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.
36. Get creative with garbage bags.
35. Bring your "God is dead" sign along with three large jugs of Dunkin Donuts coffee.
34. But don't leave your giant jug of coffee on the ground.
33. Carry a roll of garbage bags wherever you go.
32. Use a large umbrella and a tarp to make a makeshift tent.
31. Drink free coffee and brownies from a man in a chicken hat whenever possible.
30. Conduct all interviews from inside your tent. Do not leave for anyone.
29. Starbucks is your best friend.
28. Don't be this guy. Leave all electronics at home.
27. Bring beach chairs.
26. Get in a friendly argument with a member of the other side of the argument you believe in.
25. Pay someone else to wait for you.
24. Hand warmers.
23. At night, leave for an hour and get drunk.
22. Five layers. No less.
21. Bring boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
20. Camping out in front of the Supreme Court is the perfect opportunity to eat Lunchables.
19. Or just bring a huge bag of carrots and big tub of hummus.
18. Keep your pillows in garbage bags.
17. Store your stuff in one of these grandma carts.
16. Bring binder clips.
15. You should probably bring the Supreme Court decision you're waiting in line to see.
14. Bring every single pair of socks you own. They should make up 25% of EVERYTHING you bring.
13. Bring pool floats.
12. Build a fort.
11. Use these metallic blanket tarp things.
10. Smoke a lot of weed.
9. Appreciate your views.
8. Use street poles as a foot rest.
7. Store bananas in your lawn chair bottle holder.
6. Bring beach balls.
5. Don't leave your completely soaking-wet sleeping bag in the middle of the sidewalk.
4. Always have a jar of peanut butter on hand.
3. Bring those crappy blankets no one actually uses, because three days camping out in front of the Supreme Court will destroy them.
2. Use a box of Kellogg's Special K cereal to prop up your American flags.
1. And whatever you do, don't just leave your poor metal chair out in the rain.
All photos by me.