The voice coming through the menu board said, "That'll be about a 7 to 10 minute wait." In the past, I would have said, "Sorry, Charlie." But not anymore.

It occurred to me that the annoyance of a long wait in the fast food drive-thru line no longer exists if one has a smartphone handy. Duh. Sure, they've been around a while, but it didn't occur to me that waiting in that line was no longer a big deal until just the other night.

I decided to check out my news feed on Facebook--which I hadn't had a chance to do all day--and, ironically, I saw someone complaining about sitting in a drive-thru line waiting for his food. Funny.

I also got a chance to get in some challenges from SongPop. College basketball has begun and so I checked scores. I answered e-mails. Oh, and if you're getting that it took longer than 7 to 10 minutes, you're right.

But no sweat.

Hey, next time you head to get some food through a window, take a smartphone, your iPad. Something.

They may not have dropped the fries. The chicken may not be grilled. The burgers might still be frozen.

And you might actually get a lot of stuff done.