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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

                                                           LIVING


 

LIVING                                                                          JULY 2017
  

A MATTER OF WORK


Mr. L has finally ‘retired’, lucky man…because now that his wife is on Aegina island, more often than not, he can take a more relaxed approach to work; this entails listening to the radio at the office, not pleasant Greek melodies but political banter in which politicians literally scream at each other and all at the same time because, being Greek, they have never learnt how to listen! And because the airwave reception is better by the door, this is where he chooses to sit; so his desk remains strewn with papers, all waiting to be categorized, placed into a system. Naturally, because he is quite hungry by 10.am, having walked from the car, down Spirou Rodi to the office, he needs to eat a koulouri,  and he buys the ones which have loads of sesame seeds that drop all over the only clear work surface so that by the time I arrive, it looks as if we have a black, glossy bird feeding table just inside the office entrance and if it weren’t for the fact that he is sat there, like a melancholic Greek scarecrow, I believe that the pigeons that perch and poo over our shop sign would pop in for a quick snack.

He has an electric coffee pot too that keeps him in filter coffee most of the morning and because he so concentrated on what the politicians are yelling about, he sometimes misses the cup and pours coffee over the white tiled floor. Sometimes though, whilst drinking his coffee, he might get interrupted by a customer coming onto the office or a phone call and he forgets where he has placed the cup and knocks it over in the very process of looking for it!!

So by the time I arrive (the CEO of Aeginahomeandliving), I have plenty to be getting on with. First of all, I switch off the politicians and then I set about cleaning the surfaces, sweeping those sesame seeds off the work tops and finally, mopping the white tiled floor that never looks white!! If I am lucky, he will have switched on the computer and to keep me really sweet, he will nip to Dimitri’s café to buy my cappuccino, made to perfection by Leah. As far as I am concerned, she makes the best cappuccino in Aegina, strong, quality coffee with the right measure of piping hot frothed milk, just the way I like it!

I then set about preparing property information, details, marketing packs, photography, all of which require a level of concentration but Mr. L usually likes to discuss office issues whilst I am writing and I find this really annoying, so within 15-20 minutes, our office metamorphs to Aeginahomeandarguing, though typically, Mr. L refers to it as Aeginahomeandnagging.’ When men learn to listen, women will stop complaining’ has become my mantra.

All said and done though, he does have some good points and he will go out of his way to help people and besides, I wonder how his version of office events might read!

 




Alison Lorentzos                                                       copyright 2017

 

 

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