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One Last Campout for Star Wars Fans

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the meesa-love-you-long-time dept.

Star Wars Prequels 480

theodp writes "27-year-old graphic artist Jeff Tweiten lives on a periwinkle blue, fold-out futon on the sidewalk in front of the Cinerama Theatre in downtown Seattle. He is not homeless, but camping out for 139 days. Waiting. For what, you wonder? Tweiten is waiting for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, which opens May 19. And yes, he's keeping a blog. 14 days down. 125 to go." In other Star Wars news: dbottaro writes "Who wants a JL421 Badonkadonk? NAO Design has built a functional Sandcrawler, ala Star Wars Episode IV. Complete with blaster-deflecting sidewalls, full interior carpeting, seating for five and a 400 watt stereo system." Reader dankinit writes "For all you Star Wars fans, a Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head will be released in February by Hasbro Inc. The new covers for the Episode III books due out a month before the movie were also posted today."

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He has plenty of other interests too! (5, Funny)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380855)

According to the friendly article, his life is not one big homage to "Star Wars," he says, and he has plenty of other interests, including classical music [amazon.com], modern dance [rcn.com], fine dining [lycos.fr], dive bars [gutrumbles.com], working out [megagames.com] and reading about contemporary art [amazon.com].

Re:He has plenty of other interests too! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380915)

I can't belive someone be so stupid to do this for Star War. At least it would have made sense if he waited for Star Trek movie.

Where the hell's Chewbacca? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380988)

"At least it would have made sense if he waited for Star Trek movie"

See title for what the increasingly-angry jedigeek says about 20 minutes into the "Trek" movie.

You mean (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380920)

"According to the friendly article, his life is not one big homage.... "

Reworded to something more like reality: According to the friendly article, his life is not one big homage to "Star Wars," he says, and he has plenty of other interests, including classical music [johnwilliamsmoviethemes.com], modern dance [jedifightingschool.org], fine dining [starwarscantina.com], dive bars [see previous entry], working out [see jedifightingschool again] and reading about contemporary art [starwarsasciiart.com]

Re:He has plenty of other interests too! (4, Funny)

node 3 (115640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381079)

I dunno... You're the one who had the links handy enough to have the first post not modded to oblivion.

This on a Star Wars story on Slashdot. Those links had to be real handy, I'm guessing memorized.

Seems to me like a case of the cape calling the helmet black!

Re:He has plenty of other interests too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381133)

Or he's just a subscriber who saw the story before it went live and had time to prepare for it.

Merchandise, Book Deal (5, Funny)

mr.henry (618818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380856)

From the "blog"...
Just to let every one know i should have some nice tee shirts up online in a few day.

From the Seattle PI article...
To pass the time, he writes in a journal, posts to his blog, chats on the phone and touches up old stories from past "Star Wars" campouts, in hopes that, perhaps, a book deal will be extended one day.

He truly has the SW spirit of making a buck anywhere possible. George would be proud.

Re:Merchandise, Book Deal (5, Informative)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380958)

George would be proud.


Actually George has said several times that part of the reason why the prequels were so long in coming was that he didn't like the fact that people were devoting their lives to his movies and he wanted to discourage them from doing this. If Lucas saw this guy sitting there then most likely he would tell him to get the fuck up and get a job.

In Soviet Russia (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380858)

... Star Wars waits for YOU!

FP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380860)

Forst Psit?

whoooa fp! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380862)

Hey cool. Can't believe I got first freakin post. Cool, no? :-D

Re:whoooa fp! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380882)

lol what a loser

graphic artist eh (3, Funny)

js3 (319268) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380866)

I think he is unemployed

Re:graphic artist eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380909)

I wonder what his girlfriend thinks of all this?

Re:graphic artist eh (4, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381033)

"I wonder what his girlfriend thinks of all this?"

Probably the same thing his personal trainer, financial advisor, two mistresses, and the board of the company he is CEO of all think.

Re:graphic artist eh (5, Funny)

rowanxmas (569908) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380922)

So, I went to high school with this guy.

At the time I did think he would become such an "uber" Star Wars fan. He was several years older than I, but we were on the Track and Field team together. Even then I knew that he was destined for waiting greatness. He was the only person on the team to be named as our best sunbather, 4 years in a row.

So, I congratulate Jeff on this remarkable achievment, and wish him luck in seeing what will surely be a fabulous film!

Re:graphic artist eh (0)

MisanthropicProgram (763655) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381066)

...we were on the Track and Field team...

Wait a minute. You're posting on /. !?! You can't be a geek...unless you really let yourself go. Like, after graduating, you just ate bons bons, Coke, beer, and pizza.

Re:graphic artist eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381082)

He was several years older than I

it's nice to see your grammar is up to par

Re:graphic artist eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381136)

The sad thing is I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. A lot of people think it would properly be "me".

Re:graphic artist eh (1)

britneys 9th husband (741556) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380980)

I don't think he's unemployed. His job is camping out in front of a theater, creating publicity which he then uses to sell t-shirts, books, and other stuff. It sounds like he's making somewhat decent money doing what he's doing, or at least he has the opportunity to do so.

Also, for all we know, George Lucas is paying him some money behind the scenes to do this. After all, whenever Slashdot or anyone else runs a story about this guy, it's free publicity for the movie.

Re:graphic artist eh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381112)

Oh yeah, I'm sure Lucas is worried about getting free publicity for Star Wars.

He made more money for himself when he secretly directed The Rave in the Cave for Matrix 2. After that, he knew no one would bother to see Matrix 3 and it would make it damn sure that in 20 years there wouldn't be any Matrix prequels.

Re:graphic artist eh (1)

MrBlue VT (245806) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381104)

I don't get why he is doing this. He could work for the next 129 days instead, and then use just a portion of the amount of money he earns to bribe the theater owner to let him in the back door to get the first seat. Sheesh, what a waste.

A great letter I just got (4, Informative)

Amsterdam Vallon (639622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380870)

Here is a great letter I just got.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you in regards to, arguably, the world's greatest Star Wars fan, Jeff Tweiten. This name may not mean anything to you, but you may recall his exploits: Jeff was one of the guys who waited in line for over three and a half months outside Seattle's Cinerama for Star Wars Episode II.

Well now Jeff is at it again. As of January 1st, Jeff set his ass down on the concrete, and he's been there ever since. He will be there, in fact, for over five months until 'Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith' is released. I believe he allows himself ten-fifteen minutes a day to shower across the street at a Hotel (someone saves his space in "line"), but other than that, Jeff is Seattle's latest fixture: an odd mix of devotion, philosophy, and human spectacle. Most people, of course, think of this stunt as ridiculous, and the knee-jerk reaction is always to write him off as some type of lunatic fanatic.

I am writing to you because this is not the case, and someone with prominence in the science-fiction/fantasy community needs to take notice of him. Briefly: Jeff is not an attention-seeker or a local media hound, he will continue his wait with or without any recognition from the wider world; rather, Jeff is someone who, as odd as it may seem to conventional society, feels deeply motivated by the idea of "waiting" for things of value, and in a consumer driven, materialistic culture he sees as spiritually drained, this is where he's putting his time and energy down as a worthy investment. All Star Wars fans are moved by how these films capture mythic themes of heroism, discipline, and inner strength, but I would wager that very few of them have been as thoroughly transformed by these ideals as Jeff Tweiten.

I can tell you this: I have had the pleasure of meeting many astounding and impressive spiritual 'masters' in my time - I have my Masters of Divinity from Columbia's Union Theological Seminary, and I worked for many years with the Venerable Lama Pema Wangdak here in New York City and throughout India, but until the day I die, Jeff will be in my own personal top 5 list of the most creative and uniquely powerful individuals I have ever met. A successful artist from Bainbridge Island, Jeff's genius comes not only from his talent, but from that unique ability to truly transcend the opinions of contemporary society in his path to let imagination re-create him. I recognize that this still sounds like a raving fanboy at best, and a complete lunatic at worst, but here's the proof that Jeff's the real thing. Are you ready? JEFF WAITED OUTSIDE IN LINE FOR A MOVIE FOR OVER FOUR MONTHS! And now he's at it again!! I don't think any of us can really have an accurate idea of what this entails. The elements, the mental and physical demands alone would surely weed out anyone who was simply crazy or posturing. Jeff is neither, and maintains his vigil with grace, compassion, and humor.

Remember: while I'm writing this, Jeff is out on the street. He's out on the street while you're reading this, too, and while you go for lunch, forget about all of this for a few hours, and then revisit it again in your mind, Jeff is still out there, right now, on the street, waiting for Star Wars. You may very well forget about this for months, and > it won't be until April that you'll think about it again, but Jeff will still be there, constant, disciplined, a mad hatter bodhisattva manifesting as the one thing all the stuffed shirts out there will be sure to mock and look over: a sci-fi fanboy on crusade, a modern Don Quixote who is unimpressed by the siren appeals of modern culture, and instead has chosen to wait for something of true value and excitement. Whatever any of us - or him - feels about the Star Wars films, (I know his favorite is still 'Empire Strikes Back') is irrelevant, it is the ideals behind these images that moves him, and it is to these timeless and unpopular ideals that he has committed himself. Jeff is not without a sense of irony, and perhaps it is all the more appropriate that this seat of American monasticism finds its most dedicated and insulted hero waiting for a big-budget juggernaut blockbuster.

My point is this: people should sit up and take notice of this guy. Someone fantastic and funny is happening in our midst, and when we look back to tell the story ten years from now, do we want to be one of those ants who lacked vision and mocked him, or one of his fellow crickets who played the violin all winter with him, just out of the sheer joy of myth and fantasy? What are you waiting for? What are any of us waiting for? People should get the word out, write up a story or two, and show Jeff some support. You can reach him at superfan1138@waitingforstarwars.com.

Thank you for your time,

Michael Ellick, M.Div.

This person is an A-1 loser. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380873)

This person is an A-1 loser.

Why? (5, Funny)

CleverNickedName (644160) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380875)

Hasn't he seen the first two?

Re:Why? (1, Informative)

Skidge (316075) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380898)

Yep, from the article:

Reaction to "Episode I": "I've pretty much blocked it out of my mind." Too much "blah, blah, blah, yacky-schmacky"

Reaction to "Episode II": Better. He liked the lightsaber duels and angst

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

TheGavster (774657) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380940)

I saw the first two ... and I will probably see Episode 3 in first run. I will do it for the same reason that I buy lottery tickets: irrational optimism.

This would have been cool... (5, Funny)

jhealy (91456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380876)

...TWENTY YEARS AGO, when these movies were actually good! Now look at them. He's waiting for THAT?

hmeh!

Re:This would have been cool... (1)

douthitb (714709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380995)

I agree. While I do plan on going to see Episode III in the theatre, it will only be for the purpose of closure...and I definitely won't be waiting in line for 5 months...

WARNING: This post contains heavy sarcasm (2, Funny)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381058)

when these movies were actually good! Now look at them. He's waiting for THAT?

Dude! Haven't you heard? In this one, they're gonna surf on lava!

And now I'm late for the head of the line... I gotta get my tent!

Wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380880)

Wow, everyone saying news is slow on slashdot at the moment is right, now people are just sitting waiting for Star Wars III?!?

Not gonna get laid.... (3, Funny)

menscher (597856) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380884)

Usually we make fun of these extremist geeks by saying they'll never get laid. In this case, I think it's a given. Public indecency laws....

If he wants to be brave (5, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380886)

If he wants to be brave, he should camp out wearing a Jar Jar mask during the whole time. Chances are he'll succumb to injuries from being kicked to death by the 43rd day.

Re:If he wants to be brave (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380965)

As an alternative, he can wear the Princess Leia outfit. He'll die from other injuries. He can also try the Amidala outfit if he wants a merciful, quick death, being scalded by hot grits.

I speak for the entire human race when I say... (4, Insightful)

jarich (733129) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380896)

GET A LIFE!

;)

Re:I speak for the entire human race when I say... (5, Funny)

Rune Berge (663292) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381008)

I speak for the entire slashdot crowd when I say...

GET A WHAT?

Re:I speak for the entire human race when I say... (1)

NaijaGuy (844212) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381121)

He saw each film in the original trilogy 1200+ times...so 300 full 24-hour days of his life have been spent watching just those films? Throw in the new films and any other related stuff, and we easily have over a full year of his life...

News just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380897)

Star Wars Episode III delayed for a year, hurricanes and blizzards expected in Seatlle soon.

does he have his camcorder ready? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380902)

I'll be honored to watch his shaky Divx version!

Re:does he have his camcorder ready? (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380973)

Not if he wants to spend the next few years in jail. Now if he threatens to shoot anyone who cuts in line thats ok..

Homeless camping outside movie theatres... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380904)

In Gothenburg, Sweden, the homeless started camping outside movie theatres too, as a way of protesting. Only place where no one told them to leave...

Re:Homeless camping outside movie theatres... (1)

jrumney (197329) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381052)

In a "Soviet Russia" kind of moment, a homeless person told me to leave when I sat on a park bench in Gothenburg, Sweden a couple of years ago. Not knowing what drugs he was on and what sort of knife or broken bottle he was packing, I complied.

publicity stunt (1)

sometwo (53041) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380905)

I think this is just a publicity stunt and he'll be gone in a few days once he gets his name in all the papers.

Re:publicity stunt (2, Interesting)

siliconjunkie (413706) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380984)

I think this is just a publicity stunt and he'll be gone in a few days once he gets his name in all the papers.

I have to agree on the publicity stunt thing, I think it's kinda clear this guy desperately needs attention (personally, i find that people who do things only for the purpose of generating attention to themselves pretty damn annoying). I don't think he'll be gone in a few days though; this guy strikes me as the kinda guy who is going to milk this thing for all (he thinks) its worth. I mean, this guy thinks enough of his stunt that he is publishing a "blog" about it and is entertaining the possibility of a book deal.

Can you say "delusions of grandeur?"

What a fucking loser. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380907)

Nothing more to be said. That first sentence covers it all.

In Soviet Russia ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380908)

In Soviet Russia, George Lucas waits for YOU!

living arangements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380912)

At least he's not living in his parent's basement. For the time being anyway.

"For God's sake people, get a life... I bet you've never even kissed a girl".

Never mind... (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380943)

"At least he's not living in his parent's basement. For the time being anyway"

In today's world of online ticket sales, they can wait online for the Star Wars movie, dressed in Vader mask and underwear, without ever having to leave mom's basement.

It's not just a stunt (2, Insightful)

He Who Has No Name (768306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380925)

I walk by Jeff everyday when I get off the bus at the Cinerama, headed to class (Art Institute of Seattle). I usually say hi to him if he's awake. He naps a lot, probably to help stay warm, since it's been something like 30 degrees for the last couple of weeks. My understanding is that he's doing this for charity, and I think that's damn decent of him. But even if he wasn't, somebody who's willing to sit in the cold and the noise and the smog and put up with ridicule for something they love has my respect.

WTF (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380927)

I don't get it.. can't he reserve tickets or see it a week later? Infact scrap that, why doesnt he just turn up the night before it opens when all the other hardcore star-wars geeks will show up - he would still get to the front of the line? am I missing the point??

Re:WTF (1)

Blue Nowhere 1984 (812118) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381056)

I agree. This is such a waste of time. Plus, how does he know that he'll be first in line? It would be funny if someone came up the day they started selling tickets and walked up to the counter before him.

Good Luck to him though, I hope he doesn't die.

Complete with blaster-deflecting sidewalls, huh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380928)

Complete with blaster-deflecting sidewalls

I'm sure he did extensive testing with those blasters he bought from Toys 'R Us.

4 months later... (1)

AndyFewt (694753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380929)

the second person joins the line.... Seriously, why 5 months before the opening? Just to get in the news me thinks. I'm thinking it will be 4 months before someone joins that line with him :/

Teach him a lesson... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380932)

Anyone want to teach this geek a lesson?
If we all club together, we could raise funds to pay-off the cinema to NOT show the film on its opening night?

Re:Teach him a lesson... (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381134)

I bet we could all just buy advanced tickets for the first few showings, using this hyper-advanced "IntorNet" technology from the comfort of our homes, and squeeze him out. Or maybe we could just pay to have one of those animated LCD billboards put up next to him, and have it loop that irritating Fandango commercial.

Darth Tater? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380933)

Yeah great toy to buy your kids. Look at that thing, it is EVIL. If I was 5 years old and that thing was in the same room as me with the lights off...

The only... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380937)

...movie that I can think of that would be worse for waiting in line that long for would be the Titanic. But then again at least you get to see some T&A.

From the Article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380954)

"I think 'Star Wars' is the quintessential modern myth," says Tweiten. "It's the hero story, the breaking away from home and family and proving yourself in the world."

Hence Tweiten decides to prove himself in the world by setting up a couch near a cinema and waiting half a year for a stinkin movie... Way to go, philosopher!

seattle perspective (1)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 9 years ago | (#11380961)

Been past him a couple times now walking from downtown to belltown and back, and the whole things just smacks of stupid stunt, even more than it comes off in the article. Its not like for episode 1, when there were all these idealistic star-wars fans either too young to have had the true theater experience on eps. 4-6, or convinced that eps. 1-3 would actually carry on the earlier tradition. This guy just seems pretty pleased with himself for being THE camper at Cinerama.

Oddly, there's even sadder things than this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380993)

I remember some people camping out at a mall to be first in line to get the DVD of "The Phantom Menace". In actuality this is patheticness squared, not only was this person camping out for a crappy movie, but the fact that this is a product for a work that was probably already seen, and are multiple copies of and can be viewed at your leisure. There are no coolness points for being the first to watch a DVD. It's not like being the first to watch a film in the theatre, before the film gets scratched and stuff.

Natural selection at work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11380996)

Wow, if this guy gets a Darwin award for freezing to death, I'll have to say that it is not unexpected....

What a ridiculous waste of time. At least he could go play a video game with some friends...

Maybe he's hoping to have a vision of Ben right before he passes out, so he can become a Jedi (in the afterlife).

A better plan (5, Interesting)

deke_kun (695166) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381000)

Geez. All he needs to do is spend the amount of time he would have spent in line at a gym, and by the time the movie comes out, he'll be so buff and fearsome to all the ubernerds, he can just walk up to the front of the line, announce cutsies, and voila. Also he will probably be healthier, and far more attractive to the opposite sex thereafter, albeit still with the geekiness and the sabers and leia in the bikini glayven.

Dagobans (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381027)

All those grungy "graphic artists" I see sleeping on the Seattle streets are just waiting for Star Wars 9? Now I'm really glad it's finally opening - and even more glad when it finally closes, and those hardcore fans can finally go home somewhere.

I've always wondered.... (5, Insightful)

Weaselmancer (533834) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381030)

When you hear about someone like this, who feeds them? How the hell can you take 139 days out of your life and still have a house? Or insurance? Or a job?

Yes, I know the standard /. answer is that he lives in his mom's basement and she takes care of him...but is that actually true?

How the @#@##% do you go on a 139 day hiatus and return to your life afterwards???

On second thoughts.. (1)

ukleafer (845880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381038)

Follow me, Jeff Tweiten, as I wait in line for 5 months in front of the Seattle Cinerama theatre for the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Thanks Jeff, that's a really kind offer and all, but I'll just stay here, indoors with central heating, away from the snow. And you.

Doens't care, eh? (5, Funny)

dk.r*nger (460754) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381042)

He's been called a loser, a geek, a Peter Pan who refuses to grow up and get a life. A few days ago, someone called him a "bum" for the first time.

"I don't really care how people label me," Tweiten says. "If they are so narrow-minded and can only see that one aspect of me, I kind of pity them."


I'm not narrowminded. My mind is so wide, I can't decide wether to label him a loser, a geek, a Peter Pan or a bum. Hey, I think I'll label him every single one of those, right at the same time. he!

Derelict in his Duties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381050)

Who will protect his parents' basement???

Here's the kicker... (2, Insightful)

MLopat (848735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381054)

He's quoted at the end of the article:
"But I don't want to regret not doing this. If I end up not making it, and my will is broken, and I go home, at least I'll have tried."

But yet earlier in the article:
"Probably the most elemental meaning he derives from the movies' various editions is Yoda's, "Do or do not. There is no try."

It fits in with his approach to life: "If you're going to do something, do it right. Don't half-ass it.""

Pathetic (1)

Magickcat (768797) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381055)

The worst thing about this guy is are his attempts to describe himself as an intelligent, articulate normal person.

He does such a good job of looking reasonable, and so it makes his folly all the more ridiculous.

Over 200,000 people died (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381061)

in the worst natural disaster since 11/9 and he wastes his precious minutes on this earth waiting in line for a stupid movie!! I have but one thing to say to you, Tweitin: GET SOME PRIORITIES.

family and friends? (1)

Daniel Ellard (799842) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381063)

Doesn't this poor slob have some friends or family that care about him enough to intervene?

Imagine if this amount of slack could be used for good...

Darth Tater (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381067)

Darth: Luke, I am your tater tots.

Luke: Nooooooooooooooooo! Could you pass the catsup?

5 bucks in it for anyone that... (1)

testednegative (843833) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381073)

goes to where he is camped, steals his shit then jumps on the couch and steals his spot in line ^^

if you're going to camp out... (1)

Tancred (3904) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381074)

...the Cinerama is a good place to do it. My favorite theater in Seattle. I lived on the opposite corner of that block for 3 years, so I was of course a regular.

By the time the last campout there ended, the guys had a van, a tent, a generator, cots, wifi and all the comforts of home.

Inner city crime (1)

fisheye1969 (842355) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381087)

I take it that inner city crime isn't a big problem in Seattle then?

Actually I'm quite jealous - imagine being in the position where you can devote yourself to something dotty like this without worrying about the financial consequences (I'm assuming this much).

He coule be unemployed, but maybe he has a business like these guys who work in a coffee shop [slashdot.org]?

Vagrancy laws (1)

sammyo (166904) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381092)

... should kick in about a day before the opening, just a couple days in jail would really make the news.

That's a lot of time (1)

aeroegnr (806702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381110)

5 months or almost half a year. If he's an average guy, he'll live to be around 75 years old. So, he'll be spending almost 1/125th of his life waiting in line for a star wars movie, probably much more than that since he saw the other two barf fests.

I heard he's friends with the Starbucks guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11381111)

They can get together and chat about the joys of publicity-seeking through doing corporate fan-boy stunts that get them on the front page of Slashdot.

A Starbucks fan. (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381122)

"I heard he's friends with the Starbucks guy. They can get together and chat ..."

Only because he thinks Mr. Starbucks fought the Cylons with Apollo back in the 1970s.

A follow-up story... (1)

TooMuchEspressoGuy (763203) | more than 9 years ago | (#11381113)

George Lucas announced today that 27-year old graphic artist Jeff Tweiten would be enlisted as head of the merchandising department for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: Heir to the Cash Cow. Lucas cites Tweiten's "commitment to excellence" and "expertise in the world of marketing exemplified by his media stunt."

However, in private, Lucas remarked, "I really just hired him because he's the only guy who actually *liked* the freakin' prequels."

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