By Michael Wyszomierski
Update: April 30th, 1:15 AM...
I wasn't able to make it to all five stores, but I still had a blast. Apple is getting very good at handling these events. My thanks to all of the Apple Retail staff who made this event enjoyable. My class went a lot later than I thought, so I wasn't able to get to Towson until after 6. Even though I made up time by not going into the Towson store, I lost it again when I forgot where I parked at Christiana and walked all the way around the outside of the mall, which took quite some time. Christiana was the most fun, however, as the employees recognized me from their grand opening video, plus I won iWork! I was only at Sagemore for a few minutes, but it seems to be in a good location. It was the only store I visited tonight that I hadn't been to before. King of Prussia was busy even as the time was approaching 11:00. It was funny to walk past all the closed stores and then see the bustling Apple Store with two cops standing guard. When I got back to my car, it was too late to try going to Menlo Park. I wonder if four stores is still a daily record. I planned on asking for the "Tiger World Premiere" sign when they closed the Menlo Park store, but since I got iWork, I don't feel like I came out empty-handed. Besides, getting something wasn't the point of the journey... I didn't even buy Tiger! (I couldn't resist the Amazon rebate. Tiger arrives for me on Tuesday.)
I meant to update my Flickr photoset throughout the night, but I forgot the USB cable for my camera. Plus when I got home I realized that due to my Keychain addiction, I had forgotten my Flickr password anyway. The photos are all up now, so check them out.
On April 29, 2005 at 6:00 PM, Apple will release Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger" worldwide. Apple Retail Stores will close at 5 PM to prepare for the launch, and reopen at 6:00 sharp with Tiger for sale and remain open until midnight.
Complete details of the event are unknown, but Apple has announced a sweepstakes that will include a PowerBook and an iPod as prizes. Expect to see some other surprises as well.
Since I want to go home that weekend, I am going to make a road trip out of the event, and hit FIVE Apple Retail Stores along the way. It certainly won't be the most direct route home, but it could be the dorkiest. Plus, I figure it gives me five chances at that PowerBook.
I will arrive at the Towson store shortly before 6:00 for the re-opening. I will then continue on to the Christiana, Sagemore, King of Prussia, and Menlo Park locations, covering a distance of 230 miles store to store.