Friday, March 19, 2010

Ferris Bueller Had It Right You Know

I had an amusing beginning to my shift today. Dontcha wanna know all about it? I worked day shift (that by itself is a little amusing) and was talking to a regular when a couple, clearly tourists, strolled in to the restaurant and sat at the bar. An older couple from Atlanta, they were snapping photos and enjoying the view. The gentleman asked me if the kitchen was up and running. I answered "Sure" and handed them menus with a smile. I went about my routine for a couple of minutes while they looked at the menu. They were my second customers of the morning so I was still getting fruit together, setting out napkins, etc. They made their and I place an order for them. It was about 11:09. About three minutes later the cook came out and said she was starting the order, she had been getting some stuff out of the cooler. The old dude said "You mean she hasn't started it yet?" I replied that the order was started. After about 10 minutes he said "Partner, if I had known my food was gonna take this long I would never have ordered it." Amused & irritated at the same time I replied with a smile "So sorry I didn't know you were in a rush. If you can bear the ocean view for just a couple more minutes, I am sure your order will be ready right away." A few more minutes passed and I presented their order. They ate, chatted, paid, tipped (well), and proceeded to spend the next 30 minutes taking pictures of the ocean and beach from in and around the restaurant.

After they left, one of the regulars and I both said almost the exact same thing to each other. Basically it was "How can you be impatient while sitting here staring at the ocean?" Gave us a good chuckle and made me think of the great quote from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

All I'm saying is enjoy what life offers you, rather than being in a hurry to get to your next stop.