I used to be speaking to good friend the opposite day they usually requested if I had been Cassident free in lockdown. She thought that due to lockdown I'd be ‘protected’. Nicely that the majority definitely hasn’t been the case, I assumed as a result of I'm sooo grownup now I used to be higher at issues akin to strolling and texting, strolling and checking out and in of QR codes, and that I'm higher at hiding my feelings. Nicely, over the previous 11 weeks of lockdown, I've came upon that I'm not as ‘grownup’ as I assumed.
About three weeks in the past I used to be very excited a couple of supply of some new packing containers for my Rocky Highway. You see, I've determined to promote my Rocky Highway. I requested good friend their opinion, they usually stated it was an important thought. So, I made a decision why not give it a go? What I wanted was packing containers. One Sunday afternoon I put in an order to Massive W, and at 4.15pm I get a message that it’s prepared.
Keen I instantly drive the quarter-hour to Erina to select up my package deal, positive I might of waited till Monday, however persistence isn’t one among my sturdy factors. I park the automotive, and race into the entry on the Massive W finish. On my arrival I'm met by not solely a store attendant however a safety guard, because of COVID restrictions you possibly can’t enter the shop it's a must to wait out the entrance.
The attendant takes my particulars and goes off to retrieve my package deal, which I assumed was odd, as a result of on the App you inform them you’re in your means after which alert them whenever you’re within the carpark- speak about over kill. And but once I arrive my package deal wasn’t ready for me. So, whereas she goes off to gather my package deal, I stand out the entrance ready.
“Whilst you’re ready you possibly can verify in.” The Safety Guard factors on the QR code.
I smile sweetly and combat the urge to level out the truth that we had been really standing outdoors the shop and that I really hadn’t step foot within the retailer so checking in appeared just a little redundant. I simply take out my cellphone and level it on the code, it’s not his fault, he's solely doing his job in any case.
I thought of making an attempt small discuss however a good friend just lately identified that I'm actually no good at it. Truly what he did say was “Cass, you shouldn’t attempt small discuss. You’re actually not good at it primary, and quantity two you actually don’t wish to do it which jus makes the scenario extra awkward for all concerned. Finest to not say something and keep away from the scenario utterly.” So as an alternative of constructing small discuss I simply stand quietly, hopping from one foot to the opposite killing time whereas I anticipate my package deal.
After 5 or so minutes the attendant returns carrying my package deal, earlier than she fingers it to me “I’m going to wish to see some photograph ID.” I hand her my drivers licence which is extra like a mugshot, not my greatest photograph. “I additionally must see the affirmation textual content.” I hand her my cellphone, you’d assume I used to be gathering a big-ticket merchandise not $10 value of cardboard packing containers, lastly she fingers me my packing containers. I take them and thank her.
Whereas nonetheless holding my cellphone I log onto Service NSW APP as I stroll by means of the hall at Erina in direction of the exit. I strategy the automated doorways. I'm so centered on my cellphone making an attempt to sign off of Massive W, which I determine to do it instantly, to keep away from getting a notification reminder telling me to sign off.
I knew I used to be getting near the doorways, and they might be opening quickly. However I'm so grownup now I didn’t must search for as a result of I might sense the place they had been, and the place I used to be. And actually, what had been the chances of me working into them?
CRASH BRANG “OH FUCK!” I search for from my cellphone dazed and confused. I'm staring on the window that sits to the far left of the automated doorways. Instantly my thoughts goes to “Whereas I used to be selecting up my package deal they need to of moved the doorways over a number of inches, as a result of what are the chances of me working into the doorways, particularly since I'm soooo grownup now? It’s the one factor that makes logical sense. To me.”
I compose myself and look to up on the glass window in entrance of me and over on the doorways which are actually closed. If I used to be to guess, I'd say I missed it by foot, or two or possibly even three. However lets be trustworthy my depth notion isn’t the very best, neither is my judgement of distance. So, I might of missed it by 50m and thought I missed it by 10m so I can’t actually say how a lot I missed the doorways by. Lets simply say, I missed them properly and actually and a mark in the midst of my brow acts as a reminder of the story.
I hear the chuckles of fellow customers behind me. I shake my head and take a few steps again, facet stepping in direction of the automated doorways, they open. I shortly step by means of, placing my head down and stroll to my automotive as if nothing had occurred.
As soon as in my automotive I name Kristal.
“So, a glass window simply attacked me.”
“You walked right into a window?” Hahahahah I hear the opposite finish of my cellphone erupt into laughter.
“Did I say that? No, I stated it attacked me.”
“Nicely, I used to be strolling out of Erina, you already know the Massive W finish, the place I by no means park, in order that was an issue to begin with. Anyway, I used to be strolling out as I used to be testing of those silly QR code issues and impulsively out of nowhere I'm attacked by a glass window.”
“So, let me translate. You had been taking a look at your cellphone, miss judged and walked into the glass window. Am I proper? However what glass window?”
“Nicely positive, if you happen to’re going to make use of ‘Kristal-logic’ it sounds dangerous. The glass window hooked up to the automated door.”
“After all I’m going to make use of ‘Kristal- logic’ in any other case referred to as logic, vs ‘Cassie-logic’ the place issues such home windows that are mounted in place thoughts you all of the sudden assault you, which solely occurs in ‘Cassie-verse.’ Did you graze the door no less than?”
“Okay by no means. I could of missed by possibly a foot or two or three?”
“Or three? Shit Cass, I'd have higher probability strolling by means of the doorways from right here, and I'm up the opposite finish of the Coast!” Laughter once more. “You amaze me.”
“Not my fault. It's bloody Gladys and the QR code.”
“Try whenever you’re in your automotive along with your seatbelt mounted that means you might be protected.”
“No. I must do it as I depart or I'll neglect. And I'm so grownup now I can safely do it whereas strolling.”
“Proof suggests in any other case. You just about knocked your self out making an attempt to stroll by means of a window that was mounted in place.” Laughter once more.
“How are you aware I practically knocked myself out?”
“So that you don’t have a scratched on you?”
“I've the smallest pink mark in the midst of my brow.” I pulldown my sun-visor and take a look at the mirror. The mark took up the centre of my brow and was fairly pink.
“Actually? It is advisable to not depart your home. Or no less than with a element grownup.”
“Thanks. At all times the supportive sister.”
“Bear in mind, try whenever you’re in your automotive along with your seatbelt mounted!”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah!” We finish the decision.
A few days later I used to be occurring my one outing for the day which consisted of happening to the native Woolworths, which had turn into like a mini vacation some days. Wednesday a few weeks in the past, it hadn’t been an important day. I’d had the assembly from hell, the place I attempted to maintain my cool however to say I used to be annoyed can be the understatement of the Century.
Fortunately my digital camera wasn’t on, and I'm significantly better at disguise my feelings in my voice despite the fact that Kristal and a few of my different good mates assume this isn’t true, although I disagree trigger I actually am. Anyway, by the point 5pm rolled round I used to be wanting to get out and head to Woolworths.
I park the automotive and stroll up the ramp in in direction of Woolworths. My again pocket vibrates, I pull my cellphone out and begin to learn the textual content as I stroll in direction of the entry of Woolworths, snort on the textual content from a good friend. I give attention to my cellphone as I proceed to learn my textual content, I choose up my tempo strolling in direction of the entry.
Immediately my face connects with what fills like a brick wall coated in materials, I bounce off two or three toes stumbling again into the trail of different customers. I search for from my cellphone, seeing the largest man I had seen shortly. He seems to be down at me, shocked. I frown up at him, he was making an attempt to login to the QR code. I mud myself off and stroll over to the opposite QR code the place I verify in, strolling by means of the turnstiles.
I cellphone Kristal “Whats up.”
“Why does one thing must occur?”
“Ummm as a result of it’s you and also you sound prefer it.”
“Nicely, I simply bumped into the again of a brick wall.”
“Nicely, no. It was an enormous man standing proper in my means making an attempt to login to the QR code.”
“And it’s his fault you not solely didn’t see this ‘big man,’ however that you just bumped into him? Let me guess you had been in your cellphone.”
“Nicely, he might have walked and logged in? And the way are you aware I used to be on my cellphone.”
“Since you stated that he was big and also you bumped into him. So both you’re blind which you’re not, otherwise you had been distracted i.e. in your cellphone.”
“There you go utilizing ‘Kristal-logic once more.”
“In any other case referred to as logic, against ‘Cassie-logic’”
“Which can also be know as logic as properly you already know?”
“Positive it's.” She was making an attempt to appease me. “So, he was standing nonetheless, doing the suitable factor, whenever you little Miss Prince Pinkie ran proper into him and bounced off I’m guessing? Shocked and pissed off at him for standing there doing the suitable factor. And his within the unsuitable?”
“Sure, he was standing nonetheless proper in my means, and I assume doing the ‘proper factor’. It’s simply so bloody annoying. It's best to have seen his face. He was definitely stunned when he noticed a loopy lady in shiny pink tights run into the again of him.”
“I guess he was. Trigger he wasn’t anticipating to be rear-ended by Bateau Bay’s Pink Bullet”
I stroll down the freeze part as I proceed to speak to Kristal, I discover the gentleman I bumped into. He takes a large berth round me, I giggle. “OMG he simply took a large berth when he noticed me.”
“I'd too, he's in all probability afraid that you'll run into him once more after which scowl him.”
“How are you aware I scowled at him?”
“Trigger it’s you.”
“Sure, however I’m so grownup now.”
“Cass, I don’t assume that could be a good argument for you this week. On Sunday you ran headfirst right into a glass window at Erina, whereas making an attempt to take a look at of a QR code.”
“Not my fault.”
“Positive. And now you may have run into the again of a person who was the scale of a brick wall and standing nonetheless checking right into a QR code since you didn’t see him as a result of had been in your cellphone. So, I don’t assume you’re actually ‘grownup’ this week. Finest attempt once more subsequent week.”