Meeting Tom – Part 2
by Janet M. Nast
Well I tried a lot of different places to see where I could go that would be fairly inexpensive and where no one from work would show up on a regular basis. I tried the hot dog stand at the local warehouse store. Nope. A lot of people shop on their lunch breaks. Never mind that I just wanted to eat and relax, maybe read a book. I tried all the low cost sit-down restaurants and all the fast food restaurants.
Sure enough nine times out of ten, a coworker would show up and say “do you mind if I ask you a quick question about this problem I’m having with this spreadsheet?” I’m cornered, there’s no way out…I gotta do it. And tomorrow I’m eating someplace else.
I finally landed at Burger King. It’s big, it’s clean, it’s bright, it’s affordable, the service is fast, they have booths and they have window seats. First day…looking good. I didn’t see anyone I knew. I got to read a couple chapters in my book without a single interruption. Same thing the next day…and the next day and the next. Yay! This could be a good thing.
It was. Peace and quiet at last!
Except one Thursday afternoon in February of 1999. I was sitting in my usual booth at the back of the store minding my own business when all of a sudden the guy in the booth next to me started talking to me: “Where’s your book today?” he asked.
Ok, this is sort of creepy. So…“How do you know I read books?”
Stay tuned for part 3 of Meeting Tom, coming Monday, August 8th!
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