Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Art of Falling In Line

I haven't updated for a few days, I renewed our business permit while having the worst scoliosis attack of the decade *sigh*, both of which are time-consuming, grueling and frustrating. I won't dwell on my scoliosis on this post, well aside from stating the obvious, that it is painful and making me grumpier each day, I am a grumpy person by nature so grumpier is a politically correct term *grins*, I'll say no more, on my next post maybe. So, I did renew our business license last Tuesday and Wednesday and I can't believe the volume of people in the city government office doing the same thing, well, not everyone is renewing their business license per se but as the floor cater to more services than one which I didn't bother to memorize and have no intention of enumerating, it was like a smorgasbord of people running around on their heels and gawd, the security officers were miserably failing in crowd control.

On my first day, I went in at nine in the morning, thinking that I'll be ahead of everyone else and I'll be on my way home in a jiffy, afterall, I was just renewing a contract and as far as I know, I had the necessary documents with me, so I painstakingly climbed up to the third floor and I almost fainted to see the crowd of people occupying the waiting seats while others where standing in boredom while waiting for their turn. Imagine, people were lining up as early as nine, we must all have the same thoughts, funny huh? I was there already, I might as well stand in line and wait for my turn, right? Well, I did just that but as the time while away more people came in and the area turned into a cockpit of sorts, there was chaos. I never thought there will come a time that I'll be thankful for barricades but I really felt such a feeling last Tuesday, I swear. I was in line for a few hours, bending my body here and there to lessen my back pain and then it was my turn, I would had been successful on my first day had it not been for a non-working machine, pfft, where do you think they spent the people's taxes if they can't buy more than one documentation machine.

On the next day, I went in a little earlier, I was in the nearby doughnut shop at eight having some light breakfast and was in line half an hour before the scheduled office hour but other people were still there ahead of me, I hate early birds *grins*. Anyway, I was already in the comforts of the stanchion-lined part of the floor when waves of people came in pouring in, I was so thankful I woke up early. To make the long story short, I finished my task in the shortest possible time, I can't say it was fast because I had to wait for almost an hour in my seat just to get my renewed business license as only one personnel was doing his/her job, I even daydreamed of having velvet rope in the waiting area instead of those old metal bars, I would have felt like a movie star while I was in line, wouldn't that be nice?

So anyway, the good news is, I won't have to experience that for another year *grins* and I am back at my humble palace where I am the queen and no falling in lines are necessary.


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