I think Joe Tomaski (a classmate from college) recreates the performance best, but the phrase "I hate waiting!" brings me back to the time when the Assumption College Chorale was performing in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida. We were riding the bus back from shopping all afternoon and there was a passenger, reminiscent of Estelle Getty's Sophia Petrillo, who had missed her stop. She chanted "I hate waiting..." followed by many statements, all intoned with the same three words. We were certain she would have some type of fit, but as the thoroughfare continued her chant took on a slightly pleasant melody. Was she It's been at least 8 if not a full 10 years and often I approach Joe while he's tending bar and I cheerfully announce "I hate waiting!" to which he joyfully chuckles and greets me with a hug. That same trip afforded us the opportunity to perform in the church that was pictured in the movie The Specialist and in a packed gymnasium at a Miami Catholic School that is a sister school to the Religious of the Assumption, the Sisters who assisted in my college education.
OK, enough memory lane. Miss Miami Missed-stop comes to mind so regularly that I just have to revisit her dilemma on a community/global scale.
The reason for the post is waiting, why? Because no one does it. When did the world start putting everything on high heat and scrambling to figured what wouldn't burn. When the auto shut-off crock pot replace the stove-top slow-cooker? Why has email replaced face-to-face conversation? Does successful collaboration really happen in a place without an address or GPS location called the Net? What a circus.
Waiting has become a phenomena in that many start with severely negative levels of patience and assumed perceptions of intelligence leading interactions to derail at strife and anguish. Is it that we tend to ask for a second and take a day or more? Is our existence settling into a devastating flurry of mis-meanings. Is well-meaning intention too frequently punished? Is the table turning from innocent until proven guilty to the opposite? Are lying idiots rising to the top? I'm not sure.