"'Having a shared history is something you just can't create with the new ones. No matter how much you like them, it just isn't the same.'"
I loved it! Liked it a lot better than The Beach House. It was pretty similar in the way that the narrator changes from character to character. But I liked it a lot... I don't know why. I guess it was more chick lit-y or maybe I liked the story line more; five friends who drift apart through time and a sudden death of one of those friends brings them all together again. I'm not exactly sure, but I liked it! I wanna talk about the whole book, each characters' story, but I don't wanna give anything away so you'll just have to read it for yourself. Well now I'm reading Jemima J, also by Jane Green, which my manager at work let me borrow after she saw that I was reading Second Chance, saying that Jemima J is the best. Well I guess we'll find out soon enough. I realized that most of the chick lits I read are written by British people and the characters are usually British as well... well, they write really good chick lits.
LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!! I didn't know the movie was originally a book until I saw it at Borders and I kind of wish I read it before watching the movie, because I really believe that I would've loved the movie as well, which is rare since they tend to butcher those movies that are based off of books, because you know, nothing can compare to words in a book. But I guess I'll never really know now, will I?
The book follows the movie almost perfectly, dialogue basically word for word (as translated at least, from German). There are some scenes that weren't in the movie, but they weren't that important or significant to the story line so it was okay to take them out. I applaud the director in this movie... or whoever made these executive decisions (well I mean the directing of the movie was great too). And what I love most about this book is the way that it's written, as a stream of consciousness from the narrator, Michael, which is also what makes it so easy to read, and it's only like 200 pages. So read it!! I highly recommend it and watch the movie as well. I loved both the movie and book!!
(And I just realized... Ralph Fiennes, who plays the older Michael in the movie, is also... Lord Voldemort!! I can totally see it now... I can't believe I didn't notice it before!)
While working at Madewell, or retail in general, I've met my share of nut cases and seen how shopping can bring out the crazy in some women.
Customer: Is this all that you have left of the sale items or do you have more downstairs?
Me: We might have some more of certain items, I can check for you if you'd like?
Customer: Yea, can you check for this tank in the brown in XS?
Me: Sure, just give me one sec.
[I check in the stockroom.]
Me: Sorry, but we don't have anymore of that tank in XS.
Customer: So... you don't have anymore sale items downstairs.
Me: We might have certain items, but we may be out of other things.
[So later this nut case ends up getting some other tank and I ring her up.]
Me: So just this tank?
Me: Your total comes out to $16.95.
Customer: It's not on sale? It was in the sale section back there.
Me: It's only on select items. (People... learn how to READ everything on the sign... not just the part that says SALE.)
Customer: But they're different from those tanks over there. It's shorter. (And by the way, this is our standard wifebeater tanks.)
Me: It shouldn't be any different they're our standard tanks and the style hasn't changed. It's just certain colors are on sale.
Customer: Ok, whatever. I'll still get it. I just love these tanks. They're so soft.
Me: (fake enthusiasm) haha I know. I love them!
[Customer swipes her card or pays cash, I don't remember.]
Me: Would you like to be added to our e-mail list?
Customer: No, that's okay.
Me: That's fine. I just need your zip code.
Customer: No, I said I didn't want to be added onto the list. (I've had this response from a couple customers. Yea, I'm gonna use your zip code and possibly your credit card information, if you use one, to find out your e-mail address. THINK people.)
Me: Oh no this is just for demographics to see where our customers are coming from.
Customer: No, thanks I don't want one in my area... I never give out my zip code. (... "I don't want one in my area" wtf... who said I'm gonna put one in your area... calm down lady, let's not get ahead ourselves.)
Me:... oooohh kayyy Here is your receipt and have a great day. Take care.
[I like this one...We were having a sale on our t-shirts, making them 2 for $30 and the prices on them individually range from $24-29, depending on the color, and this customer brings over one t-shirt.]
Me: Do you wanna grab another t-shirt because it's 2 for $30?
Customer:... I can't get one for $15?
(no... Seriously, this makes me question your intelligence... this ain't the supermarket lady...)