It didn’t look like rain. If it had looked like rain, I would never have set off on a Saturday morning for an hour of Prize Draw down by the car park. If it’s raining no-one wants to stop and talk.
But by the time the sky went black, I was already there – and when the first spots of rain soaked into my entry form, I knew there was nothing for it but to seek shelter along with everyone else under the little alcove outside the shoe repair shop.
And that was how I learned to love the rain.
There was a man standing next to me. He looked out at the weather. He stayed put.
He was a young man – all men are young when you’re my age – and I find that young men are always in a hurry. Moreover he was wearing a suit and that meant that not only would he be in a hurry but he would be much too important to enter a free Prize Draw.
But he wasn’t going anywhere and I wasn’t going anywhere either and so I asked him.
He looked at me. He looked at me as a businessman in the prime of life might look at someone who is less important and on top of that, rather old and past it.
I just smiled. You can do that if you’ve been there and done it – and you know a secret that the other person has yet to discover.
He stopped and he thought for a second – and something made him loosen up and step out of character. Fighting against his better judgement, he said “Yes,” he would like to enter my Prize Draw – and then we got talking and as it happens, he would be interested in “additional part-time earnings” as well.
So him I’m going to see on Friday afternoon.
Don’t ask me why this happens. All I know is that sometimes it does – as long as you talk to everyone…
|Date||Time||How||Minutes||Number of people asked||Appointment?||Callback agreed?|
|21.01.12||1503 – 1515||Prize Draw. Woodbridge Car Park||7||1||Yes Cancelled|
|1149 – 1159||10 (17)||10||Yes|
|1159 – 1202||3 (20)||10||Yes|
|1202 – 1218||10 (30)||31||Yes|
|1218 – 1226||18 (49)||10 (34)||No||Yes|
|1226 – 1242||16 (1HR:05)||33 (67)||No|