Yesterday I had to go to SARS* to sort out some issue which has been going on for some months now. I have spent about 9 hours there altogether and believe me they have not been the most exciting 9 hours I have spent.
This time I took a book with and some work but I couldn’t concentrate because they keep calling out numbers and I’m scared I’ll miss mine.
I decided instead of being bored I would do some people watching. I also wrote down what I experienced as a story on watzapp to my children. It was a funny story which included the people who work there and had me in stitches laughing at my childrens’ reactions.
Before I knew it I was finished. The two hours I was there became something that was creative and fun instead of the normal time waster that it had been in the past.
Here is an excerpt from my watzapp story.
“Well I am finally here. After many weeks of procrastinating. Surprisingly when I arrived at 12:20ish there was no queue at all, I just walked in. You can never tell with SARS. After getting my ticket – number 384 – I sat down with time ahead to do whatever I wanted to do with these empty moments. I unfortunately ate my snack in the first three minutes of being here so now I am officially snackless……
Getting uncomfortable in these airport seats I shift to the side, lifting my boot clad feet up on the row of empty chairs beside me. The steel arm of the chair cuts into my back and I have to turn back to my original sitting position.
Just when I thought this place was unusually quiet, a loud drilling noise emanates from somewhere yonder. Perhaps that is the room they use to force people to pay their taxes.
I regret not bringing more snacks…..
Finally I’m at the counter. The machine won’t read my finger prints, something I had planned all along. The lady picks fragments from my memory to be sure I am who I say I am. She tells me I can’t use the papers I have brought to verify my address even through I received them from SARS at my home address. This is a mystery to me…….”
Anyway, that’s all for now.
I hope you have some opportunities for fun this week.
*SARS – South African Revenue Services