at least we don’t go around inspecting squirrel poop.
But is waiting in a line really quite as crazy as people seem to think? I think I can think of a few things that are even crazier, and here is a very small sampling. Feel free to disagree.
TEN THINGS I FIND CRAZIER THAN WAITING A WEEK OR MORE IN LINE FOR AN iPHONE:
Paying $100,000 for an iPhone case is not just crazy, but batshit nuts. This case had better double as a teleportation device, time machine, private jet, and robotic maid that does my laundry and makes my coffee. Hazelnut. With 2 Sweet N Lows and 2 Equals. And yes, I am aware that they are totally artificial and nasty. Deliciously nasty.
2) THROWING YOUR TRASH ON THE GROUND
I never understood how anyone could just throw the garbage on the ground when there are garbage cans all over. There is no excuse whatsoever for littering, and I have no patience for it when I see it. How can people be so disrespectful to the planet we all live on? It’s just an assholian thing to do…and yes, I really wanted an excuse to use the word assholian. One day I saw a guy go down an escalator, walk out the door and around the corner, just to throw throw an empty cigarette pack on the ground (five feet away from a trash can), then turn around and walk away. I feel myself getting irritated, so before turning into the Hulk, I should also mention that I recently saw another guy actually stop and turn around when he tried to throw his garbage in the trash can and missed. His friend said, “Hey it wouldn’t be the first time someone has left trash on the ground in NYC”, but he replied that he didn’t care, and went back to pick it up and throw it away. Hulk transformation intercepted by awesomeness.
3) HERE COMES HONEY BOOBOO
Why is this even a thing? It’s not even the content, necessarily, but the fact that TLC is taking a child and telling the world to laugh at her. Most kids are a little kooky, some more than others, but setting a kid up to be the butt of jokes (face it, she will probably still be trying to live this down when she is 45 and a nuclear physicist) for the entertainment of the percentage of the population that prefers reality tv to actual reality is kind of sick, if you think about it.
4) THE HONEY BADGER
Honey badger don’t care, it’s pretty badass. It’s just crazy.
5) COMPLAINING ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT, AND THEN NOT VOTING
Seriously, if you live in this country and are eligible to use the right that gives you even a tiny say in the outcome of an election, but refrain from actually voting, then I don’t want to hear you whining about the state of our country. It doesn’t matter which side you are on, vote if you can…and once you do that, you can bitch all you want.
6) MIDDLE-AGED MEN MAKING WOMEN’S HEALTH DECISIONS
Recently, it seems middle age to elderly male politicians have been trying to take control of women’s health issues, including wanting to ban or limit access to birth control, and expecting it to have positive results. Well, there will be plenty of positive results, in the form of plus signs on the end of the little sticks that will suddenly be sold out from all the local drug stores. Hey, I’m voting, therefore I can bitch.
But, since we have been labeled “early adopters” based on camping out for products before release, I NEED to ask…who wants to camp out for these? G.O.B. Tampons!
8) THE FACT THAT THIS GUY DOESN’T HAVE MILLIONS OF VIEWS
This is brilliant, the best science lesson ever. How does he not have more views?
9) PASSING COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY JUDGEMENT.
Seriously, what is with the constant judgement? I’m not talking about us. I am extremely hard to offend, so when we get flamed online for doing something like this, I am more likely to laugh about it than get all pissy. Fair is fair…when you do something like this, you set yourself up for negative comments. It’s all good, I can dish it and I can take it.
I’m talking about actual prejudice, which apparently still exists. o_O If you can put a person down based on race, class, gender, sexuality, or appearance, then your opinion on anything “crazy” someone else does is kind of negated, because THAT is crazier than almost anything I can think of.
10) NOT DOING ANYTHING CRAZY, EVER.
You are going to sit there and complain that you are bored? I see it all the time, and I just don’t understand. If you live somewhere like New York, how can you be bored? It’s not even possible. But no matter where you live, you can always do SOMETHING. One particular example: people tell me on a regular basis, “I wish I could move to New York!” I always tell them they CAN. They usually quote money as the prohibitive factor, and say once they save enough they will move. I’ll tell you, if you wait to move to NYC until you have enough money, you’ll never get there, because nobody has enough money to move to NYC. What I did was decide to make it work in spite of money issues, hopped a bus, and relied on Craigslist for a long time…and I didn’t even have to use the adult section, imagine that!!! I’ve been through a lot of crap in my life, but at the risk of sounding like a cliche, it made me stronger. I eventually realized that life doesn’t wait for you or anyone. The day I decided to have no regrets and not let other people’s opinions dictate my owns thoughts and actions was one of the most freeing of my life, and as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, sometimes doing something a little (or a lot) crazy is the best way to embrace life.