Like many Apple fans, my friend Doug was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the iPhone. Here’s the story of how perseverence paid off and he managed to get one:
“OK, so when it was unveiled at MacWorld in January, I wanted one, big time. So I “saved” money from my tax return for it (which really means I put it toward my credit card so I could eventually charge an iPhone on it later). So Roger and I were on that cruise when it came out on June 29th, so I vowed I’d get one as soon as I got back.
Of course, it was sold out wherever I called.
There are four AT&T stores near my work, so I just kept calling them.
By Wednesday, with everything sold out, I just decided to order one online and let it come when it came… but there’s a four-week waiting period.
On Thursday, I decided — one last time — to call the four AT&T stores by my work. The first three were still sold out.
The fourth one — which is the farthest from my office — had one left. They said they wouldn’t hold it for me.
So I ran to the car. Ida, our Intranet goddess, came with me, and showed me a “shortcut” to the place. It ended up being nothing but stop signs and went straight through the ghetto, where everyone insisted on driving no faster than 10 mph. So a trip that should have taken 10 minutes, took about 25.
End of story, they still had it, I got it, and I love it.”