Is it just me or do you find yourself waiting constantly? Isn’t life just a series full of waiting?
It seems there are several occasions where the waiting portions are back to back. For instance, going to the restaurant. Sometimes restaurants take reservations, so you can avoid that whole waiting 20-45 min to get a table. Then again, there are restaurants who don’t take reservations at all, especially on the weekends. You wait for a table, wait for the server to take your order, wait for your food, wait for the bill and then wait for the server to bring you back change or the portable debit/credit card machine.
Sounds exhausting, right? We go through ALL THIS because we didn’t feel like cooking.
Or what the whole process of boarding and getting off a flight?
Thank goodness for online check in. Unless you are a light traveller and only have a carry-on bag, you may potentially have to wait to check your other luggage. You want to make sure you are there well in advance for your flight, so of course there is always an hour or more of waiting. You wait to go through security and wait impatiently as the people in front of you take out the things that are CLEARLY not allowed on their carry on.
You wait to board the plane. You wait even longer because only business class people and people with children and disabilities go on first (which is fine, I’m just saying you have to wait for them). You wait to get a seat. You wait for the plane to take off. You wait till the seatbelt sign comes off so you can pee, but guess what, everyone else was thinking the same thing so you wait in the cramped little area in the back for your turn.
Once the plane lands, you wait to get off the plane, you wait for your luggage, you wait to go through customs and then FINALLY (!!) your vacation can begin.
Don’t even get me started, oh wait I’ll start on it anyway, on waiting in line at grocery stores. From Whole Foods to Costco to Wal-Mart, there is more often than not a line to wait in. My favourite moment is when you find the secret cashier that nobody else noticed has opened and you are the first in line with a ton of people behind you.
Express lines at Wal-Mart tend to be pretty long (Is there ever a time where Wal-Mart is not busy??). Even self-serve scan kiosks have developed waiting lines.
It’s pretty evident that sometimes waiting in line is just unavoidable.
The general public considers themselves to be very busy and is always trying to make things more efficient. We want to do as much as we can in a short amount of time, because we consider ourselves to not have the time. Online banking and sending emails are just two of the many things that can be done on our smartphones.
I’m a pretty impatient person and long lines irritate the hell out of me.
What I don’t understand is why people will wait hours on end, even go as far as to camp out the night before (?!?!) to be the first in line to get a) concert tickets or b) the latest Apple product.
To me, this is wasted time because all that time I spent waiting; I could have clearly been doing a ton of other things on my to-do list.
I used to go to concerts a lot in high school, but I would never go as far as to wait hours in line to get a wristband or concert tickets. I didn’t feel it was worth it. The only time I have ever waited in line when something first came out was for one of the Harry Potter movies. My friends and I didn’t even end up sitting together.
Regarding waiting in line for Apple products, this is something I will never understand. The same way how people will wait outside in the freezing cold for Black Friday or Boxing Day sales. Is it really necessary to be one of the first groups of people to have it? Are you going to review it for everyone, so that they can decide whether or not they should buy it? Do you have to share with everyone on social media that you got the new iPhone 6?
Thanks for rubbing it in our faces.
As far as I know, there isn’t any announcement that there will be a limited supply of phones. I’m sure they will be on everyone’s wish list for Christmas. Six months later, it’ll be considered old news and you’ll have to fork over several hundred dollars for the next gadget to be up to date.
I also don’t get how a lot of bars and clubs make people wait in line in the freezing cold when there is room in the bar/club/lounge/hip spot. I hate how they try to create this illusion of that if there is a line, it’s obviously a happening place. As soon as you get it, it’s not even close to being filled to capacity. The bouncer wasted my time! I could have already been wasted and hit on by now (Haha. J/K).
This and many other reasons is why I don’t go clubbing anymore.