The Town That Always Prepares The Best Candied And Smoked Alaskan Salmon, The Girl Scout Cookie Barter And Can Anyone Recommend A Chiropractor Or An Excellent Masseuse ?
When people get together for long periods of time at conferences and continuing educational classes, it’s nearly impossible to avoid — the eventual hookups and information exchanges of the various things each of us just happen to need or want at the time — a bit of fish, some cookies you promised the handyman and possibly a solution to that painful condition you’ve been living with for years.
It took less than an hour for everyone to warm up to each other. After your brain has been filled with a million facts for the past hour or two, you’re open to small talk about anything except those one million business or scientific facts that instructors are determined on cramming into your memory.
You’ve only got so much time for a break or lunch and so you talk about the weather — why is it still snowing in April ? What’s going on at home — what was it you promised your litte girl you’d bring home? The unruly passenger on the international flight you came in on, or perhaps you inquire about the whereabouts of a grocery store nearby because you forgot your razor.
After a few more days into your new routine, someone is texting a family member about helping with Girl Scout Cookie sales during a group lunch at a nearby deli.
You suddenly remember the handyman you had to leave hanging in the driveway, because you were in a hurry to get to the airport. He yelled at you from his truck as you were leaving, “ pay me in Girl Scout Cookies when you get back”. Before you can dismiss it as a joke, he reiterates — “I’m serious. I’ve had a taste for them lately”.