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How Long is ‘New’ Really New?

I was standing outside the salon earlier today when a woman walked by, having just left the Publix (supermarket chain) next door talking on her cell phone. She made the comment that she was at the “new” Publix in order to let the person on the other side of the phone know exactly which one she was at. Keep in mind that the store she is referring to opened over 11 months ago. Which leads me to the question, ‘When is new not new anymore?’

Is it considered new until another store is built or once it hits the year mark? Is there a set time frame when it changes from the ‘new Publix’ to just Publix. This could be said about anything really. For instance, getting a new pair of boots and someone compliments them. Do you say, ‘Thanks, they’re new.” When do you stop mentioning they are new?

Referencing new objects and places aside, the real kicker is when you have a new employee in your office or working at your place of employment. How long do they play the ‘I’m new, so I don’t know how to do that yet’ card? When is a reasonable time to say they should know all the things that are associated with their job? At least know all the basics already. Granted things change and there may be something you don’t know how to do yet, especially if it’s completely different from anything you’ve done before. But for me personally, I hate not knowing how to do something or letting others do things for me. (It’s probably the OCD.) If you’ve been at your job for over a year, quit using the ‘I’m new’ excuse, I’m not buying.

It seems to me also that if you admit to being new, people will try to use that to their advantage, hoping that they can get away with something they wouldn’t normally. Never admit to being new. It falls along the same lines of a predator smelling fear and then pouncing.

3 responses

  1. i loved this. i always wonder this as well. and i think as you get older, the longer something is new. i guess it’s like mother’s that tell their baby’s age in months even after they’ve hit the year mark.


    January 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    • I couldn’t agree with you more Lynn….and for me, I confess, something tends to stay ‘new’ until I get a better, faster, prettier,etc upgrade. LOL

      January 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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