The Wandering Mind In Line At The Grocery Store
Today while at the grocery store
my mind started wandering. Things like why do stores have 40 checkout lanes, but only four are open at any given time? Geezus, who are they trying to impress? Face it, somewhere out there, there must be people who decide on where shop, because their store has more checkout isle than any other store is the city. Granted no matter the size of the store, there will be only 4 registers open. Not only that but why do I always pick the slowest lane to stand in.
It's one thing to be friendly, but some of these cashiers really are a bit extreme. It's nice you have a cat, don't live with your mother, and that you like the same brand of ketchup as me...Who Cares! Oh, and stop flip through my magazine, dammit...read it on your time. Your holding the rest of us up.
While I'm at it way does it take so long to give someone their change back? The answer is on the screen in front of you. I'm happy that you are trying to better your math skills, but can't you practice at home? or, in night school?
And why is there always 50 sales floors people around the cheese case, but never one near by, when your standing at a counter that has a sign stating, "Please ask customer service for help." Strange that the sign even uses the words customer service. Service in the service industry is all but exstinct at this point.
But the biggest thing I ponder often, and when I say often I mean probably many times a day, is how much of my life is be used up standing in line? There are lines for just about everything...single fashioned, neat and orderly lines. I feel like I'm being corraled. We just accept it, lines at the bank, the DMV, the grocery store, and at the amusement park.
What's so much fun about the amusement park? 50 buck a person...stand in line over an hour to ride a rollercoaster that is finished in 90 seconds (girls, I'm starting to understand your frustration) the build up for the ride is exciting, but then you finally get on the ride, it's all "is that it!" at least you get an occaisional apology from the guy. On an amusement park ride you get release the safty harness and please exit to the left. Which they heard you down the ramp and your off to the next ride...(well, ok gals, maybe for some there is a simularity there too...)
But I am still fixated with this standing in line concept, and how man hours in a lifetime we spend doing it. We are taught from a young age to stand in line and we grow to accept it in everything we practically do. Modern life is more about standing in line, and dealing with it...than it is about convenience and time saving.
Would there be disorder and chaos in this world if we all refused to stand in line for too long? Does the world feed on that kind of order? Do we need it or would it cause mass confusion, termoil and anarchy? Would world government collapse if it weren't for the invention of standing in line? What the first thing you are taught in the military? I betcha that the military personel don't stand in a straight line for long when under attack.
"In The Waiting Line" by Zero 7
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