Doesn't matter what time of day... Doesn't matter which meal--breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you're planning to eat out-you'd better allow yourself enough time to wait. Wait inside for a table, or wait in a drive-thru line. Because in Midland Texas--people LOVE to eat out. Constantly. As in--ALL THE TIME. And if it's a weekend and you're headed to McDonald's for breakfast and it's 9:50 am and you haven't left the house yet--forget it. By the time you get there and get thru the line--they'll be serving lunch. Unless you're smart enough to order on the app first and THEN head that way. Then you're probably safe. Which is what makes going to the grocery store such a head-scratcher here. Because with all this endless eating out and long lines and long waits at restaurants--NO ONE is eating at home or cooking at home. Well--rarely they are anyway. At least that's how it seems. With that logic, you'd think you'd be able to get thru the checkout lines at the grocery store in record time since everyone's at the restaurants.

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Lines, lines, everywhere there's lines--Here are just a FEW spotted today:

WHATABURGER-ANDREWS HIGHWAY IN MIDLAND; TEXAS GEM AND PERENNIAL FAVORITE AND BUSY 24/7

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CHIK-FIL-A OFF LOOP 250... DOUBLE DRIVE-THRU LANES THAT WRAP COMPLETELY AROUND THE BUILDING---FOR A REASON!

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MCDONALDS--MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT... ALWAYS BUSY AND ALWAYS LINES AT ANY LOCATION....

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THOSE POPEYE'S CHICKEN SANDWICHES ARE AMAZING... AND CLEARLY I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS SO..... I'M 5 CARS BACK FROM THE SPEAKER IN THIS, AND THERE ARE 4 MORE IN FRONT OF THE SPEAKER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING.......

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NOT A DRIVE-THRU (ALTHOUGH THEY DO HAVE CURBSIDE PICKUP)-TEXAS ROADHOUSE OFF LOOP 250 IN MIDLAND IS NEVER SLOW--EVER.

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Here's the crazy part. United Supermarkets, Market Street, H-E-B... Doesn't matter. Always filled with people and always a line at the checkout. Which begs the next question: Is there a lot of spoiled food in refrigerators all over the Permian Basin as we all leave it to sit there while we jump in the car and go eat? Things that make you go Hmmmm.....

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