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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Southern Food

Crazy Aunt Purl (www.crazyauntpurl.com) had a great post today about Southerners and their love of food. I'm pleased to report that since I've arrived in Texas I've had the opportunity to eat twice at Chik-fil-A. They have the best chicken nuggets and awesome brownies! I miss Chik-fil-A and Cracker Barrell and Sonic when I'm home in Portland. I miss cornbread and fluffy biscuits and good sweet iced tea. I miss Southern Food.

And usually Southerners have good manners. Sadly, this was not the case yesterday. Yesterday afternoon, Karen's rental car got a flat tire. The rental car company wanted her to bring the car back to the return area (once she got the spare on it) so that she could exchange the car for another. Now, the flat tire is no one's fault. But it was interesting (and distressing) to me that when we returned the car, the car attendant did not once meet our eyes. She never smiled. It was like talking to a brick wall.

It takes a lot of patience on my part (and chanting "be compassionate" in my head over and over) to not be upset by this lack of manners. You have to remember that hospitality is so important to me that I got a degree in it! I'm a big time people pleaser and I'm usually convinced that I can make any situation better. So, if I had been the car attendant, I would have handled the situation differently.

But I bit my tongue, didn't ask for her manager, and try to let it go. And hey... I got to blog about it. And as Karen says, "blogging is cheaper than therapy!"


At 12:47 PM, Blogger DtDtKty said...

I'm sorry that you had another customer service snafu. It sounds like you handled it with your usual grace and dignity though. Good for you! BTW, I miss Cracker Barrell too. :) Love, H


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