I am the Juggler…

One of the most important aspects of my job is to be able think quickly on my feet and say things that are witty at a moment’s notice. Some of that is a natural part of a person’s personality and some of it is learned from years of practice and experience. For me it’s a little bit of both.

I’m told every once in a while that it can be entertaining to watch me in action on the floor. To me it’s a little weird because I’m just going about the daily business of blending my persona at work with the other parts of my real self to manage the situations of the day. To bar customers in the front of the restaurant I guess it can be a bit of a spectator sport. I estimate in an average day I interact with about 500 people either in person or on the phone. If  99.99% of those interactions go perfectly and without any incident, I’m still open to a couple of stumbles each and every week. Almost all of those end up in a laugh for both me and the customer.

About a month ago a nice young couple was sitting at the bar table nearest the podium where I orchestrate the flow of the day. At one point they made mention of the fact that I seemed to have so many things “in the air” at once and noted how gracefully I handled multiple situations at once. Of course I was flattered and thanked them for their kind words. I then continued to bounce from task to task until  a couple of minutes later when they asked me what is was like for me when it was really slow and I had fewer things to do. Without batting an eyelash I answered, “I’m like a juggler with no balls.”


Let’s just chalk that up as part of the .01% that goes the other way. After a moment of silence and a smirk on both parties part, we laughed together and I said “you should have been here the day the woman came in a with a fur coat draped over her arm and asked me to check her beaver.”

All in a days work my friends. All in a days work…



About Jim Herbert

I've been wanting to write my whole life. By age 45 it had amounted to nothing more than a storage locker of half full journals and a lot of unfulfilled dreams. Then Paris in the fall of 2011 happened. It was the catalyst I needed to consistently blog. At first I had a hard time hitting the publish button, but now two blog sites and over 300 posts later I'm hitting my stride. I'm also a budding speech writer. I've recently been heavily involved in the Chicago Storytelling scene and have also won the Chicago Toastmasters Area 66 International Speech Contest. Check out our website at www.emergingintojoy.com for more details about the amazing things that are happening in my life. A book or two are nearing completion. With another Paris trip on tap for Easter of 2015 I can only imagine that there are Infinite Possibilities on the horizon!!!
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One Response to I am the Juggler…

  1. garry and linda says:

    hahaaaaaaaaaaa! like the doctor who told the woman with no legs “we’ll have you on your feet in no time!”

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