Waiting rooms vs. Bars

I had a doctor appointment this week.  As I was scoping out the waiting room for a seat away from the crowd, it hit me: waiting rooms and bars have a lot in common.

  • You have to show ID or it’s no admittance, no matter how long you stood in line or how old you look
  • You have to wait quite a while  before the person at the bar/counter will help you
  • You are crowded in with people that you normally wouldn’t get too close to-you never know what you might catch from those people
  • There are “interesting” stains on the floor – is that blood? You’re better off not thinking about it too much
  • That one couple yelling so that EVERYONE can hear their opinions on Game of Thrones/Stanley Cup Playoffs/their current medical conditions/whatever
  • No outside food or drinks
  • Inadequate bathroom facilities for the number of people present
  • The smell – not the same smell, obviously, but a distinctive one for each. For bars, it’s sweat, too much perfume, and the ghosts of a thousand spilled beers. For waiting rooms, it’s sweat, too much ointment, and lots and lots of carpet freshener (seriously, what is that stain on the floor?)

I entertained myself with this list for a few minutes, then opened up the book I had brought with me. As I sat there trying to read, I realized I had not taken into account a big difference-the one thing that makes bars so much better than waiting rooms. In bars, the TVs on the walls are muted.   Paradise!

4 thoughts on “Waiting rooms vs. Bars

  1. Julie May 20, 2019 / 11:49 pm

    Nice comparison! They are also both good for what ails you!

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  2. Kathie Estes May 21, 2019 / 2:31 am

    So so true and I never thought about this comparison. I must admit I would choose a bar over a doctor’s office any day of the week. At least I have a good idea what a stain on the bar floor is.

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  3. Hayley May 29, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    Muted tv’s are not the BEST reason that bars are better than waiting rooms. The last time I took my beer into a waiting room…

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