In seeing the throngs of people lining up for the new Harry Potter book this week I got to thinking… As an “adult” (and I use that term loosely) my entire motivation in life is to avoid waiting in lines for longer than five minutes. The only thing that I can understand waiting in line for is concert or sporting event tickets, besides that there is no reason to voluntarily wait in line.
I hate waiting in line with every fiber of my being, it isn’t because I think my time is too valuable to be spent in line because lets be frank, I piss away at least half an hour to an hour a day on a blog. So it’s not like I don’t have time to piss away… The reason why I don’t like it is because it creates totally uncomfortable situations. The thing is unless you are waiting in a line with a friend you are forced to bond with the people around you. These are never cool people though, they are usually the dregs of society because they aren’t smart enough to figure out how NOT to wait in line.
Besides having to deal with people you wouldn’t let prepare your food, you also end up having to come to terms with something you like. For example lets say you go to an autograph signing of an athlete or a celebrity, the people that you will see in line will be usually the craziest of fans. In that line you will run into people that have spent hours creating a mural made of painted sand that took them 145 hours to make or someone that has named all their cats after each character the actor has played. Because of your interaction with these people you begin to question if you really like the person THAT much and maybe your time could be spent better.
So Harry Potter fans thank you… Thanks for making me come to the resolution that I will never wait in line for anything again, well except for an over priced Polaroid from a washed up porn star at a strip club…. after all a man does have to set limits.
What would you wait in line for and what would you not wait in line for?