May 6, 2009

Why I still work.

On Monday, in the bookstore, I approached an older gentleman, (older that me).

J: Hi, how can I help you?
OG: I'm looking for a book on playing the clarinet.
J: Oh, I don't think we have any in right now, let's check the computer.
OG: I know I'll probably have to order one. I got one for beginning clarinet, but now I need the next step.
J: OK, I was right, there's none in the store, right now; but there's plenty to choose from for your order.

We scroll down the computer screen.

J: How about this one "Jazz Clarinet", you could learn this, and we could find you paying gigs!
OG: OK, I'll get that one.
J: I can ship it to your home for no charge.
OG: Yes, do that.

So, I take his information. It turns out he and his wife live in my community, about a mile away. They've lived there 12 years, and this is the first time I've met him. He was a very nice man; he told me he played the piano and the saxophone; but the clarinet was a new challenge and much more difficult, and he was really enjoying the challenge.

Many seniors volunteer their time for our community. OG volunteers on our irrigation committee, trying to improve and reduce the ways we use water. Our community water bill is over $500,000.00 a year, and with the drought, it has to be reduced, or we'll be fined. I thanked him for his purchase and his committee work.

Encounters like this, keep me working at Barnes and Noble; that and the discount!

1 comment

  1. Good for you, You never know who your going to meet. Working keeps you engaged in real life.


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