Tuesday 16 March 2004

it's nice to be nice

Everyone at this office is so nice. They smile at you when you walk past them in the hallway. They say, "Hihowareya?" when you see them in the kitchen. One of the big cheese's assistants has been so helpful, I feel like I should bring her a bouquet of flowers every day. People want to take us out for lunch (and 10 other people want to come along). Colleagues offer to find us interesting things to see and do during our week here, and one has offered to take us on a tour of the Everglades on Saturday (unfortunately, we won't really be around that day).

It's really nice to be around people who are so...erm...nice. Maybe living near a beach in lovely sunshiny weather makes people a bit friendlier. Maybe it's just how Americans are. The friendly peppy perky "Hey guys! I'll be your waitress tonight! Isn't that like so super duper cool?" kind of attitude can be a bit much for those of us who hail from more reserved countries, but I like how people aren't afraid to make small talk or give you a smile.

I am having a nice day, thanks.

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