Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Auto-pilot leads nowhere good
I pulled up to the takeout window at my local Tim Hortons coffee shop this morning, as I do most days, and the attendant handed me a large coffee and asked for $1.40. That wasn't what I was expecting. I was taken aback somewhat as the staff there is usually very efficient. I usually order an extra large coffee and a raisin biscuit, the price of which is $2.30. I told the attendant that she had the wrong order. As she looked at me with confusion, I realized that it was my fault, not hers. I had driven right past the speaker box where one places an order and now that I was at the takeout window they thought I was the driver of the car behind me.
I had been lost in thought. I was on auto-pilot. My inattentiveness had caused me to skip an important step in my daily ritual and now, with considerable embarrassment, I realized that I must seem completely discombobulated to the attendant.
The attendant treated my apparent confusion with good humour. I got my coffee and my raisin biscuit. Not every lack of focus, however, ends as well.
That's life. So ist das Leben. We coast along, expecting to make it through each successive day without too many complications. Sometimes the universe unfolds as it should. Sometimes not.
I will be sure to pay more attention tomorrow.