I used to be speaking to an excellent good friend the opposite day and so they requested if I had been Cassident free in lockdown. She thought that due to lockdown I’d be ‘protected’. Effectively that the majority definitely hasn’t been the case, I believed as a result of I’m sooo grownup now I used to be higher at issues reminiscent of strolling and texting, strolling and checking out and in of QR codes, and that I’m higher at hiding my feelings. Effectively, over the previous 11 weeks of lockdown, I’ve discovered that I’m not as ‘grownup’ as I believed.
About three weeks in the past I used to be very excited a few supply of some new packing containers for my Rocky Highway. You see, I’ve determined to promote my Rocky Highway. I requested an excellent good friend their opinion, and so they mentioned it was an amazing 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, certain I may of waited till Monday, however endurance isn’t one in all my robust factors. I park the automobile, 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, on account of COVID restrictions you may’t enter the shop you must wait out the entrance.
The attendant takes my particulars and goes off to retrieve my package deal, which I believed was odd, as a result of on the App you inform them you’re in your means after which alert them once you’re within the carpark- discuss 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 may test in.” The Safety Guard factors on the QR code.
I smile sweetly and struggle the urge to level out the truth that we had been really standing exterior the shop and that I really hadn’t step foot within the retailer so checking in appeared a little bit 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 considered trying small discuss however a good friend not too long ago identified that I’m actually no good at it. Truly what he did say was “Cass, you shouldn’t strive small discuss. You’re actually not good at it primary, and quantity two you actually don’t need to do it which jus makes the state of affairs extra awkward for all concerned. Finest to not say something and keep away from the state of affairs fully.” So as an alternative of constructing small discuss I simply stand quietly, hopping from one foot to the opposite killing time whereas I look ahead to 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 want to see some picture ID.” I hand her my drivers licence which is extra like a mugshot, not my finest picture. “I additionally must see the affirmation textual content.” I hand her my cellphone, you’d suppose I used to be amassing a big-ticket merchandise not $10 price 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 way of the hall at Erina in direction of the exit. I method the automated doorways. I’m so centered on my cellphone attempting to log off of Massive W, which I resolve to do it instantly, to keep away from getting a notification reminder telling me to log 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 may sense the place they had been, and the place I used to be. And actually, what had been the percentages 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 choosing up my package deal they need to of moved the doorways over just a few inches, as a result of what are the percentages 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 at the moment are closed. If I used to be to guess, I’d say I missed it by an excellent foot, or two or perhaps even three. However lets be sincere my depth notion isn’t the most effective, neither is my judgement of distance. So, I may 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 really and a mark in the course of my brow acts as a reminder of the story.
I hear the chuckles of fellow buyers behind me. I shake my head and take a few steps again, aspect stepping in direction of the automated doorways, they open. I rapidly step by way of, placing my head down and stroll to my automobile as if nothing had occurred.
As soon as in my automobile 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 mentioned it attacked me.”
“Effectively, I used to be strolling out of Erina, you understand 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 hastily 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?”
“Effectively certain, for those who’re going to make use of ‘Kristal-logic’ it sounds unhealthy. The glass window connected to the automated door.”
“After all I’m going to make use of ‘Kristal- logic’ in any other case generally known as logic, vs ‘Cassie-logic’ the place issues such home windows that are mounted in place thoughts you out of the blue assault you, which solely occurs in ‘Cassie-verse.’ Did you graze the door not less than?”
“Okay under no circumstances. I could of missed by perhaps a foot or two or three?”
“Or three? Shit Cass, I’d have higher probability strolling by way 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 once you’re in your automobile together with your seatbelt mounted that means you might be protected.”
“No. I must do it as I go away 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 attempting to stroll by way of a window that was mounted in place.” Laughter once more.
“How have you learnt I almost knocked myself out?”
“So that you don’t have a scratched on you?”
“I’ve the smallest pink mark in the course of my brow.” I pulldown my sun-visor and have a look at the mirror. The mark took up the centre of my brow and was fairly pink.
“Actually? You must not go away your own home. Or not less than with a element grownup.”
“Thanks. All the time the supportive sister.”
“Keep in mind, take a look at once you’re in your automobile together with your seatbelt mounted!”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah!” We finish the decision.
A few days later I used to be happening my one outing for the day which consisted of taking place to the native Woolworths, which had develop into like a mini vacation some days. Wednesday a few weeks in the past, it hadn’t been an amazing day. I’d had the assembly from hell, the place I attempted to maintain my cool however to say I used to be pissed off can be the understatement of the Century.
Fortunately my digicam wasn’t on, and I’m a lot better at cover my feelings in my voice regardless that Kristal and a few of my different good pals suppose this isn’t true, although I disagree trigger I actually am. Anyway, by the point 5pm rolled round I used to be desirous to get out and head to Woolworths.
I park the automobile 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, giggle 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.
Out of the blue 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 buyers. I search for from my cellphone, seeing the most important man I had seen shortly. He seems to be down at me, shocked. I frown up at him, he was attempting to login to the QR code. I mud myself off and stroll over to the opposite QR code the place I test in, strolling by way of the turnstiles.
I cellphone Kristal “Hiya.”
“Why does one thing must occur?”
“Ummm as a result of it’s you and also you sound prefer it.”
“Effectively, I simply bumped into the again of a brick wall.”
“Effectively, no. It was an enormous man standing proper in my means attempting to login to the QR code.”
“And it’s his fault you not solely didn’t see this ‘enormous man,’ however that you just bumped into him? Let me guess you had been in your cellphone.”
“Effectively, he may have walked and logged in? And the way have you learnt I used to be on my cellphone.”
“Since you mentioned that he was enormous 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 generally known as logic, against ‘Cassie-logic’”
“Which can also be know as logic as properly you understand?”
“Positive it’s.” She was attempting to appease me. “So, he was standing nonetheless, doing the appropriate factor, once 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 appropriate factor. And his within the unsuitable?”
“Sure, he was standing nonetheless proper in my means, and I suppose doing the ‘proper factor’. It’s simply so bloody annoying. You need to have seen his face. He was definitely shocked when he noticed a loopy woman in brilliant pink tights run into the again of him.”
“I wager 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 most likely afraid that you’ll run into him once more after which scowl him.”
“How have you learnt I scowled at him?”
“Trigger it’s you.”
“Sure, however I’m so grownup now.”
“Cass, I don’t suppose that could be a good argument for you this week. On Sunday you ran headfirst right into a glass window at Erina, whereas attempting 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 dimensions 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 suppose you’re actually ‘grownup’ this week. Finest strive once more subsequent week.”