Tuesday, January 22, 2008
New Thing #303: Well done!
This is small but significant, and anybody who lives in a big city will understand why. Today I walked into a deli and said "I'll have the usual." I felt like an idiot for a tiny fraction of a second-what if the short-order cook had absolutely no idea what I was talking about?- but the guy nodded, then turned around and started making me a cheeseburger deluxe with fries. Thanks, hubris! Nowhere else in New York where I've worked or lived have I ever felt comfortable walking into a place and saying that. But somehow I knew that the guys at the deli buffet place would know to make me a medium-well burger with pickles. Stuff like that makes chilly New York days seem a little warmer.