extreme urban queuing

It began one Thursday night in DC.  We were looking for something to do, so we thought about heading to a concert.  The website said there were still tickets left, and since it was only about 4 blocks down the street, we decided to go, no matter the outcome.

We walked the few blocks, past the main entrance and started to stand in the long, long line.  There were people talking about it being a sold out concert, people walking up and down the line looking for tickets, but we didn’t care.  We didn’t have much better to do (well, we could have been working, I guess, but we really needed a break of some sort), so we decided to stay in line anyway.  The talk sounded like the line of massive people was simply for will call, but how could that be?  There were so many people in the line.  So we figured we just stand in line until we got to the front.

It was a “hipster” crowd, so the people watching was prime.  I, with my longish, flowing hair, kind of fit in (at least much more than I would have 18 months ago), but it was still a fun crowd to watch and overhear conversations of.  One of the guys in the group in front of us had no money, and it seemed like he was a bit of mooch in getting money to possibly buy a ticket (since he didn’t have one himself).  And of course, the cool clothing that I’ll maybe one day have myself.

When we got closer to the front, I stepped out of line to see if there was any signage, and, to be expected, a nice 8 1/2 by 11 in. sign declared, “TONIGHT’S CONCERT IS SOLD OUT!”  I relayed the information and we walked back to the record store that we had seen when we started waiting, but unfortunately it was closed.  Our night was over, lasting maybe 30 minutes or so, but it was a great time.  We agreed to do it again sometime.

As so extreme urban queuing was born (EUQ for short, which I particularly like because it’s QUE backwards — I would have liked it to be QUEUE backwards, but I didn’t want to be too greedy).  I think you should try it sometime.  It’s fun, and you still have the rest of the evening ahead of you.  And it doesn’t have to be for a sold out concert — you can just stand in a nice, long line, and then duck out when you get to the front.  There are so many possibilities to be explored.  I’d be interested to hear if you have more ideas :)


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