This is his idea of a cheap date?

This is his idea of a cheap date?
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Image by Ed Yourdon
Waiting for iPhone 3g – Jul 18, 2008 – 093

On the corner of Fifth Avenue and 60th Street — i.e., at the opposite end of the block where the iPhone fans were waiting in line — this young couple staked out a spot with a sign that said "Feed us." I gave them some money; I hope they did use it to buy some food …

Note: this photo was published in a Jul 23, 2009 blog titled "Marriage and the Family – the Feminist Divide." It was also published in a May 27, 2010 Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And on Jun 6, 2010, the photo was published in a German blog titled "Für eine neue Esskultur: Wohlbefinden ersetzt Wohlstand." It was also published in a Jui 13, 2010 blog titled "Top 10 Dating Ideas in London."

Moving into 2011, the photo graph was published in an undated (mid-Apr 2011) New Zealand blog titled "How to Attract Women Without Even Trying- Yes, It’s Possible." It was also published in a May 31, 2011 neue-lebensmittel blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written for this Flickr page.

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Silly me: after the iPhone 3g had been out for a full week, I thought I could stroll right into the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue & 59th Street in mid-town Manhattan, and simply buy one without any muss, fuss, bother, or delay.

But when I arrived at 11 AM, I found a line of approximately 150 people waiting outside in the broiling sun, not seeming to move forward at all; it turned out that the Apple store "concierge" folks were letting them in in groups of ten, when the previous ten had been taken care of. When I asked the woman how long she had been waiting, she said, "Four hours" — she had arrived at 7 AM, having already determined that the AT&T stores were sold out throughout New Jersey and Connecticut.

Well, I’m a gadget freak and a Mac fan, but there’s a limit to my passion for such things; four hours was just too much. So instead, I decided to take a bunch of pictures of the people who were in the line. Of course, I have no idea whethere the people queued up in front of Apple stores in other cities (or at other stores here in NYC) are similar to this group … but I’m inclined to think that they are. And if that’s true, then the demographics of this group — in terms of age, gender, nationality, ethnic groups, etc. — is particularly intriguing. I saw only one guy dressed in a corporate uniform of suit and tie; Apple may be trying to break into the "enterprise" market, but that’s not who was standing in line for all those hours in the sun…

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