Was there, Did that, and indeed, I DID get the t-shirt!
I'm currently moving all the images and video from the memory card to a hard drive. They'll be available later.
So, I got there at about 3:00 PM, and the line was already around the block. Eventually, word had it, the line reached the Charles River.
Lots of press, including two helicopters. Spent most of the time chatting with fellow Mac users.
About 20 minutes before the doors opened, the staff came out, and ran down the line cheering and high fiving people. Getting the energy up for the opening.
At a little after six, we began to move towards the door. Inside, on either side and all the way up the huge circular staircase, the staff had lined up and were applauding and cheering and again with the high fives!
It was, without doubt, one of the most amazing experiences during my time in Boston. I could not stop grinning.
The noise! Oy! I could not hear myself as I made a brief video. I'm hoping that I'll be able to edit (in iMovie, of course!) all the video clips into something coherent.
The store itself is in the old CopyCop location across from the Prudential (for all you current and past Bostonians.) and is three stories tall, glass fronted, with the Apple logo promenently displayed.
Every horizontal surface that has a product on it is wheelchair accessable. That is, someone in a chair can roll right up close and play with the toys. There are elevators in the back of the store for the use of the disabled and the lazy.
There are LOTS of computers available to mess with, as well as iPhones and iPods.
I was in there about 45 minutes and then had to leave (the bladder was being quite insistant!
I'll be going back, more to play with the hardware than actually buy anything.
After actually being there, I now understand why people make trips to attend the openings of new Apple Stores.