From The Storyteller
Hello All: An interesting lunch with a positive result. Hope you can relate in one way or another. Enjoy, Doug.
“Jake from State Farm” was the name placed on our order at the Twisted Root hamburger restaurant in Waco, TX. The person taking the order looks at the customer and then assigns the order a name they think is relevant. The “Root” is located at the edge of Baylor University, with a very relaxed dress code. I was wearing khaki slacks and a sports shirt in a college hamburger place so “Jake from State Farm” on our order seemed to fit. The name, given to the order for the girl ahead of me “Shasa”, got my attention. She smiled, nodded and walked on, and I was clueless as to why “Shasa”.
This caused my people-watching skills to kick into high gear, and this brought me to car tires, Tires are the most highly engineered part of your car. A typical car tire will have about 19% natural rubber, 24% synthetic rubber, 12% steel, and 45% other stuff that make it all work. With hundreds of different tire sizes and 100 companies in the USA manufacturing those tires, the sheer number of tire options highlights why I enjoy people watching.
The diversity folks display in everything from clothing, to eating, to even the car tires they choose, makes them amazing. So many people, so many whys.
Which brings me to the three rules of people watching. First, staring is bad form, so just don’t. Second, no matter how curious you might be, you never get to ask.
After 45 minutes of people watching she leaves, and I’m still clueless as to “Why Shasa”. Which brings me to rule number three: When all else fails, a google search is allowable. Smile: Google finds “Shasa” is a multinational, women’s fashion corporation offering jewelry, shoes, and accessories, and my Waco “Shasa” was definitely a fashion statement.
Lunch mystery solved.
Moral: Rules are rules.