Saturday, February 8, 2014

Et two sandwiches?

At another cafe near my house, the general air is that it's a hang-out for the retired and impaired.  There is nothing cool or stylish about it, but it's clean, new, and well-maintained with an atmosphere best described as "home-made v clinical".  But that's not why I go there.

I go there because I can get a toasted cheese and tomato sandwich and a coffee for $6.90.  I've been there 2 or 3 times per week in the last few months, just to sit down and read the paper and forget my woes.  The guy who runs it is a bit bumbling but nice, and eventually learned what my "regular" order was just in time for me to stop going there because I got a new job.

When it was time to leave I would sit there reading, covertly watching him out of the corner of my eye, until he was busy with another customer.  Then I would briskly get up and with a wave and shout of "See you later!", I would bolt for the door while avoiding eye contact.  Strange behaviour, I know, but if I didn't do this I would be trapped in a deadly escalation of farewells.

This is what would happen - every time I would say goodbye he would come back at me with another goodbye.  He would ALWAYS have the last word.  Which is fine - I can deal with that - but then he'd throw in another zinger to which I would have to respond.  He had an enormous arsenal of valedictory phrases to assault me with.  Example:

Thanks very much, bye!

You're welcome!
Have a great day!

Thanks, you too.

I will.
Thanks for coming.

Ha ha, no worries.

Yep, no worries.
Take it easy!

You too.

Too easy!
See you next time!

If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed;
If not, 'tis true this parting was well made

Why, then, lead on. O, that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come!
But it sufficeth that the day will end,
And then the end is known. Come, ho! away!


I just have this nagging feeling that it's not going to end well...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, They have a special at the coffee cart here at the health centre where I ma now working (far far north from you, where its wet and rainy right now); a coffee and a ham and cheese toasty is $9.90. Bum bum, you have a good coffee shop