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Lines: the new social environment

LinesLines are not what they used to be.  Unfortunately, lines have sprung up in places that you’d never expect:  at vending machines, gas stations, and exercise equipment.  And the lines elsewhere have gotten so long and time-consuming that you have to take numbers to take numbers.  Whether we like it or not, lines have become a new social environment.  They are no longer just temporary holding areas.  When you add up the lines that you have to wait in, you may find that you are spending a good two to three hours a day in lines or waiting to get into a line.  On freeways in southern California, freeways have become the new lines, and people are immediately on their phones.

And therein lies the problem.  We all want to make the most of being in line.  After all it is not an end in itself.  It is a necessary evil.  So, why not bring out the phone and keep in contact with your extended social graph.  In a car, this makes perfect sense until you rear-end the car in front of you.  You then realize how stupid it can be, especially when you are using hand gestures on the phone.  That’s doubly stupid.

But talking on your phone in line is a no-no.  It is one of the rules that mobos really respect.  They will resist at all costs the desitre to grab their phone and make calls while around others in line.  Even when these other line-standers are on theirs.  I use the term “line-standers” to denote those in line that you have not met or are complete strangers.  We all start out that way, but over time you may (and should) develop some line-mates.

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