Now, now-now, just-now…

I am now retired from the American-owned company I worked for – for 25 years – in South Africa.  Our managing directors were always “foeign service employees”, i.e. they can be any nationality and they spend 18-36 months at one subsidiary company before being relocated to another subsidiary in another country somewhere around the world.

An American-born MD, “Paul”, was lucky enough to spend seven years in South Africa.  Lucky for us because he was a really great person and boss, and lucky for him because he met and married his soul-mate here.

One day, after being in South Africa for about 4 months, Paul asked me how we measured time in South Africa.  He didn’t understand what we meant by now, now-now and just-now.  I laughed and explained the following:

  • Now means anytime in the next 15-30 minutes after we’ve finished what we’re currently busy with.
  • Now-now means in the next 30-60 minutes.
  • Just-now covers the space of about three hours.
  • “Later” means sometime today, even if it has to be done after work hours.

“So,” asked Paul, “what must I say if I want something done immediately?”.  “That’s simple,” I replied.  “Just say you want it done right-now!”.

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
Anthony G. Oettinger


About louisehasgbs

Still an optimist! Recovering from severe Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
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One Response to Now, now-now, just-now…

  1. Knowledgeable quote, pinned it on my reminders board 🙂

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