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Ikea Camper's Diary: Late Night Arrivals, Early Morning Soldering

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Ikea, the retail chain that will certainly change the face of sleepy Red Hook, is opening in a day's time. As fans camp out underneath the store in wait, The Life Vicarious scribe Adam Robb, who's fifth in line, is blogging for Racked from the scene.

11:02pm: After the storm passed, the mood among new and tested friends turned celebratory while later additions trickled in, the crowd growing like an unemployment line. The hope for a couch is now gone as newcomers bring out chairs to wait for...chairs.

6:16am: Phones dying. Last update then. Toilets smell toxicly unclean and have moved apart from one another during the night as likely offended by each others smell. There's still a space or two for sofas despite previous reports, line can't seem to break 35. As of 6am crowd is quiet, cold, and caffeinating and last nights excess of revelers are likely home in bed.

6:55am: First Tuesday press! Wcbs news radio 880 came down and quickly realized that it wasn't going to be easy getting people excited about Ikea this early in the morning but realized he could get lots of fresh feedback and enthusiasm from people who didn't know Willie Randolph was fired yesterday.

7:37am: Campers waking up this morning to steel workers soldering inches from their faces all along the camp line. Sparks flying all around the racked tent as ranger steel corp solders Valve covers much to the dismay of campers waking up inches away who were visibly frustrated. When we asked security about the liability one guard just laughed and shrugged. There are new bathrooms to befoul - four port o potties hidden away in the parking lot behind the overflow lines set up for tomorrow. Note the inverse ratio of toilet paper to filth compared to the bathrooms they told us to use.
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