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Endless Waiting

Standing in line for crazy things



What’s something crazy you’ve stood in line for?

Renee Estrada: A free burrito at a Chipotle grand opening. I’d say it was worth it.

Lindsay Fenton: Back in the day, my little sister was obsessed with NSync. One of them came out with a clothing line, so I drove my sister and her friends to the Bloomingdale’s in Beverly Hills (we lived in Los Angeles at the time) to wait in line all day so we could buy one of his ugly shirts and have him sign it.

Stephen Dark: Tickets to see Grown Ups 2 with my eldest daughter after she and a friend had failed to agree on terms for a sleepover. What compounded my despair—a deer peeing in Adam Sandler’s face is comedy?—was that everyone in our row at the multiplex, along with my own child, put their feet up on the chair in front.

Scott Renshaw: I joined enthusiastic geeks in an opening-day line for Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace in May 1999. It was such a high-energy environment, culminating in explosive cheers when John Williams’ fanfare began. Then came the rest of the movie. The line was more enjoyable.

Jackie Briggs: I once stood in line for that damned choose-a-briefcase game show. It was a sad day for me—apparently my ability to select briefcases was in question, as I was not chosen.

Kolbie Stonehocker: When The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King came out, my friend and I waited at the theater (in costume) for five hours until the first opening-day showing.

Colin Wolf: I don’t get the whole wait-in-line-for-shitty-food syndrome that people seem to have around here. No franchise is worth a circle-jerk.