Pajama Bottoms at the Buffet – The Art of People Watching

These are the people I observed today in my quest for being alone and just being in the moment:

  1. I saw a young guy with a fuzzy beard go through the buffet in his pajama bottoms; twice. I’m pretty sure he still had his slippers on too. I wondered if he was just heading up to do tree planting or some other environmental job. He had his black toque on, ready to go into the bush!
  2. I noticed a family excited about the buffet. The little girl squealing in delight about the strawberries while her Daddy got her some. Mom went up there three times, but I noticed that it wasn’t until the third trip that she was getting food for herself
  3. There was my beautiful Ukraine waitress that deserves a post all her own…
  4. The woman that was full of entitlement. I listened as she claimed all that was her right. I wondered if she ever had any fun.
  5. I met the friendly house-keeping staff that kept calling me “Maam” and put my stuff daintily on a face cloth and gave me a complimentary bottled water just because I said hello and how are you and stopped and listened to her answer.
  6. Two young people, obviously on their lunch break, discussed the woes of work and of a manager that wanted them to make her look good and that she needed to be honest with them about that. They claimed they would think more of her if she just came out and said that instead of the bull that she had told them. It was interesting to hear their point about how that would motivate them more – her honesty – interesting how so many managers miss that one…
  7. I spoke to the hotel “handy man” in the elevator as I was heading down to workout. I learned that his knees can’t take running, but he walks as much as he can. He laughed about his belly and told me his son had his bike and he hopes to get a new one. Then, he pointed me in the direction of the gym and wished me well. I saw him 3 more times throughout the evening. He really does walk a lot.
  8. A fellow people-watcher; an elderly restaurant hostess sat me at the table so that “You can watch people like I do” and smiled knowingly when I told her her I was enjoying my alone time. I wondered if she was alone. If she had a smiling retired husband waiting for her at home or if she was working because she lost him…I thought of my own sweetheart…
  9. The boisterous table of ladies, likely conference delegates that were enjoying their “girl time”; talking and laughing and barely touching their food, everyone talking at once. We sure have fun when we do that.
I caught myself smiling several times throughout the day. I’m sure the casual observer of me was wondering what I was up to. My iPhone was beside me, but I didn’t bury my nose in it (like so many others – even an iPad at the breakfast table!) It was much more fun unplugging and just watching.
When was the last time you paid attention to the people walking by or standing beside you. Have you looked in the eyes of your server and genuinely smiled? You never know where it will take you…

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