I thought it might be interesting to give my coverage of the grand opening of the Apple Store in the Promenade mall in Temecula. They opened today at 10 AM PDT, so we decided to get in line at about 8:30 AM after having breakfast at McDonalds around 7:45. The weather was reasonably nice around here: it was cloudless and 75°F with 41% humidity, though they supplied black umbrellas and rather expensive Glaceau water around 9 AM. My party got to the Store early enough to be one of the first to be let in, so the line wasn't too bad. I was probably about number 60 in line. The wait was pretty uneventful, though the Apple employees did run down the line giving high fives at about 9:45. After the doors finally opened at 9:56 by my watch, everybody cheered and almost ran inside the door. I later discovered that they only let the first 100 or so people inside, but it was already full with all of the employees. They began playing loud music as heard below in the video. They wouldn't let us keep the umbrella when we walked in. Oh well. They did, however, hand out Apple shirts. They came in little boxes probably about 5x3x3 inches, plain white with a two square inch rectangular sticker with the Apple logo on it holding it closed. My sister opened hers, and it was solid black with one inch tall text on the front that said Promenade Temecula with "Designed by Apple in California" printed just below the neck on the back in fine print. The inside of the store was beautiful. It looked similar to probably most Apple Stores in that it was one big rectangle, probably twice as deep as it was wide with five or six tables packed with laptops, plus the desktops along the wall, except that this one seemed bigger than the South Coast Plaza store that I normally go to. I immediately headed for the Mac Pro, as I haven't managed to get within 10 feet of one, much less benchmark it. Xbench score for my 1 GHz Titanium PowerBook (what I am typing from now): 34.35. Score of the baseline 2.66 GHz Quad Mac Pro with a GT120 graphics card: 195.63, brought down by the disk score. Without that score counted on either machine, it is 38.42 vs. a whopping 356.33. Wow, that's fast. (A side note: the Titanium PowerBook was featured on the RetroMacCast. Two years ago. *Sigh* I need to upgrade.) My mother wanted to play with the Apple TV next to it for five minutes, while I borrowed my Dad's iPhone 3GS to take a video of the store.