Wow, I so found the right person to wait in line :) Patrick is great - he scoped things out last night, talked to security guards, talked to Apple folks, got as much info as he could, and kept in contact with me all along. I found a line-waiter with a great work ethic! Ultimately Barton Creek Mall didn't allow any camping, so he got in line early this morning. Here we are, number 15 in line, doing part one of our business transaction.
I'm trying to get a picture, but there are security guards around saying there's a mall law that disallows pictures, and he's being a real asshole about it. I've got some video, and I've got my iSight camera, so I'll manage, but I've asked for proof of the "law". That seems to have done the trick - we got "special permission" to take a picture. Sheesh!
OK, this picture serves as proof that I owe Patrick another $100.