A Full Day + An iPhone 4S

A slightly past full moon over La Encantada mall, Tucson

Good Morning, God!
Dave and Sandy were cycling, Ian was sleeping and Mark and I were off to the only Apple Store in Tucson to wait in line for the new iPhone 4S. Mark had said we had to be there by 4 if we wanted to make sure we got it. I didn’t want it that badly, so we arrived at a bit before 7 a.m.
There was a line — but we were helped almost immediately by a nice young woman who asked what kind of phone (capacity and color) and carrier I wanted. Then she sorted through a box of white cards and handed one to me.
“Come back anytime today to pick up your phone. Only, you will have to wait in line again,” she said, apologetically. All would have been just that simple, God, if the AT&T folks had been right — the folks I talked with by phone and the ones I had check my phone in Honolulu. They were WRONG.
My upgrade was going to cost $450. Yikes! However, Mark saved the day by letting me use his upgrade — he bought his iPhone one month before I did — and he could get the standard price. The Apple staff would then switch our sim cards and Mark’s new phone would be mine!
Only, first we needed Sandy as the account holder to be there. We picked up Sandy as she was cycling a few miles from home. The second wait in line was about an hour. The Apple staff handed out water bottles and had a kiosk offering coffee, hot water and lemonade — all for free. With ONLY a few more glitches — like the AT&T guys having both gone out to lunch — we left with my having a new iPhone!
Somehow, God, it all seemed like a good way to say Thank You to Steve Jobs.
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