Yesterday I said something I haven’t said in a while. It felt good. I said “I’ll take the meatball sub” then I said it again.
The order taker asked “Do you want two meatball subs?”
I thought about it “Do you take cards?” I countered.
“Cash only” he said while looking at the two person line forming behind me.
Me: Ok then I’ll take one, one meatball sub and I’d like that as soon as possible”
Order taker: “to go?”
As if I’m gonna wait to get home to eat my meatball sub. Please.
“I’d like to eat my meatball sub here” I added internally “if that’s OK with you”
He took my name and my money and I went to find a seat.
Looking back, I realized a simple “What’s the turnaround time on that?” or “How long will that take?” might have been a more appropriate way of communicating my hasty excitement than the “as soon as possible” word choice. The thing is, I’m a staunch believer that menu’s should have the turn around time listed.
Bacon double cheeseburger $10 (13 minutes)
BLT $8 (5 minutes)
Sometimes you want to know how quickly you can get some God damn food , without asking directly.
Turns out I waited almost 16 minutes for my meatball sub. A guy named Tony got his food before me, even though he ordered after me. He got his food around 11 minutes after he placed his order. I wanted to know what he got for future reference but I didn’t want him to know I was monitoring his experience at the sandwich shop. Comparing it to my experience.
When they finally called “Kendra!” I saw a girl with a tray looking around.
I shot my arm up. “Here! Meatball sub!”
Someone said “That looks good” and I beamed with pride.
I made a good choice, even strangers noticed.
That meatball sub had about a 4 minute lifespan.
I thought to myself on the last bite, “don’t worry, there’s a shrimp quesadilla where you’re going, just waiting for some company”
Thanks for listening!
Kendra is a stand up comic living in Brooklyn where she owns a super comfortable bed. She spends most of her time wondering where the hell her sugar daddy is and hoping he didn’t settle.