iPhone 6 Quest: Day 15

Day 16

Today we got transferred into the cage. This will be our last night here and we expect it to be the coldest yet. No rain, though.

This is how we woke up :)

This is how we woke up 🙂

The people from the NYPD came early this morning to help the Apple staff build the cage. We went inside at about 3pm in groups of five. We could feel that in only a few hours the quest was going to be done.

We were surprised to see that most of the people in line were Chinese. We asked around why and we found out that the release of the iPhone 6 and 6+ in China has been delayed until December or probably January 2015; therefore, right now an iPhone 6 over there is worth around $4000USD. That’s when we understood that most of those people were resellers. Most of them were old women or men with children.

All Chinatown came to line up for the iPhone 6

All Chinatown came to line up for the iPhone 6

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Up to a couple minutes ago, the line went all the way to 63th ST, that’s 5 blocks away. CRAZY! The media will get here early in the morning. Follow our twitter account for more info!

Time to sleep, at least for a few hours.

The RAVPower Team is READY!

The RAVPower Team is READY!

Cheers!

ed

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iPhone 6 Quest: Day 14

Day 14

Just two more nights to go. Tomorrow they will transfer us to “the cage”, the final line where we will spend our last night together. It has been a long journey but we are finally here.

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The team having lunch!

Everything went smoothly today. A few interviews, but the real deal will begin tomorrow night. We can almost smell the plastic cover of the new iPhone 6!

Tonight we all had dinner together and talked about everything that has happened. It was a fun night. It’s strange to think that we will soon have to go back to our normal lives. Don’t get me wrong, we really miss our beds, but we will miss the people we’ve met in line. We will miss all of them.

This is our last night on our comfy chairs. Tomorrow they will be taken away just before we move to the cage.

Good night!

Cheers!

ed

iPhone 6 Quest: Day 11

Day 11
Busy Sunday. Many people came by to say hi.
We made the front page of several major newspapers in Mexico since yesterday, which is why today we received the visit of many Mexicans saying “You guys are famous! RAVPower all the way!” We’ve also been all over Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador. Again, busy Sunday.
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The bad news: Brian, one of the RAVPower Team members, got his sleeping bag stolen. We were getting ready to sleep just a couple of minutes ago when suddenly he couldn’t find it anywhere. We believe that someone might have taken it last night while we were all sleeping because Brian wasn’t using it. It was laying down under the tarp that we used to cover our gear from the rain. We already searched everywhere and even contacted the NYPD. Let’s see how it goes. We will all pitch in tonight to make a bed for Brian. We’ve got a couple of spare blankets and pillows for him to use. Hopefully it will be enough for him to pass the night.
The good news: we are getting closer to the launch date. This friday we will finally be able to enter the Apple Store and purchase the brand new iPhone 6 Plus!
More good news: it stopped raining and the sun came out today! We were able to use our super RAVPower Solar Charger again! It works like a charm.
We also got to do our laundry before lunch. Clean clothes to last us until Friday, until the big day!

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Laundry time!

Even more good news: we got to enjoy a beautiful sunset and the visit of someone very special (you’ll find his photo if you scroll down a bit more).

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Beautiful sunset.

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More sunset...

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And even more sunset 🙂


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Today's special visitor 🙂

Health Report: NO MORE SORE THROAT! Today, Mia gave me some honey and eucalyptus candy and the pain went away. I’ll still try to be careful, but anyways, no more pain for now.

Weather Report: Sunny all week long… except Tuesday, 40% of rain.

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Bonus photo: Jonah taking a nap after a very busy morning 🙂

That’s all for today.
Good night!

Cheers!
ed

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 🙂

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.

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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! 🙂

Enough for today, good night!

Cheers!

ed

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 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 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!