How to Survive the Concordia Line

  1. DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT BE THE PERSON WHO STARTS THE LINE. Don’t do it. (Don’t do it.)
  2. If you are the person who starts the line, don’t start it until 6 AM on THE DAY OF registration (March, 2017. Date not yet announced.) None of us are required to camp out overnight. We do it only because someone else does it first. DON’T do it first.
  3. Make sure someone at the front of the line is writing down names (first and last) in chronological order. Number the list. Let that book be the “official” list. Be on it. 
  4. Bring food. Bring extra to share.
  5. Don’t annoy your neighbor. No complaining or emotional dumping of any kind. 
  6. Bring a chair and a sleeping bag. If you’re going to be outside for a long time, you want to be comfortable. 
  7. Get your bag ready ahead of time. Be prepared. If a line should start prior to 6 am on the morning of registration, people are going to come out of the woodwork faster than you know. Everyone has a cell phone and a friend. Be ready.
  8. Don’t plan on having your kid with you the whole time. They can’t take it.
  9. If you’re paying someone to stand on line for you, make sure they avoid telling everyone that they’re being paid to stand on line. People don’t like it. (I get it – you have to work. It makes sense, no shade. Just don’t flaunt it.)
  10. There’s no bathroom nearby. Know that, and take it easy on the coffee.
  11. You can leave your spot for a few minutes once you’re established, as long as your neighbors know you, to go to the bathroom. It’s a walk though – you have to go down to Central Avenue if you don’t live (or have a friend who lives) closer.
  12. Bring a bag full of warm stuff. Bring blankets, warm coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and extra socks.
  13. Extra phone batteries come in handy. So do books, and friends. Tell your friends to pass by. 
  14. There is parking the street. If at all possible, be one of the lucky ones who has access to your car.
  15. Have the paperwork in order when the doors open. Your kid must be there in order to register.
  16. Don’t start the line. We will heckle you. And boo you. 

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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