Today I was up early to see the doctor again. Fingers crossed that he is there because after all, he’s just a GP, it’s not like he’s out delivering babies or anything. I arrived at his office to find the reception already full of people. Crap, this is going to take all morning! I sat down and stared at his door willing it to open so I could be reassured I wasn’t wasting my time again.
After a while more people entered the waiting area and I kept hearing “chi ultima”…”who’s last”. The only time I’d been here was with Mama last year and I don’t recall this strange procedure (that’s because she butts in front of everyone). I finally chimed in and with a “someone please help me” expression I piped up and said “who’s first”. Luckily some woman understood my confusion and newbie status and said “you’re after me”. Oh, thank you so much! I felt strangely like a racing horse who was just given her starting position.
Then, when I finally had my turn the doctor asked me if I had an appointment! What??? This system is so messed up. You see, you arrive and ask who’s last so that you know you are after that person. But Italian’s are sneaky and just like Mama, they will sometimes try to run over the deer caught in the headlights (me) instead of stopping and allowing the deer to cross the road. But when he asked if I had an appointment I was even more confused…and never quite figured it out but was happy to finally be in his office so I didn’t push the matter further.
There is no organized line and the “me first” mentality have people like me for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now, I am no wilting flower mind you, but I am still learning the ways of the world here and how to best maintain my starting position against the “Mama mentality”. If this were Canada you would see people standing in a single-file line for the bus when in fact it would make perfect sense for them to be huddled in a ball at the bus stop on a blustery cold day. But, that’s just the Canadian mentality…we will freeze our ass’s off to maintain order!
So, to give you an idea of what it was like at the doctor’s office today I will share one of my favourite Abbott & Costello video’s with you, enjoy: