3.15.2010

Day 186--- See Ya LATEr...


That last post got more comments about MUSE than it did about the topic I was posting on... Either my writing is becoming lame or I talked a little bit too much about MUSE, I hope its the second one... Moving on though Ive got another post about a group of people that annoy me, imagine that. Chances are plenty of you guys out there fall into this category... People that are always late...

There has been a long standing joke in my family that it takes my mom an hour and a half to watch sixty minutes, I'm not sure exactly when this started, or how original the joke is, but it could not be more true... She is the kind of person that you would have to lie to about the time something starts just so you had a shot at being there on time, if I was brave I would have even set all the clocks ahead 30 minutes. It really didn't matter if we were going to something for her, or something for one of us kids, or even something the whole family was invited to we just had to learn how to show up fashionably late... And by fashionably I mean half way through whatever it was we were going to... I remember most vividly every week showing up late to church and having to sit in the back... It didn't matter how early she got up, or how much we tried to hurry her, or even that we would go sit in the car for 20 minutes waiting, she would find away to get behind schedule... Now, for the longest time I thought that my mom was the only person who cared so little about being on time, but when I grew up and met other females I realized she was not alone...

She is so not alone that, by my calculations I assume that at least one out of every five of my readers (you) probably suffer from chronic tardiness. You shall henceforth be known as "re-tardi's". You are the people that have been put on earth to test my patience and at times my sanity... You probably come from the same annoyance breed of people that stop at yellow lights. Maybe even part of the group of people that weave back and forth when you walk down a busy sidewalk? (nothing annoys us city folk more than sidewalk weavers).

I am the type of person who likes to be at least five minutes early to everything so I can check the place out and because I don't want to make the person I am meeting have to wait. But for some unlucky reason I always manage to be friends with people who must use a sun dial to tell time. Probably the same sun dial that the bus drivers that take me to work use... Seriously though, the thing that drives me crazy is that all of these people who are constantly late all know about it. My mom was fully aware she was never on time, my friends know they keep me waiting, and you know it too, so why don't you just fix it...? I mean, its not like I'm asking you to stop a smoking habit you have had for 15 years. I just want you to show up on time, I think I could even work out some sort of an award system if we could make punctuality a common thing. I would be more than willing to carry around treats, (of your choice) to give you when you show up on time...

Aren't you ever afraid of missing something? Ive always been the kid that was worried about missing something. For instance, for my new job I have to wake up at about 7:30 am, which for me is what 4:40 am would be to the rest of the world. Anyways, if I wake up late I'm guaranteed to miss the bus, and then I would be late to work and look like a douche. My alarm is set for half past seven, but for some reason my brain freaks out at the thought of being late and wakes me up about 10-15 minutes before my alarm every day... This is just wrong on so many levels for someone who loves their sleep as much as I do, but at least it get my point across about how on time I am... I also am one of those people who doesn't use movie previews as a buffer, I treat them as part of the movie, I need to be there when they start or I'll feel like Ive missed something. Forget coming in when the movie has already started, if I miss any of the plot we may as well take a rain check. The more I write about this, the more I feel like I am the one with the problem here... But hey, a little anal-ness never hurt anybody.... And on that note its time for bed... Try and be on time to something tomorrow guys, even if its not important, pretend...

6 comments:

Juliana said...

I am SOOOO with you on this one! I am early to everything, so early that sometimes I have to drive around for a bit. Dang, that is pretty annoying too! My husband is late to everything, thank goodness his boys could swim and I was wishing and hoping that my baby would not be late coming into this world. You may want to think about that when you become a father someday....it is all about genetics. Pick a timely wife! OK?

carissa said...

Yeahhh... I may fall into this category just a bit. I don't do it on purpose! I've actually gotten a little bit better though.

Dorn said...

My wife cannot be on time to anything important...ever. But when there BBQ or Party or whatever she stresses that we have to be there when it starts. Odd neurosis really. On the flip side, you may want to invest in some anti-anxiety pills before your blood pressure skyrockets.

Lluvia said...

I'm never late to anything! I hate being late. I hate unexpected traffic jams, so I always allow 15 minutes for stuff like that. I like to take my time getting ready for stuff, so I start extra early.

I'm the one who arrives to work early and cheerful, while everyone else is still waking up by noon.

Amanda West said...

You're not alone. I'm never late, always ten minutes early.

Though my mother on the other hand, sounds an awful lot like yours... I feel your pain.

Samiya said...

My mum is exactly like yours. The other day she had to go this really important function type thing and she wasn't even DRESSED when she was getting phone calls of people saying W"here are you? you're 15 minutes late" etc.

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