Monday, April 04, 2005

Star Wars Fanatics

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love the Internet!

I saw a link on Boing Boing just now that says the following:
Star Wars geeks in line at Grauman's will answer payphone calls -- Jess sez, "Star Wars fans are already lining up at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles for the Episode III premiere in six weeks. Perhaps more interesting, however, is the fact that they are apparently answering the payphone outside the theatre. Give them a ring at (323) 462-9609 and see who answers." I just rang it and the guy who answered it did a great impression of someone answering a pay phone in line for Star Wars -- so it may even be true!
... so I called the number! I spoke to a nice guy named Elliot. He's 21 and got laid off from his job in January, and he's a huge Star Wars fan. He said there were about 9 people there when I called, and it was "46 days and counting" until the movie opens. People don't have specific places in line. Instead, they just spend lots and lots of time there. They sign in and out like a job. When the movie opens, they will decide the order of the line by whoever has spent the most time waiting. There is a site going online today called Lining Up about the scene outside the theatre.

When I said goodbye, Elliot said, "Bye, and may the force be with you!"

What a week. Does blogging about Medieval Fighters and Star Wars Fanatics have an affect on my position in the Geek Hierarchy?! I'll have to ask Adam.
Update: They mentioned me on Boing Boing! I have arrived! Also, on an unrelated note, what the hell is wrong with Blogger these days?! It's enough to make a blogger want to go to Word Press or Moveable Type!