The “Florida Factor” in Argentina

When I worked for an aerospace corporation in Fort Walton Beach, FL, there were many transplants from the NE United States working there. Said transplants were constantly complaining about how long it took to get things done in NW Florida, which has much more in common with its Southern neighbors than with Miami. (Me, I didn’t complain at all. I was just happy that they gave me my first real job out of college and that I had my own office!)

My uptight co-workers estimated that it took 3 times longer to close out projects than they felt it should, and dubbed this delaying effect the “Florida Factor.”

Well, Tom and I are encountered the Florida Factor here in that it takes us about 3 times longer to complete any task than the amount of time we initially allot for that task. *Sigh*

For instance, we went out to find a temporary gym the other day, and were going to “grab” a bite at a cafe. The “grab” took nearly two hours, start to finish. I love that, as a people, the Argentines take the time to enjoy their dining experiences, whether they are taking a cup of coffee or a whole meal.

But, in this instance, it meant that we looked at one gym (the one by the cafe) and had to blow off the rest to go pick up Zelda!

Grocery shopping is another good example. The lines are horrendous, so if you shop at the wrong time and compound that error by picking the wrong line, which we have an uncanny knack for doing, it takes about 5 times longer to check out than it does to shop.

Suffice to say, we are not a well oiled machine at this point!! But, we bury our sorrows in massive amounts of gelato and move on…tomorrow is a new day.

5 Responses to “The “Florida Factor” in Argentina”

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  2. Napoleon

    Argentines LOVES waiting in lines.

    In fact, they just love waiting… period!

  3. Napoleon

    PS- If you want something fast, go to McDonalds. If you want something HEALTHY and fast, go to McDonalds and get a salad. (I’m not kidding.)

  4. Michele

    *laugh* Napolean, you are cracking me up.

    Unfortunately though, I would rather get nothing done and eat at a decent place than achieve FAST by eating at McDonalds. (Blech!)

    Tom and I just need to stop underestimating how long everything is going to take.

  5. Rica

    This is a very witty and humorous perspective for culture. 🙂 Cheers!

    Great post!

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