I think another important aspect of the Rat Race is long lines. I think if you are required to spend time each day in some sort of long line, then there is a good chance you are in the Rat Race. One of the things the government is particularly adept at is creating long lines. I am sure we all have our horror stories about the Department of Motor Vehicles or the post office.
The picture above was taken in San Augustine, Texas in 1939.