Not only is this about the driest place on earth (maybe the Sahara is drier. MAYBE.) it’s also the slowest. And I don’t mean that insultingly. It’s simply a fact. Everyone moves at a snails pace around here.
Every time we need something, call someone, set an appointment – Sam and I add 2 hours to a full day onto the time span. We used to do it as a joke, “The movers said 12 so maybe 4?” until we realized that it truly was 4 that they showed up.
Our property management office is the same way. “We’ll swing by this morning to fix that window!” That was Friday. Today is Monday. The window latch is still broken.
The air conditioning took a week to get fixed. Between 4 different parties dealing with it, I thought I would lose my mind trying to light a fire under someone, anyone, to get it hurried up.
They showed up at 5pm on Friday talking about how they had to stay late to do it. Yes, well. The appointment was at 2 so imagine if you’d gotten here then? You’d already be done.
I like to be on time. I do not like to be late or to wait a long period of time for someone with no explanation. And in Denver, things happened on time, if not early. People were on a schedule. Hours of the day had a purpose. It worked for me, I liked the hustle and bustle when I went out and enjoyed knowing that if they said same day delivery, I could count on them showing up by 3pm.
It’s been hard to get used to, and I’m still not. Having been here only 3 weeks, it’s been a huge adjustment to slow down. Sam loves it. I suspect it also makes him chuckle to see me get all fired up about someone not being on time, and when they do show up they are so nice and “Oh, we got waylaid! Sorry!” that there isn’t anything to say but, “That’s alright.”
Slowing down has been a nice change to the weekends. While we are still putting the house together and mornings are spent being busy, we also have had a chance to explore here more and relax.
– Farmer’s markets:
– Fixing up new and old favorites:
– Cleaning and Waiting (while eating Cherry Garcia ice cream so – worth it)
– Poking around the neighborhood with Bella:
– Reading a good book:
– And just hanging out together in the evenings:
So while I’m adjusting, there are great parts to simply having to slow it down. Now today, as I run errands, I have to make that my mantra.
“Will not have a head explosion over how long this is taking, will not have a head explosion over…”