Journal entries from our family's experience as we camped out at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, waiting for the grand opening on the parking lot of Lowe's in Jefferson City.
9 a.m. --- Starting to set up our tent. Four families have already beaten us here, but that's okay. The first 100 people get FREE chicken sandwiches for a year!!!
10 a.m. --- Wind gust blows tent down.
11 a.m. --- With help from a few new friends also setting up camp, our tent is anchored. Thank you, guys who actually know what they're doing!
Noon --- My wife and kids climb inside the tent, setting up our air mattresses and other accommodations, like cold drinks and snacks. Forgot the space heater, but we will survive on love and cuddling! Not to mention the prospect of free chicken sandwiches for a year! We find the concrete to be very hard, but not when we're floating on air. :o)
3 p.m. --- Beautiful day!!! I toss the Nerf football around with the kids as my wife sits in a lawn chair and reads Vogue. Temp is in the mid 30's. Good times! We look at the people going into Lowe's and giggle, because they don't know what they're missing.
5 p.m. --- Time for a snack. Rats, Chick-fil-A isn't open yet, we can't wait!!! Because we're already tasting those chicken sammiches, starting Thursday morning until 2015! Back to our tent for now ... time for some sausage, cheese and crackers, along with some grapes and cold drinks.
6 p.m. --- Sun has set, getting colder, but this is a blast! Tummies full, all are happy. Hey kids, who wants more cheese or a brownie?!?
8 p.m. --- Really dark. Concrete is really hard. Should have brought more blankets. And brownies.
10 p.m. --- Should have bought a portable TV to see Zach Paul's forecast. How cold is it going to be, anyway? Brrrrr.
Midnight --- Thinking about going out and killing a deer, dragging its carcass into the tent and cutting it open for heat. Mattresses have deflated, concrete is getting much harder.
2 a.m. --- Much colder. Check on the wife and kids, they barely have a pulse and they're turning blue. But they'll be okay, because we're going to win the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
4 a.m. --- Wife wakes up and throws frozen grapes and sausage at me, and wonders what the hell I was thinking. I have a black eye and swollen lip. Kids are hanging in there ... at least one of them is.
5 a.m. --- Actual temperate is now 2 degrees, wind chill is minus 15. Sodas explode and spray on us. Concrete is very hard and cold. Deer wanders into tent, looking for heat. Countdown to Chick-fil-A opening: One hour.
5:30 a.m. --- Wife hits me with her frozen pillow and calls me stupid again. Tent blows down, hitting one kid on the head. Have to rush kids and wife to the hospital with frost bite and head trauma.
5:45 a.m. --- Drop family off at hospital, tell them I'll be right back.
6:10 a.m. --- I'm No. 69 at Chick-fil-A! Winner, winner chicken dinner! I enjoy a fabulous chicken breakfast biscuit, absolutely free!!!
7 a.m. --- Back at the hospital. My kids say to me: "Why, Daddy, why?" I burp my chicken biscuit and console them.
9:30 a.m. --- Check the family out of the hospital. Estimated cost: $16,250.
Noon --- Drop the family off at home, head back to Chick-fil-A and enjoy a great chicken sandwich meal, absolutely free.