questionswhat are your favorite ways to pass the time in…

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I don't have any good advice considering my only midnight showing didn't require me actually waiting. The only time I ever went to a midnight showing (against my will, mostly) was the last Harry Potter movie last year. Instead of waiting in line for hours we showed up about 5 minutes bofore they started selling tickets and just walked in the doors bypassing the hunreds of people waiting in line. No one said anything to us, I waited about 5 minutes, bought our tickets and went to our screen. Maybe it was a fluke, but if I ever go to a midnight showing I'm trying that one again.

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With a dozen of you, it would seem conversation should not be lacking.

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Pick my nose, or, when with someone else at a store, I incessantly pretend to change my mind about something I'm buying or talk about running back really quick to grab something else. That, combined with quick, motion-fakes back towards the store, keeps the people in line behind us constantly perturbed. :)

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For movie lines, those of us that work bribe out of work friends with buying their tickets and snacks at the movie in exchange for them standing in line for all of us. We arrive only a little more than an hour before the movie to join them in line. Place holding is an accepted practice here, the theaters have rules; no more than 10 places held per person in line, everyone must be in their places before the line is moved inside the theater about an hour before the film starts. In supermarket lines I chat up the people around me. In very long lines, such as those for Black Friday or anything having to do with Comicon, my tablet has become an indispensable entertainment device.

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Think classic Andrew Dice Clay.

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The hobbit premier should be prime people watching territory.

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Isn't this one of the reasons flasks were invented?

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@kmeltzer: You know, thinking so. (Upvoting for you!)

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I'm curretly checking DW to pass the time while standing in line. :)

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I make up (usually terrible) back stories for people I see while waiting in line (or at a sparsely populated bar).

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Yes, "people watch"... also known as getting your creep on!. Pro tip: wear mirrored sunglasses and they'll never know what you're staring at!

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If I may be so bold to assume that you have a smartphone there are several links on this site.

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Charades. Get fellow line-standers involved. Play a crazy long game of telephone - hobbit related. Start an impromptu a-capella group.

*costume spotting/geek referencing drinking game!