If I had the cash, it definitely would be Hawaii, but since leis and coconuts aren’t in my budget, it will have to be Panera Bread.
It is quite a letdown, but hey…you work with what you’ve got.
Years ago when I was complaining about a club owner who wouldn’t give me stage time during my very short comedy career, Bill Hicks said, “Go where they want ya darlin…go where it’s warm.”
It stayed with me for obvious reasons since the door that doesn’t open is not the door for you.
I’ve mentioned my sadness I can only describe as seasonal, and believe when we’re in a vulnerable state vultures head our way. We’re wide open to be picked on…the thin skinned, overly sensitive feels much too much person, loose on the avenue.
I decided to take this theory to heart mapping out places where I feel well, coming and going.
Believe it or not, Panera heads the list since I quite often begin my day there.
They open on time, unlike Starbucks who gets annoyed because you expect them to. No bedside manner there. God forbid they get your order wrong…you’re lucky it’s not hurled at you across the counter.
Panera says good morning, how are you…and knows exactly how you want your bagel without having to say it twelve times. There’s cheer and gratitude in the air since most of the workers are young inner-city kids happy to have a job.
Someone always comes over to make sure you’re satisfied because if you’re not, they’ll gladly replace whatever it is to your liking.
Once a month I get an email asking me to tell them about my Panera experience. I’m not a survey kinda gal, but always answer to tell them how kind everyone is even mentioning some by name. I recently found out reports are posted so everyone can read them. Has to feel good being told you’re doing a great job.
Go where it’s warm?
Camille said, “Saks has the best heating system, Bergdorf a close second, why not just go there…and shop.”
She’s not as susceptible as I am to those vultures, but for me, to start my day with extra butter and a smile makes all the difference.
Hicks also said, “Bay-ba, you shouldn’t be doin comedy, your hide is pretty (it was) but it ain’t too tough. Keep modelin, and write.”
Twenty-four years later, the prophet, as usual, was on the money.