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a sunday diversion*

February 14, 2010

Those who are known for their patience in waiting are rarely accused of jumping the queue. Maybe by the end of the year, those of us with the lowest tolerance for waiting in line will have gained a little more patience. If the Art of Waiting had a theme song, maybe Manfred Mann would sing if for us…

I like to go just like the rest, I like my sugar sweet
But jumping queues and makin’ haste, just ain’t my cup of meat
Everyone’s beneath the trees, feedin’ pigeons on a limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
All the pigeons gonna run to him

-Bob Dylan

I find that I rarely, if ever, know what the heck Bob is talking about, but I can certainly agree that jumpin’ queues (or cutting in line, as I grew up calling it) ain’t my cup of meat.

While you’re enjoying the sweet sounds of Manfred Mann, you may want to be enlightened by this little bit of social research regarding the cost of cutting in line.

*a sun/mon/tues/wednes/thurs/fri/saturday diversion is a digression into nearly irrelevant details, an amusement, a slight deflection from the content generated by the waiters, intended to keep you pleasantly occupied until the next update…or diversion…whatever comes first.

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  1. February 18, 2010 8:06 pm

    Hey I just heard a piece on CBC about how the British Immigration test will now have a section on queue etiquette. Apparently this is something that is very important in British culture. They claimed the importance of the queue came from citizens lining up for rations during the war.

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