Last Thursday I had a little bit of an embarrassing and funny moment…and it all happened because of one sentence. Perhaps I might add that it was made funny because of a mistake in a sentence.

I was having dinner with a friend at one our favorite sports bars. As I was thinking about my order I was debating back and forth between choosing fries or broccoli for my side dish. I know for some of you, there’s no question…it has to be fries. And, I was very tempted to order fries. My dining partner proceeded to tease me about it, and then our server even joined in. She also was quick to let me know that she couldn’t remember a time when someone had chosen broccoli over fries with chicken wings! When I decided to go with broccoli, I wasn’t trying to tread new ground, or prove any point to her…it was just what I went with as my side.

As we were waiting for our food, I noticed that we didn’t have any napkins on our table.

Napkin DispenserI looked all around and spotted a napkin dispenser in front of a fella at the bar. And from my view, it looked as if he had finished his dinner and just waiting for it to be cleared. So, I headed right over and asked him in a very polite voice:

“Would you mind if I took some of these fries?” Yep – I said fries. He proceeded to look around him to see if anyone around had any fries. As it turns out, no one around the bar had any fries as most of them had finished their dinner. It also looked as if some might still be waiting on their dinner. He then took another look around at the same folks. It’d only be less that a minute or two, if that. At this stage, I couldn’t help but wonder – what is going on? Why is he looking around like this?

Has anything similar ever happened to you? I was looking directly at the napkins when “fries” came out of my mouth. Also, the napkin dispenser was right in front of him and there was another one just a few places down. He certainly was not going to have any shortage of napkins. How could it be such a big deal to let me take just a few? I hadn’t asked for the entire dispenser – I’d only asked if I could take a few. What was up with that? Was he now going to give me a hard time about ordering broccoli? How did he know I’d chosen fries? Who would have thought it was such a big deal?

Finally he turned back to me and said: “If you see any fries, you can certainly have a few!” What? Why would he say that? Had our server shared with him that I had ordered the broccoli over fries? He then proceeded to say: “if you will hang out here for just a minute, I will order some fries and you can have all of them.” I asked him why was he going to order fries so that I could have all of them? I made a comment about how I didn’t need any fries – just a few napkins! At that point he kindly let me know that if I had asked for napkins, then he would have said “absolutely…take the entire dispenser – I have plenty.”

At that point, we both proceeded to laugh. I guess I still had fries on the brain, with all the talk about them when I placed my order. The fella then let me know that he was a little taken aback with my request, but because I had asked so kindly, he wanted me to have some fries…even if it meant ordering some especially for me. He also let me know that he thought I must have needed them pretty badly if had taken to asking strangers for just a few fries!

Okay, so I ask you – given any dinner at your neighborhood sports bar – would you choose broccoli, fries…or napkins?

 

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Recently, I was fortunate to spend a little over a week at Disney World. It was quite a visit. The weather was fantastic, no rain, not too hot and beautiful sunny days with very few clouds each day!

I was convinced to see many of the shows they feature, which aren’t my thing, but I was persuaded gently to try them – and much to my surprise, I really did enjoy them. Some of them I found myself wanting to see again, even on this visit.

And of course – the rides. Thank heavens for the fast passes that allowed us to move to the top of the line, or at the very least have a shorter wait time. (I’ll share more details about this later).

At any time of the year, Disney is a very crowed place. Often it is referred to as the ‘happiest place on earth.’ However, that phrase must have written by someone who was visiting after hours, or on the least busy days. There are a few things that can make you a bit cranky, and that may be an understatement!

 

Some of these things are:

  • The people who simply aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them.
  • The people who will do just about anything to run you over to get just one or two slots in front of you in the lines: rides, the monorail, shuttles between hotels and parks, taking pictures with the characters …and the list goes on. Often their strategy to get closer to the front of the line just gets them one of two spots ahead. In many instances, their breaking in line doesn’t get them anywhere at all as we all end up in the same group for whatever it is that we are all waiting for.
  • The people who will just stop in the middle of the streets and sidewalks, which will force you to stop without notice where you might run into them, or may cause others to run into you.
  • Even the employees often will sometimes run you over (I had one experience that I will be writing about soon as well.)

This is quite a list isn’t it? Of course when you have so many people – from all over the world – gathered in the same place, there are more than a few things that will cause these run ins to happen. However at Disney this bumping seems to be the normal state of activity rather than an occasional mishap!

And many of these ‘run ins’ could be avoided by simply keeping a heads up. Folks might even consider calling out ‘Incoming’! By just paying a little more attention to what’s going on around you, it could even make the day more enjoyable for everyone. After all who enjoys bumping into anyone even once in your day? So – since there aren’t the ‘walk/don’t walk signs’ that you see at many intersections, folks need that heads up – and maybe find just a little boldness to let folks know of your intentions with just one word. ‘Incoming’! It’s not that difficult, is it?

Stay tuned – a post about strollers will follow soon!

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Kind & Generous

I’ve been brewing over starting a series I want to refer to as Kind & Generous. This is where I would write about the folks who I have great admiration for, their generosity with themselves, and the kindness and selflessness they’ve extended to so many. These special folks have made a distinct impression on me, […]

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These Are Days

These are days – days, you’ll remember. Days you’ll look back on. Here we go. Another year begins, and many of us look back on our 2014 resolutions – those we kept and those that we weren’t so successful keeping. These are also the days where we find ourselves thinking about what it is we […]

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