At the corner of Broadway and Pike, where about 40 people are waiting outside an AT&T store to buy iPhones, a woman with dreadlocks and tatooed ankles showing beneath a vintage skirt, walked by pushing an old 10-speed bike.
“Are you guys waiting in line for a phone? That’s weird,” she said.
Then she hollered at the top of her lungs: “I love geeks!”
For the record, they’re not all guys in line, but mostly. I wonder if I’m seeing an accurate reflection of the demographic of early iPhone buyers.
Of the 40 or so people in line, most are white guys between the ages of 25 and 45 and more than a few are wearing jeans and black shirts, just like Steve Jobs.
(I’m wearing a hot purple raincoat I bought at a used clothing store around the corner on Broadway for $5; I wasn’t prepared to be out in the weather, and it was that or a burgundy Member’s Only jacket for $16.)
Approximately 10 of the 40 are women and maybe eight are black or Asian. There’s also a chihuahua.
The word from management is there are more than enough phones — even 8 gigabyte models — for the assembled crowd.
An AT&T guy just carried in a stack of Domino’s pizzas that they’ll munch during the 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. closure when they’ll prepare for sales to begin at 6.
That’s just crazy when you’re a block away from Via Tribunali.