Rudeness

Today started with a lot more traffic than usually. I still have no idea how it comes that I have been held up by traffic jam all over the place. It already began when I left home to go to work. Instead of the regular 35 minutes, it took me almost 50 minutes to get to the office.

However, I accepted that, started my work, knowing I had to leave the office early enough to drive across the city and meet the legal Department at the other building.

Unfortunately another traffic jam came up and even trying to hurry up I was still unable to avoid being late. I hate being late. I consider this impolite towards the people I meet. And I don’t want to treat people like they don’t matter.

From the parking lot I ran to the entrance and arrived precisely at 10.03 am, with a three minutes delay.

One of the receptionists welcomed me, the other one listened. We introduced each other and I told them who I have a meeting with and that I’m already running late. One of the receptionists got on the phone – and I expected she would inform the legal department about my arrival – but far off! She had something different to do and I was waiting… finally the young paralegal showed up and… told me off for being 15 minutes late – which was kind of funny since she arrived at the lobby at 10.10 am.

Then she told me, that they never wait for longer than 10 minutes and they can’t see me anymore that day, even though we had planned half an hour for this introduction…

Then she got up, turned around and left, sending me out as I was a little girl who just had performed one of the seven mortal sins. I felt like I was kicked into my face.

On my way out I was that pissed I hyperventilated.

By the time I arrived back in my office I told it to one of my colleagues and then decided to send an email to the Manager of the Legal Department, telling him how things went, apologizing for the massive delay of three minutes and telling him that for the last 20 years I haven’t been treated as despicably and condescendingly as they treated me today.

So far I didn’t get anything back.

However… I am curious if I actually do hear from them.

That’s my day so far… can it get any better? Haha.

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Books, Books and more Books

Being in NYC these days I explored the City for a while and ran into this, most nostalgic bookstore one can imagine. I seriously thought bookstores like this would only exist in old movies. But – here it was on Broadway:

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Considering the complete U.K. edition of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter in hard cover was offered for $175 and an old antique Dostoyevsky book for $700, and I inside found some more treasures for readers, writers and collectors, I wasn’t surprised anymore it could afford staying located on Broadway in NYC.

 

It looks a little bit like the books are shelved by color and size but in fact there is some particular order – even though it didn’t occur to me what kind.

 

I loved “Westsider Books” at first sight. Just a wonderful place to explore…

 

But then I have to admit: the staff member working there could have been a little friendlier. There was nothing inviting and welcoming about him and I found it a little bit sad…

 

However, if you get a chance, enjoy the adventure to peek. It’s worth it!

 

Westsider Books

2246 Broadway

New York, NY 10024

westsiderbooks.com

info@westsiderbooks.com