I dropped my daughter off at school one day. The mother of one kid alternates between wearing her hair curly and doing the flat-iron straighten routine. She and I got to talking so I mentioned that and said, "I find it actually takes longer to get ready when I straighten it." More or less confirms what I would have thought. As for mine, my feedback has ranged from "you must hate it" to "you got lucky with having curls." I definitely believe the latter now.
Korkscrew, I couldn't imagine you any other way than with that gorgeous head of curls