Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Why Me?

In the comedy of errors that sometimes I call life... things just sometimes happen that you can't even explain - all you can do is laugh.

John and I planned on making gumbo for our small group meeting this week - which is on Thursday, and by making it I do mean by scratch. We knew it was going to take some time because one recipe we were planning to use partially said that it would take 3 1/2 hours!

Our plan was to pick up dinner and then get home to start our cooking... we want to get it 90% complete tonight because well - I can't be trusted to do it all on my own tomorrow night... and we need for it to be ready pretty early on Thursday night. We'll be able to make the rice, add the shrimp and serve it within an hour of getting home from work on Thursday. (Good plan, right?)

Well, our plan starts to unravel when we choose to go to Luby's through the drive thru... and while it always takes a bit of extra time - I didn't realize that it could possibly take THAT long! It's quite obvious to me that they don't have any alarms that go off if people wait in line for any length of time... like say other places with drive thru windows.

After about 25 minutes of waiting... I started getting impatient - we of course started trying to come up with scenarios as to what could be causing this wait.

Were they ordering for an entire colony of people back at home? Possibly.

Did they order something not on the menu? Surely not.

Did they have to grow the vegetables? Unlikely.

Can you imagine my horror when the people in front of us (the only person standing in our way) get a drink and then drive off?! HELLO?!

Did they have to brew some tea for these people? Did they have to figure out how to mix hydrogen and oxygen to make water? Oh yeah, I'm pretty sure God took care of that for us... what in the world?!

I couldn't even muster up the words to ask the lady in the window what the problem might have been with those people... as usual I did my transaction within about a minute and a half - then drove off. Somehow though, I don't feel like I'm getting my fair share of attention by being the easy customer!

Just once I'd like to be the person causing the wait - oh yeah - that's not actually true because I start breaking out in hives if people actually start staring at me! I hate being the cause of anyone else having to wait... or become impatient... this might be why I start to freak out in meetings if I can't find the answer instantaneously.

I guess those are issues for another post on another day...

I hope that was the best drink in the history of Luby's though... because I'll never get that half hour back!


  1. I get so annoyed being behind someone slow or who is taking forever. I was in line at Marshalls the other day to buy a sweater that was marked down to $5 and the customer currently being waited on and the cashier were having a lovely chat, while the line kept getting longer and longer. I'm all for being friendly, but whatever happened to efficient??

  2. LOL...I don't think anyone would be upset if you served gumbo on another day.

  3. I am literally laughing out loud imagining you waiting and braking out into hives (I would do the same by the way)


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