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I key a car; Ikea couch

June 16, 2008 by jjosh

Yes, the Red Hook, Brooklyn Ikea opens on Wednesday, in two days’ time.

Yes, they’re doing some crazy promotion thing where the first 35 people in the store will get a free couch.

Yes, there are already people camping out in line.

I camped out once at RFK for Grateful Dead tickets in 1993 (I think it was ’93…Traffic was the opening act, so JW what year was that?). I knew a lot of people going to the show (and to camp out), and I figured I should experience the fabled Dead show at least once before Jerry died. Camping out was a lot of fun, almost a party unto itself, with various parking-lot shenanigans and goings on. I didn’t sleep much and the next day while driving home I had to repeatedly slap myself in the face to stay awake.

If you’re curious about the shenanigans and goings on at the Ikea camp out, is live-blogging from the line; they’ve got an embedded blogger who’s fifth in line.

It may be overstating the obvious, but these people must really really really want an Ikea couch.

UPDATE – from one of my favorite blogs of the moment: "Red Hook Blacks Line Up To Rob First 100 IKEA Customers."


  1. JWilmeth says:

    I know Sting opened up in ’93. I think Traffic was ’94.

    I might head up there and sell some hetty veggie burritos in that Ikea line. 1 for 3, 2 for 5!!

  2. jjosh says:

    No, that’s right, it was Sting! Then I went the following year with my gf at the time and saw Traffic. Sting was weak. And I bet burritos would sell like potcakes…hotcakes.

  3. JWilmeth says:

    Blasphemy. Jerry came out and played some Police covers with Sting. That was an unbelievable spectacle for a lifelong Police/new Dead fan.

  4. jjosh says:

    Sorry to be so blasphemous. I will make up for it by posting some pictures of that 1966 Jerry guitar we just hung out with in Nashville. Amazing.

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