The one where I'm waitressing at this restaurant I used to work at. I woke up with that horrible feeling I'd get while waitressing, found that it was just a dream, and felt a huge sense of relief... "Oh yeah, that's right... I don't work there anymore." (I also had a dream that I got a little Yorkshire Terrier puppy though, so my dreams weren't all bad.)
Anyways, this topic is about Si and time. Most of the topics I write about Ni, Si, Te, etc. are about information aspects, but this one is about information elements.
There are exceptions, of course, in which Si is needed in bartending. One of these exceptions is the ability to be aware of when people are ready for another beer when they're drinking out of a can. If they're drinking out of a glass or even a bottle, I could tell by looking. With cans it was usually more difficult, and there was one bar I worked at where this (in combination with the need to leave the bar to make food in the kitchen) caused problems for me, and certain people (those who also resented my lack of Fe valuing, as I wrote about in another topic a while back) complained as a result. The fact that I was leaving the bar and couldn't see what was going on made me have to depend on Si to make sure that people were getting new drinks at the right time.
- Waiting tables is an example of how timing can be more of a Si aspect than Ni is. When you are a waitress, you have to be very good at keeping track of who needs what and when, and you have to do more than one thing at once, timing it so that different tables get different things at different times. (It's hell.) The connections between activities that you have to keep track of are not internal/underlying, but external/readily apparent.
- Contrast this to bartending... when you're a bartender, you have to do a lot of different things at once quickly and efficiently, but there's no need to time anything. Being a good bartending is primarily about Te, where as being a good waitress is primarily about Si. Granted, there's a Fe aspect to both as well since they're both customer service positions, but for this example I'm contrasting Te (the external dynamics of objects) to Si (the external dynamics of fields).