According a recent Associated Press Poll (cnn.com) the United States is one very impatient place and that the older you get, the more impatient you get. We don't like to wait more than 5 minutes on the phone and 15 minutes in line and god forbid there be a line at the grocery store.....
I myself hate waiting on hold and 10 minutes is my max but back before automated frequent flyer updates, I would hang on the phone for 30 minutes plus to get that first class seat. The grocery store is the place that I hate to wait the most. I will actually go to a store that is slightly out of the way because they have self checkout aisles. But I get real nasty on the inside when there is a person in front me in the self checkout that doesn't have a clue as to how to use the scanner. I have never waited in a line overnight for any tickets to any event but I did wait in line for 3 hours to see the original Star Wars on the day that it came out only because school had ended the day before and I felt like being a hero for my little brother.
So how impatient are you ? Have you already clicked through to the next thread ? Are you someone who needs it now and screw the wait or are you the type that will patiently wait & wait ? What is the longest you have waited for something either on the phone or in line ?
I think I'm a pretty patient guy. I don't like waiting on the phone or in line just like everyone else, but I don't get upset about it.
Normally being stuck in traffic is not a big deal at all for me......except if I'm running late for a concert or a sporting event, then I do get a liitle upset.
Oh yeah, being stuck behind someone at an ATM machine that seems to have absolutely no concept of how a ATM machine works really annoys me. Especially when they sit there and seem to be reading every single word on the screen.
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I'm not very patient, but it doesn't usually make me angry. It just depends on the circumstances. If there is someone at the walk-up ATM, I switch to the drive-thru ATM. I try to pick the shortest checkout line and then don't look at the other lines. However....
Traffic? I used to have serious road-rage issues, but I've finally managed a little Zen. I just try to remember that the person that's driving in front of me so GDf'n slow is driving at a speed that is safe for them and would be extremely dangerous at a higher speed and as soon as I can pass them I'll feel much better and my eye can stop twitching and I can put down the gun and unclench my fist and I'll just listen to this song on the radio and not worry that I can't get out into the faster traffic because every !@#$#%^&*% b*st*rd that comes up behind me immediately takes the open space in the next lane before I can get to it and I may have to hurt somebody in a minute if I can't get.... Oh, excuse me. I-- I get lost in my own thoughts sometimes.
So, uh, yeah... I'm not very patient.
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It really depends on why I must wait. Say it's a holiday and lines are long but evryone is doing their job, etc., No problem. If I am waiting because the clek is talking to their bud checking out or there are 20 people checking out and two registers out of 10 open, I am not patient.
I do admit to having no patience for those who are rude and think the world must revolve around them.
For the most part, I think I am a pretty patient guy. Slow drivers don't upset me as much as reckless drivers do. The only thing I can't stand is when you are in a long line at a place like Mc Donald's or Wendy's, and everyone has been standing there, and then it's their turn, and they pull the old, "Well, what looks good today?" Dude, like you didn't just have 15 minutes to do nothing but stare at the menu and decide. So I guess I have no patience for blatant stupidity.
I don't usually have a problem waiting in line. I'm a reading sort of guy, so I just pull out a book or magazine and knock off a few pages while waiting. The only time I tend to get impatient is when someone is obviously holding everyone else up through incompetence and/or stupidity.
I've never had a problem with traffic (and I drive on I-95 every weekday to and from work). Of course, I've never yet had the experience of being stuck in traffic for an hour on a hot day with a cranky child in the backseat ... something to look forward to, I suppose.
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My patience level varies with different people. It's funny, but if I look at it from a workplace perspective, I get more impatient quicker with one person than with another, even if we're working on the same task. When I perform a task alongside Person A, or if I have to wait for him, I don't mind...but if I have to do the same task with Person B, him getting there isn't fast enough, much less him getting away from me.
(Interestingly enough, the people I'm speaking of...their names do indeed start with A and B)
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On the road, I get impatient with people who are impatient. Like the asshole in the Dodge RAM with them moon blue headlights that always seem to tailgate and blind me in the pitch of night. Or the SUV drivers who are always yakking on their cell phones as they run full speed towards an intersection as without any regard to human life only to slam on the breaks just in time. (That never fails, especially on country roads) Or, in the winter, the Floridians and Georgians who come up to see mom for Christmas, where apparently they left their knowledge of driving through lake effect snow at home.
Other than that I'm very patient.
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I work with kids at Chuck E. Cheese every weekend, if you haven't looked at my sig yet to figure that out then you can not connect the obvious dots, so patients is a something you have to have a lot of. I do not have offspring as of this time but imagine having to deal with somebody else's kid for an hour, may be even longer. Most of the kids that come into my store are fairly well behaved so are most the adults.
Yet I did find myself, though very hunger and dehydrated at the time, not liking the McDonald's line yesterday. I think I waited my 15 minutes and really felt relieved to order a double quarter pounder combo.
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Why would anyone wait on hold for more than 10 minutes on a phone? Use a cell, throw that baby on speaker phone, then just go about your business until you hear that someone's answering.
I'm pretty impatient, I hate waiting for anything at all, but the truth is there doesn't seem to be a whole lot in my life I have to wait for all that often. The grocery store is the only thing that comes immediately to mind.
I should add, I have zero patience for automated phone systems, especially ones that expect me to talk to a machine. I wish I could develop an automated system to call companies when I have a complaint, and expect the people who answer to talk to my machine.
I think I've told the story, but I proposed on May 4, 2007, during an Arcade Fire concert. I waited until the song "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)". Arcade Fire is our favorite band and "(Tunnels)" is OUR song.