Queueing should be a social activity

I had been planning to blackmail Nanny Wen into joining me at a Donut Factory queue.

She’s very easy for me to blackmail because she’s always doing naughty things that she doesn’t want the Goonfather to find out. If anyone hasn’t already figured it out, the Goonfather is Nanny Wen’s kor kor (big brother) in the “adopted” sense.

So, anyway, Wen just told me that she has a temp job starting Monday. Yech. I mean, I’m really happy for her. Having a job beats spending her entire school break watching YouTube videos and installing silly programs on the Goonfather’s computer and incurring his wrath.

But who is going to queue up for donuts with me now??

I was thinking of making it an outing. You know, queue for the sake of queueing and not entirely for the donuts. The donuts would just be a nice bonus.

I tried joining a Hello Kitty queue years ago because I thought it would be fun to do something stupid with friends. We’re only young once, you know. We started at 11pm (to queue up for the 7am opening) but the queues were already full by 11pm, can you believe that?

We literaly drove to all four corners of Singapore in search of the most remote McDonald’s outlets we could think of, but they were all full. Yes, they had barricades and signs saying “QUEUE FULL”. There were literally hundreds of people queueing at every last McDonald’s outlet in Singapore.

OMG Singaporeans. Sometimes I’m horrified to be a Singaporean. We ended our search at about 3am, after four hours of searching, disappointed. Hahaha.

Anyway, last night, I read Mooiness’s donut blog, which linked me to IZ Reloaded’s donut blog, where he had done a report on the Donut Factory queue. What a great report. It makes me want to go queue up even more.

I mean, why not? Instead of hanging out with your best pals at Starbucks, why not hang out with them in a donut queue? You could chat, catch up on each other’s lives, bond. Sure, you don’t get chairs and service. But Starbucks’ chairs suck (so hard they bruise my spine) and service is overrated. I’d really rather sit on the floor in a donut queue. BYO drinks and snacks if you must.

Isn’t that a perferctly valid way to spend an afternoon? Of course, if you’re going to be queueing alone, then that’s silly. Queueing should be a social activity. I think social queueing is a more meaningful activity than, say, couch potatoing. So people should stop giving crazy queuers (excepting crazy loner queuers) a hard time.

And now, I’ll have to go find myself another victim. Sigh.

16 thoughts on “Queueing should be a social activity

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    I think if you can make yourself comfortable, like for a picnic then it’d be a nice outing even though it’s unusual. It’s not that different to hanging out anywhere else like you said. The only problem I can see is the problem of toilets. Especially if you are afraid of doing the big business in public. :D

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    I want donuts!!! -drool-

    Bring that PSP along! it comes in really handy!
    thank god for my lappy that time but it went flat before i even moved up 1/2 the length…

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    modchip: Hah, I think it’s fun if you have a few sporting friends and you do it together.

    mooiness: No problem with toilets because Donut Factory is in the food basement of a shopping mall, so toilets are available! We just need to take turns to hold the queue while the other goes to the toilet. Heheh.

    Goonfather: I would rather read a book or chat with my friend. Just never liked handheld gaming. The screen so small, see already eye pain.

    cowcow: Haha, wanna queue again? ;)

    IZ Reloaded: lol, is it really good? I feel so suaku, until now haven’t tried it!

    Nanny Wen: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!! Donuts, here we come! Haha, anyway I think you’re better off without that job. A better job will come! ;)

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    anytime if u want.
    just let me know lor…
    I’m be ard raffles city area on Mon & Wed(3+ onwards) & Thurs (12 onwards)
    So if u wanna queue, just msn me before that while i’m in class so after class can go chop space for u. =D

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    The Goonfather: Hello, it’s different. I grew up getting used to playing games on the big screen, so small screen sucks. Like now if I ask you to throw away your projecter and downgrade to a 15″ TV, I think you’ll cry. Hahaha.

    Whereas for books, I’ve been reading size 10 fonts since I was born so it’s just the natural order of things.

    cowgoesmoo: Wah, thanks man. But probably not this coming week because I have 3 shoots, 1 audition and a birthday celebration, so I don’t think I got the time. :P

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    QY> no problem…
    i’ll be in sch for the next 5 weeks with the same schedule, so no issues. =)
    [otherwise why u think i always so free go queue donuts?]

    anyway just curious. how many donuts u bought this time @ donut factory?
    cos my fren & i we were laughing at their ‘set meal’ package of 2 donuts & 1 drink, since it’ll be NUTS to queue for 2+++++++ hrs and then order so little.

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    Huh? When did I say I bought Donut Factory? I only talk about wanting to queue, haven’t actually done it. I’ve never tasted Donut Factory before leh.

    Well, I think if I queue for upwards of 2 hours, I’m going to buy 2 dozen. Haha. Then I’ll have to throw a donut party and invite people or I won’t be able to finish it, lol.

    By the way, how long can the donuts keep before they don’t taste good anymore?

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    QY> oops my bad. pak jiao nv see properly.
    eh, from what I’ve tried, I kept donuts for 1 whole day…
    As in say get the donuts ard 5pm, keep until next day ard 9pm.
    Technically speaking, with that much sweet stuff on them, they’re pretty much preserved in a way.
    But best not to keep long cos u dunno whether the donuts still taste nice anot.

    & oh, best if can heat up oso. =)

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    Donuts with fresh cream or cream products may not keep very well.

    HKQs were crazy, weren’t they? Those were really scary queues. Donut queues? Pffft, child’s play! Heh.

    Good thing I got my HK pair via coupon. ;)

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    Not true that queuing alone is silly. I queued alone every year for the Lim Chee Guan bak kwa – because my mother will only eat that bak kwa. And even after she was gone I continue to queue as it has become a yearly ritual.

    It is OK to queue alone as I can read a book – just bring a book that you always wanted to read and never get to finish reading it to the queue.

    There was once a lady (stranger) queuing behind me – she brought newspaper/magazines and food and a little mat to sit and she shared the food and the magazines with us and we just engage in silly conversation for a couple of hours.

    And this year I didnt have to queue as someone was selling queue nos.

    I won’t queue for donuts unless it is requested by someone I love.

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    cowcow: Well, I think the problem with keeping donuts overnight is that the dough becomes stale.

    Mince Pye: Got donuts with fresh cream one? Never seen before.

    simpleman: Well, you’re right. Queueing with a book is great. Sometimes I love it when there’s a queue like at the bank or post office and I can just spend the time reading my book. But what about those people who don’t read or play PSP or anything and just stand in line doing nothing for 4 hours?

    That lady you met is pretty cool!

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