Did anyone go to one of the Apple Store Jaguar events this past Friday?

I was wondering if anyone else went to one of the 10:20pm events last Friday that “celebrated” the release of Mac OS X Jaguar? I went to the one at the Willow Bend Apple Store in Dallas. There were close to 800 or so people there, and the line, when I got there at 10:18, was almost two hours long. It was a lot of fun, though.

Anyway, I’m thinking about doing my next column for the SMU Daily Campus on the “Apple religion,” and was wondering if anyone else had experiences of this event that could provide me with a broader perspective. :slight_smile:

Jaguar rocks, btw.

800 folks rallied at mall in Texas to honor a dot release of an OS?

kirkland1244, I don’t mean to be disrespectful or pick on anyone at all. I’ve been using Macs since 1985.

But, jeez, don’t these folks have a life? Or better causes to rally for?

Well, it was a “dot” release, but it was a really big one. People lined up at midnight at CompUSAs around the country for Windows 98, which was also only a dot release (version 4.1), and a far inferior one at that. And an upgrade to a really buggy piece of crap (Windows 95 version 4.0).

It was actually a lot of fun. Of course, I was there with a group of people I knew. Had they not been there, I wouldn’t have stood in the line. I only went initially because I was having a party Saturday night, and wouldn’t be free to swing by Microcenter that day. And, I wanted to see how many people would show. I was stunned. Utterly stunned.

I also went to the Windows 98, and Windows XP releases, mainly out of curiousity (I bought Mac software at both, just to “make a point,” I guess). Whereas there was a feeling of inevitability, and perhaps hope-against-hope, at those “parties,” there was actually some enthusiasm at the Apple release. Which is what I want to write about, why Apple instills such quasi-religious loyalty in much of its userbase.

I know I can’t write impartially on the subject, which is fine, since I write opinion pieces. I mean, I have never missed a release of any Apple software I use. Whereas on my Dell I twiddled with that thing until it worked right, and then was terrified about updating anything, because it could send my house of digital cards crashing down.

I think that your “don’t these people have a life” question is pretty arrogant. Who are you to say what does and doesn’t constitute “a life”? What is and isn’t an acceptable way to spend an evening with your friends?

I’ve been to Star Trek conventions, I’ve stood in line three or four hours for movies, been to midnight movie marathons, midnight services, and all sorts of other things that make people say “gee, don’t you have a life?” I wonder, what exactly am I supposed to be doing to qualify as “having a life.”

I abhor almost all sports, and will never pay to attend nor tune my TV to watch any sport but baseball (and they’re on thin ice with this strike crap) and hockey. But I don’t berate people who waste their entire weekends worshipping the satan sport football “Jesus, don’t you have a life? You spend your free time watching OTHER PEOPLE accomplish things?”

I’ll go to a bar about once a month, but don’t find them to be very fun places to be. I hate smoke, and smokers. I prefer to talk to people than simply sit next to them, and in a bar with throbbingly loud music, you can’t do that. But I don’t pester my friends who go to bars “gee, don’t you have a life?”

What qualifies with “having a life?” Why is drinking with friends on a Friday night, or watching some overpaid neanderthals slam into each other on a field of grass “having a life,” whereas standing in line with some friends, along with 800 people with similar interests, not?

People seem to look at their priorities in life, and assume that anyone who does other things “doesn’t have a life.” That’s an arrogant, and abrasive attitude.

Yes, I stood in line 3 hours to see The Phantom Menace, 2 hours to see a 25th anniversary marathon of Star Treks 1 through 5 in 1991, and an hour to meet William Shatner. My friends and I get together for LAN parties, not drunken spectacles. And some friends and I went to the Apple Store on Friday. Not just to get the software, but because it was something of an event. It was something unique. You can’t say that about going to a bar, or watching moronball on TV.

So yes, the people there have lives. It’s just that their definition of a life isn’t as shrivelled and truncated as yours.

And as for causes, I’ll rally behind anything that sticks it to Microsoft, the lapdog of the anti-fair use, DMCA-supporting “entertainment” industry.

I was at the Apple Store in Arlington, VA. It was madness. I actually left and came back to buy Jaguar the next day. The manager told me they had 1,000 people there that night and the last customer left at 2am. The store looked like a grocery store in Soviet Russia. There was nothing left on the shelf, all the iPods were sold out and most of the peripherals were sold out too.

Yeah, and Jaguar is pretty cool.

The thing is, not only is Apple positioning Jaguar as a major release, these events at Apple stores are really social gatherings. The people were probably there as much for the party as for the software.

Also, I think there was a 10% discount for a certain time period, which is pretty significant, since you’re not going to find discounts of more than $5 on this software anywhere else, and people are already complaining about the price.

Kirkland1244 … that was beautiful. Worthy of its own thread somewhere. I’d suggest the pit, but it was too graceful. Just beautiful.

Thanks, Rhythmdvl.

So, anyone else “not have” enough of a life to stand in line for Apple’s latest opus?


Well, Kirkland1244, I did say I meant no disrespect, but if you insist on feeling disrespected, that’s your lookout.

Maybe it’s just me, but gathering in a mall to celebrate something so obscure seems like it would be about as exciting as going to a gathering of Satisfied Clawhammer Owners (“watch this 8-penny, duude!”).

If you feel that being an unpaid shlub for Apple corporate marketing is somehow meaningful, perhaps edgy – well, whatever floats your boat, fella.