I admire people who have the ability to stay cool under pressure. I like the way they don't let anything frazzle them. I don't really like dealing with them though when I'm doing the grocery shopping on a cold morning at 7.30am. Then I just want them to hurry the hell up.
I came across a girl like that this morning. She was working on the checkout at woolies. She was the only girl working at that time and there were three of us customers lined up waiting. I was number three of course. And as you do I peered in the other two trolleys and they were almost bloody full.
Anyway the girl was getting all set up for the day. So she counted her money out, really slowly and carefully. I thought for a moment she may actually go back and do it again. Just to be sure. Then she got a stack of plastic bags and put them on the hooks. Oops, they don't line up very well do they. Better just put them on a few at a time.
Then she had to put on her cap. They're having some promotional thing. So she put her cap on and fixed her fringe and fiddled about a bit. Hang on though, the velcro got caught in her ponytail. Better take the whole thing off, fix up the hair and start again.
At no time throughout this procedure was she at all concerned that we were all waiting and maybe might like to be somewhere else. Soon.
I myself am able to remain pretty cool so I managed to watch her without rolling my eyes or breathing out loudly like the women in front of me did a few times. I was expecting that we may still have to wait for The Very Important Person Who Holds The Key to come and do something before we got started. You know the one. She storms about woolies looking very important and busy but not really doing anything. Except when she has to take the key to one of the checkouts and do something Very Important with it. Our Very Important Person Who Holds The Key has a Very Important Looking Fringe to go with it. It gets a big roller put in it in the morning I think so it comes out and around like a verandah for her forehead.
Ah well what can you do but laugh.