People are queuing in the snow for concert-tickets, computergames, first buyers rights for apartments and what have you... If your friend want in on a loan, get her on the phone, tell her to wake up and smell the coffee.
The basket is a tool to hold our loans while we browse for more. How much time do we actually need for that? The whole issue can be solved if Kiva make the basket spit out loans if they're kept more than three hours, and then mark them as popular.
We're supposed to be Kiva friends, not Kiva nobility. What's the fun of being part of #500K, if it is just handed to you on a silver plate?