Vendor: I need to do it this way. Do you think the customer will be alright with that?
Me: Well, he oughta. I'll just tell him that's the way we need to do it and if there's no hollerin' and snot-slingin', we'll just leave it at that.
I think snot-slinging is an under-used expression, so I try to trot it out whenever possible. Tomorrow it'll be something else like running for the barn or a toad-strangler or ... I'm sure I'll come up with something.
I've also found that the folks in the Northeast seem to enjoy helping me when I sort of purr and say y'all. See how easy that is? Just playing nice and being my own natural self seems to get a lot done, and they get the the dividend of good feelings which can only come of helping out a little lady. I don't see any harm in finding a giggle every so often, and I think it improves everyone's mood. I know it helps my outlook.
Speaking of little ladies, and little old ones in partic, a dear friend's Grams is in hospital and I want him and his lovely family to know they are ever in my thoughts at this time. Sounds like there's good reason to feel hopeful, but I'm throwing in my own prayers.