Man, was it ever windy yesterday.
You can tell I have nothing to write about when I start off with the weather…
Yup. Winter’s on it’s way. Thaz for shore.
When I used to work as a cashier at a gas station, I heard them all. Every single way that one could talk about the weather. My favourite was…
Did you order this weather?
And I’d laugh like it was the most clever thing I’d heard:
Ohhh, ha ha ha. No sir, I shore didn’t.
If you shop at all, you’ve likely had a few weather conversations yourself. It’s almost akin to those one liners in a bar. When you’re standing there at the till you just feel the need to talk about…something….anything.Cashier: How are you today? Me: Great! Cashier: Good. Welllll. I guess winter is finally here to stay. Me: Yup, I guess so. Cashier: No more getting out of it. Me: Nope. Cashier: Gotta pull them boots outta the cupboard. Me: He he he, yeahhh.
And so it goes at every store you visit that day.
Unless you decide to switch it up…Cashier: Hello, mam. How are you today? Me: Well, my bunion’s hurtin’. Cashier: Oh. Me: And I’ve got some kind of puss coming out of my ears and I don’t know what to do about it. Cashier: Uh huh.
Actually, I’ve never done that. Just not brave enough. I’m really nice to the cashiers because…well, I’ve been there. I also try to switch up the whole: “How are you? Fine, thanks.” exchange. As a cashier, I worked with a girl once who responded to the question, “How was your Christmas?” with “Actually, it sucked” and the customer just robotic-ally said, “Good!”
If you’re going to ask someone how they are, at least have the decency to listen to the answer.
The other day I was at Wall-Mart. I asked the cashier how she was and she answered, “not very good”.“Oh no. Bad day?” “Well, my husband’s in hospital and he likely won’t make it through the day.” 😯 “What are ya doin’ at work?!?” “Well, he’s ninety and we’ve talked about it. The kids are with him. He’s ready to go. I just hope he can hang on until I get there.”
Meanwhile my groceries are packed and she’s serving the next customer. And I’m standing there not sure how to get out of this conversation. I can’t very well just say, “Okay, well have a nice day!!” So, I stuck it out awhile longer, until it seemed she’d said her fill. Finally I just said, “I’m sorry that’s going on. I hope all the best for you”.
Totally lame, I know. But I didn’t know what to say!
It was okay, though. She obviously needed to talk to someone about it which is why I stick by my earlier statement. Don’t ask someone how they’re doing unless you want to hear the answer. If you don’t have the time, don’t ask.
Talk about the weather instead.