Wednesday, August 18, 2010

#122- Perfect or Imperfect?

I am a perfectionist and a clean princess (I don’t want to use negative word, “a clean freak”).

The other day, after I saw the movie “EAT PRAY LOVE” (movie was ok…I just enjoyed “EAT” part and Julia Roberts’s smile), I wanted to read the book “EAT PRAY LOVE”(I guess, the book is better than movie), so I went to the next door, BARNES & NOBLE (at the Americana at Brand).

I asked the guy who works there, “Where is the EAT PRAY LOVE”?

The guy at the BARNES & NOBLE: Follow me…here you go! (He picked the book for me. Thank you, but no thank you…)

Oh…no…the “EAT PRAY LOVE” books are on the top of the shelves…I need to pick “perfect one” by myself… (I prefer the product which nobody touch or try)

Me: Ahn…excuse me…I know sounds crazy (I don’t think so…but I was polite!)…I always pick clean book by myself…I mean I would like to pick the book by myself, you know what I mean. I want to have a book which nobody read or touch…But…I can’t reach the top of this shelf…do you have a chair for me?

The guy: Sure! I will be back.

Me: Sorry!!!

He was sweet! He brought the chair for me! And I was trying to pick the “perfect + clean” book.

The other guy: Are you all right? Do you need my help?

Me: Oh…thank you. I mean no thank you! I always pick “perfect ones” by myself.

The other guy: ???

And when I went to the casher…shoot…there were many “EAT PRAY LOVE” books on the lower level shelves…

I asked the first guy, “Do you display this book at the other lower level shelves?” But he said, “No. only here”… I guess, from now on…I should find the shelves by myself as well…

P.S. I think the book from the higher shelf has much better energy than one from the lower level shelves, yes! Perfect!

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At the Paperchase

I wanted to purchase “Filofax Classic Pink Personal Organizer”, but I need the “brand new” product, I mean…I would like to buy a product which nobody touch yet…so I asked the store person, “Could you tell me when do you sell 2011 products?”

“We don’t know yet…probably in this September or October.”

“Could you call me when you receive new products? I would like to purchase right away. Would you call me before you display the products at your store?”

“Sure! What is your name and phone number?”

Yes! I am going to have a perfect “Pink Personal Organizer” soon!

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Perfect window?

This morning, the cleaning staff at my apartment was washing the pool furniture (chairs, tables and parasols) with water / a hose and she made water splash mark on my bed room window…so I asked her, “Good morning E****! Do me a favor, when you have time, would you wash my bed room lower window from there with a hose? You made water splash mark…so I want you to wash my window perfectly!”

Oh…she is so sweet! She brought the paper towel & window cleaning stuff and she was cleaning my window… (I live on the second floor…she climb a fence…)

I felt bad for her…

Me: I am so sorry, I didn’t ask you to cleaning my window this way…Thank you so much!!!

Yes, my bed room window is perfect today!


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This morning, my new neighbor(who moved in last night/ their parking spot is next to my spot in the parking lot)...they parked their car too close to my car, so I went to their room(across from my room) and I said to them(a couple), "Could you park your car in the middle in the spot? Please don't park too close to my car. My former neighbor hit my car two years ago and I don't want to hit your car as well. Do you understand what I mean? Not on the line...please park your car in the middle...Oh what is your name? J***? My name is Yoko. Thank you!"

I am just afraid of the scratch from the car next to me or something else…you know what I mean.

Then, when I went out, I also left a note (a piece of paper) for his car, "Hi J***, Thank you very much for understanding for parking in the middle. Have a nice day! Yoko"

Am I too much???

Yes, my parking spot is perfect (I hope…I want to make sure, tomorrow again!)


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One more funny (I don’t want to use negative word, “crazy”) episode…

Many mornings, I see the woman with very noisy three kids at the pool area. I am sure that the kids are not hers, because she and kids have different colors and she never say anything to kids to be quiet (most of mothers and fathers are usually telling to their kids, like “Don’t do***. No ***. Thank you”).

One morning, they were so noisy again and I was being patient during their time at the pool area…but,I couldn’t help it, so I called the manager at our building.

Me: The woman and three little kids are picking the flowers from the trees and making mess on the floor behind the building near barbeque area. Could you come and tell the woman don’t do that? I feel bad for the trees & flowers and cleaning staff.

Manager: Sure!

10 minutes later, nobody came and they were still picking flowers and making floor mess with flowers (they killed more than 20 flowers and floor was really mess…) poor flowers...

I couldn’t help it! 10 minutes later, I went to the woman and said, “Excuse me, would you tell these kids, don’t do that? These kids are your client’s kids, right? Please tell your client’s kids, ‘don’t do that?’ ”

The nanny: Yes, I am a nanny. I already told kids, “You can’t do that”. But they are not listening…

Me: Please stop kids to picking flowers and make floor mess. Do you know how our cleaning staff and maintenance people work hard? I always watch them cleaning here after people make mess. Please think about them. We also pay too much money for them and those flowers. If you make mess, we have to pay for it. I feel bad for cleaning people. They have to clean you guys mess. And…I feel bad for those flowers too. Please don’t hurt flowers… I don’t want to see flowers hurt. If kids want to do aggressive things, you should take them to the park.

Then…this nanny went back to the place where many dead flowers on the floor with kids were, and they (the nanny and kids) were picking the flowers from the floor and cleaning.

Oh…I feel good, there were no mess and no more hurting flowers…perfect beautiful view!

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When I see something wrong, I want to fix it and make it perfect!

I know, my perfect thing is just for me. I am perfect for myself! ha ha ha…

But...comes to men…I like someone who is “imperfectly sexy”…ok… I am going back to read “EAT PRAY LOVE”…

By the way, there are many imperfect sentences in my blog…please forgive me!

By the way + By the way, are you perfect or imperfect???


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 18, 2010

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