I was coming back from a meeting at one of our other locations and decided to stop in at a local Randall’s (Safeway) to pick up some lunch on the way back to my home office. Randall’s usually has a nice deli where you can get a nice variety of hot food, so it’s a great place to go if you have no idea what you want.
As I walked up to the counter I noticed a really good looking pastrami and Swiss sandwich that I was pretty sure I wanted, which is when I noticed an order taker that had zeroed in on me and was walking over to get my order. Nothing too out of the ordinary about her really, except that she only had one arm. My thoughts raced, ranging from how can I politely ask some one else to help me, to maybe I should help her and finally I wonder how she’ll cut the sandwich, but in the end I ended up giving her my order. Due to the extenuating circumstances I was not too surprised that it took around 3 years to get my sandwich, but she had her back turned the entire time.
I would think half the fun in having a one armed sandwich maker would be entertainment in watching that sandwich get made. I’ll bet she’s come up with all sorts of new shortcuts that I never would have thought of, not missing an arm and all. Too bad really, I think I could benefit from some sandwich making innovation, since my technique has gotten pretty old and tired.
The other strange thing about my trip to Randall’s was a sacker asking me if I wanted some help out with my 7 items. Now I may not be in the best shape in the world, but I think I can handle the load pictured below. Maybe he only got a side view of me and thought I had only one arm.