We often end up in some sort of queue, joined by many others, all seeking some sort of service. This queuing happens for reasons that can vary so significantly in nature that one can compare it to the distance between heaven and earth! In a country like Egypt there is a queue at almost all bakeries where subsidised bread is sold.
Bread is the national ‘ staple food’ there and from the experience of an uprising in 1977, the government of Egypt has learnt the hard way that people are ready to queue as long as it takes, but no one is allowed to touch their subsidised bread.
In arid areas, long queues are usually formed around water wells, and in this case a clever solution is found by leaving your jerrycan to queue for you while you do other stuff. One of the strangest long queues are petrol station queues in oil-rich countries, such as Iran and Libya, here one would expect to find an abundance of cheap fuel, which is not the case in both countries.
The different queues
The saddest queues are ones where refugees and displaced people are waiting for food and shelter, it is simply heart-breaking to see fellow human beings subjected to such humiliation.
But not all queues are forced upon us. There are some very long queues that we stand in, fully aware of their length for the sake of purchasing a sought after ticket or a product. This is almost the case every time famous phone brands launch a new phone on the market, it beats my understanding why would someone sleep on the pavement to purchase a product that one can get later on in shops.
We are reliably informed that one of the few times Germans queue, is during the Oktoberfest (beer festival), where thousands wait to quench their thirst, consuming almost seven million litres of beer during the festival period.
A splendid queue to join would be one to visit an Art museum, and standing in such a queue to enter the famous Louvre Museum in Paris was something I did many years ago. The human mind is a weird phenomenon.
I dread queues and crowds, but somehow the very long wait and the mammoth crowd viewing the Mona Lisa painting seemed not bother me. Simply because, I was living a childhood dream, to be in this museum and to view Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece.
And if you happen to plan jumping the queue, check around, because if I’m in that queue, chances are that you will go to the back in a jiffy!
But one should not forget the rules of queuing, that respect for other people’s personal space by keeping a bit of distance, that loud talk on the mobile that no one is interested to hear, and definitely a garlic-free meal before joining the queue.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor