Understanding Introverts

I previously did a post on Extroverts and Introverts because I am most definitely an introvert. I like people but in small doses. Communal living would be my idea of hell. I guard my personal space and value having time to myself. So when I came across this rather clever explanation of Introverts I thought I would share it.


I think it sums us Introverts up rather well. What do you all think?


Opportunity missed

Yesterday OH and I decided to use a Groupon I had purchased for a gourmet burger special at Karibu at the Waterfront. I called ahead and was told there was no need to book. On arrival we were shown to a table, there were very few diners left as it was just coming to the end of lunch time.

Kak restuarant

We were given menus but they did not list any burgers at all and when the waiter came back and saw our Groupon voucher his whole attitude changed. He presented us with a small laminated card on which the “gourmet burgers” were listed and left.

The wine list was extensive with everything on the pricey to exorbitant side, the price of a very average glass of wine was between R40 and R60 so we declined and had a soft drink instead. The waiter eventually came back and took our orders and after a reasonable wait our food was delivered by another waiter who might have been more senior.

The food was OK, not amazing, not something I would pay their full price for. Too much food for a burger meal in my opinion. The best item was the onion rings.

From here things went downhill, our waiter ambled past more times than I could count, clearly not busy, and never made eye contact with our table. The waiter who delivered our food did the same. Our waiter stood at the bar counter with his back to us 70% of the time. He checked on us once only. I would have liked another cool drink but I could not get his attention. It took more than 15 minutes from the time we finished eating till he came back to the table to ask if everything was alright.

If this had been in the height of a lunch time rush I would have been cool with it but he appeared to be deliberately ignoring us and I am sure it is because we had a Groupon voucher. Maybe he thought us cheapskates and unlikely to tip well. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy as we were so irritated that we gave him a below normal tip and he had a lot to say about it. OH told him he was lucky to get what he did because he did not deserve it at all.

Here’s what I don’t understand, when restaurants do a deal with Groupon or any of the other such schemes they do it, I would suppose, to get more people to their restaurant but this comes at a cost of heavily discounted food. Think of it as an alternative advertising spend. Why then do they treat their newly won customers with such disdain? If I was a restaurateur I would make sure my wait staff were well briefed to give voucher holders the same, if not better service, than other patrons. Surely this is when you go all out to impress to ensure that they come back again and again and happily pay the full price.

Only twice have we had exceptional service with a discount voucher. The rest of the occasions have been mediocre at best but we have always tipped on the value of the undiscounted meal. But to be treated so badly in what is an upmarket restaurant annoyed us both so much that we felt a normal tip completely unwarranted. Needless to say we won’t be going back.

Sadly this is not the first time we have had an experience like this with a discount voucher and I now feel far less inclined to take up these offers and try a new restaurant when I can get far superior service at our local Spur. 

Hello Bloggers, I’m still here

The past two weeks have been hectic, I seem to have been constantly on the run with something or other and yet on reflection, none of it was of any great importance.


Last weekend OH and I worked in the garden till we ached all over but a big tree pruning job is now complete and all the cut wood stacked for fire wood. Tomorrow we are going wine tasting, the weather does not look like it will be warm but at least it will be a break from chores.


On a completely different note I have just finished reading JM Coetzee’s “Disgrace”. I am astounded that this work won a prize (can’t remember exactly which one). What a depressing read, the main character is a sorry excuse for a man if there ever was one and the author portrays South Africa as a country without hope or any redeeming features. This book also has the most unsatisfactory abrupt ending I have ever come across. It’s almost like Coetzee said to himself “that’s it, I’m done” and just stopped writing.


The weather in Cape Town is foul today, although we do need the rain. Our two water tanks both filled to overflowing in a matter of hours. Ozzy and Milo have their beds in front of the fire and for them life could not get better.

A glass of red wine and a slab of chocolate would make my life a lot better right now 😉

One Liners (Not for the PC Brigade)

Did you hear about the fat, alcoholic transvestite – all he wanted to do was eat, drink and be Mary.


I got invited to a party and was told to dress to kill. Apparently a turban, beard and a backpack wasn’t what they had in mind.


After a night of drink, drugs and wild sex, Jim woke up to find himself next to a really ugly woman. That’s when he realised he had made it home safely.


Paddy says to Mick, “Christmas is on Friday this year”. Mick said, “Let’s hope it’s not the 13th then.”


My mate just hired an Eastern European cleaner, took her 15 hours to hoover the house. Turns out she was a Slovak.


Since the snow came all the girlfriends done is look through the window. If it gets any worse, I’ll have to let her in.


I’ve been charged with murder for killing a man with sandpaper. To be honest I only intended to rough him up a bit.


After years of research, scientists have discovered what makes women happy……………………………..          Nothing.


Just had my water bill £175 dropped on my mat. That’s a lot. Oxfam can supply a whole African village for just £2 a month: time to change supplier I think.


Two women called at my door and asked what bread I ate; when I said white they gave me a lecture on the benefits of brown bread for 30 minutes……………   I think they were those Hovis Witnesses.


Seven wheelchair athletes have been banned from the Paralympics after they tested positive for WD40.


A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has been discovered in Egypt…………………..   Archaeologists believe it may be Pharaoh Roche.


Just A Reminder to those who stole Electrical Goods in Last Year’s Riots….Your One Year Manufacturer’s Warranty Runs Out Soon.


IT’S A BOY” I shouted “A BOY, I DON’T BELIEVE IT, IT’S A BOY”……………………….    And with tears streaming down my face I swore I’d never visit another Thai Brothel.


Two Indian junkies accidentally snorted curry powder instead of cocaine…………………    Both in hospital…one’s in a korma.. The other’s got a dodgy tikka


In the first few days of the Olympics the Romanians took gold, silver, bronze, copper & lead.


Sailing results are in, GB took gold, USA took silver and Somalia took a Middle aged couple from Weymouth


An Englishman has started his own business in Afghanistan! He is making land Mines that look like prayer mats! It’s doing well! Prophets are going through the roof.


Japanese scientists have created a camera with a shutter speed so fast, they can now photograph a woman with her mouth shut.


A boy asks his granny, ‘Have you seen my pills, they were labelled LSD?’………………………   Granny replies, f#*k the pills, have you seen the dragons in the kitchen?!


Little Billy asks his dad for a telly in his room. Dad reluctantly agrees.

Next day Billy comes downstairs and asks, ‘Dad, what’s love juice?’

Dad looks horrified and tells Billy all about sex.

Billy just sat there with his mouth open in amazement.

Dad says, ‘So what were you watching?’

Billy says, ‘ Wimbledon.’


A woman standing nude in front of a mirror says to her husband: ‘I look horrible, I feel fat and ugly, pay me a compliment.’

He replies, ‘Your eyesight is perfect.’


Wife gets naked and asks hubby, ‘What turns you on more, my pretty face or my sexy body?’

Hubby looks her up and down and replies, ‘Your sense of humour!