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Island time? Why do we accept this excuse?

Discussion in 'Bonaire' started by wildbill9, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

    You can tell who a person really is
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  2. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    Hah! Fair enough. I would be happy to get a drink with any of you guys, and the conversation here is usually so good that we probably wouldn't even notice the wait... :D

    Dive safe.
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  3. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    Exactly. If a person is nice to you but rude to the server, they are not a good person.
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  4. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    Most people do. Hence the term “island time.”
  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    I live on "island time" (although not in the Caribbean). We live life at a slower pace (unless it's time to catch the boat). "Slow down, you move too fast..."
    chillyinCanada, Steelyeyes and KathyV like this.
  6. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

    I remember arriving in the Philippines in 1986 for my first international job. I was amazed having porters carry bags from the cab, and up to my room etc.
    My boss said, "yep, you have to go to a third world country to get first class service".
  7. gbf

    gbf Manta Ray

    I made both my children get jobs waiting tables during high school and college.

    After the expected amounts of "aw Dad", one asked why I was so insistent.

    I told them I wanted them to know how to act (and not act) when they were on the other side of the table.
  8. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    At least you haven't yet experienced "Total Gridlock".

  9. DennisS

    DennisS Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    I used to work in the Bahamas occasionally. We would get to the restaurant at 7:30 and still be waiting for breakfast at 8. Did I mention we were the only ones in the restaurant. I mentioned it after a few days to our waitress, the owner. She got in a huff and asked, "If you're in a hurry, why did you come to the Bahamas". Her island, her restaurant, her rules
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  10. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
    You can hold your breath, or you can stomp away while waiting for people with another world view to change to yours, or you can accept what is.

    I have friends that are engineers who have worked the world over. One example was Jamaica. To get 100 laborers on the job site on any given day they'd have to hire 150+. Once the laborers had earned what they thought was enough money for a while they just wouldn't show up. When they ran out of money they'd come back. The job needed to be done and the culture wasn't going to change so they adapted. Same problem occurred in many places including India and Africa. At least in those places he wasn't woken in the middle of the night at gunpoint to get a power plant running after it tripped offline as happened in a certain Latin American country.

    When I first met my current wife she had a distinct lack of patience with servers. If she ordered a drink in the bar and the server wasn't up to her expectations she'd pick up her purse and walk out. After a while she realized that changing locations, ordering another drink and waiting what she thought was a reasonable time cost her more time than patience in the first place would have. I'm starting to wear off on her I suppose. She'll slow down more when we move to the island. She's gonna have to.
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