The Auto Shop Waiting Room

No one here is creative.
They silently sit and watch golf on the television,
I mean, golf?
Who finds that in the least bit entertaining?

The newspaper sits untouched.
I’ve been here for two hours
and the magazine rack,
beautifully stoked,
has not seen one visitor.
It’s lonely.

I wrote five pages of my journal,
read some of the newspaper
and several chapters of the novel I brought with me.

Always have a book with you,
that’s my motto.
Otherwise you can end up in a spot like this
and brainlessly waste an entire afternoon.

I hate being in this waiting limbo.
That’s really what this is.


It should have been an in and out oil change.
Instead, two mechanical problems needed to be addressed
which is currently sucking up my afternoon.

Thank goodness,
someone new showed up,
an elderly lady and she’s knitting.

Am I old because I can’t just sit here and do nothing?
like everyone else had been doing
until she showed up

Or do some people just need to create?
And why doesn’t everybody?

Is my car ready yet?
I’m so ready to but out of this limbo.
One way or the other, I will.
It’s time to escape.

2 responses to “The Auto Shop Waiting Room”

  1. Hi Chase .. sometimes it's so difficult to twiddle your thumbs isn't it – especially when one is unprepared for a wait.

    I sometimes just take the time to mull things over in my head, perhaps make a few notes .. even on the back of an envelope ..

    quiet time in a queue can be invaluable at times .. and I hate others talking loudly, or talking on their phone – so intrusive ..

    In an auto shop – it's usually mens' technology mags, or auto mags .. not much for me!

    Actually magazines seem to be going out now in waiting rooms .. health and safety – they spill on the floor, people trip on them, or they're dirty .. so I do take something to read usually ..

    Hope the car is fixed and you can spend productive days not worrying about it .. have a good week – Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    They actually had quite a selection of magazines in the waiting room. You are right though, a lot of places have stopped putting out magazines.

    That's why I like to have a book in my car all the time. You just never know when you might need to wait.

    My car is fixed but it was a $240 bill that I really wasn't expecting. But it should be smooth sailing now.

    Thanks for the great comment. Hope your day has been equally great 🙂