Fueled by an awesome bacon-and-eggs breakfast this morning outside while reading the paper (the ultimate!), I just couldn't wait.
At 9:30 a.m., I called the nearest Apple Store to ask about their inventory. While they couldn't guarantee there'd be one for me, they said they had plenty of the model we were interested in.
Hightailed it over there and got into line. While we waited, Apple store clerks told us what we needed (i.d., etc.) and thanked everyone for their enthusiasm about the product and apologized for the wait.
So often, the place where we stand in line - the DMV, jury duty processing, the bank - are really just a hassle.
People all around me were positive and happy and excited. I chatted with some interesting folks while in line. There was just a good vibe all around.
The whole process was quick and we were in and out of the store in 15 minutes. Yay!