iPhone 6 Quest: Day 8

Wow, I can’t believe that it’s been more than a week and we are still sleeping on the streets. To be fair, we are very well equipped with sleeping bags, reclinable chairs, blankets, clothing, and of course… lots and lots of ENERGY for our mobile devices thanks to all the RAVPower products we brought!
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On yesterday’s post I told you guys about two¬†incidents that have happened throughout our time here. Both very disturbing, but thankfully, one of them is over… for good?

This morning, the voice of justice to wake us up. At around 8:30am, the chief of security from the GE building came to our camping site and asked us who did all those empty chairs (the ones I showed you guys on yesterday’s post) belong to. We quickly replied that some security guards from the GE building brought them here in order to be able to sell those spots later on and make a good profit out of this. Yes, in other words, these chairs were placed here by some of the chief’s employees. Without hesitating, he made a call using his radio and a couple of minutes later, a guy from the maintenance team arrived with a big wheeled garbage container. One by one they took the empty chairs and placed them inside it. “If you are not on your chair from sunset to sunrise, it means you are not in the line,” after saying this, they left.

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Justice...

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Even more justice...

We were all excited to see that finally Mia, a very kind nurse who was at the back of the line and who took leave only to be here for the iPhone 6 because she really loves Apple that much, was now next to us in line, meaning she will be the 9th person to get her new phone on September 19th!

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Here is Mia being bothered by me and my camera ūüôā

The rest of the day went by very fast. No media today.

On this same day 13 years ago, a terrible tragedy happened here in New York City. Today, even though we couldn’t move from the line, we witnessed the reading of the 9/11 victims’ names on the TV. We all took a moment to remember everything that happened that day and hope with our hearts that nothing this horrible will ever occur to this or any other country in the world.

Tribute in Light

9/11 Memorial

Health Report: Jonah… yeah, super healthy -_- and me, I’m tired and still with a sore throat.

Weather Report: The forecast has been saying that it will rain Saturday and several days next week. Well, we can only hope for the best… this means, NO RAIN! ūüôā

Enough for today, good night!

Cheers!

ed

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iPhone 6 Quest: Day 7

Day 7

Today, we could finally rest for a bit. Don’t get me wrong, we still had work and give several interviews, but nothing like the previous days.¬†

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Many people ask us if it is really safe to sleep outside on the street. It has been up to now it has been; however, this doesn’t mean that we haven’t experienced any disturbing events during our stay.¬†

The first one occurred the second night we spent here in New York City. We were just trying to have some rest when this annoying security guard came and tried to bully us out of the line claiming that we were sitting in his spot (of course we weren’t). He went on and on saying that we were cutting in line, but didn’t manage to accomplish anything except becoming more and more frustrated with himself.¬†

He came back today and called the N.Y.P.D. to complain about us cutting in line… again. However, even the police asked him to stop acting like a child and get back to work. We laughed.¬†

The bad thing is that him and his fellow security guards have placed several chairs after us in the line and have claimed that those are their seats (even though they are NEVER here).

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They expect to sell these spots for at least $1000 USD next Friday, September 19th, the day when the new iPhones come out. It’s annoying because all the way at¬†the back of the line there is a girl name Mia who has actually spent two nights here already (this night will be her third) but cannot get closer to us because of these security guards and their hunger for money.¬†

The second¬†disturbing incident that we have experienced occurred a couple of days ago. A guy by the name of Brian Silverman came by to say hello. At first he seemed like a normal middle-aged man who just wanted to talk to us. Although he seemed smart at first, I wasn’t interested at all in engaging on a conversation with him. He left for a while but came back just after sunset. This time, behaving like a … well, let’s just say he was very aggressive and impolite. He began insulting us up to the point where Joe almost punched him in the face; however, he managed to run away.¬†

He came back the next morning and continue with his behavior. We scared him away and he hasn’t been back since.¬†

I guess living on the streets can be a little disturbing, but still, we won’t quit this quest. Only 9 more days to finally get our iPhones! We’re almost there.¬†

Weather Report: the cold autumn is here to stay…¬†

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Good Night! 

Cheers!

ed

iPhone 6 Quest: Day 6

Day 6

Finally, the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch were announced today as well as the release date: September 19th, 2014, exactly 10 from today. This means, that this adventure is still far from over.

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Today we got media from all over the world interviewing us. Big agencies, freelancers, bloggers, they all wanted to hear our story, especially the answer to the question… “Why are you camping out for a phone?” The problem was that they were here very early this morning, way before we woke up. Even Lauren Simonetti from Fox News twitted a photo of all of us sleeping and asking “Should I wake them up?”. Thankfully, she didn’t.

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It is crazy how this iPhone 6 quest has escalated so quickly. A week ago no one knew who we were and today, our faces are all over the world in different languages.

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About the iPhone, we’ve decided to each buy the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus with 128GB. I’m guessing that will be enough for us. We (mostly me) are a bit upset about the Apple Watch release date: beginning of 2015. I was excited to get one, but well… I guess I’ll have to wait, except that this time I will do it at home.

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Health Report: Jonah is as healthy as a horse and me, well, I still have a sore throat.

Weather Report: cold, windy, and cloudy… perfect for camping out on the streets of New York City.

That’s it for tonight, I will continue tomorrow. Good night!

Cheers!
ed

iPhone 6 Quest: Day 5

Day 5

I wonder on how many images will our photos be after this camping out experience. Many people take photos of us every single day… and the best part is many come from different countries and speak different languages.

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To be recognized by complete strangers as Ed and Jonah, the ones who flew in from Hong Kong only for the iPhone 6 is interesting and… a bit overwhelming.

After yesterday’s post, I thought about some other questions that we are constantly asked. Therefore, I present to you the iPhone 6 Quest FAQs Part 2.

Q. What time do you usually sleep?
A. It’s hard to say. They don’t call NY the city that doesn’t sleep for nothing. The constant passing of pedestrians and the cars honking around the clock make it very hard to actually fall asleep.

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Q. Then… what time do you wake up?
A. Quite early during weekdays. Everyday at around 5:30am, Mr. Franklin, a very nice gentleman¬† and his pressured-water gun wake us up in order to clean the sidewalk. During the weekend, we get to sleep until 8 or 9am because that’s about the time the tourists start invading the streets.

Q. How can you deal with the noise at night?
A. Earphones + iPod = Sweet Dreams Everyone.

Q. Go get a life and a job, you lazy people! (Although this isn’t really a question).
A. Again, all of us have jobs and manage to get our work done from here thanks to the internet. Jason and Luna, numbers 1&2 in line are working for a company called VideoMedicine (https://videomedicine.com), developers of an app that allows its users to connect with doctors through skype. Joe and Brian, musicians, have been doing this camping out for Apple products for the last 4 years, getting sponsored by different companies every year. Jonah and I, we both get our work done for RAVPower as well using our laptops and phones. Louis, number 7 in line, actually works every single day, full time, and simply comes during his lunch breaks and after work. However, he spends the nights here during the weekends. We’ve all become¬† a very interesting and diverse group of friends.

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Q. Why are you waiting for a phone that hasn’t been announced yet?
A. Well, the intercultural experience of being here in NYC is enough. But, anyways, in just a few hours, Apple will finally announce their new line of products.

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Am I excited to see what¬† they’ve got hiding up their sleeve? Ask me again in the morning… for now, it’s time to sleep.

Good night!

Cheers!
ed

iPhone 6 Quest: Day 4

Day 4

Today has been a very busy Sunday… but we can’t complain at all. It’s impressive how many people stop to talk to us and think that we are joking when we say we still have 12 days to go before the release of the iPhone 6.

Something else that people cannot understand is how we manage to survive. Well… here is the first part of our iPhone 6 Quest FAQs to help you guys understand our adventure a bit better.

Q. Where do you go to the restroom?
A. Apple store. They have been nice enough to let us go numbers 1&2 at their toilets. We also brush our teeth and wash our face every morning there.

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Q. Where do you shower?
A. We always go to the Y.M.C.A. (can’t help to sing the song in my head everytime I go there) over at 63rd St. It’s not very far and for only $100/month, we can do some excercise and take a warm shower… plus we can walk across Central Park on the way there.

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Q. What do you eat?
A. Thankfully, we have many choices around us that go from the expensive but delicious food court over at the Plaza Hotel to the tasty and “cheap” NY street food (picture below).

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Q. Can you leave your seat?
A. We’ve become very close with the rest of the people in line. Everyone respects each other’s place; therefore, if we need to leave our seats to go to the toilet, everyone will take care of your stuff and place. To go shower, well, that’s another story.¬†

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Q. Where do you sleep?
A. Here, on the street, of course.
Q. No, seriously?
A. SERIOUSLY, HERE ON THE STREET!
Q. You for real?
A. …

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Up to now, this experience has been extraodinary. Every single day something new and exciting happens. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

If you have any other questions for us, leave them in the comments section and we’ll include them in the part 2 of the iPhone 6 Quest FAQs.

Time to say good night!

Cheers!
ed

iPhone 6 Quest: Day 3

Day 3

This is really one of the busiest parts of the city. At least 100 people stop every hour to ask us why are we here.

“Are you here for the new iphone?” “Are you crazy?” “Are you guys for real?” “No way!”

However, it’s fun to talk to them. Jonah even began teasing them by saying that we are in line to use the bathroom inside the Apple store.

No media today, but we experienced the NY city labor day parade… FOR 4 HOURS STRAIGHT.

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Health status: Jonah seems healthy but me, well… I feel like I’ll get sick very soon. It began raining a couple of hours ago, but thankfully we prepared a small fort to keep us warm and dry.

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However, due to the strong wind, the fort ended up like this…

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At least the rain stopped for now, but it’s quite windy and a bit cold.

We’ll try to get some sleep.

Cheers!
ed

iPhone 6 Quest: Day 2

Day 2

First day in New York. We are starting to get used to the constant passing kf cars. We slept less than 2 hours last night thanks to well… sirens and people walking by all night long.

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We borrowed a couple of chairs from some of the people in line.

Today was a media day of some sort, mostly cause we got interviewed by news agencies from all over the world.

The best part is that all pedestrians that walk by and ask us what are we doing cannot believe that we are camping out here for the iphone.

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14 more days to go!