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The Longest You've Waited in Line for Something

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. On to this week's topics of discussion...

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1. In Miss Cellania's Weird Week in Review today, she mentioned that people have been lined up for Best Buy's Black Friday sale since Wednesday. If they make it, that'll be nine days of waiting. I can't imagine anyone here can beat that, but I'd like to know the longest you've stood (or slept) in line for something. Concert tickets? To register for classes? To vote?

2. Everyone has a home remedy for hiccups. What's yours?

3. What's your least-favorite commercial right now? Either specific commercials or categories. I generally don't care for ads with newscasters talking about how important their jobs are, or accountants discussing their (singular) passion for their work.

4. When you were in high school, what time did the school day begin? At Morris Knolls High School in the mid-1990s, the first period bell rang at 7:30. That always felt way too early for me.

5. Since I have access to all these smart people, sometimes I'll use this last question for something I've been wondering (but haven't made any effort to look up). Why do so many real estate agents go by a nickname? And not only go by the nickname, but stick it on For Sale signs, quotes and all? Roberta "Bertie" Ortega. Christopher "Topher" Morris. We must have some readers who work in real estate. Is there a point in your training where everyone has to pick a nickname? Is that just supposed to make you sound more accessible?

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