Standing at that large fridge, I'm trying to decide whether to buy strawberry or apricot yoghurt and after looking at them for a few moments I take both. I've got the bread already. No salami today. Or shall I? I went past the butcher's to the fridge with packed meat and changed my mind and went back for a kilo of minced meat. If I make sauce bolognese it makes no sense to prepare it only for one meal. Oh yes, I'll need onions for that. And back I go. And almost to the butcher's to take something from a shelf near there. And back to the fridge for some cream. And around almost all the shelves just to remember if I need anything else. I'll take some salami anyway - for a nice sandwich instead of cooking later in the evening. I have to squeeze a little between the shelf and the shop-assistant with a huge trolley, loaded with toilet paper. Good! I need some. I'd probably have to go to the shop once more today if it hadn't been for her. Nice that shops are air-conditioned. It feels good looking at things and trying to get all you need (but not more if possible) when you know there's 31°C out there - and humid.
Time perspective drastically changes once you have everything. Once I move towards the cashier, it's annoying to see there are others in the line before me. What is that guy doing with the shopping cart full of washing powder, food and drink? Is he going o buy everything up? And that lady with seven kinds of vegetables? I bet she hasn't weighed them all appropriately... and she'll be running here and there to do it again. But if another cash register opens now, I'm in the best position to be there first. Just a step. Anything? No, nothing happening. Come on, how much time can it take you to count some change and put things in the bag? and this basket on the floor? You shouldn't be in the line unless you've got everything... We move a little, two more people join the line. Oh, I remember now, I need some shower gel... I won't be a minute... Do you mind? Thanks. The next cash register opens and the man behind me is there first. Hey! I was here before you! Never mind. It will be my turn as soon as they put away all the vegetables and the beer and soda..
My turn. Everything in the bag, paid, bye!
Gee, I wouldn't have spent ten minutes looking for things had I known it would take me so long to pay for them! It took me ... what.. three minutes? This must be wrong!