10:04 am Tuesday, August 26th — La Colombe Torrefaction
Location: Church Street and Lispenard Street
Length: Eleven people
Weather: 75 and mostly sunny
Crowd: Late risers with enviable office hours
Wait time: Six-to-eight minutes
Lingering question: if you’re getting your morning coffee after ten in the morning, what time do you have to be at your desk by?
6:09 pm Monday, August 25th — Diner en Blanc attendees waiting to cross the street
Location: Hudson Street and Moore Street
Length: Forty-seven on this corner, with hundreds more infiltrating the surrounding streets
Weather: 84 and mostly sunny
Crowd: White-garbed eaters of all ages moving collectively in a blanked out mass
Wait time: unknown
Lingering question: Why isn’t Tide to go sponsoring this event?
5:33 PM, Wednesday August 27th — Pre-Labor Day Weekend TSA security line
Location: Jet Blue terminal at JFK
Length: Twenty-nine people
Weather: 82 and partly cloudy
Crowd: A small slice of America at its most anxious
Mood: Exacerbated and ill-prepared
Wait time: Fifteen-to-twenty minutes
Lingering question: Can I keep my shoes on?