30 hours left.
No, I should be more accurate. 29 hours. Actually, 28 hours and 58 minutes, that's how long it is until the iPhone goes on sale. And for anyone who knows what happened when the Wii, and other such devices, came out, it's no surprise that people have been waiting on line... for days now.
To be the first to buy a phone.
OK, OK, I know it's not just a phone. It's a Swiss Army Knife of phones. It's a phone and an email device and an organizer and a camera and a music-and-video player. But that's not the most important part; the most important part is that its name starts with an “i”.
The most important part is that it comes from Apple.
Because, here, let's see, what has the BlackBerry Curve, which came out in May, got? It's a phone. And an email device. And an organizer and a camera and a music-and-video player. Hm.
Oh, well, I see: but it has a keyboard facryin'outloud! It hasn't got that cool-o touch screen interface that has everyone salivating. And its name starts with a “B” (a capital B, no less; everyone knows you have to be e e cummings to be cool these days (he was way ahead of his time)).
Well, anyway, the local NPR station, WNYC, inerviewed a few of the waiters yesterday afternoon. One young woman said, “Steve Jobs is, like, the man. He knows what we want!”
For some value of “we”, yes, I guess he does.
Update, 11 p.m.: Oh, my bad. For some reason, I had it in my mind that today was Thursday. As it's only Wednesday, I was off by 24 hours, and the poor folks who're waiting breathlessly have to wait a whole day more.