Skip to main content

I Learned 2 Things at Chipotle Tonight

"Keep your body parts on that side of the glass." 

That sign at Chipotle always makes me laugh a little. I always think about a kidney or a lung trying to migrate across the almighty glass. 

But beyond keeping my body on the right side of the glass, I learned two things tonight. Yes, Chipotle is good for a life lesson, or two, in this case.

I waited in line and when it was my turn, I said the first two most appropriate things, which was "steak bowl." The Chipotle girl very politely said, "it's going to be a few minutes for steak." And it was actually just a few minutes. 

So Lesson 1: tell the truth and be accurate. Whether it's a steak bowl or why you're going to be late, be truthful and be accurate. If you are 5 minutes away, say "Im 5 minutes away." If you're 30 minutes away, don't say "I'm almost there." 

Even for someone like me, who is a terrible liar, I can say, "I'm almost there." Because it's a little true. Compared to being in Minnesota, I am relatively almost there. But put me on the other end of "I'm almost there" and I get all self-righteous about the wrongness of relative truth. 

Lesson #2: take time to slow down and listen. 

Yes, Mr. Chipotle, there is a difference between "sour cream" and "sour cream and guac on the side," But when you are on the food side of the glass, not only is there a break in the space/time continuum, but it's The Fast and The Furious meets Food Service. 

So my apparently faulty sentence structure resulted in the sour cream being in the wrong place. Mr.Chipotle was quick to point out I had said sour cream, to which I responded, yes, sour cream and guac ON THE SIDE. 

But since one of my life mantras is "live and learn," this is what I take away from this experience: am I quick to respond to the first thing I hear, or do I listen to a whole thought before I respond? 

Being a parent to teens, this is a key idea. Listening is huge, and listening to everything. It's so easy to go knee-jerk reaction, but to think about what was said and what it means for your teen or young adult is harder. 

I can tell you how I have failed at this, and I can remember some moments I shone. I can also predict I will shine and fail again. But knowing I need to listen is the hugest part of something huge. 

It's been a pretty big night. I think it's time for some guac. On the side. 

Popular posts from this blog

I'm Sure Stranger Things Have Happened - Dating Advice for the Definitely Not Dead

If you have been a follower of the Flying Pants for a length of time, then you know I am not exactly  a supporter of online dating.  I just have personally had a pretty terrible experience.  But last year, about this time, after posting a blog entitled 10 Ways to Know Your Online Date is a Scam, I had a hailstorm of people writing and telling me that their brother's friend's mailman knew someone that had found LOVE on the internet.

So, as a response to this hailstorm, I set out to prove how hard it is to meet someone online with the Online Dating Diary posts (see a featured post to the right of this column).  I spent a month genuinely trying to contact men to make a dating connection and reported it back to you, the Flying Pants reader.

Those posts absolutely wrote themselves because I met so many weird/"interesting" men.  I still hear about Mr. Talks A Lot and the blind guy that liked to go to strip clubs.  In fact, I still hear about those posts and get requests to…

So Good News and Bad News.

Gentle reader, welcome to the 2017 Online Dating Diary.

This almost didn't happen.  I was seriously considering letting  Date Guy make me a one-man woman (see last post)  and that went down horrifically in flames because I am, quote, "a terrible person who doesn't regard other people's feelings."  (I probably should not have used quotes because that is not the actual verbiage.  But you get the idea.) We would have been going in two different directions on a very important topic and so after a fiery text message exchange, Date Guy is out of the picture.

So let me bring you up to speed.

I am already talking to Gorgeous, who is just that, and has a cute accent.  I am a little amazed that we are matched because he is just that gorgeous.  I have yet to do a Google image search on him because we talk frequently.  Another consideration is Ladies Love Country Boys, who is a business owner who has a veritable redneck paradise on the Westside -- he lives on a few acres a…

What A Girl (and a Guy) Wants - Dating Advice for the Definitely Not Dead #7

Thanks, Christina.  It's easy to say what a girl wants, but then how do you find what you're looking for, whether you're a man or a woman?  They say that there's an app for everything -- wouldn't it be great to have an app where you can make your perfect person?  Go through all your options and pick out what you like and have your person delivered to you in 30 minutes or less?

Alas, dating readers, it's a inevitable truth that finding your person is nothing like that.  In fact, it's more like you pick a few things and then you have to check an option called "Surprise Me" that delivers some hidden personality quirks or baggage later on in the relationship.

But thankfully we can arrive at a consensus of physical and personality traits that are generally considered desirable.  And thanks to roughly 138 of my single friends, we can get a general idea of what a girl (or a guy) wants.

The question I posed was, "What are the top three things you …