‘Another Morning in the Doctor’s Waiting Room’ (2014)


I’ll bet you’d be shocked, if you could add up the hours you’ve spent in various waiting rooms, and could see the total for your life so far.

Waiting rooms used to be bad enough when there were only old magazines and other patients to look at. Now they’ve all got TV. And there’s nothing on.

Another Morning in the Doctor’s Waiting Room

I recall one morning TV talk show, hosted by and featuring celebrities I never heard of, in which the guest simply didn’t turn up and they were stuck with dead air: the host went out to the parking lot to see if the guest was wandering around out there, maybe hoping to find usable cigarette butts. Maybe the guest couldn’t figure out how to use the door.

And the magazines are no better than they were 50 years ago. The ads are more prurient, but the content’s just as dull as ever.

Why does your dentist want you to watch the new Let’s Make a Deal?

Think about that.



Where Will I Be This Morning?

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I’m hustling to get this blog started today because I have a 9:45 appointment with the eye doctor and I’m sure to be stuck there all morning, and maybe into the afternoon. When your work is piled up as high as High Olympus, there’s nothing like a few hours in a waiting room–with daytime TV!–to get the ol’ blood pressure going…

There’s one more base I want to cover, and then it’s out the door and into limbo.

Bonus Video: Mr. Bean in the Waiting Room

For a while there Rowan Atkinson stopped doing comedy because he was afraid he’d be thrown in jail for making someone laugh: Political Correctness in action. But he has left us a wonderful legacy in hilarious “Mr. Bean” videos. Watch how he makes use of his time in the dentist’s waiting room.