Have you ever come across someone and thought to yourself: “I wonder how they get that job”? Or, “they really look like they love what they do”?
I have come across said person, very recently actually.
If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of London’s King’s Cross Train station. I urge you to meander about and find your way to Platform 9 and 3/4, of the hit fantasy novel turned film franchise “Harry Potter”. Platform 9 and 3/4 is a free tourist location, where you can have your picture taken running “through” the wall, to get on the Hogwarts Express.
This location comes equipped with a “scarf fluffer” or as my friends and I like to call him, Josh. (He looks like someone who would prefer to go by Joshua, but in his youth someone gave him the nickname of Josh and now he can’t go back to his proper name and he gets really upset when people call him Josh so he shouts “It’s Joshua!” a lot. Well, that’s what we assumed at least. We don’t know his actual name, but we feel like we know him after observing him for thirty minutes while waiting in line). So, basically you get to pick which “house” scarf you would like to wear and he places it on you. Then, he holds the end of the scarf up and when you count to there he throws it up to give you that “scarf in the wind as you run” feel.
He likes his routine you can tell.
Sometimes he would smile in the background of the picture, and you could just really see that he absolutely loves his job and just wanted to get in some of the pictures. Josh was a guy not to be messed with though. If your hair wasn’t right, Josh would defo let you know. He would sometimes even fix it for people. He really knew how to work that scarf.
At one point he dazzled the crowd by holding up three scarves at once. It was an impressive feat.
I knew that when I went up to take my picture that it was going to take a little persuading on my part to get the exact picture that I wanted. I knew that I had to approach Josh delicately. So, I had to come at him calmly with, “Listen Josh, I know that you have been doing this a certain way for a while now, and I know that you have an eye for how this whole situation should happen, but I’m about to rock your world and give a true test of your capabilities…
“I don’t want to face the wall. I want to push the cart backwards and have my scarf flying, so it looks like I accidentally pushed the are through the wall. Can we make that happen?”
Josh was up for the challenge.