I was experiencing a thirty second or longer delay from when I clicked on Print until the options box showed up. After determining that Adobe Reader had the same problem as Text Edit, I tried reboot. That reduced the wait to less than three seconds.
Bad memory? I don't reboot more often than once a week or so. But I got MemTest a few days back and it gave my gigabyte a clean bill of health at least for three passes. Of course it didn't test ALL of memory.
Some evil interaction with some other application? What could it be?
Difficulty completely unknown to me.