to make this world.
I had to take my Honda Civic in for its 20,000 mile check up. Can you believe it, the car is three years old and it doesn't quite have 20,000 miles on it.
Anyway. . . they told me it would take three hours. I was going to ask for a loaner car, but decided instead, I'd take the book I'm currently reading and wait in the customer waiting room.
I arrived at 8:00 am. There were only two or three other people, all involved in either a book or their kindle. It was quiet. That's what I wanted.
Just as I was settling in with my book, a large woman came barging through the door. "WHERE is the coffee?" she demanded. Everyone ignored her. "WHERE is the coffee?" she asked once again, in an irritated voice.
"I'm not sure, ma'am," I replied.
She wandered around until she found it, then came back into the room and sat down near me.
"I don't like this waiting room," she said, to no one in particular.
When no one even looked up to acknowledge her, she seemed to settle down somewhat. Secretly, I was hoping she was only there for an oil change and would soon be leaving.
After a short while, a man from the Service Department entered the room and called her by name. Her reply, "Oh, God. This can't be good. AM I GOING TO BE UNHAPPY?" she demanded of the poor man.
Ignoring her question, he proceeded to tell her she would need a new radiator. They both left the room and she never returned.
It was a rather pleasant wait from then on and they finished with my car in two hours instead of the three they initially estimated.
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