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36 Things You'll Need To Know The Next Time You Camp Out In Front Of The Supreme Court For Days

Camping in front of the Supreme Court building any time soon? I've got you covered. Listen to tips from people who have been living outside of the Supreme Court for the past couple days now.

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People have been camping outside in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., for the past few days in hopes of getting a ticket to the Prop 8 and DOMA hearings.

Between 50 and 100 people will get in, and there were about 70 people waiting in line. Today, it rained and snowed all day, and it was also REALLY cold.

I asked people their survival tips. And here's a compilation of things they told me.


31. Drink free coffee and brownies from a man in a chicken hat whenever possible.

There were people giving out free food to those waiting in line. There was another person earlier in the day who handed out pizza. You may also want to ask where he got that chicken hat.


30. Conduct all interviews from inside your tent. Do not leave for anyone.

There were so many reporters interviewing people on the line throughout the day. These people wouldn't leave their tent to be interviewed by this guy, so they just did it from inside. It looked like the guy was interviewing the tent.

29. Starbucks is your best friend.

Not only for coffee, but for bathrooms. Most people on line used the Starbucks to pee. Once the Starbucks closed, they used the train station. It's also crucial for phone charging.

27. Bring beach chairs.

It was cold this time around, but if the weather was better you could probably get a tan. You might as well make the most of your time and get a little sun while you're just sitting there.

26. Get in a friendly argument with a member of the other side of the argument you believe in.

These two were having a very cordial discussion about gay rights. The guy on the right was there in support of DOMA and Prop 8, and the guy on the left was against it. It was all very friendly...though awkward.


25. Pay someone else to wait for you.

I would say about a third of all the people waiting outside the Supreme Court were paid by other people to do it. If you have the money, you might as well pay someone else to do it. One person told me they were making $1,000 for three nights outside.

23. At night, leave for an hour and get drunk.

How else are you going to sleep? I met two people on line that got some whiskey the night before. BUT, beware, peeing could be problematic.


9. Appreciate your views.

This was the view the people waiting in line had. At night it even lights up. You have to appreciate the little things when you're sleeping on concrete in the cold and rain.

All photos by me.

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