4 Places in Need of Shortcuts

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On this crazy trek down to Oklahoma, we wanted to create some family memories and have a little vacation as well. We visited the Redwood Forest. We’ll see the Grand Canyon today, but the kids were certainly most excited earlier this week as we spent 3 days in Disneyland.

disneyWe had a great time and in recent years they have come with a great system to help with those long lines at certain rides. They’re called “fast passes.” You use your ticket at a kiosk near the attraction and then it tells you when to come back to get into an abbreviated line. It’s wonderful!

This did get me thinking that this approach would work in other areas of life and thought I’d compile a list and ask you to add to it. Ready? Here it goes…

  1. DMV. Yes, the good old Department of Motor Vehicles was the first place I thought of. Imagine being able to get a pass to come back and then go to the front of the line. Now, if we could replace a few of the ruder agents working there with animatronic presidents, that would be awesome!
  2. The Doctor’s Office. Imagine not having to be to the Doctor at your appointed time, sitting in the waiting room for all that time, then moving into that little room where for some reason you usually have to remove all your clothes and wrap yourself in butcher paper for another extended period. Now, I like rough paper against my bare skin as much as the next person, but a fast pass would be great here.
  3. The Gym. No, I don’t mean for any long lines at gym equipment. I would like a fast pass for those six-pack abs, solid arms, etc. You turn in your pass, do a sit-up, and BOOM. You’re there. Yeah, we can all dream!
  4. Travel. Yes, lines at the airport are annoying and the pat downs are a bit invasive, but I’m thinking more of the travel itself. Like the transporter in Star Trek, you turn in your pass and before you can say “aloha” you’re sipping on a mai tai on the beach.

Okay, I admit I may have slipped a little out of reality there, but as the old saying goes, I think I may need a vacation from my vacation when all this is over. Still, we’re having a blast.

Your turn! Where do you want a fast pass or short cut? How relaxing was your last vacation or trip away?


  1. floyd

    Hilarious! You sound like you could be slap happy by now! I like the fast pass thing. I could use that in traffic and maybe even in the writing process! A fella can dream, can’t he?

    Posted on July 19, 2013
    • jasonS

      Traffic! That is perfect. You can tell I’m from Juneau and haven’t had to deal with it much and wouldn’t think about it. 🙂 I’ll dream with you, Floyd. Thanks!

      July 20, 2013
  2. Ed

    Ha Ha! This is funny! Have you made your way past Vegas yet?
    There’s many reasons why I don’t like going on vacation…most of them DO have to do with the wait…the waiting…the yearning….to be somewhere now….but that’s a normal part of life I guess.
    The one area I love to wait in is not too far of a stretch from what you just mentioned:
    …the dreaded Colonoscopy.
    As Stan Lee would say “‘Nuff Said!”

    Posted on July 19, 2013
    • jasonS

      Ha! That’s too funny and I don’t want to think about it too much. 🙂 We were actually originally going to stop around Las Vegas until our route changed. Now we’re in Colorado. It would have been awesome to meet you. I wanted to meet Floyd too, but it didn’t work out. I think I need to go on a blogger meeting tour across the country! That would be fun. Thanks Ed.

      July 20, 2013

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