From The North Shore Weekend newspaper
There’s a woman around here who has an unearthly talent for making good things happen for her family, friends, and for you when you’re part of her plans.
You think of her as “The Girl With The Force.”
She makes you recall the Star Wars films, with their plot device known as “The Force,” a mystical power some people could tap into. The Jedi Master, Obi Wan, used it in his “mind trick.” He’d flip his hand in front of a hostile guard and say “Let us pass.” The guard who wasn’t supposed to do this would say, “Pass!”
Okay, back to our planet, our North Shore. You and your wife want to go to a hot restaurant where it’s impossible to get a table. Girl-with-the Force and her husband are joining you, and she scores a reservation. It’s for the time you want, the day you want, even a table you like. How?
Or, you’re planning a trip and your hotel is booked solid. You mention this to Girl-with-the Force. Soon, not only do you have a room there, but it’s got a view. And a discount! How?
Girl-with-the Force is the North Shore incarnation of a Jedi knight right out of Star Wars. But, again: how?
She smiles coyly, and explains she discovered long, long ago that seven magical words can wield special power. You figure there’s no way she’s going to reveal them. But Girl-with-the Force surprises you. And they’re so simple you wonder if there’s a really a force in play at all, or just common sense:
“May I please speak to your manager?”