I am not a patient person when it comes to spending portions of my life standing in a line, and fortunately I have not had to do so often. I can think of only a few. I don't know what it was like for the rest of the country, but Jimmy Carter's gas shortages had me sitting in lines a lot, as I waited in the hope of being able to buy gas while I was in Southern California in 1979. Then, I found a gas station on my way home from work at 11 pm that opened for just a few hours at midnight, so I just hung around work for a while, and the lines were much shorter there. That got me through the rest of that mess. As for standing in lines, my first trip to the DMV involved a line that wrapped around the block, largely because DMV employees worked like turtles on downers. Then, there was a very long line to see Jaws when it came out in 1975. I would never have been in that line, but my son wanted to see it, and I promised him he could before I realized how long of a wait it would be. He very much wanted to wait in line to ride Space Mountain when they opened it at Disneyland, but there was a sign that said "APPROXIMATE 2 HOUR WAIT FROM THIS POINT," and that point wasn't even at the halfway mark. We came back the next week and the line was still long, but not ridiculous. I can't think of any more really long lines. Usually, I leave rather than wait in them.