While waiting, what do you do?..

@lazeebee (5466)
Malaysia
July 3, 2008 2:26am CST
What do you do while waiting at the doctor's office for your turn, or in the airport? Or anywhere else, where you have to wait for an hour or more? If I know in advance, that I have to wait for that long, I'd bring along a book to read. If not, I'll observe the people around me. I've seen some people sleeping, some staring into space, their minds far away. I've heard two girls talking about their colleagues and the preferred intimacy of their boyfriends (yes, at the doctor!). I've seen a guy proposing to his girlfriend on his mobile phone, and so on. I found it very interesting and somewhat entertaining. So what do you do, if you have wait.....?
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@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
31 Aug 08
When I am waiting in a doctor's office I usually pick up a magazine from one of the tables and flip through it. But when I am waiting at an airport I always take a word find puzzle book with me and I do them. I also do them on the plane. I am okay with waiting as I am never in hat much of a rush that I can't wait. The only time I get p?ssed off for having to wait is in a store. I have no patience to wait in line for a long period of time. I have left my basket full of food because I had already waited in line for almost an hour and there were still about 10 people in front of me that had full baskets. It was one of those days when the store had a 20% off special and so every body was shopping that day. I probably had about $200 worth of groceries so I would have gotten $40 off but after waiting that long and seeing that it would be another hour at least, I just left my cart and walked out of the store. I was upset because they only had 6 out of their 10 tills open and they should have known better. I have worked as a cashier at this same store I was shopping at, in the past, and so I know they could have called in more people. They just wanted to save on salaries.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 08
Wow, I've not yet experienced waiting so long to pay in a store or hypermarket. It's bad for business if customers turn away because of this - I wonder if the management is aware of this. We usually have these kind of queues at the government offices & hospitals, and we just have to put up with it. That's a good idea that you have given me - puzzle books to do, while waiting at the doctor or in an airport! Thanks and have a good day!
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@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
3 Sep 08
Of course management is aware of this as they are right there to see it. I know because I have worked in a grocery store and they don't really care because they are still making a ton of money from the ones that do stay and wait in a long line up. Some people don't care as long as they are saving some money.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
4 Jul 08
It all depends. Many times I strike up conversations with people. Life is short and people are interesting. If not in the mood, I will read a book or magazine or play a game on my cell phone. I don't like to use my cell phone in such places. I consider it rude.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
8 Jul 08
Hi, Nanajet, you must be a friendly person, to be able to strike conversations with strangers. I'm not too good at that. Anyway, thanks for responding and have a good day!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Both of my parents were always outgoing. My sister and brother are also the same, although of the three of us, I am probably the most outgoing. It could be because of my showbiz background, I am used to "performing". LOL
@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
3 Jul 08
If I a waiting at the doctors office I usually start off with reading some magazines that appeal to me. After I read the ones that I want to I start texting people and playing games on my cell. Needless to say I wait a long long time for my doctor even if I have an appointment. I like to show up about an hour late or get the first appointment in the morning or the first one after they get back from lunch. If I am waiting on the plane I will watch the tv that is provided and if nothing is on I have my Ipod already to go.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
I see that you are very prepared for all these waiting.....
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• Canada
5 Jul 08
Always have to be prepared when you wait for hours on end at the doctors. I hate that they over book themselves and can never keep up to their set appointments.
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@salonga (27820)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
I always read any informative material, book or magazine. I hate wasting time so I would rather spend waiting moments in enriching my brain.
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Good for you...do you bring these books or magazines with you?
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@salonga (27820)
• Philippines
4 Jul 08
Magazines yes, especially about home and family! And the only book I alway carry is my Bible!
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• Malaysia
22 Jan 09
i always carry a book wherever i go. so while waiting i'd read the book. it does kills time. fast.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 09
Yup, and it is a pleasant way to past time, and handy too!
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
18 Dec 08
If I am at the doctors office I would either be reading the charts ,reading the magazines, observing persons coming and trying to figure out their ailment. If I am anywhere else I would probably be observing persons ,eavesdropping on conversation , starting a conversation, getting up and stretching my legs if iwas seated ,walking around, watching ant search for a trail of food ,watching cars go by and calling up persons on my cell phone . There are a myriad of things I could be doing but I wouldn’t be sleeping ,no, not me when I am waiting on something or someone ,I am far too wired for that. I would hate to be waiting my turn and be passed over because I am sleeping ,furthermore I drool. lol. Interesting discussion.
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
18 Dec 08
Hi Ronnyb, you sound very active, on-the-go! Yup, I hate to miss my turn too, especially if I had been waiting, like for ages!
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@ShellyB (5242)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Even with poor vision I decide to read.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
8 Jul 08
Hi ShellyB, are you referring to books? There are some books, I think, they are called TPC - they come with bigger fonts. I'd prefer these too, especially some waiting places are rather dim.
@GreenMoo (11837)
3 Jul 08
When I'm getting ready to go out and packing my handbag, I always chuck in my mobile and a book to read. And just in case I forget to take my book, I keep a spare in the van! Everything takes a long time here, so a book is something I'd go mad if I failed to have. I do enjoy people watching though, particularly when it's busy like in an airport lounge.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Quite many of us are prepared with books to read while waiting!
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@jakesun (100)
• China
3 Jul 08
in that case ,i always read something ,the same as you,if i know in advance ,i will take a book with me .but if not,i will to read on my phone,there are some e-books in my phone.i like reading ,and i think it's a good way to pass though the time.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Wow, reading e-books from your phone...wish I could do that. I'd get eye-strain after 30 mins. or so.
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@paid2write (5201)
3 Jul 08
I like watching people too, if I don't have a book to read while waiting. I may just do some thinking or take out a notepad and pen and do some writing, if I feel inspired. I could try thinking of topics for myLot discussions and make a note of any good ones I can think of. I don't like having to hang around waiting for anything but when I do I can always pass the time in one or more of these ways.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Good idea - I should carry a notebook with me next time! Most of us really spend a lot of time just waiting for something or other!
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@DarkDancer (1011)
• Dayton, Ohio
3 Jul 08
I usually have a book with me so, I read. If I don't have the book, then I have my Palm Pilot and there is a game on it that I like to play. Other than that I guess I just sit there and stare at the people that are waiting there also... ;)
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
At least we have something or other to entertain ourselves while waiting!
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• Philippines
3 Jul 08
I usually do things in my mobile while waiting, sending and receiving text messages, calling friends, if unreached I play games in my cellular phone, aside from that I usually did when i travel I bring something to read on in that way, I would not be bored, and in some instances, I talk to people, winning friends while waiting :) Happy mylotting to you :)
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Hehe, I also forgot about my mobile phone too. Yes, I could tinkle with it while waiting..thanks and have a good day!
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@celticeagle (124391)
• Boise, Idaho
3 Jul 08
I always have a book with me and I read it. I also make a TO DO list if I have alot going on. Make sure my calendar is up to date. That usually takes the time up.
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Right, I forgot about the TO DO list - that's a good way of passing the time. Thanks and have a good day!
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• United States
22 Dec 08
When I know that I am going to be in a situation that I will have to wait, I try to bring something to read. This seems to keep me occupied during my wait. Wether it is a book or a magazine, I have no problem with either. Sometimes, I bring a crossword puzzle to keep me busy. These help you to think and to practice your vocabulary, so I see no harm in doing them. I have never encountered people doing interesting things when they are waiting. Especially not proposing to someone over the phone. You are lucky to get to see all of these interesting things. Maybe if people were more interesting here, I would not have to bring a book to read lol.
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
3 Jul 08
I do two things when I know I will have a long wait - I write and I read. Once, not long after 9/11 when we were told to get to the airport at least 2 hours early, I had about 2 1/2 hours to wait at the airport. I finished 4 stories and one poem. On the airplane, I wrote 2 more stores and 1/2 a poem (which I never have finished). If I don't feel inspired to write, I always have a book (or two) to pull out and read.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
Luckily, at my doctor's office there is a sign that reads, "If you have waited longer than 10 minutes, please tell the staff." I very rarely wait longer than that.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 08
Dear Kenzie, you are really good...you can focus your mind and work out stories and poems, while waiting. I'd have a dozen ideas floating around, but will not be able to link them constructively. And here our doctors / nurses are not so efficient on time management...we sometimes have to wait an hour or more, even in private clinics or hospitals.
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• United States
20 Aug 08
I would suggest that you keep a notebook with you anyway (or laptop if that's your choice). That way, when an idea pops into your head you can write it down. The rest of the words can come later. I have a file right on my desktop where I dump story ideas and titles. When I'm out and about and think of something that I must write about one day, I write it down. Then I transfer it to my file of misc. ramblings.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
6 Jul 08
I always read magazines while waiting for someone.By doing that i will never noticed the time and the one i waited came.I felt like time just came so fast.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
8 Jul 08
Very true - thanks for sharing and have a good day!
@msedge (4012)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Your welcome.Take care!
@gtdonna (1740)
5 Jul 08
I DO NOT EVER leave my home without a book. I will forget my cellphone, even my keys, but one thing I don't ever forget is a book. It makes the minutes and hours of waiting fly quickly when you are reading. If I have a layover at the airport, I load up on like 5 books and endless magazines that I can give away after I am finished with them.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
8 Jul 08
Great, Gtdonna. Now I know what to do with those books I lugged around, after reading. I'd like to load up more books, but they are heavy. But it's sometimes hard to give away books!
@gtdonna (1740)
9 Jul 08
True I am a book hoarder too, I would collect books, but when it comes to giving them away, it is a big debate...what I do is bring along those books I know I'll only read once and not those I plan to keep in my collection.
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@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
I carry a large purse..it always has a book in and my current knitting project. If I've left my purse in the car my cell phone has some games on it. If I'm sitting with someone and they want to visit I'll visit but If I'm alone i tend to sit and read a book. I also people watch. People have such interesting habits
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
6 Jul 08
You have something interesting there - the knitting. I've tried to, but was too impatient for the outcome (I keep unravelling the wool). Thanks for sharing.
@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
7 Jul 08
I tried to learn to knit about 10 years ago and my grandma laughed so hard at my attempts i just didnt get it. So i stopped trying to learn and It wasnt until about 3 years ago that I had super borin job (like sit by photo copier in a school for a month and record what teachers copied...theyd wait til after hours and do it after) I borrowed a library book and taught my self to knit in a month. I'm pretty slow at it and i do have to take things out but I'm getting much better at it.
@Canellita (12051)
• United States
4 Mar 09
I usually read; either something I have brought with me or a magazine in the waiting room. I sometimes write or do some work I have brought along with me. I think once I may have brought yarn and crocheted while waiting.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
5 Mar 09
Hi, looks like you are well prepared - you must have a big enough bag to carry your things, I suppose!
@dodo19 (42594)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
2 Nov 08
It depends on the time, season, mood, etc. I always bring a book, whether a novel or a text book. Most times I will read. At times, I will listen to music. Or sometimes I'll just get lost in my thoughts. It will vary between one of those.
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@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
3 Nov 08
Hi, you are well prepared with books and novels. Sometimes I am just caught without anything, no books or notepads. So like you, I'd just daydream! Thanks for responding and have a good day!