Notable Quote: "I’ve been linin’ up for shows…I’ve been safely placed in rows…sure, I know how it goes." -James Taylor (1948 – ), singer and songwriter from his album Hourglass.
Watching the news. Fighting the rush hour traffic. Buying groceries. Taking in a movie. Eating at a popular restaurant. Buying gasoline.
Any business that has more demand than supply, will as a result, have people "linin’ up" to use the songwriter’s lyric.
We see this in the situation in New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama–particularly in New Orleans where tens of thousands wait to be rescued by hundreds of rescue vehicles.
On the roadways, we encounter lines as "everyone", it seems, wants to be on the road to get home for the Labor Day weekend.
At the supermarket, buying a full week’s worth of groceries earns you the right to stand in line longer than someone with "10 items or less" (try and figure that one out–rewarding those who buy less, and punishing those who buy more…).
At the cinema, playhouse or restaurant, we instinctively plan to wait…if we know we have made a popular choice.
Service (or non-service) station operators are in the enviable position of raising prices at a faster rate than any time in recent history, and yet, demand remains strong with people linin’ up at the pumps.
What if someone figured out how to do away with the lines–and still provide needed goods, services and experiences? OH YEAH…they have. Any merchant doing business over the internet, or via wireless communication devices.
With the exception of purchasing fuel–the majority of "linin’ up" activity can be eliminated.
We can make a choice before hopping into our cars/trucks/hybrids/SUVs: Line up or get "On Line".
Enjoy the weekend!